Available in 2018

Course handbook


Provides students with an understanding of the physical pharmacy principles applied to the preparation of liquid and semi-solid dosage forms. This includes the principles applied to solutions, suspensions and emulsions, including surface tension, interfacial phenomena, surfactants, adsorption and pH. An introduction to concepts around stability/degradation and storage/preservation will also be explored. The course builds on existing knowledge in pharmaceutics looking at veterinary compounding and manufacture.

An introduction to the basic concepts of pharmacology and how they are applicable to the practice of pharmacy is covered, including receptor pharmacology and an introduction to the autonomic nervous system. Basic pharmacokinetic principles are introduced and the link between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics is explored.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component that students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the physiochemical factors affecting solutions, suspensions and emulsions.

2. Describe the use of medicines in veterinary practice and the principles of veterinary compounding and manufacture.

3. Understand the basic principles of stability and degradation.

4. Understand the basic principles of storage and preservation.

5. Identify the factors influencing the rate and extent of dissolution of a drug.

6. Describe the different types of polyphasic liquid and semi-solid dosage forms used in therapeutics.

7. Discuss the influence of chemical properties of drugs and excipients on the physicochemical properties of liquid dosage forms.

8. Describe the use of pharmaceutical excipients in dosage form design.

9. Describe the application of the basic pharmacological concepts in the management of patients.

10. Describe the basic ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

11. Discuss how pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are interrelated.

12. Develop a professional attitude suitable for the pharmacy profession, including preparedness, punctuality, and a professional appearance.


  1. Solubility and factors influencing dissolution.
  2. Biopharmaceutical importance of particle size.
  3. Osmotic properties of drug solutions.
  4. Surface and interfacial properties of surfactants.
  5. Emulsions, suspensions and other dispersions.
  6. Diffusion.
  7. Rheology.
  8. Excipients including preservatives.
  9. Key principles of surface activity, preservation of multiphase systems, adsorption and rheology of pharmaceutical systems.
  10. An introduction to the basic concepts of pharmacology and how they apply to pharmacy, including an introduction to receptor pharmacology.
  11. The pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system.
  12. The absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) principles of pharmacokinetics.
  13. An introduction to pharmacodynamics.
  14. Concepts in veterinary medicine, compounding and manufacture.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of PHAR1101

Assumed knowledge

PHAR1101 Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 1

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal Exam *

Project: Projects

In Term Test: Examination: Mid-Semester

Quiz: Quiz - Class

Professional Task: Placement Activities *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Integrated Learning Session: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - You will not be able to undertake a placement unless you have attended the pre-placement briefing and completed the pre-placement requirements.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Includes 1hr briefing session


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks