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Phisiology

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Fisiologia

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Academic year 2017/2018

Course ID
BIO0136
Teacher
Prof. Filippo TEMPIA
Degree course
[0101M21] Molecular Biotechnology
Year
1st year
Teaching period
First semester
Type
Distinctive
Credits/Recognition
5
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
BIO/09 - fisiologia
Delivery
Formal authority
Language
English
Attendance
Obligatory
Type of examination
Written follewed by oral
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Sommario del corso

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Course objectives

The student must know the mechanisms responsible for cellular and molecular events at the basis of physiological signals, integrating information deriving from preceding classes (cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry).

The student must understand the organizational principles at the basis of physiological functions and their integration.

The student must acquire the scientific approach necessary for the study of the function of the organs of the human body, through examples of physiological systems.

 

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Results of learning outcomes

At the end of the learning process, the student must show knowledge of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of biological signals. The student must show an understanding of the principles of organization of physiological functions and the mechanisms of their integration. The student must demonstrate the capacity to utilize the scientific approach to describe physiological functions.

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Course delivery

40 hours of formal lessons

 

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Learning assessment methods

The evaluation is based on two tests:

1. a written test with true/false answers; the grade is based on the number of exact (+1), null (0) and wrong (-1) answers, so that, statistically, zero level of knowledge (random answers) results in grade zero. The pass grade is half of the maximal score (for example, with 32 questions the maximal grade is 32/32 and the pass grade is 16/32).

2. an oral examination with admission upon passing the written test on the same exam day; in the oral examination the student must show to know in depth the subjects taught in the class and to be able to present them with logic and according to the scientific method.

The final grade is determined from the results of the written test and the oral examination.

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Program

  • Introduction to the study of the nervous system
    • Principles of organization of the nervous system
  • Biophysics and cellular physiology
    • Biophysics of excitable membranes
    • Synaptic transmission
    • Synaptic plasticity
  • Plastic changes of the nervous system
    • Formation of neural circuits
    • Activity-dependent modification of brain circuits
    • Repair and regeneration in the nervous system
  • Sensory physiology
    • General physiology of sensory receptors
    • Somatosensory system
    • Pain and analgesia
    • Hearing and balance
    • Vision
    • Taste and olfaction
  • Motor control
    • Spinal motor circuits
    • Brainstem and control of posture
    • Cortical control of volontary movement
    • Basal ganglia
    • Cerebellum
    • Ocular movements
  • Higher nervous functions
    • Learning and memory
    • Sleep-wake cycle
    • Emotion, motivation and reward
    • Cognitive functions
    • Language

Suggested readings and bibliography

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Purves - "Neuroscience" - 5th edition
Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel, Siegelbaum, Hudspeth "Principles of neural science" - McGraw Hill (5th edition)
D'Angelo, Peres - "Fisiologia. Molecole, cellule e sistemi" - Edi-Ermes
Conti "Fisiologia Medica" (I vol.) - Edi-Ermes, 2a edizione



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Class schedule

DaysTimeClassroom
Tuesday16:00 - 18:00
Friday16:00 - 18:00

Lessons: dal 03/10/2017 to 19/01/2018

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