Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Provides students with an understanding of the physical pharmacy principles applied to the preparation of liquid and semi-solid dosage forms.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

3. Discuss the influence of chemical properties of drugs and excipients on the physico-chemical properties of liquid dosage forms;

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


  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. Emulsion, suspensions and other dispensions
  6. Rheology
  7. Action of excipients such as preservatives
  8. Key principles of surface activity, preservation of multiphase systems, adsorption and rheology of pharmaceutical systems.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.

Assumed knowledge

Entry level requirements for Master of Pharmacy

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid Written Examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory work assessment

Formal Examination: Formal Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.