Syllabus query

Academic Year/course: 2017/18

304 - Degree in Medicine

26716 - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures: Pharmacology and Dietetic I

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
26716 - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures: Pharmacology and Dietetic I
Faculty / School:
104 - Facultad de Medicina
304 - Degree in Medicine
First semester
Subject Type:

1.4. Activities and key dates

For students enrolled in the subject, places, times and dates of lectures and practical sessions will be
public via Bulletin Board advertisements of the grade on the platform Moodle at the University of
Zaragoza,, and in the moodle page for the course. These routes will be also
used to communicate enrolled students their distribution by groups of practical sessions, which will be
organized by the coordination of degree.

5.1. Methodological overview

The learning process designed to this subject is based in:


The subject shows the basic knowledge in pharmacology so that the activities proposed are focused on the understanding and assimilation of the main stays of the Pharmacology as well as in the useful of the drugs which is essential for the future development of the medical professionals.


The general vision of the knowledge obtained in the theoretical class is completed with the practical activities, where the student will get used to the different methods and their application in medicine.


The students can use the tutorial hours to get a better following of the learning process. These hours can be directed to the conventional tutoring session or to specific session related with the practical work.


The basic material of the course, such as the subject program, the summaries of the theoretical themes, the complementary material to the practical class and the schedule, will be uploaded to the website. The web page is (Anillo Digital Docente).


The subject is structured as follows:

Classroom-based activities are developed through 32 participatory classes and involve big group of students. The practical classes and/ or seminars consist of 20 class hours divided into working sessions of two hours and a half each.  In this case the students will be distributed in small groups.

5.2. Learning tasks

With the aim of getting the expected learning results the program offered to the student include the next activities:


Theory classes on big groups (1,28 ECTs)

Self-study explanation and orientation of the subject contents directed to acquire the competences and learning results. All available resources about audiovisual support will be used.


Practical classes in small groups (0,72 ECTS)

Each group of students will receive practical classes for two weeks.


Student´s autonomous work (3,64 ECTS)


All students will be informed about the risk associated with some practical classes, such as the use of dangerous products and they also will be advised on the procedures to be followed in case of accident.  Every student must sign a commitment to comply with the work rules and safety standards in order to carry out the practical classes. More information in

5.3. Syllabus

Theoretical program

General Principles of Pharmacology

  • Pharmacology concepts: Active pharmaceutical ingredient.  Drug life cycle research
  • Pharmacokinetics: Drug passage across the membrane. Drug absorption. Routes of administration. Drug distribution.  Drugs binding to proteins. Blood-brain barrier and placental barrier Drug metabolism and excretion
  • Pharmacodinamics: Mechanism of drug actions. Pharmacological actions. Drug receptor concept and types. Dose-response curves. Drug-receptor interaction.  Pharmacological interactions
  • Side effects
  • Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics: Concept. Genetic polymorphisms. Metabolic index.


Pharmacology of Systems

  • Pharmacology of Autonomic Nervous System
  • Pharmacology of mediators of Inflammation and Pain
  • Pharmacology and the Immune System
  • Chemotherapeutic Agents
  • Pharmacology of  Blood Disorders
  • Pharmacology of Central Nervous System
  • Antibiotics. Antiviral  and  Antifungal agents


Practical Classroom teaching with small group

 Each group practical classroom teaching will take place during two weeks


Module 1

  1. Workshop: Route of drug administration and pharmaceutical forms
  2. Phrmacokinetics: practical exercises
  3. Pharmacodynamics:  Dose-response curves. Agonist and antagonist drugs

Module 2

  1. Problem-based learning. Two sessions
  2. Pharmacology in Emergency. Exercises of simulation. (Role-playing exercises)
  3. Seminars

5.4. Course planning and calendar

Theoretical class in big group: three hours each week

Theoretical class will be carried on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Group 1: from 10:00 until 11:00 hours

Group 2: from 9:00 until 10:00 hours

Practical class in small groups of students: 10 hours each week and two weeks each group

Timetable: from 11.30 until 15:00 hours during the days of the week.


Every group of students will develop the same training activities in theory as well as practice.

5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources

BB Farmacología / H. P. Rang ... [et al.]. - 8ª ed. Ámsterdam ; Barcelona ; Madrid [etc.] : Elsevier, cop. 2016
BB Farmacología fundamental / autores, Alfonso Velasco Martín ... [et al.] . 1ª ed. en español, [reimp.] Madrid [etc.]: McGraw-Hill Interamericana, D.L. 2004
BB Farmacología humana / director, Jesús Flórez ; directores asociados, Juan Antonio Armijo, África Mediavilla . - 6ª ed. Ámsterdam ; Barcelona ; Madrid [etc.] : Elsevier Masson , 2014
BB Integrated pharmacology / Clive Page ... [et al.] . - 3rd .ed. Edinburgh [etc.]: Mosby, 2006
BB Las bases farmacológicas de la terapéutica (Goodman and Gilman) [12ª ed.] / editor, Laurence L. Brunton ; editores asociados, Bruce A. Chabner, Björn C. Knollmann ; traducción, Alma Rosa Higuera Murillo... [et al.]. 12ª ed. México D.F. ; Madrid [etc.] : McGraw-Hill Interamericana , cop. 2012
BB Lorenzo Velázquez, Benigno. Farmacología básica y clínica / Velázquez ; [colaboradores], P. Lorenzo ... [et al.]. 18ª ed. Madrid [etc.] : Editorial Médica Panamericana, 2012