cod. 05563

Academic year 2010/11
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
Scienze biologiche e psicologiche
Type of training activity
20 hours
of face-to-face activities
2.5 credits
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Integrated course unit module: ANATOMOPHYSIOLOGY

Learning objectives

Acquisition of the knowledge on the mechanisms at the basis of cellular and tissue homeostasis, on transport and communication mechanisms and on resting metabolic rate.
Acquisition of the knowledge on the functions of the different organs and apparata, their dynamis integration and the general mechanisms of corntrol of their functions in rest conditions and during physical activity.
To know the main functional parameters in healthy individuals


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Course unit content

GENERAL PHYSIOLOGYThe cell membraneCell membrane structure; membrane proteins; transport mechanisms across membranes.Electrical properties of membranesElectrochemical gradients; passive and active ion channels; resting membrane potential; passive electrical properties of the membrane; action potential, genesis and conduction; classification of nerve fibers.Synaptic mechanismsElectrical and chemical synapses; neuromuscular transmission; synapses in the central nervous system, neurotransmitters; receptors.AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEMAutonomic nervous system; vegetative reflexesMUSCLEMuscular tissue; organization of the skeletal muscular tissue, contraction; excitation-contraction coupling; types of contraction; muscle performance: single muscle fiber, motor unit.HEART AND BLOOD CIRCULATIONPhysical principles of hemodynamics; blood physical properties; properties of the heart muscle: autogeneration of action potentials, conduction of action potentials, excitability, contraction; electrophysiology of the heart muscle; mechanical events of the cardiac cycle; cardiac output; regulation of heart functions; circulation system; vasomotor regulation; arterial blood pressure; venous blood pressure and venous blood returnRESPIRATIONPhysical properties of gases; functional anatomy of the lungs; lung volumes and total lung capacity; mechanics of external respiration; lung compliance; respiratory resistances; Inhaled, alveolar and exhaled air; gases exchanges through the alveolo-capillary barrier; gases transport in the blood; blood flow through the lungs; ventilation-perfusion relationships; regulation of respiration.KIDNEYFunctional anatomy; blood flow through the kidney; glomerulus and glomerular filtration; tubular reabsorption and secretion; clearance; urinary constituents; regulation of the kidney functions; micturition.DIGESTIVE SYSTEMFunctional anatomy; hormonal and nervous control of digestive functions; motility of digestive tract: mastication, deglutition, gastric and intestinal motility; defecation; secretive functions: salivary, gastric, intestinal, pancreatic and bile; digestive and absorption processes.

Full programme

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Fisiologia dell¿uomo, edited by P.E. Di Prampero e A. Veicsteinas, Casa EditriceEDI-ERMES, Milano

Teaching methods

Oral lessons

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination

Other information

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