Course Title: Drug Delivery 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Drug Delivery 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

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

Enforced prerequisites 

CHEM1258 Drug Delivery 1
CHEM1260 Drug Delivery 2


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 advances from the physicochemical principles considered in CHEM1258 and expands the practice of preparation of the extemporaneous compounding of pharmaceutical products  introduced in CHEM1260.  The preparation of complex liquid medicines, disperse and semi-solid formulations is considered in detail, together with requisite documentation, labelling, packaging and counselling requirements.  More advanced routes of administration are considered in expanded detail and integrated with the formulation types introduced.  The clinical performance of formulations is linked to a consideration of pharmacokinetic parameters, especially release from the formulation.

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 completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Prepare complex liquid, disperse and semi-solid 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 and appropriate quality control.
  3. Relate a  range of advanced medicine types to the route of drug delivery and the clinical outcome for the patient.
  4. Relate the formulation and manufacture of more advanced medicines (including controlled/modified release formulations and transdermal formulations) 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.  Students 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 porescription 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.
  4. Directed self-learning activities
    Self-learning activities include the review of lecture material and competion 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.

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- 5
  1. Practical assessments
    Weighting 30%
    Final practical test is 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