Elements of physiology (2011/2012)

Course code
4S02719
Name of lecturer
Mario Rosario Buffelli
Coordinator
Mario Rosario Buffelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
BIO/09 - PHYSIOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2012 al Jun 15, 2012.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall D  
Friday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall D  

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide to the students the physiological bases to understand: a) the biophysical properties of the plasma membrane and the principles of cell excitability, nerve conduction and synaptic transmission; b) how the nervous system acquires and processes sensory information and how it plans and executes the movement; c) the functional organization of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and endocrine system.

Syllabus

• Homeostasis.
• Biophysics of cell membranes: resting membrane potential, equilibrium potential, and action potential.
• Anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system. Electrical and chemical synapses. Inhibitory and excitatory synapses.
• Sensation and sensory processing: somatic sensory, visual, auditory and chemosensory system.
• Movement and its central control: motor system and motor control.
• Learning and memory. Plasticity of the nervous system.
• Visceral motor system and physiological bases of cardiovascular, respiratory and renal system.
• Principles of endocrinology.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral examination.