Learning outcomes of the course unit
The integrated course aims to illustrate to students the functioning of the auditory system and how it processes acoustic sensory information, sounds and language.
The course will allow the student to know and understand (first Dublin descriptor) the basic mechanisms underlying the processing of sensory information and the basic functioning of hearing aids and cochlear implants. The course aims to allow the student to apply the acquired knowledge and comprehension to the field of his/her future professional activity (2nd Dublin descriptor). Students should be able to independently cope with simple physiological problems (third Dublin descriptor), and be able to communicate the acquired knowledge. (4th Dublin descriptor).
Course contents summary
The course is devoted to the physiology of the nervous system. Ionic channels. Membrane potential.Action Potential . Conducting Potentials. Synapses and neurotransmitters. Neuromuscular synapse. Sensory Systems: Auditory system. Somatosensory systems. Pain: perception and modulation. Motor control. Spinal reflex .The cortical control of movement The base ganglia. Functional organization of the Autonomic nervous System: Sympathetic Division, Parasympathetic Division.
Teaching material provided by the teacher.
Lectures, during which the principles of the discipline will be exposed and the main issues will be discussed with appropriate practical examples. During the lectures , the topics listed in the program, will be presented and discussed, trying to involve the students so that they can learn how to be an active participant of the lesson.
Assessment methods and criteria
The achievement of the objectives of the course will be verified by an oral examination. Questions about the content of the course will verify if the student has achieved the objective of knowledge and understanding of the content of the course and if he/she has achieved the also the goal of applying the acquired knowledge.