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    Physiological considerations and physicochemical principles underlying drug delivery and delivery system design related to relevant routes of administration.

    The aim of this paper is to introduce students to the different types of medicines and pharmaceutical delivery systems currently available and in development. Factors that influence the formulation development, drug release and absorption including the physiochemical properties of the drug and delivery system, route of delivery (including anatomical and physiological factors) will be examined. The paper will help students develop practical skills and good laboratory practice.

    About this paper

    Paper title Drug Delivery
    Subject Pharmaceutical Science
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PSCI 203, PSCI 204
    PHCY 342
    Recommended Preparation
    HUBS 192

    This paper can complement BSc degrees with a chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry or biology focus.


    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Shyamal Das

    Teaching Staff: Professor Natalie Hughes

    Associate Professor Arlene McDowell

    Associate Professor Greg Walker

    Dr Shakila Rizwan

    Paper Structure

    PSCI305 will be taught through lectures, laboratories and tutorials covering the following general topics:

    • Modified release dosage forms.
    • Parenteral drug delivery systems.
    • Pulmonary and nasal drug delivery systems.
    • Ophthalmic and otic drug delivery systems.
    • Topical and transdermal drug delivery systems.
    • Rectal and vaginal drug delivery.

    Textbooks will be available through the library. - Aulton's Pharmaceutics: The Design and Manufacture of Medicines

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

    1. Describe the different requirements for delivery of small and macromolecular bioactives.
    2. Describe how the physiology and anatomy of an organ/route (oral, parenteral, transdermal, ocular, pulmonary, nasal and buccal etc) can influence delivery of a bioactive.
    3. Recognize the advantages and limitations of the various routes of drug delivery and drug delivery systems.
    4. Integrate the knowledge to formulate a delivery system to optimise and control delivery of bioactives.
    5. Apply analytical laboratory skills and methodically identify, describe, analyse, and solve pharmaceutics related problems.
    6. Demonstrate a rational and systemic process to comprehensively assess and evaluate pharmaceutical science related literature and communicate knowledge in an appropriate scientific manner.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-40
    Wednesday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 37-41


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 32, 34-35, 38, 41
    Friday 13:00-15:50 30


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 31
    Thursday 15:00-16:50 29
    Friday 11:00-12:50 33, 37, 39-40, 42
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