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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 Ian Larson


This subject will cover the formulation of agricultural products including herbicides and pesticides, personal care products, veterinary products, foods and beverages and disinfectants and antiseptics. Students will apply their knowledge of excipients to formulate a wide range of products.

This will involve:

  • Agrochemicals
  • Veterinary
  • Personal Care products
  • Cosmetics
  • Surface Coatings
  • Neutraceuticals
  • Sports Supplements
  • Beverages
  • Antiseptics


After completing this unit students will be expected to:

  1. Understand the regulatory framework around the use agricultural active ingredients, their transport and safe usage;
  2. Develop an understanding of the need for and use of adjuvants in the rational design of agricultural chemical applications;
  3. Have an appreciation of the use of experimental factorial design;
  4. Understand the terms used in and have a knowledge of standards for, classes of, modes of action and tests of disinfectants and antiseptics;
  5. Understand that animal anatomy and physiology, formulation properties, economics, convenience, disposition and pharmacokinetic profile are important in the design and action of veterinary formulations;
  6. Understand the rational formulation of and need for moisturisers, cleansers and sunscreens;
  7. Understand the role of the formulator, regulatory advisor and QA&QC in Quality Assurance and Regulation of cosmetics and sunscreens;
  8. Appreciate the basics of formulating baked goods;
  9. Have knowledge of the ingredients in and methods of preservation of processed meats;
  10. Have knowledge of the ingredients used in oil based spreads and margarines and of fat replacers;
  11. Be able to formulate a range of products in the above categories.


Final exam (3 hour): 65%; antiseptic assignment: 10%; practical reports: 20%; presentation: 5%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ian Larson

Contact hours

24 1 hour lectures, one three hour tutorial/presentation and seven three hour practicals


VPS2071 Formulation chemistry I
VPS2072 Formulation chemistry II

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