Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy (to qualify as a physiotherapist) (Verona)


Course code
Name of lecturer
Carlo Capelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
FISIO VR 1A2S dal Mar 9, 2020 al May 8, 2020.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Aims of the Course
• To learn the basic functions of the human body intended as a set of organs and systems; to integrate and complement the existing knowledge of physics, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and biology.
• To grasp the method of the critical approach to knowledge deriving from the application of the scientific method
• To identify the functional purpose of the respiratory, cardiovascular and renal systems understanding their role in maintaining the general homeostasis of the human organism.
• To acquire the fundamental physiological bases of motility, secretion and absorption of the gastrointestinal system.

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. Physico-chemical characteristics of the blood; coagulation and hemostasis
2. Cardiovascular physiology: heart and circulation Regulation of acid-base
3. Respiration
4. Renal Physiology: filtration, reabsorption, secretion and excretion
5. Acid-base regulation
6. Fluid and electrolyte balance
7. Gastrointestinal Physiology

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Widmaier E.P., Raff H., Strang K.T. Vander Fisiologia (Edizione 2) Ambrosiana 2018 9788808280022

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of in an oral interview with the professor

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