Course Title: Applied Physicochemical Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Physicochemical Principles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


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: 201.09.011

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course builds on underpinning chemistry and mathematics to introduce physicochemical principles applied to pharmaceutics, the science of dosage form design, and wider applications. The states of matter, solutions, solubility distribution phenomena, surface phenomena, the kinetics and mechanisms of chemical degradation, rheology, particle size analysis and powder properties are considered in practical applications.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of BH102 - Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons):

  • Research, critically evaluate and apply evidence in professional practice (PLO 2)
  • Communicate effectively for the delivery of patient-centred care (PLO 5)
  • Apply pharmaceutical, medication and health knowledge and skills to improve patient and population health (PLO 7)
  • Formulate, prepare and supply medicines and therapeutic products (PLO 8)

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 chemical degradation, rheology, particle size analysis and powder properties to solve problems in drug delivery and in wider applications
  2. Relate physicochemical properties of drugs and excipients to effective formulation design and wider applications.
  3. Analyse physicochemical data to determine the appropriateness of materials for formulation purposes and wider applications.
  4. Estimate the shelf-life of a product from accelerated stability testing data.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is presented in blended learning. Key concepts will be explained in flexible learning resources supported by face-to-face workshops or webinars integrated with tutorial exercises in which you will apply theoretical knowledge to solve problems related to pharmaceutics and wider applications.  You are expected to supplement these activities with recommended readings and private study.

  1. Flexible learning resources
    Resources are organised into learning modules and provide the theoretical basis required for the successful completion of tutorial classes and other assessments. 
  2. Workshops/webinars
    Workshops/webinars provide a forum to give, receive and discuss theoretical concepts and applications to reinforce knowledge and understanding developed in the study of flexible learning resources.
  3. Tutorials
    Tutorials provide the opportunity to work through example puzzles (both individual and group) in a guided environment. Attendance at tutorials is expected; these classes may include summative assessments related to theoretical concepts and their application.


Overview of Learning Resources

Course materials are distributed online through myRMIT, these may include:

  • Digitised readings.
  • Study notes.
  • Video recordings.
  • Webinars.
  • Feedback on assessment tasks and formative exercises.
  • Links to external internet sites.
  • Access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

You should check myRMIT regularly for updated information and resources.  You should purchase the recommended textbook and review recommended readings in addition to study notes and other flexible learning resources before attending related tutorial classes.

Overview of Assessment

Your ability to demonstrate an understanding and the application of key concepts using appropriate terminology may be assessed in written and oral assessments.

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Summative assessments include:

1. Semester tests

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 4


2. Quizzes related to module and tutorial topics

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 4


4. End of course exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 4