System Physiology - FISIOLOGIA UMANA (2010/2011)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Mario Rosario Buffelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2011 al Jun 15, 2011.

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Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall F from May 9, 2011  to Jun 15, 2011
Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall H from Mar 24, 2011  to Jun 15, 2011

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the knowledge to understand how the different cells, tissues, and organs of human body work together to maintain life. At the end of the course the student will be able to describe: a) the biophysical characteristics of the cellular membrane and the principles of cell excitability, nerve conduction and synaptic transmission; b) the physiology of various organs and systems; c) the principles of homeostasis and mechanisms of his maintenance, and d) how the nervous system acquires and processes sensory information and plans and executes motor responses.


• Homeostasis.
• Biophysics of cell membranes: resting membrane potential, equilibrium potential, and action potential.
• Anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system. Electrical and chemical synapses. Inhibitory and excitatory synapses.
• Sensation and sensory processing: somatic sensory, visual, auditory and chemosensory system.
• Movement and its central control: motor system and motor control.
• Visceral motor system and physiological bases of cardiovascular, respiratory and renal system.
• Principles of endocrinology.

Assessment methods and criteria

Multiple choice quiz and possible oral examination