Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Considers the formulation of solid dosage forms and sterile drug products. The stability of drug products and factors influencing the shelf life of products is included in this course. The material will be presented by lecture and tutorial format with practical classes developing dispensing skills. The skills acquired in this course form essential elements of the competencies for pharmacists.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the principles of drug stability and discuss practice issues relating to storage of drug products.

2. Describe the formulation and manufacture of solid dosage forms and sterile drug products.

3. Understand the skills required in the preparation of pharmaceutical products


  1. The formulation of solid dosage forms, including tablets, capsules, implants, suppositories and pessaries;
  2. Stability, including kinetics of chemical decomposition in solution and in the solid state;
  3. Factors influencing stability and stability testing and prediction of shelf life.
  4. Dispensing skills in the preparation of pharmaceutical products; and
  5. Sterilisation of pharmaceutical products.


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

Assumed knowledge

PHAR6000 Pharmaceutics 1 or PHAR6112 Pharmaceutics 1

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory work assessment