PSC2232 - Colloid chemistry - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Ian Larson

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Prior to 2013 coded PSC2241


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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