Physical Pharmaceutics and Formulation A (PHAR1822)


This Unit of Study aims to facilitate an understanding of the basic concepts behind considerations when designing and using liquid or semi-solid pharmaceutical dosage form to deliver a drug. Carrying on from PHAR1812 where different dose forms and the importance of route of administration was introduced, this unit looks at topics such as diffusion and dissolution of drugs, drug solubilisation, crystal polymorphism, chemical kinetics, surface and interfacial tension, and suspension based-dosage forms. With a grounding in these concepts the unit then goes on to explore specific methods of drug delivery, including: auricular, ocular, intranasal, lung, and intravenous and intramuscular injections. This unit of study also includes mathematical tools required for other units of study.

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Further unit of study information


3 x pharmacy lectures/week, 8 x mathematics lectures, 5 x mathematics tutorials; classes will be arranged as needed


Exam (50%), Maths test (15%), Laboratory reports (5 x 7% = 35%)


Ansel's Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems, 10th edition, Williams & Wilkins, 2014

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

HSC Chemistry and Mathematics



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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.