cod. 1009027

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
12 credits
course unit

Learning objectives

1st LEARNING ENPOINT: the student is expected to know the human body structure in its macro- and microscopic aspects, in a clinical perspective, with a special focus on head and neck anatomy.
2nd LEARNING ENPOINT; the student is expected to be able to describe shape, position, relationship, structure vascularization and innervation of the different organs of the human body. The student is supposed to be able to identify individual morphological diversities providing a methodological approach preparatory to the clinical reasoning
3rd LEARNING ENPOINT: the student is expected to be able to develop an anatomical-based thinking and to possess autonomous judgement on the correlation between structure and function.
4th LEARNING ENPOINT: the student is expected to master an anatomical language


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Course unit content

Lessons content:
human gross and microscopic anatomy. Muculo-skeletal apparatus. Cardiovascular system. Primary and secondary lymphoid organs. Digestive system and related glands, respiratory system. Uro-genitary tract. Endocrine system. Central and peripheral nervous system

Full programme

The locomotor apparatus: Joints classification. Skull: inner and outer surface, features of each bone. Temporomandibular joint: gross, microscopic and functional anatomy. Masticatory muscles and mandible movements. Facial muscles. Cranial development. Main cranial points, lines and planes employed in anthropometry. General features of the vertebral column, the ribcage, the pelvic girdle, the limbs and muscles of relevance.
Cardiovascular System. Heart: shape, position, relationship and structure. Pericardium. Mediastinum. General features of the arteries, the veins and the capillaries. Arteries and veins of the general circulation, with special emphasis on head and neck circulation. Generalities about lymphatic vessels. Lymph node. Thymus. Spleen. Gastrointestinal system. Abdominal cavity, peritoneal cavity. Oral cavity. Teeth: lassification and identification, morphology and function. Paraodontal tissues. Salivatory glands. Liver and pancreas. Respiratory system: nasal and paranasal cavities, trachea, larynx, bronchi, lungs: shape, position, relantionship and structure. Urinary system. Kidney: shape, position, relantionship and structure. Reproductive system. Endocrine system. Central nervous system. Surface aspects and internal organization of the spinal cord, the encephalic trunk, the cerebellum, the diencephalon, the telencephalon. Sensitive, optical, acoustic, vestibular, gustatory, olfactory, pyramidal, and extrapyramidal pathways. Peripheral nervous system: general features of the spinal nerves, the cranial nerves, and the sympathetic system. Cranial nerves: nuclei, distribution, ganglia and functional aspects


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TILLMAN B. “Atlante di anatomia odontoiatrica e medicina” RC Ediz. Scientifiche
NETTER F. "Atlante di Anatomia umana". Masson
YOUNG B et al. "Wheather-Istologia e anatomia microscopica" Masson

Teaching methods

Interactive class lectures. Power point slide will be projected and uploaded weekly on “Elly” platform. Slides will be available for Dental Students only (“5027 - ODONTOIATRIA E PROTESI DENTARIA”). Atlas, anatomical models and the laboratory of virtual interactive dissection will be also available. Anatomical rooms with anatomical models will be available for individual learning

Assessment methods and criteria

The achievement of the above described learning objective will be verified by a witten text (section on Locomotor apparatus) an oral exam (all the other sections). See specific sections for details.
Students with DSA/BSE must contact the University's Reception and Inclusion Centre (CAI) in advance and follow the CAI's instructions for any requests for personalised examinations ( ).

Other information

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