PROD333-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Chemical and Healthcare Product Formulation 2A

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


Unit operations for producing formulated products such as lotions, gels, colloids and suspensions, tableted and particulate materials. Scale-up and operation. Process design, simulation and economic analysis for formulated product manufacture. Batch scheduling and recipe specification. Filling and packaging operations.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Devise and analyse consumer and sensory evaluation trials
  • Understand some of the traditional structural packaging designs and processes available including consumer examples of easy opening & dosage systems and overall sustainable solutions
  • Devise and carry out product stability tests
  • Engage in conceptual design of fragrances, including product safety/labelling
  • Be able to define a feasible industrial process sequence for the production of a range of formulated product types, including identifying and addressing any areas where cultural issues may arise for Maori or other indigenous groups
  • Be able to use an industry standard software package to simulate a production process and devise a batch production schedule or continuous process sequence
  • Be able to carry out a detailed process economics analysis of a formulated product manufacturing process


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Conan Fee

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Barro De Gast

Guest Lecturer

Stacey Fraser (Product Design Consultant)


1. Final exam: 40% (during final examination period, time to be confirmed)
2. Test: 10% (to be held during Week 10, on material presented in Weeks 1 and 4-8 only. Online via Learn.)
3.     Brief Practical Assignments: 20% (Four in total, one handed out in each of Weeks 8, 9, 10 and 11, each worth 5% - online submission via Learn due one week later).
4. Two Assignments: 15% each. One on packaging design to be handed out in Week 2, submission due end of Week 5. One on fragrance design to be handed out in Week 9, submission due end of Week 12.

Late submissions of assignments and lab reports are eligible for 50% credit only.

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 Vol. 3: Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Personal Care Formulations; De Gruyter, Inc., 2018.

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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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