cod. 1007843

Academic year 2020/21
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
Scienze biomediche
Type of training activity
7 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY AND THE VISUAL SYSTEM

Learning objectives

Understand the ways in which the human body obtains e
maintain the homeostasis of its internal medium at the cellular and tissue level,
transport and communication mechanisms and basal metabolism.
Understand the main functions of the nervous system.


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Course unit content

General physiology

Full programme

The cell membrane.
Structure of cell membranes; membrane proteins; transport mechanisms across membranes. Electrical membrane phenomena. Electrochemical gradients; active and passive ion channels; resting membrane potential; passive electrical properties of membrane; potential for action, genesis and management; classification of nerve fibers.
Interactions between excitable tissues
Electric and chemical synapses; drive plate; central synapses; neurotransmitters; receptors. Muscles, motor control and motor reflexes.
Vegetative nervous system
Autonomic nervous system; vegetative reflexes.


Fondamenti anatomo fisiologici dell'attività psichica della Poletto Editore or Le neuroscienze: dalla fisiologia alla clinica della Carocci Editore, only the chapters related the general properties of the nervous system.

Teaching methods

The course will be held through lectures to Students either in the classroom (“in presenza”) or in synchronous-streaming (“in telepresenza”) on the Teams platform. Therefore, the opportunity of Student/Teacher interaction will be preserved both face to face and remotely, by the simultaneous use of the Teams platform.
Lectures may be supported by slide presentations, which will be available to students on the Elly platform (

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam, the exam will be held simultaneously with the other two parts of the course. Knowledge of at least one topic will be assessed for each of the three parts of the integrated course.

Other information

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