Chemistry for Dermal Sciences

Unit code: HBD3103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Campus
City Queen
Online Real Time
HBD2102 - Dermal Sciences 1
HBD2103 - Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Three Online Tests (30 minutes duration per test)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Create a stable cosmetic formulation and report/reflection on process (group task 1000 words per group)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Conduct chemistry experiments and write short report (300 words)

Required reading

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

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