Elements of physiology (2015/2016)

Course code
4S02719
Name of lecturer
Mario Rosario Buffelli
Coordinator
Mario Rosario Buffelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
BIO/09 - PHYSIOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2016 al Jun 10, 2016.

Lesson timetable

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

• Introduction to human physiology and definition of 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.
• General features of the endocrine system and description of the main functions of hormones.

Recommended books:
- Berne-Levy, Principi di Physiology, Elsevier Mosby
- Vander’s Human Physiology, McGraw-Hill
- Stanfield, Principles of Human Physiology, Pearson
- Purves D, et al., Neuroscience, Sinauer Associates

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral exam.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016