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 Laurence Orlando


Note: this unit was previously title Product Development II with code PSC3201


This unit provides students with applied job-ready pharmaceutical formulation skills through understanding and application of preformulation and formulation according to ICH recommended statistical strategy of Design of Experiments, and subsequent manufacturing processes. Using a problem based learning approach the unit exposes students to enhance authentic industry activities and develops industry relevant attributes such as teamwork, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.


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

  1. Identify, find and critically evaluate information about tableting (preformulation, excipients, process, testing) needed to solve a complex formulation problem
  2. Write a literature review
  3. Explain the importance of Design of Experiments (DoE) in the context of ICH and Quality by Design (QbD)
  4. Use MS Excel to create a Plackett Burman design and a factorial design
  5. Select relevant information from a literature review to create a DoE protocol to solve a formulation question
  6. Operate tablet manufacturing and testing equipment
  7. Compile, analyse, evaluate and interpret DoE results
  8. Communicate results in a written report
  9. Work effectively in teams and undertake a range of team roles.


In-semester assessment 60%, final assessment 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 32 hours practicals
  • 40 hours workshops and feedback hours


PSC3211 Industrial Formulation

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