Objectives with reference to the Dublin parameters:
1) Knowledge and comprehension skills. The students will have to reach a good knowledge of the basic concepts of (i) intercellular chemical communication, (ii) the main mechanisms of the endocrine regulatory function, and (iii) a few specific endocrine functions, as well as the methods used for studying them.
2) Capacity of applying knowledge and comprehension. The students will have to be able to make use of the concepts they have learned in order to (i) design the most appropriate experimental paradigms for human and animal studies, (ii) identify and measure the endocrine parameters that better allow to distinguish between physiological and pathophysiological states.
3) Capacity of independent evaluation. The students will have to develop critical and independent evaluation skills upon the basic concepts of endocrinology and the methods used in the experimental field.
4) Communication skills. The students will have to be able to communicate in a non ambiguous manner the theoretical knowledge, the experimental procedures and the analytical instruments that characterize modern endocrinology.
5) Learning capacity. The students will have to be able to learn experimental approaches and procedures useful for the investigation of normal and pathological endocrine functions, in experimental animals and humans.