Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science (from 2008-2009)

Human Physiology

Course code
Name of lecturers
Enrico Tam, Antonio Cevese
Enrico Tam
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 2, 2017 al Jan 26, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

• Learning the basic functions of the human body intended as a set of organs and systems by integrating and complementing the existing knowledge of physics, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and biology.
• Learning how to apply the scientific method to the analysis of physiological responses to stresses such as physical exercise.
• Identifying the functional purpose of the physiological systems understanding their role in the maintenance of homeostasis of human organism.
• Acquire the fundamental physiological basis of motor control in humans, including the physiology of the sense organs.


Preliminary general knowledge
In order to understand the course of Physiology, you must have first assimilated the basics of Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry and Mathematics, in particular:
• Chemistry: the concept of pH, molarity, colligative properties of solutions, osmolality and osmotic pressure, diffusion.
• Biochemistry: biological macromolecules, their classification and function, the main metabolic pathways, enzyme kinetics and mitochondrial enzymes.
• Physics: physics of gases, electrology, surface tension, Laplace's law, the basics of mechanics, statics and dynamics of fluids, laws of thermodynamics.
• Biology: biophysical characteristics of the cell membrane; transport mechanisms through the membrane; mechanisms of cell regeneration.
• Mathematics: the concept of the logarithm, the concept of function and axes, functions, linear, power, exponential; methods of manipulation of logarithms, the concepts of derivative and integral; units of the international system.

1. Principles of general physiology and biophysics of the cell
2. Sensory systems
3. Physiology and biomechanics of striated muscle
4. Motor control (spinal and supraspinal mechanisms)
5. The autonomic nervous system
6. Physico-chemical characteristics of the blood; coagulation and hemostasis
7. Cardiovascular physiology: heart and circulation Regulation of acid-base
8. Respiration
9. Renal Physiology: filtration, reabsorption, secretion and excretion
10. Acid-base regulation
11. Fluid and electrolyte balance
12. Metabolism and thermoregulation
13. Gastrointestinal Physiology
14. Physiology of the endocrine system
15. Physiology of muscular exercise

Please have a look at the Course Contents (attached in TEACHING AIDS)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Di Prampero PE, Veicsteinas A Fisiologia dell'uomo Edi-ermes Milano 2002
Rhoades R, Pflanzer R Fisiologia generale e umana Ed. Piccin, Padova 2004
Grassi Negrini Porro Fisiologia Umana (Edizione 1) Poletto 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of a multiple-choice test (60 questions in 120 minutes) and an oral interview.
The minimum score for the written examination is 36/60 for the written part. The outcome of the Written Exam is communicated on the same day online, on the Alert page of the Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement:
Candidates can see the correction of the test the day after. The oral part of examination, which lasts about 20 minutes, usually takes place two days after the written test. The final evaluation considers both written and oral performance.

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