cod. 05563

Academic year 2024/25
1° year of course - Second semester
Luciano SIMONE
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
Scienze biomediche
Type of training activity
14 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit


Learning objectives

1 Knowledge and understanding
The student must be able to describe the vital functions of man, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the functioning of the various organs and systems and the main processes of integration, regulation and homeostatic control.

2 Applied knowledge and understanding
The student must be able to interpret and understand the possible implications of the knowledge acquired in the clinical field.

3 Autonomy of judgment
The student must develop autonomous skills in understanding functional integrations between different apparatuses under physiological conditions and predict the responses of the organism to its modifications.

4 Communication skills
The student must have a technical language to clearly and unambiguously expose their knowledge of the subject to specialists and non-specialists counterparts.


Course unit content

The first part of the course is focused on the mechanisms underlying the general functions of the cells as transports, electrical and chemical communication, mechanical activity, metabolism.
The second part of the course addresses questions on the functions of the main apparatus of the body as cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and endocrine.

Full programme

Properties and functions of cell membranes. Excitation, Conduction and Trasmission of the Nerve impulse. Muscle Excitation and Contraction. Dynamics of the Peripheral Circulation.
Electrical Impulse Formation and Conduction of the Heart. The Cardiac Pump. Cardiovascular Control. Uptake and Delivery of the Respiratory Gases. Pulmonary Gas exchange. Mechanisms of Breathing. Control of Ventilation.Physiology of the Body Fluids. Renal Functions. Regulation of the Osmolarity. Acid-base balance. Principle of action and endocrine control of the thyroid, adrenal gland, pancreatic and pituitary hormones. Regulation of mineral metabolism.


-FISIOLOGIA, LS Costanzo, 5 Edizione, EDRA.
-FISIOLOGIA, dalle molecole ai sistemi integrati.
E. Carbone, F. Cicirata, G. Aicardi.
Ed. EdiSES
W.J. Germann, C.L. Stanfield, Ed. EdiSES

Teaching methods

The course will be held through lectures to Students in the classroom (“in presenza”)
Lectures will be supported by slide presentations, which will be available to students on the Elly platform (

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral. Before the examination, students with DSA/BSE must contact the inclusion centre for students with disabilities, D.S.A., B.E.S. (https:///

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