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INP6075157, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0532, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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Teacher in charge STEFANO VASSANELLI BIO/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/09 Physiology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 A.A. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 VASSANELLI STEFANO (Presidente)
2 A.A. 2017/2018 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 VASSANELLI STEFANO (Presidente)
RUGGERI ALFREDO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Preferred a basic knowledge on organic chemistry and molecular biology
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge: basic principles of the homeostasis regulation at the cellular and systems leve in the human body, and related physiological mechanisms at the molecular, cellular and organs level.
Capacity: developing interactions with personnel of medical care centres and working in the biomedical sciences to solve common problems.
Examination methods: Multiple choice or oral examination. Questions in the multiple choice may have one or more possible answers. The exam will be held at the PC and with pre-fixed duration
Assessment criteria: Correct answers in the multiple choice or oral examination
Course unit contents: BIOLOGY: The cell membrane and its functions. Neuron and synaptic transmission. Lysosomes. The Golgi apparatus and the endoplasmic reticulum. The nucleus. DNA, genetic code and protein synthesis. Mitosis and meiosis. Mitochondria, anaerobic glycolysis, Krebs cycle and oxidative phosphorylation. The contraction of muscle fiber.
PHYSIOLOGY: Functional Organization of the Human Body. The nervous system (organization, sense organs, reflex, somatic and proprioceptive sensitivity, control of voluntary motility, autonomic orthosympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system). The endocrine system (pituitary and hypothalamic-pituitary system). The thyroid. The gonads. The endocrine pancreas. Adrenal gland hormones. Hormones of heart and kidney - the renin-angiotensin system and the atrial natriuretic peptide ). The male and female reproducer apparatus (in particular regulation of the ovary and uterine cycle). The blood, the lymph and the immune system (notes). The cardiovascular system (structure and function of blood vessels, cardiac mechanics, electrical activity, electrocardiogram, arterial pulse, and blood pressure regulating mechanisms). The digestive system (exocrine pancreas, liver, function of bile salts in digestion and lipid absorption, glucose absorption at the intestinal tract). Metabolism (anaerobic glycolysis, Krebs cycle and ATP synthesis) . The respiratory system (lungs, lung volume and capacity, gaseous alveolar exchanges, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, hemoglobin and gaseous exchanges between blood and tissues). The kidneys (mechanisms of filtration, reabsorption and secretion, acidity and urine concentration control, role of kidneys and respiration in blood pH control, measurements of plasma renal flow and VFG) Bone tissue (structure and physiological remodeling of the bones). Introduction to metabolism.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, lectures notes and a textbook of Human Physiology selected by the student
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides available on moodle (Dept Biomedical Sciences)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving

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

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