General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Jordi Sarola Gassiot
Alba Vidal Torres 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Catalan

Oral presentations in the classroom will be in Catalan.


Basic skills
  • B1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is based on general secondary education, and is at a level that, if supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspect that involves knowledge from the forefront of their field of study


  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of ​​study


  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


Specific skills
  • E20_Identify the structural, physiological and biomechanical factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

  • E22_Understand the fundamentals, structures and functions of the skills and patterns of human motor skills


Transversal competences
  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan



The subject of pharmacology and nutrition, which includes two specific areas of knowledge (pharmacology and nutrition) aims to introduce second-year students of the Degree in Physiotherapy in the knowledge and use of pharmacological strategies and knowledge. of the fundamental principles of human nutrition applied to physiotherapy.

The gender perspective will be an aspect that the teaching staff will take into account by making an inclusive and non-sexist use of language and promoting the equal participation of everyone in a respectful and inclusive environment both in lectures and in seminar sessions. The different nutritional and pharmacological responses in both women and men will become visible. Female bibliographic references will be provided in the classroom to the extent that the subject allows it and the full first name of the authors will be used. Regarding the images of the content in the teaching material, the non-perpetuation of stereotypes will be encouraged.

Learning outcomes

LO1. Identifies the main historical facts of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and biomechanics, as well as knowing how to recognize the study methods and recording techniques most used in these disciplines and interpret their data and graphs.

LO8. It applies, based on knowledge, the effects of physical activity and physical interventions, caused on the biochemical reactions of different human organs and systems.

LO10. It applies, based on knowledge, the changes and adaptations that occur due to variation in age, gender and environmental stress.

LO19. Identifies the main cineanthropometric aspects of the individual, a healthy and balanced diet, a diet adapted to the specific requirements of the sport and the ergogenic aids prescribed in each case.

Working methodology



Theoretical classes






Study and group work


Study and autonomous, individual work


Total hours 150















The program will be presented on the first day and the operation of the individual activities and seminars will be explained.

Pharmacology Contents:

Topic 1. General Pharmacology

  1. Routes of administration
  2. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
  3. Approaching problems

Topic 2. Pharmacology of the endocrine system

Topic 3. Pharmacology of the respiratory system

Topic 4. Pharmacology of the cardiovascular system

Topic 5. Anti-inflammatory and analgesic

Topic 6. Blood pharmacology

Topic 7. Musculoskeletal farnacology

Topic 8. Pharmacology of the nervous system

Topic 9. Pharmacology of exercise. Doping

Topic 10. Polymedicine 

Seminars 1, 2 and 3. Solving problems and cases raised from the theoretical agenda


Nutrition contents:

Topic 1. Introduction.

Topic 2. Energy and nutrients.

Item 3. Food groups.

Item 4. Balanced diet.

Item 5. Food, sport and physical activity.

Item 6. Supplementation and ergogenic aids.


Seminars 1, 2 and 3. Resolution of clinical cases or problems.

Learning activities

Learning activities 

Face-to-face sessions with audiovisual material.

Case study and problem solving.

Face-to-face sessions

Group work through cooperative learning activities.

Questionnaires and individual work

Personal study and bibliographic research.














Evaluation system

The evaluation of the subject is continuous, through different tools to assess the different skills needed to pass the subject.

The evaluation of the subject will be done through the following activities:

  • A final exam, which will consist of a multiple-choice test and a written test of short questions.
  • Elaboration of an electronic portfolio related to the syllabus worked during the subject.
  • Oral presentation of the problems posed in the seminars and delivery of these.
  • Self evaluation.
  • Co-evaluation among students.

The assessment of competencies will take into account the presence and involvement during seminars and problem solving as well as individual interventions in the different exercises on the Moodle platform.

Evaluation activity


Assessed skills

Electronic portfolio


B1, B2, B5, T2, E20, E22

Oral presentation


B1, B2, B5, T2, E20, E22


15% B1, B2, B5, T2, E20, E22


5% B1, B2, B5, T2, E20, E22

Individual final exam (50% pharmacology and 50% nutrition)


B1, B2, B5, E20, E22

For the exam grade to be averaged with the rest of the grades obtained during the course of the subject, it will be necessary to obtain a grade equal to or higher than 5 points out of a total of 10 points. In the exam, it will be necessary to pass both the part corresponding to the Nutrition content and the part corresponding to the Pharmacology content.

According to article 5 of Royal Decree 1125/2003, the results obtained for the student will be graded according to the numerical scale from 0 to 10, with the corresponding qualitative grade: failed, approved, notable, excellent , honors.

0 – 4,9: suspension (SS)  

5 – 6,9: Pass (AP)  

7 – 8,9: remarkable (NT)  

9 – 10: excellent (SB)  

When the qualification of the subject is of Excellent (mark superior to 9 points) the educational of the asignatura will be able to consider if the student chooses to obtain the qualification of matrícula of honor (MH).

Evaluation activity in recovery period

Within the same course, there is the possibility to recover skills not achieved during the subject. The mark obtained in the continuous assessment will be kept and the part of the exam can be recovered.

Evaluation activity in recovery period


Assessed skills

Individual final exam (50% pharmacology and 50% nutrition)


B1, B2, B5, E20, E22

Requirements to pass the continuous assessment:

- Mandatory minimum achievement in the subject and seminars of 83%, absences due to illness or injury are included.

- If the continuous assessment is not passed due to non-compliance with any of the necessary requirements described above, the student will fail the subject.

In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery, if it has been suspended the subject. If the rating is Not presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

All assignments must be submitted through the Virtual Classroom on the date indicated. No late work will be accepted.



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Salas-Salvadó, Jordi; Bonada and Sanjaume, Anna; Trallero Casañas, Roser; Saló and Solà, M Engràcia; Burgos Pelaez, Roser. Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics. 4th ed. Barcelona: Elsevier, 2019.

Betés Mariano, Duran Màrius, Mestres Concepcion, Nogues Maria Rosa. Pharmacology for Physiotherapists. Pan American 2008.

Lorenzo, Pedro; Moreno, Alfonso; Lizasoain, Ignacio; Leza, Juan Carlos; Moro, María Angeles; Portolés, Antonio. Velázquez: Basic and clinical pharmacology. 18th edition. Pan American, 2015.

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