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

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


Course Description

In this course you will consider different routes of administration and relate these to the essential range formulation types introduced.  You will relate the performance of formulations to the physicochemical nature of drugs and excipients, and 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. Relate 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 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 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 tutorial classes and assessment tasks. 
  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 of the key concepts using appropriate terminology may be assessed in written and oral assessments. 

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Semester tests

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 2: Quizzes related to module and tutorial topics

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of course exam

Weighting 50%

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