The aim of the course is to provide knowledge into the Hodgkin-Huxley theory of membrane excitability, usually only briefly underlined into General Physiology Courses. Here the theory is treated in detail with particular reference to some cell types, like prokaryotes, unicellular algae, plants, up to neurons and muscle cells.
Further aim of the course is to provide deep knowledge around the most used experimental techniques for measuring cellular excitability and its modulation.
Finally, the course aims to provide students with concepts needed to understand mechanisms of macroscopic cellular excitability, moving from the formal knowledge of their molecular mechanisms. For what concerns the cell physiology experimental techniques described during the course, students will only be required to apprehend what is functional in order to understand the investigated molecular and cellular mechanisms.