Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences (PHAR1812)


Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences provides an introduction to principles underlying pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutics. This provides the foundations for a more detailed study of the chemical characteristics of drug molecules, dosage forms and pharmacokinetics in later years of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. The physicochemical properties of drugs are explored from a pharmaceutical perspective complemented by the study of chemistry. Modules provide an introduction to acid/base and solubility characteristics of drug molecules, drug discovery and development, dosage forms, and fundamental mathematics. Small group work in workshop sessions supports the learning of material introduced in lectures.

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3 x lectures/wk, 1 x 2hr tutorial/wk


Written exam (60%), workshop reports (20%), quizzes (10%) and poster presentation (10%)


Basic Pharmaceutical Science Resource Book

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

HSC Chemistry and 2U Mathematics. Students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) and HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry Bridging Course (offered in February and as a distance course at other times of the year) and Mathematics Bridging Course (offered in February).

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.