PROD331-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Product Formulation 2

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


Physical stability of formulated products such as suspensions, colloids, creams and lotions. Accelerated shelf-life testing methods. Microbial stability, safety and testing. Particulate flow, mixing and packing. Solids milling, conveying, pneumatic transport and bulk storage behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the science behind the cosmetic products discussed in the course.
  • Describe the characteristics and ingredients used in formulations and reproduce some cosmetic products in a laboratory setting, and perform some of the necessary quality tests on the products.
  • Recognize the quality control and quality assurance steps needed to produce formulated products in a commercial settings.
  • Summarise the necessary regulatory and manufacturing processes necessary to upscale the production of cosmetic products.
  • Describe and apply quality testing, including physical/chemical and microbial tests.
  • Describe the common formulated agricultural products and the gain advance insight into the development and science behind these products.
  • Consider issues around indigenous ownership and traditional use of native flora and fauna, including Tikanga Māori, into a successful formulated product design.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 445
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 15:00 West 230 Formulation Lab
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 West 214
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Ali Reza Nazmi

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Assignment 1                     7.5%
Assignment 2                     7.5%
Laboratory Assessments      30%
Test (week 7)                     15%
Final Exam                         40%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Baki, Gabriella , Alexander, Kenneth S; Introduction to cosmetic formulation and technology ; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* 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 .

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