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.
"Neurofisiologia" di Battaglini, Faraguna, Fogassi e Rozzi. Casa Editric Edra
Lectures will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards, provided that further instructions on the ongoing health emergency are not implemented. Supporting material will be available on the specific, student-reserved platform (Elly) and will include slide presentations, audio-video aids or video-recording of the lectures. In the event that the health emergency will prevent the conduct of teaching in attendance lectures will take place in telepresence through the use of the platforms Teams and Elly. In particular, lessons will be conducted in both synchronous mode (connecting to the Teams platform) and asynchronous (uploaded on the Elly page of the course). During the lessons in synchronous (direct) mode, mainly frontal moments will alternate with interactive moments with the students. During the lessons, the principles of physiology will be explained, and the main topics will be addressed with supporting digital audio/video material. During the lesson the students will be stimulated by the teacher to ask questions and comments both in synchronous mode (via microphone or chat) and in asynchronous mode via Elly.
Assessment methods and criteria
The achievement of the objectives of the course will be verified by an oral test. 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. Oral test will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards, provided that further instructions on the ongoing health emergency are not implemented. In the event that the health emergency will prevent the conduct of teaching in attendance oral tests will take place in telepresence trough the Teams platform and it will be necessary, throughout the test, keep on the audio/ video connections. Before each test, after the expiring of the deadline for registration, all students will receive an email by Essetre, with the necessary instructions for connecting to the link of Teams. For any clarification students could contact Prof. Maria Alessandra Umilta’ by email: email@example.com