Course Title: Extemporaneous Compounding and the Quality Control of Medicines

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Extemporaneous Compounding and the Quality Control of Medicines

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Ayman Allahham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7998

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.009A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

You will advance your knowledge and understanding of essential and advanced medicine formulations considered in PHAR1016 and PHAR1013 to the evaluation, analysis and extemporaneous production of medicines, drugs and excipients.

You will practice the extemporaneous preparation of basic and advanced formulations including pharmacopoeial and non-pharmacopoeial formulations encountered in pharmacy practice, together with requisite documentation, labelling, packaging and counselling requirements. You will consider the manufacture of sterile products, parenteral nutrition and cytotoxic formulations and apply the concepts of regulatory governance, pharmaceutical quality control and good manufacturing practice. You will study the analysis of formulations and their components and relate these to the clinical performance of medicines.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.

This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.

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. Prepare extemporaneous formulations including pharmacopoeial formulations of the APF/BP/EP/USP and non-pharmacopoeial formulations to a standard suitable for administration to a patient including requisite documentation, labelling, packaging and the provision of advice to the patient.
  2. Investigate, evaluate and report the physical characteristics of formulations including release kinetics and relate these to quality control and preformulation requirements.
  3. Relate the application of quality control, quality assurance and the principles of good manufacturing practice to regulation of medicine production in Australia and internationally.
  4. Relate the formulation and preparation of cytotoxic medicines and sterile products to environmental control, risk assessment and the clinical outcome for the patient.

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 of the key concepts using appropriate terminology may be assessed in written and oral assessments.

This course contains hurdle requirements. All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Assessment Task 3: Practical Test Extemporaneous Compounding (Hurdle)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Test
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.