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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Colin Pouton


One aim of this unit is to improve student skills in information literacy and scientific writing. The second aim is for students to identify and research issues and questions to develop their knowledge of biomolecular pharmaceutical products. Students will undertake literature searches addressing the manufacture, purification and formulation of these products. The unit is compatible with Monash University's goals for research lead teaching.


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

  1. Explain the steps involved in industrial-scale cell culture mediated production and purification of a recombinant protein pharmaceutical active
  2. Describe the structure and function of excipients required for formulation of biomolecules
  3. Design a formulated biomolecular pharmaceutical product


Online modules (and reports) 10% each (20%); Individual assignment 20%, oral presentation 10%; Written assignment report 50%

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty-four 1-hour lectures
  • Six 1-hour tutorials/workshops

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


PSC2041 Biopharmaceutics

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