Course Title: Advanced Medicine Formulations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Medicine Formulations

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Ayman Allahham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7998

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.09A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses

Successful completion of:

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

You will advance your knowledge and understanding of physicochemical principles considered in CHEM1290 and essential medicine formulations considered in PHAR1016 to an understanding of more advanced formulations and routes of drug delivery.   The formulation of more complex medicines and routes of drug delivery including disperse systems, semi-solid formulations including inhaled drug delivery, topical and transdermal drug delivery, controlled and modified release formulations and veterinary formulations together with requisite labeling, packaging and counseling requirements are considered. The clinical performance of formulations is related to a consideration of pharmacokinetic parameters, especially release from the formulation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

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

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

  1. Identify of the purpose and the choice of formulation components and relate these to pharmacokinetic performance.
  2. Relate a range of advanced medicine types to the route of drug delivery and the clinical outcome for the patient.
  3. Relate the formulation and manufacture of more advanced medicines (including controlled/modified release formulations and transdermal formulations) to drug release, packaging, labelling and patient advice; including the consequences of inappropriate use and storage of medicines.
  4. Relate the formulation of challenging new medicines such as those required for protein and peptide drug delivery, the effective delivery of poorly soluble drugs and the effective delivery to specific drug targets.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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.

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester Test
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3 

Assessment Task 2: Quizzes related to module and tutorial topics
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Reports
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3  

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Exam
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.