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SCN1032657, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1177, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
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 LUIGI BUBACCO BIO/09

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/09 Physiology 9.0

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

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
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Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 FISIOLOGIA UMANA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 BUBACCO LUIGI (Presidente)
GREGGIO ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
7 FISIOLOGIA UMANA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 BUBACCO LUIGI (Presidente)
GREGGIO ELISA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The class requires previous knowledge of basic Biochemistry, cell Biology and General Physiology
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this class is to provide the ground knowledge of Human physiology necessary for the following classes of the LS in "Biologia Sanitaria"
More in detail:
1) To acquire the basis of the concept of homeostasis
2) To acquire the basis of the correlation between structure and function.
3) To identify the role of the individual organs in the general process of homeostasis.
4) To identify the modality of acquisition of the sensory information of the self and on the environment
5)to provide a functions criteria to study human anatomy
Examination methods: Written exam, four open questions to be answered in two hours
Assessment criteria: The criteria that will be used to evaluate the level of comprehension of the acquired concept are:
1) Comprehension of the subjects presented and discussed in class;
2) Critical evaluation and capacity to relate the diverse concepts introduced in the lectures.
3) Level of completeness of the understanding of the individual subject.
4) Capacity to elaborate the integration processes among the different organs.
5) Correct and precise use of the scientific language
Course unit contents: The Central Nervous System (8 hours)
Neurons: Cellular and Network organization and Properties,
Efferent Division: (10 hours) Autonomic and Somatic Motor Control. Sensory Physiology.
Muscles physiology (8 hours) Control of Body Movement
Cardiovascular Physiology (10 hours) Blood Flow and the Control of Blood Pressure
and functional properties of Blood
Respiratory Physiology (8 hours) Mechanics of Breathing. Gas Exchange and Transport
The Kidneys (8 hours) Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
Digestion (8 hours) Energy Balance and Metabolism.
Endocrine Control of Growth and Metabolism (8 hours)
Reproduction and Development (8 hours)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The lectures are conceived to actively involve the students.
Critical reading of scientific articles is a mandatory part of the class.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teaching material used in the lectures and all the material related to the critical reading activities will be available to the students on the e-learning platform :
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Berne & Levy, Fisiologia 6° edizione. --: Ambrosiana, 2010. Anche edizione inglese Cerca nel catalogo
  • Silverthorn, Fisiologia Umana 5° edizione. --: Pearson, 2010. Anche edizione inglese Cerca nel catalogo