CHEM ENG 3021 - Pharmaceutical Dosage Form & Manufacturing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course examines methodologies, both applied and fundamental, to analyze and scale up manufacturing pharmaceutical processes involving centrifugation, membrane separation, crystallization, adsorption, moving bed processes chromatography, electrophoresis, liquid and dispersed-phase systems e.g. liquid and multiphase mixing, sterilization and sanitation, lyophilisation drying. Also processes involving solids processing, such as solids characterization, blending, milling, granulation, tableting, coating, etc.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 3021
    Course Pharmaceutical Dosage Form & Manufacturing
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment assignments, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Jingxiu Bi

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Select the correct dosage forms for a given API;
    2. Design of production, isolation and purification processes for APIs;
    3. Apply the engineering principles to unit operations, such as centrifuge, membrane operation, extraction, chromatography, crystallization, drying, mixing, granulation, tabletting and coating;
    4. Calculate and design the process conditions or equipment size for a unit operation;
    5. Scale up each unit operation;
    6. Analyze the target product and identify rational sequence of unit operations;
    7. Take regulatory requirements into consideration for each unit operation;
    8. Demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues related to each unit operation.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books
    1. Levin, M 2006, Pharmaceutical Process Scale Up, Taylor & Francis
    2. Hickey, AJ, & Ganderton, D 2001, Pharmaceutical Process Engineering, Marcel Dekker
    3. Aulton, ME 2007, Aulton’s Pharmaceutics, 3rd edition, Elsevier
    4. Mccabe, Smith, Harriott, 2001, Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, 6th, McGraw Hill
    5. Richardson, Harker and Backhurst, 2002, Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering, Volume 2, 5th, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002
    Online Learning
    Resources are available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning and small group discovery activities.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.


    Contact hours

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    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Dosage form design
    Topic 2: API production, isolation and purification
    Topic 3: Solid dosage form manufacturing
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Topic 1 and 3 will be discussed in small group discovery activities. Challanges will be raised for small groups during the lecture and tutorial sessions.
  • Assessment

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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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