PSC3211 - Industrial Formulation - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Ian Larson and coo-coordinator Laurence Orlando

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit was previously coded as PSC3271 - Formulation Chemistry III


The objective of this unit is to provide students with an opportunity to develop their research, teamwork and communication skills by producing scientifically sound solutions to a real local industry formulation problem applying surfactant molecules. Students will create, apply and test development tools (in conjunction with PSC3231) in the context of a real world unknown problem under the supervision of an industry mentor. Students are professionally and genuinely judged by their professional mentors and it raises their sense of responsibility exponentially and improves employability.

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. Develop a communication strategy with industry mentors
  2. Define a research strategy to find, evaluate and organise authoritative and relevant information needed to solve the problem based on the theory and use of surfactants;
  3. Synthesize findings, select relevant experimental factors to be studied to solve the problem
  4. Design an experimental protocol to investigate selected factors' effects
  5. Conduct the experiments according to industry standards and organise generated data
  6. Methodically and systematically analyze data, critically discuss and interpret observed phenomena
  7. Communicate scientific findings and conclusions in a professional scientific context
  8. Work effectively in teams


In semester assessment 80%; final oral examination 20%

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Thirty two hours practicals
  • Forty hours workshops

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


PSC2222 Formulation chemistry

PSC2232 Colloid Chemistry


PSC3231 Pharmaceutical Product Manufacture

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