76081 - Pharmacology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Speech and Language Therapy (cod. 9080)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has the general concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. He also knows the characteristics of some classes of drugs used in pain therapy such as for example NSAIDs and opioids with the indication in specific clinical cases.

Course contents

Course contents

Pharmacokinetics: absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs

Main pharmacokinetic parameters: bioavailability, volume of distribution, AUC, Cmax, Tmax, clearance)

Pharmacodynamics: mechanisms of drug action, agonists, antagonists, relation between drug concentration and effect

Notes on factors influencing drug response

Notes on clinical drug developement and pharmacovigilance

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); anti-inflammatory steroids.

General principles of pain therapy

Anti-infectious chemotherapy: general principles; antibacterial drugs, antifungal drugs

General principles of drugs for respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases


The teaching material provided on the iol.unibo.it platform and the notes taken during the lessons are essential for the preparation of the exam.

As a reference, the student can deepen the topics on the following text:

1) Furlanut M, Farmacologia generale e clinica per le lauree sanitarie, III Edizione, Piccin, 2013

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

Computerized questionnaire consisting of 31 questions with 4 possible answers of which only one is correct. The questions concern the whole program of the course.

Teaching tools

Teaching material (access restricted to UNIBO student) can be downloaded at https://iol.unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Domenico Motola


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.