cod. 12375

Academic year 2013/14
2° year of course - First semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
8 credits
course unit
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Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding
Systematic description of regional anatomy and morphology of human body, its macro and microscopic features in the different periods of life, know the organogenesis and phases of development

Applying knowledge and understanding
This knowledge must be applied to simple clinical reasonement (case studies)

Making judgements
Students are expected to be able to follow a reasonement of functional anatomy

Communication skills
Students are expected to use a proper technical language

Learning skills
Students are expected to be able to summarize a technical text


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Course unit content

Reproductive System: general characteristics and organogenesis. Female reproductive system: macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of the ovary, uterine tube, uterus and vagina; morphological and functional aspects of the uterine and ovarian cycles. Male reproductive system: morphology and structure of the testis, epididymis, prostate and ductal system. Genitalia.

Digestive system: macroscopic and microscopic anatomy and organogenesis of the digestive tract and related glands. Peritoneum and peritoneal cavity.

Endocrine System: morphology, architecture and structure of the endocrine glands: adeno and neuro-hypophysis, epiphyses, thyroid, parathyroid, cromaffine system, widespread neuro-endocrine system, adrenalgland, paragangli, endocrine pancreas.

Topographic Anatomy of some areas of particular clinical and surgical interest: parotidal region; abdominal regions; perineum.

Neuroanatomy: organogenesis and general organization of the nervous system. Macroscopic anatomy, architecture and structure of the spinal cord, brainstem, cerebellum, diencephalon, telencephalon with morpho-functional correlations. The cranial nerves. Pathways of voluntary and automatic motility. General visceral sensitivity. Anatomy of the visual, auditory and vestibular systems. The meninges, the cerebrospinal fluid and the ventricular cavities. Skull-brain topography. The autonomous nervous system. The peripheral nervous system: macroscopic anatomy with functional correlations and innervation territories.

Full programme

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ANATOMIA UMANA (Anastasi et al.), Ed. EdiErmes;

Human Anatomy (Netter), Ed. Masson

Teaching methods


Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of the achievement of the objectives of the course consists of an oral examination. Through questions about the contents of the course will be determined whether the student has achieved the goal of knowledge and understanding of the content.

phase 1: identification and description of two microscopic preparations (slides);the student must recognize and describe both slides
phase 2: written test with 5 questions of multiple choice type, with 5 choices each. The student must give at least 10/15 correct answers.
phase 3: Final oral examination with the evaluation of the knowledge of topographical anatomy and neuroanatomy.
Phases are sequential as indicated.

Other information

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