Course Title: Drug Delivery 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Drug Delivery 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Simon Young

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7309

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.9.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to request an appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Enforced prerequisites
CHEM1258 Drug Delivery 1

  • CHEM1259 Medicinal Chemistry


Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
You 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 advances you from the physicochemical principles considered in CHEM1258 and introduces the concepts and practice of preparation of the extemporaneous compounding of pharmaceutical products from theoretical and practical aspects.  You will prepare liquid formulations and consider these in detail, together with labelling requirements, packaging, counselling requirements and requisite documentation.  You will consider different routes of administration and relate these to the wide range formulation types introduced.  You will relate the performance of formulations to the physicochemical principles considered in CHEM1258.

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

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Prepare liquid preparations described in the APF (the Australian pharmaceutical formulary and handbook) to a standard suitable for administration to a patient including requisite labelling, packaging and provision of advice to the patient.
  2. Identify of the purpose and the choice of each formulation component and relate these to relevant preparation methodologies.
  3. Relate a broad range of medicine types to the route of drug delivery.
  4. Relate the administration and absorption of drug to a broad range of formulation types.
  5. Relate the formulation and manufacture of a wide range of medicines to drug release, packaging, labelling and patient directions; including the consequences of inappropriate use and storage of medicines.

Overview of Learning Activities


Key concepts will be explained in face-to-face lectures of the course integrated with further exploration in assessed laboratory and 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. Extemporaneous Compounding Practical Classes
    The extemporaneous compounding of medicines for an individual patient based upon a prescription is a fundamental skill of pharmacists practising in Australia.  Throughout the practical series you will be guided through new production processes meeting the legal and ethical responsibilities of the pharmacist.

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 in 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.

You should check myRMIT regularly for updated information and resources.  You 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 may include:

  1. Mid-semester tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 5

  1. Practical assessments

Weighting 30%

Final practical testis a hurdle requirement for this course.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 2

  1. End of course exam

Weighting 50%

Examination component (Mid-semester tests and end of course exam)is a hurdle requirement for this course.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 5