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Course unit
MEP5072657, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
ME2193, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHARMACEUTICAL NANOTECHNOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT 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 BARBARA SIMIONATI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/09 Applied Technological Pharmaceutics 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

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Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and concepts of molecular biology
Target skills and knowledge: This course will explore the microbiome as a vast, new and exciting field of life science that offers enormous opportunities to innovate, both in research and business. In this context, participants will learn the essential about microbiome state of the art in research and business and the essential about how to start up, that is, how to manage a research or business idea to transform it from a simple thought to a product or service. Tools and modern approaches will be presented, discussed and used by students to project their own product or service microbiome based, including business model canvas, business planning, gannt planning, lean start up principles, project funding (public
funding and crowdfunding), gender innovation approach.

In detail:
l) general knoledge about microbiome state of art
2) techologies to study the microbiome
3) understand critically the scientific literature on a specific topic.
4) communication skills on scientific topic for public speech
5) business plan development
Examination methods: Quizzes and peer-graded assignment
Team work and presentation
Research/business project development
Assessment criteria: Critical thinking of the student, communication skill and in depth scientific knowledge concerning selected topics for lecture set up.
Course unit contents: Microbiome overview
Innovative technologies to study the microbiome: Next generation sequencing (NGS), barcoding genes analysis, bioinformatics and biostatistics elements
Microbiome applications in pharmaceutical and food science
Project ideas and busienss plan deveolopment tools
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology course included following parts:
1. Lectures with case studies (25 hours)
2. Power point seminar presentations (8 hours)
3. Laboratory (12 hours)
4. Business plan development(16 hours)
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teacher will provide the study material and will suggest appropriate readings
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Students peer review

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

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Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education