Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ian Larson


Note: this unit was previously titled Formulation Chemistry III and coded PSC3271


The formulation of a non-pharmaceutical product in case studies provided by local Industry forms the basis of this unit, which focusses on the theory and use of surfactants. Students will also visit industry sites to gain an appreciation of the range of possible employment domains.

Cases will be drawn from

  • agrochemicals
  • personal care products
  • detergents
  • paints
  • cosmetics


After completing this unit students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Define a relevant research strategy for information needed to solve an authentic industry problem based on the theory and use of surfactants;
  2. Create an appropriate protocol for the scientific investigation needed to solve the given problem;
  3. Design and conduct the experiments according to industry standards, including thecollection, analysis and interpretation of the results;
  4. Report on, and critically discuss, experimental findings, and draw appropriate conclusions, in written and oral formats;
  5. Work effectively in teams, demonstrate effective time management and task prioritisation; and
  6. Reflect on the similarities and differences between pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical formulations.


In semester assessment 60%, final assessment 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Thirty six hours of practicals
  • Thirty six hours of workshops, industry visits and consultation hours


PSC2222 Formulation chemistry
PSC2232 Colloid Chemistry


PSC3231 Product Manufacture

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