The unit will introduce the student to the basic concepts of chemistry. Particular emphasis will be placed on increasing student knowledge of cosmetic formulations in preparation for later skills-based units.

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HBD2102 - Dermal Sciences 1

HBD2103 - Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry relevant to dermal science;  
  2. Apply knowledge of the chemistry and function of cosmetic formulations;  
  3. Assess issues of toxicity, skin irritation and formulation stability in regard to cosmetic formulations; and  
  4. Formulate, produce and critique cosmetic formulations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three Online Tests (30 minutes duration per test) 20%
Report Create a stable cosmetic formulation and report/reflection on process (group task 1000 words per group) 50%
Report Short written task (300 words) 30%

Required reading

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 15th ed.
Tortora, G.J., & Derrickson, B. (2017)
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons

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