PHA333 - Pharmaceutical Analysis

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Subject Title
Pharmaceutical Analysis

Subject Description
This is a one-semester laboratory oriented subject intended to introduce students to the world of pharmaceutical analysis.  Selected physical and chemical laboratory techniques used in the control of raw materials and finished dosage forms are emphasized, especially USP and BP methods.  Students should be aware that this course does not attempt to teach basic science but instead encourages students to apply their previously acquired knowledge, especially of chemistry and mathematics, in the pharmaceutical laboratory.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Chemical Laboratory Technology (Pharmaceutical) diploma

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon completion of this subject, the student will be able to

  1. Successfully navigate and interpret United States Pharmacopeia (USP) methods and acceptance criteria.
  2. Successfully conduct laboratory exercises emphasizing the analysis of pharmaceutical raw materials, in-process tests and finished product tests.
  3. Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) within the pharmaceutical laboratory.
  4. Comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations, as they relate to laboratory data acquisition, record keeping and good documentation practices in the quality control and stability labs.
  5. Write Certificate of Analysis (C of A), long term stability protocols and reports for drug substances and finished products.
  6. Demonstrate that they can completely and correctly solve pharmaceutical calculations such as % purity and % label claim.
  7. Demonstrate use of chemical and pharmaceutical software/firmware such ChemStation UV-Vis software and VanKel Dissolution apparatus firmware.
  8. Understand ICH stability testing guidelines and how to manage a stability program

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Execute mathematical operations accurately.

    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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