Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Physiology I and Biophysics

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Name of lecturer
Giancarlo Tassinari
Giancarlo Tassinari
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Lezioni 1° semestre 2°- 6° anno dal Oct 2, 2017 al Dec 21, 2017.

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Learning outcomes

To provide the knowledge of Physiology and Biophysics that is useful in the medical profession


To understand the physico-chemical mechanisms of basic cellular processes: resting membrane polarization, action potential, synaptic communication, muscular contraction, stimuli transduction. To know the function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, their regulation mechanisms and coordination in specific tasks like the homeostasis of the internal environment, the regulation of cardiac output, arterial pressure, respiration and acid-base balance, muscular exercise.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Conti Fisiologia Medica (Edizione 2) Ediermes 2010
Grassi Negrini Porro Fisiologia Umana (Edizione 1) Poletto 2015
Hall J.E. Guyton e Hall Fisiologia Medica (Edizione 13) edra 2017
Berne Levy Koeppen Stanton Principi di Fisiologia (Edizione 4) Ambrosiana 2007
Kandel e coll. Principi di Neuroscienze (Edizione 4) Ambrosiana 2015 9788808184450

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination on each of the three main topics (excitable membranes and skeletal muscle, cardiovascular system, respiratory system), with one question by each of three examiners, or two questions by each of two, depending on availability. Each examiner will propose a mark in thirties that will result in an arithmetic mean.


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