cod. 1009042

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - First semester
- Francesca SCAZZINA
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
Discipline biomediche
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The ability to interpret the effect of nutrients/foods/diets on human physiology and metabolism under healthy conditions.
The ability to understand the mechanisms related to the recognition and control of food intake.
The ability to understand the nutritional quality of nutrients.
The ability to understand the nutritional quality of foods.


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Course unit content

Description of the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract and accessory glands; digestion and absorption of nutrients; the concepts of bioavailability and essentiality of nutrients; nutritional quality macronutrients; micronutrients; other nutrients/compounds of nutritional interest; metabolic regulation during the fasting and postfasting, and postprandial phases; mechanisms of hunger and satiety regulation; concepts of balanced diet and food groups.

Full programme

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1) Keith Frayn & Rhys Evans. Human Metabolism: A Regulatory Perspective. 4th Ed. Wiley Blackwell 2019, Oxford (UK).
2) David A. Bender Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism. 5th Ed. CRC Press, 2014, Boca Raton, FL (USA)
3) Selected scientific papers. 4) Notes and slides presented by the teacher

Teaching methods

The educational content will be carried out through classroom lectures and seminars, with the aid of slides that will represent educational material available online on the Elly platform During classrooms examples will be proposed.

Assessment methods and criteria

The learning will be assessed by a written exam and an optional oral exam.
The written exam will consist of 30 closed-ended questions.
In the test, each correct answer in the closed questions is worth 1 point. Wrong answers are worth 0 points.
Achieving a sufficiency (18/30) in the written test is binding for taking the optional oral exam. The oral examination can improve or worsen the grade by up to 3 points.
Achieving sufficiency (18/30) after the written test and the oral test is binding for passing the exam.
Lode will be awarded in the case of reaching the maximum score in the written exam and on the ability to use the disciplinary vocabulary to the best of one's ability.

Other information

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