PROD331-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Product Formulation 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Physical stability of formulated products such as suspensions, colloids, creams and lotions. Accelerated shelf-life testing methods. Microbial stability, safety and testing. Particulate flow, mixing and packing. Solids milling, conveying, pneumatic transport and bulk storage behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the science behind the cosmetic products discussed in the course.
  • Describe the characteristics and ingredients used in formulations and reproduce some cosmetic products in a laboratory setting, and perform some of the necessary quality tests on the products.
  • Recognize the quality control and quality assurance steps needed to produce formulated products in a commercial settings.
  • Summarise the necessary regulatory and manufacturing processes necessary to upscale the production of cosmetic products.
  • Describe and apply quality testing, including physical/chemical and microbial tests.
  • Describe the common formulated agricultural products and the gain advance insight into the development and science behind these products.
  • Consider issues around indigenous ownership and traditional use of native flora and fauna, including Tikanga Māori, into a successful formulated product design.


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Ali Reza Nazmi

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Pram Lakmi Abhayawardhana


Assignment 1                     7.5%
Assignment 2                     7.5%
Laboratory Assessments      30%
Test (week 7)                     15%
Final Exam                         40%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Baki, Gabriella , Alexander, Kenneth S; Introduction to cosmetic formulation and technology; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design on the department and colleges page.

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