Course Title: Essential Medicine Formulations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Essential Medicine Formulations

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Thilini Thrimawithana

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7125

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.006

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 will 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

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: Quizzes (x2)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Test
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: End-of-Semester Examination
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Practical Reports (x3)
Weighting 20%
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.