Module Title:Formulation and Compounding 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered via two one-hour lectures for twelve weeks and one two-hour practical for ten weeks. Students may be required to access the material via College networks in advance of the class and practicals to encourage active learning. To consolidate lectures and practicals, students will normally be required to carry out assignments, give presentations and answer multiple choice questions. Group and peer learning will be facilitated during the preparation of assignments, presentations and practicals. Any course-related issue or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures. Online demonstrations will illustrate the key concepts of the course and will be available throughout the year. Digital resources such as Youtube, Reusable learning objects and the National Digital Learning Repository will be used as practicable.
Module Aim: To give the student an insight into the requirements of formulation and compounding in the modern pharmacy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the procedures in drug production from synthesis to finished product manufacture.
LO2 Develop and test a range of products containing pharmaceutical actives.
LO3 Evaluate and discuss processes involved in drug manufacture and basic quality assurance
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Oral dosage route
Comminution, mixing, compression, granulation
Formulation, storage and labelling
Sterile dosage forms
Formulation, manufacture and quality control. Clean rooms.
Clinical trials
Clinical trials. Blind and double-blind trials, placebo effect
Pulmonary medications
Formulation and manufacture
Oral liquids
Composition, manufacture, stability evaluation
Stability & shelf-life
Aims, product specification, assay
Modified drug release
Coatings and films, matrices and ion-exchangers
Quality control
Evaluation of tablets, capsules, suppositories
Other dosage forms
Ophthalmic preparations. Enemas
Practicals will allow students to develop the required technical competencies, attitudes and behaviours as well as problem-solving abilities and group skills promote deep learning via investigation of a problem, application of prior knowledge and analysis of results thus generating new knowledge.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both practical/CA and final exam.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other MCQ, assignments and practical work 1,2 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment will take the form of practical reports, and specific assignments 1,2 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 2 hour exam 1,3 50.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_C Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies 4 Mandatory