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Course unit
FAO2043794, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
PHARMACY (Ord. 2009)
FA1732, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 11.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PHARMACY (Ord. 2009)

Teacher in charge NICOLA REALDON CHIM/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/09 Applied Technological Pharmaceutics 11.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 4th Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 4.0 60 40.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 (M-Z) 02/12/2019 30/09/2020 DAL ZOTTO MARISA (Presidente)
REALDON NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
10 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 (M-Z) 03/12/2018 30/09/2019 DAL ZOTTO MARISA (Presidente)
REALDON NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: For an effective formative action, it is recommended to attend the course after having attended the courses of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides the rational basis for medicinal compounding and drug manufacturing by procedures suitable both for the public pharmacy and for the hospital pharmacy and for the industry.
The students are engaged in individual practical activities concerning the preparation of different dosage forms, taking into particular account the GMP, stability and storage requirements, labeling and pricing.
Examination methods: The final test is focused to evaluate the knowledge acquired for the professional activity in a public pharmacy, in a hospital pharmacy or in an industry.
It consists of:
- a practical test concerning the formulation, the manufacturing, the pricing and the labeling of a medicinal compound. Technical texts are available for the practical test. No personal material is admitted.
The student is requested to write a report arguing the formulative and operative choices and describing manufacturing procedure.
The failure at the practical test can affect the admission to the oral test.
- an oral test starting with a discussion about the practical test and then concerning any other topics.
The failure of the oral test will involve final negative result.
The final result is defined by equally considering the result of the practical test, the ability of the student to discuss any question about the practical test and the knowledge argued about other topics.
Assessment criteria: The final test is focused to evaluate the knowledge acquired for the professional activity in a public pharmacy, in a hospital pharmacy or in an industry.
The aspects for the evaluation of acquired knowledge include:
- the completeness of the acquired knowledge and the ability by the student of its critical use in view of the professional activity;
- the ability in the rational development of a pharmaceutical dosage form;
- the proper use of scientific and technological terms;
- the correct use of the instruments and equipments available.
Course unit contents: The course provides the theoric knowledge about medicinal compounds as dispersed systems of an active component mixed with non-active components and the practical basis for their manufacturing. The basis for the selection of excipients oriented to control drug release and technological properties of dosage forms are proposed. The practical activities concern individual manufacturing of dosage forms for oral, topical or rectal administration taking into account quality, safety and efficacy.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching consists of lectures (56 hours) and individual practical exercises (60 hours)
The lectures (based on powerpoint slides) provide the basic knowledge of the characteristics and technical requirements of the different pharmaceutical forms and biopharmaceutical products, raw materials used, the criteria for the formulation, primary packaging and quality control of preparations.
To increase learning, during the lectures the students are involved in discussions about the practical applications of proposed topics.
Practical exercises
The exercises are divided into individual practical experiences of implementation of pharmaceutical preparations applying rational procedures of pharmaceutical technology. There will also be exercises in groups for the implementation and quality control of solid oral dosage forms with specific equipment and simulations for the practical test of the final formulation resulting from the comparison between individual approaches.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides shown during the lectures, available in Moodle, are the basic material for the effective learning of the subject.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • E. Ragazzi, GALENICA PRATICA. Padova: Libreria Cortina, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Colombo et al., Principi di Tecnologie Farmaceutiche. Milano: Ambrosiana, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)