Course Title: Advanced Medicine Formulations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Medicine Formulations

Credit Points: 12.00

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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

Course Coordinator: Dr Ayman Allahham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7998

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.025

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

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, labeling 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

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 formulation design. You are expected to supplement these activities with recommended readings and private study.

  • Flexible learning resources Resources are organized into learning modules and provide the theoretical basis required for the successful completion of tutorial classes and assessment tasks.
  • 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.
  • 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: 

  • Digitized readings.
  • Study notes.
  • Video recordings.
  • Webinars.
  • Feedback on assessment tasks and formative exercises.
  • Llinks 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.

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Case Study Assessments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Quizzes related to module and tutorial topics

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Assignment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 4: Case Study Assessments, integrated

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4