SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL, Vol 2, No 1 (2008)

Simulation Tool for Teaching Multivariate Experimental Design on Paracetamol Syrup Formulation

Wibul Wongpoowarak, Payom Wongpoowarak, Prapaporn Boonme

Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkla University

Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkla University

Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkla University


Abstract


Computer simulation is one of effective tools for instructors to illustrate effects of experimental design in its entire complexity since the students can be exposed to a large variety of experimental designs within a relative short period of time. In this study, the syrup formulation of paracetamol was used as a model topic. The program written as a Visual Basic module within Microsoft AccessTM was used to simulate the formulation behavior. The 23 forth-year pharmacy students in Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkhla University used this program to have direct experience in ‘EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN’ topic. The efficiency of the generated computer simulation program on the students’ learning was determined by the evaluation of the satisfaction of the students using a questionnaire. The results suggested that this tool was useful and satisfactory for the students’ self-studying.

Key Words: Computer simulation; Multivariate experimental design; Syrup formulation

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