PROD235-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Formulation Chemistry

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Chemistry related to product formulation, including common organic chemical structures and reactivity; separation, purification and characterisation of chemical compounds; the function and structure of surfactants and micelles; the chemical basis of dyes, colourants and fragrances; and an introduction to intellectual property considerations for new chemical compounds and formulations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have a working understanding of the fundamental organic chemistry including the three dimensional structure of molecules and general reactions of various functional groups.
  • Understand what colloids, surfactants and micelles are, and how surfactants are important in commercial polymerization processes.
  • Develop understanding of the theory and basic application aspects of a variety of characterisation methods (chromatography, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and other selected spectroscopic techniques).
  • Understand how chemical compounds can be separated and purified through common methods such as extraction, distillation, crystallisation, etc.
  • Be able to describe the origin of colour in molecules, how products are colourised and how colours are made fast, including traditional products from Mà„ori and Pasifika
  • Understand the physiological basis of smell, the chemical basis of odour and how chemical compounds can be blended to create fragrances
  • Be conversant with issues related to patenting and intellectual property for new chemical compounds and formulations, including those based upon traditional compounds


Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 121
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 Rehua 528
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Elsie Locke 104A
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 15:00 - 17:00 Online Delivery
11 Mar - 17 Mar
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:30 - 16:00 Online Delivery
22 Apr - 28 Apr

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sarah Kessans


Anastassiya Lazareva and Preeti Kundu


Test 1: 25%
Test 2: 25%
Final examination: 50%


The prerequisite for this course is CHEM111 RP:BIOL111

This course is restricted against CHEM242/BCHM206

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design .

All PROD235 Occurrences

  • PROD235-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024