Course Title: Drug Delivery 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Drug Delivery 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Simon Young

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7309

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 This course is specifically designed for the needs of students of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program (BH102) and is not available to other students.

Enforced prerequisites

  • PHAR1001 Introduction to Pharmacy or equivalent
  • MATH1238 Statistics and Epidemiology or equivalent
  • CHEM1240 Chemistry for Life Sciences or equivalent

Please contact the course coordinator for equivalence advice.


Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Students are expected to have completed (or gained credit for) and be familiar with the content of all previous courses of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program (BH102).

Course Description

This course builds on the underpinning sciences and professional courses in Year 1 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program (BH102) to introduce the physicochemical principles that are required pharmaceutics, the science of dosage form design.  The states of matter, solutions, solubility distribution phenomena, surface phenomena, the kinetics and mechanisms of drug degradation, rheology, particle size analysis and powder properties are considered in the context of formulation design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to capability development in the following Domains of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia:

  • Professional and Ethical Practice (Domain 1)
  • Communication, collaboration and self-management (Domain 2)
  • Review and supply prescribed medicines (Domain 4)
  • Prepare pharmaceutical products (Domain 5)
  • Critical analysis, research and education (Domain 8)


Course Learning Outcomes

On successful conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of the states of matter, solutions, solubility distribution phenomena, surface phenomena, the kinetics and mechanisms of drug degradation, rheology, particle size analysis and powder properties to solve problems of drug delivery
  2. relate physico-chemical properties of drugs and excipients to effective formulation design.
  3. analyse physico-chemical data to determine the appropriateness of materials for formulation purposes.
  4. estimate the shelf-life of a pharmaceutical product from accelerated stability testing data.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts will be explained in face-to-face lectures of the course integrated with further exploration in assessed tutorial exercises.  You are expected to supplement these activities with recommended readings and private study.

  1. Lectures
    Lectures are organised into learning modules and provide the theoretical basis required for the successful completion of tutorial classes and examinations.  Lectures may include active learning exercises in the Pharmacy Collaborative Learning Suites.
  2. Tutorials
    Tutorials provide the opportunity to work through example puzzles (both individual and group) in a guided environment.  Attendance at tutorials is mandatory unless formally excused on medical or compassionate grounds; tutorials may include summative assessments.
  3. Directed self-learning activities
    Self-learning activities include the review of lecture material and completion of sample questions and tutorial exercises, further reading recommended and reflecting upon your learning.  Our expectation is that a course should represent 10 hours of study per week, of which only half is formal, teacher-guided classes.



Overview of Learning Resources

 Extensive course materials are distributed online through myRMIT, these may include:

  • digitised readings,
  • lecture notes,
  • video recordings
  • links to external internet sites and
  • access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Students should check myRMIT regularly for updated information and resources.  Students are advised to purchase the recommended textbook and should review materials available through the library

Overview of Assessment

 Your ability to demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts using appropriate terminology will be assessed in written and oral assessments.  Throughout, these activities will be supported with detailed feedback on assessed activities using iFeedback.

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Summative assessments include:

  1. Mid-semester tests
    Weighting 20%
    This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 4
  1. Summative quizzes throughout the semester related to tutorial material
    Weighting 30%
    This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 4
  1. End of course exam
    Weighting 50%
    This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 4