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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 Ian Larson


This subject will cover the formulation of agricultural products including herbicides and pesticides, personal care products, veterinary products and disinfectants and antiseptics.

This will involve:

  • Agrochemicals
  • Veterinary
  • Personal Care products
  • Cosmetics
  • 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;


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


PSC2271 Formulation chemistry I
PSC2272 Formulation chemistry II

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