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School of Medicine
Course unit
MEP3052473, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
FA1733, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PLANT BIOLOGY AND PHARMACOGNOSY
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GENNY ORSO BIO/14
Other lecturers ROSAMARIA CANIATO BIO/15

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/14 Pharmacology 5.0
Core courses BIO/15 Pharmaceutic Biology 4.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/09/2019 ORSO GENNY (Presidente)
CANIATO ROSAMARIA (Membro Effettivo)
PIOVAN ANNA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: The skills needed are cytology,inorganic and organic chemistry, physiology, biochemistry and pathology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the knowledge necessary to enable the future graduate to understand the effects of herbal drugs and to fit in the different areas of preparation, marketing, and use of medicinal plants.
Examination methods: Oral exam, the final evaluation is integrated with vegetal biology. The macroscopic recognition of some herbal drugs is required (Appendix 1, The drugs which have to be recognized are exposed in the University Library of via Japelli 1B.
Assessment criteria: Oral examination.
Course unit contents: In order to ensure public health, the plant drugs have to be safe, efficacious and of suitable quality for use. The teaching aims to provide the knowledge necessary to understand the effects of plant drugs on the human organism, through the study of general characteristics of these products, the chemical constituents and how to use medicinal plants. A monographic part is developed in the course.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching is based on lectures. It is also provided the vision of samples of herbal drugs. There will be opportunities for discussion in the classroom.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The use of lecture notes may be useful. The use of databases and websites of AIFA, EMA and FDA, etc. are strongly proposed.
Teaching materials in pdf is available in platform elearnig after registration.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • F. Capasso, G. Grandolini, A.A. Izzo, Fitoterapia. Impiego razionale delle droghe vegetali. --: Springer-Verlag Italia, 2006. Per farmacognosia Cerca nel catalogo
  • F. Capasso, R De Pasquale, G Grandolini, N Mascolo., Farmacognosia. Botanica, chimica e farmacologia delle piante medicinali.. --: Edizione 2a, Editore Springer, 2011. Per farmacognosia Cerca nel catalogo
  • Barnes J, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD, Herbal Medicines. --: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007. Per farmacognosia Cerca nel catalogo
  • Smith, Coupland, Harberd, Jones, Martin, Sablowski, Amey, Biologia delle piante - Evoluzione, sviluppo, metabolismo.. --: Zanichelli, 2011. Per biologia vegetale. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Pasqua, Biologia cellulare e biotecnologie vegetali.. --: Piccin, 2011. Per biologia vegetale. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Luigi Sanità di Toppi, Interazioni piante-ambiente. --: Piccin, 2018. Per biologia vegentale Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paul Dewich, Chimica, biosintesi e bioattività delle sostanze naturali. --: Piccin, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Life on Land