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.
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
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:
- Differentiate between and illustrate kinetic and thermodynamic stability;
- Predict suspension stability in terms of DLVO theory;
- Describe DLVO theory and its components;
- Describe different types of interaction that can occur between particles in different concentration of polymer - both adsorbing and non-adsorbing;
- Illustrate and describe the total energy of interaction between surfaces;
- Critically anaylse the lack of the stability of a suspension;
- Design and conduct experiments given an experimental aim, including the collection, analysis and interpretation of the results;
- Report on, and critically discuss, experimental findings, and draw appropriate conclusions;
- Work effectively in teams, demonstrate effective time management and task prioritisation.
Final assessment: 20%; in-semester assignments: 60%; practical reports: 20%.
Contact hours for on-campus students:
- Five 1-hour lectures
- Ten 1-hour workshops
- Five 3-hour practicals
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