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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Richard Prankerd


This unit contributes to the conceptual and intellectual foundation for further studies in Formulation Science units in 2nd and 3rd year . Areas covered include excipient properties and uses, and the basics for formulating different types of liquid homogeneous and heterogenous systems.

This will involve:

  • Properties of excipients
  • Liquid formulation design


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Classify formulation excipients. These include carbohydrates/polysaccharides, lipids, thickeners, lubricants, humectants, preservatives, organoleptics and synthetic polymer excipients
  2. Understand the physical and structural chemistry of the major classes of formulation excipients.
  3. Understand product classes of different forms, general use of excipients in different classes of products, design and optimisation of liquid formulations.


Final exam (2.5 hour): 85%; written/presentation/oral assessments: 15%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Prankerd

Contact hours

25 hours of lectures; 8 hours of tutorials; 1 hour presentation


PSC1021 Organic Chemistry I
PSC1022 Organic Chemistry II
PSC1071 Physical Chemistry I
PSC1072 Physical Chemistry II

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: