PROD233-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Chemical and Healthcare Product Formulation 1A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Systematic specification of product characteristics in the context of desired functionality, consumer perception and behaviour. Tikanga Maori and other indigenous protocols for inclusive partnership when working with native flora and fauna. Market research, product testing and assessment methods. Preliminary economic feasibility analysis. Fundamentals of toxicological and allergenic response testing.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Define a detailed set of product specifications for a product in the context of consumer perception and behaviour.
  • Understand some of the traditional structural packaging designs and processes available including consumer examples of easy opening & dosage systems and overall sustainable solutions.
  • Describe the important physical properties of liquid products and their measurement, including those of suspensions, colloids, emulsions, creams and pastes.
  • Understand the mechanisms behind liquid product stability, including sedimentation, aggregation, and phase separation
  • Consider issues around indigenous ownership and traditional use of native flora and fauna, including Tikanga Māori, legal and Treaty of Waitangi obligations, and ways in which partnership with Tangata Whenua can lead to a successful formulated product design
  • Carry out a preliminary costing of a product concept


Course Coordinator

Ali Reza Nazmi

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Barro De Gast , Conan Fee and Nick Emerson

Guest Lecturers

Antony Nihoniho , Alex Bowater , Prabha Mallya and Francesco van Eerd

Lab Technician

Khoa Tran


Laboratory Assessments 30%
CAD tutorial/labs                15%
InDesign tutorials               15%
Mid term Quiz                10%
Final Exam                30%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Mollet, Hans. , Grubenmann, Arnold; Formulation technology : emulsions, suspensions, solid forms ; Wiley-VCH, 2001.

Rahse, Wilfried; Industrial product design of solids and liquids : a practical guide ; Wiley-VCH, 2014.

Tadros, Tharwat F; Formulation Science and Technology ; De Gruyter, 2018.

Tadros, Tharwat F; Formulation science and technology ; Walter De Gruyter, 2018.


The prerequisite for this course is CHEM111

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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 PROD233 Occurrences

  • PROD233-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021