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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Laurence Orlando


This unit aims to provide the student with an understanding of the manufacturing issues that may influence formulation practicality.

This will involve:

  • Milling and Mixing
  • Filling
  • Material Drying and Handling
  • Packaging and labelling operation
  • Powder properties and Material of Construction
  • Preformulation
  • Fundamental and derived properties of solid powders
  • Tablet formulation and design
  • Design of experiments


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

  1. Discuss the industrial context and purpose for, as well as the basic theory of processes for: particle size reduction, powder blending, material drying, material handling and transport,
  2. Appreciate the types of industrial equipment that may be used in manufacturing a range of formulated products including mixers, mills, material transport and filling machines, labelling machines, pumps and packaging machines, and be able to discuss factors associated with identifying the most appropriate equipment, and materials of construction as well as formulation factors that may be influenced by such different types of manufacturing machinery.
  3. Have a basic appreciation of fine powder behaviour and characteristics, and material properties influencing formulation
  4. To discuss the role and general properties to consider as well as applications of various types of packaging and various label types, and to discuss methods/operations involved in production of packaging and labels
  5. Understand the basics of preformulation, formulation of tablets capsules and coating (granulation and direct compression)
  6. Understand the basics of Design of Experiments within Quality By Design context and be able to program a template on excel for Screening and factorials plans-
  7. Manufacture of tablets/capsules applying a DoE to study the different formulations and parameters
  8. Manufacture spray dried powders.


Final exam (2 hour): 70%; practical assessments: 10%; Tutorial assessment: 15%.written assignment 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Laurence Orlando

Contact hours

24 1 hour lectures, 27 hour practical 21 hours tutorials


PSC2202 Product development I (formerly PSC2102)

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