Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ian Larson


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This unit lays a foundation of knowledge about the characterisation and behaviour of colloid sized particles and the role their surfaces play in determining this behaviour. This knowledge is gained through solving a real industry problem involving the stability of an injectable suspension.


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

  1. Differentiate between and illustrate kinetic and thermodynamic stability;
  2. Predict suspension stability in terms of DLVO theory;
  3. Describe DLVO theory and its components;
  4. Describe different types of interaction that can occur between particles in different concentration of polymer - both adsorbing and non-adsorbing;
  5. Illustrate and describe the total energy of interaction between surfaces;
  6. Critically anaylse the lack of the stability of a suspension;
  7. Design and conduct experiments given an experimental aim, including the collection, analysis and interpretation of the results;
  8. Report on, and critically discuss, experimental findings, and draw appropriate conclusions;
  9. Work effectively in teams, demonstrate effective time management and task prioritisation.


Final assessment: 20%; in-semester assignments: 60%; practical reports: 20%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Five 1-hour lectures
  • Ten 1-hour tutorials
  • Five 3-hour practicals

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