Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to elucidate general mechanisms underlying the function of eukariotic cells, particularly for what concerns membrane excitability, transduction mechanisms of cellular signals, and integrative processes which provide the different cell types with their coordinated functions.
Basic knowledge of Cell Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Mathematics
Course contents summary
Principles of the physiology and biophysics of cell, particularly for what concerns membrane transports, cellular excitability, intercellular communication, and mechanisms responsible for sensory transduction.
1. membrane transports
2. diffusion laws
3. membrane potential and electrical signals
4. cellular communication
5. neurons and synapses
6. sensory systems
7. muscle and secretory glands
Vander - Physiology. Casa Editrice Ambrosia
Oral lessons with projected slides.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral final examination.