cod. 05319

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
- Maria Alessandra UMILTA'
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
Scienze biomediche
Type of training activity
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The integrated course aims to illustrate to students the functioning of the auditory system and how it processes acoustic sensory information, sounds and language.
The course will allow the student to know and understand (first Dublin descriptor) the basic mechanisms underlying the processing of sensory information and the basic functioning of hearing aids and cochlear implants. The course aims to allow the student to apply the acquired knowledge and comprehension to the field of his/her future professional activity (2nd Dublin descriptor). Students should be able to independently cope with simple physiological problems (third Dublin descriptor), and be able to communicate the acquired knowledge. (4th Dublin descriptor).


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Course unit content

The course is devoted to the physiology of the nervous system. Ionic channels. Membrane potential.Action Potential . Conducting Potentials. Synapses and neurotransmitters. Neuromuscular synapse. Sensory Systems: Auditory system. Somatosensory systems. Pain: perception and modulation. Motor control. Spinal reflex .The cortical control of movement The base ganglia. Functional organization of the Autonomic nervous System: Sympathetic Division, Parasympathetic Division.

Full programme

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The slides of the lectures are an integral part of the course material and are uploaded by the teacher on the Elly platform at the end of each lecture. The slides provided by the teacher can be integrated with the texts indicated below:
-Elementi di Fisiologia Umana, EDI ERMES editore, Prima Edizione, autori vari
- Neurofisiologia di Battaglini, Faraguna, Fogassi e Rozzi. Casa Editrice Edra

Teaching methods

The in-person lectures will occur with attendees present. Supporting material will be available on the specific, student-reserved platform (Elly) and will include slide presentations of the lectures. During the lessons, mainly frontal moments will alternate with interactive moments with the students. During the lessons, the principles of physiology will be explained, and the main topics will be addressed with supporting digital audio/video material. During the lesson the students will be stimulated by the teacher to ask questions and comments.

Assessment methods and criteria

The achievement of the objectives of the course will be verified by an oral test. Questions about the content of the course will verify if the student has achieved the objective of knowledge and understanding of the content of the course and if he/she has achieved the also the goal of applying the acquired knowledge. Oral test will be held in person. For any clarification students could contact Prof. Maria Alessandra Umilta’ by email:

Other information

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