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Course unit
SCN1028851, A.A. 2016/17

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1175, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2016/17
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEUROBIOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
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 DANIELA PIETROBON BIO/09
Other lecturers RODOLFO COSTA BIO/18

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/09 Physiology 7.0
Core courses BIO/18 Genetics 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 09/06/2017

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 NEUROBIOLOGIA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 PIETROBON DANIELA (Presidente)
COSTA RODOLFO (Membro Effettivo)
5 NEUROBIOLOGIA 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 PIETROBON DANIELA (Presidente)
COSTA RODOLFO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: General Physiology
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the fundamental principles of the structural and functional organization of the human nervous system. In-depth knowledge of i) mechanisms of intracellular and intercellular neuronal communication, ii) mechanisms of short-term and long-term synaptic plasticity involved in learning and memory and iii) functional organization of sensory systems
Examination methods: Written examination with open questions
Assessment criteria: Critical understanding of the subject matter
Course unit contents: FIRST PART (Prof Pietrobon)

1. Introduction. 2. Anatomical and functional organization of the human nervous system. 3. Electrophysiological and optical techniques for measurement of neuronal electrical activity. Optogenetics for selective stimulation of specific neurons. 4. Specific patterns of firing in different neurons and their mechanisms. 5. Techniques for measurement of synaptic transmission. Biophysical mechanisms of neurotransmitter release. 6. Mechanisms of short- and long-term synaptic plasticity. Learning and memory. 7. General functional organization of sensory systems; study in depth of one sensory system.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: When possible lectures will be given in an interactive way to stimulate the critical participation of the students and test their understanding of the topics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Purves et al.,, Neuroscienze. --: Zanichelli, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kandel et al, Principi di Neuroscienze. --: CEA, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo