Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of the course is to provide the farmcological basis to acquire a deep understanding of natural bioactive compounds and their potential beneficial / toxic effect.Knowledge and understanding
• Acquire basic knowledge of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy.
• Acquire knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics for understanding the pharmacological activity of the active ingredients
• Know the pharmacological activity of natural bioactive compounds and the related mechanisms of action
• Acquire ability to use the specific language of the discipline
Knowledge and understanding applied
• Apply knowledge of the mechanisms of action of the active ingredients to define their pharmacological activity and their use for health
• Understand the meaning of the effect of food supplements compared to drugs
• Knowing how to independently assess the validity of a prevention strategy based on food supplements/ nutraceutical
• Have the ability to synthesize information and communicate it effectively to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors.
• Develop skills and methodology that allow you to study in a highly autonomous way
• Ability to update through the consultation of scientific databases
Course contents summary
- General principles of pharmacology: pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
- Pharmacological activity of the main natural bioactive compounds.
- Quantal and gradual responses
- Efficay and potency
- Mechanisms of action of the active principles
- absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion (ADME)
- main pharmacokinetic parameters
- kinetics of repeated doses
Classes of natural bioactive compounds:
- pharmacological activity
- mechanism of action
- health indications
GOODMAN & GILMAN’S: "The pharmacological basis of therapeutics"
Slides provided by the teacher
The lessons will be mainly frontal/online, but organized in order to involve students. The registrations and slides used to support lessons, as an integral part of the teaching material, will be provided directly to the students and uploaded on the Elly platform.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Scale of assessment: 0-30
Weights and evaluation criteria:
1) Acquired knowledge (up to 16/30);
2) Ability to apply the acquired knowledge and to make connections between the covered topics (up to 9/30);
3) capacity to communicate concepts through the use of the specific language of the discipline (up to 5/30).