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Properties of solid and liquid formulations, including particle size and shape, granulation, agglomeration, tableting, solubility, viscosity, colloids and suspensions. Common components of formulations for chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, personal and healthcare products and their functionalities.
The goal of the course is to deliver knowledge and practical skills relevant to formulation science. It enables students to have a broader understanding of properties of certain formulations, their mechanisms of action in biological and non-biological systems, delivery methods, ingredients, quality related issues and important processes involved in the development of formulated products including an initial understanding of the regulatory framework. The knowledge obtained from the course can be applied into a wide range of industries including over-the-counter type healthcare, agricultural, household care chemical formulations but it has a special focus on cosmetics and personal care industry. The course also equips students with a unique blend of technical, design and business aspects related to the topic with the integration of lectures and workshops on concept development and marketing strategies used in formulated products. Another goal is to facilitate the teamwork and problem solving skills through various classroom and laboratory activities. The valuable collaborations with external contacts will allow students to have early connections with experts in the field.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:Understand a product brief, select suitable ingredients and know the steps involved in the formulation of different dosage forms including solutions, lotions, creams, pastes, gels, solids etc.Describe the properties and characters of ingredients used in formulations. Identify quality issues, evaluation and regulatory aspects related to certain types of formulated products.Recognise the biological or non-biological systems different formulations are intended to act on and the mechanisms of action of certain type of formulations.Understand methods of testing the formulations and how desired properties of formulations are achieved with modifications.Consider how Māori and other indigenous groups may view the storage, use and blending of materials and alteration of physical properties of formulated products.Identify current global trends of formulated products, current marketing strategies of selected product types and construct a product development brief.
CHEM111 RP: BIOL111 orPROD131
BIOL111 or PROD131
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Pram Lakmi Abhayawardhana
Laboratories & lab notebook Wk 3,4,6,7,10 - submission : 2 wks post experiment 25%Case study presentation Wk 12 15%Assignment Wk 8 20%Final Exam during exam period 30%Quizzes and bonus points available 5%Total 100%
Baki, Gabriella , Alexander, Kenneth S;
Introduction to cosmetic formulation and technology
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015.
Barel, A. O. , Paye, Marc, Maibach, Howard I;
Handbook of cosmetic science and technology
CRC Press, 2014.
Sakamoto, Kazutami et al;
Cosmetic science and technology : theoretical principles and applications
Tadros, Tharwat F;
Formulation Science and Technology Vol. 3: Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Personal Care Formulations
De Gruyter, Inc., 2018.
The prerequisite for this course is CHEM111 RP:BIOL111
Details for lecture and lab times can be found on ‘My timetable’ (https://mytimetable.canterbury.ac.nz). Any changes to the scheduled times will be communicated by email and/or on LEARN
Domestic fee $1,002.00
International fee $5,625.00
* 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.
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