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Second cycle
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School of Medicine
Course unit
MEP3055555, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ME1869, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS
Department of reference Department of Medicine
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in HEALTH PROFESSIONS OF TECHNICAL SCIENCES (DIAGNOSTIC)

Teacher in charge ALBERTO ZANATTA 000000000000
Other lecturers CATERINA MIAN MED/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses MED/46 Laboratory Medicine Techniques 1.0
Core courses MED/50 Applied Medical Sciences 2.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 3.0 30 45.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

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Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of biochemistry, of human physiology, of the most common human diseases with particular reference to metabolic and endocrine diseases. Some background information about analytical methods (spectrophotometry, HPLC, column and paper chromatography, mass spectometry, radioimmunoassay, ELISA). Basic statistics and basic study planning.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the application of analyses and methodologies to the study of human diseases. General principles of research methodologies and of the statistical methods applied to experimental and observational studies. Design, significance and interpretation of data from prospective and horizontal studies.
Examination methods: Written, multiple choice tests with possible integration with a short oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Global evaluation of the knowledge acquired, of the specific terminology employed and on selected information of some relevant human pathologies, mostly of metabolic and endocrine diseases. Final scores expressed as 30/30.
Course unit contents: General principles applied to research methodologies, also with a briefhistorical recall. Types, desing and significance of epidemiological studies. Types of studies that can be performed in humans, with focus on metabolism and physiology. Methods for separation and quantitation of biological substances and substrates (high pressure liquid chromatography, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, immunoblots). Methods of evaluation and significance of insulin-sensitivity in vivo. Techniques employed for the study of gene expression and regulation (microarray, RNA silencing, metabolomics, proteomics). Basic elements of cell culture.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching material will consist of files assembled by the professor, along with pertinent bibliographic references, and discussion/interaction with the students of specific points of interest.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Files release by the professor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Lehninger, Albert L.; Nelson, David L.; Cox, Michael M., Lehninger principles of biochemistryDavid L. NelsonMichael M. Cox. New York: W.H. Freeman, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ganong, William F., Review of medical physiologyWilliam F. Ganong. Stamford (CT): Appleton & Lange, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Shils, Maurice E.; Young, Vernon R., Modern nutrition in health and disease. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1988. Cerca nel catalogo