Course Title: Essential Medicine Formulations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Essential Medicine Formulations

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Thilini Thrimawithana

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7125

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.028

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will consider different routes of administration of medication and relate these to the essential range formulation types introduced.  You will examine the performance of formulations to the physicochemical nature of drugs and excipients, and explore the choice of formulation for therapeutic needs of the patient.

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

Upon 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 the therapeutic needs of the patient
  2. Relate a broad range of medicine types to the route of drug delivery.
  3. Relate the administration and absorption of drug to a broad range of formulation types.
  4. Examine 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

This course is delivered in blended learning mode. Key concepts will be explained using flexible learning resources supported by both face-to-face and online tutorials and practicals. Tutorial exercises will be used to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge to solve problems related to medicines.  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 online tutorial classes and assessment tasks. 
  2. On campus Practicals
    Practicals are designed to reinforce knowledge and understanding developed in the study of flexible learning resources.
  3. Tutorials
    Tutorials provide the opportunity to work through example case studies (both individual and group) in a guided environment.

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.

Assessment Tasks 

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

Assessment Task 2: Case Studies 1 - Applied cases 1
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Case Studies 2 - Applied cases 2
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Practical reports
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4