PROD131-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Introduction to Formulation Science

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course introduces the key aesthetic and functional requirements and the principles underlying the creation of formulated products across a wide range of applications. Practical laboratories will focus on making and analysing a range of formulated products. Examples include pharmaceuticals, adhesives, paints, industrial coatings, fuels, cosmetics and personal care products, food and nutritional products, detergents and cleaning products, and agricultural products such as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Lectures will cover principles of interfacial science affecting the creation and stability of emulsions, suspensions and solid formulations such as tablets and powders. Interactions of formulated products with physical systems will be described, including the mechanisms involved in their adsorption, absorption, metabolism, excretion and distribution within biological, non-biological and environmental systems.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


Any 15 points of CHEM

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 121
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 121
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 445
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 West 230 Formulation Lab
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 West 213A
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Ali Reza Nazmi

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Ali Reza Nazmi and Pram Lakmi Abhayawardhana

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design on the departments and faculties page .

All PROD131 Occurrences

  • PROD131-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021