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PHYSIOLOGY OF THE MUSCOLOSKELETAL SYSTEM

CODE 67319
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
CREDITS 1 credit during the 1st year of 9284 PODOLOGY (L/SNT2) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/09
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (PODOLOGY)
SEMESTER 2° Semester
MODULES This unit is a module of:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course analyses the functions of the sensory and motor systems. The various topics taken into account have the aim of understanding the physiological bases of somatic senses, vestibular system, spinal reflexes, voluntary movement, posture, balance and gait. 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

To know and deepen physiological knowledge of the lower limb.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course will furnish to the students fundamental knowledge about the physiology of the sensory-motor system. 

TEACHING METHODS

Teaching consists of theoretical “frontal” lessons for a total of 20 hours (2 CFUs)

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Sensory systems: transduction  and coding

Somatic senses: touch, thermoception and pain

Proprioception: physiology of muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs. To understand the motor system: Spinal reflexes: strectch reflex,  inverse myotatic reflex, withdrawal reflex

Voluntary movement: physiology of the motor cortex and motor learning

Cerebellum

Basal ganglia

Vestibular system

Posture and balance

Gait

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

 Purves, Neuroscience, Zanichelli.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

LAURA AVANZINO

PIETRO BALDELLI

ENRICO MILLO

MARIO PASSALACQUA

GABRIELLA PIETRA

CHIARA VITALE

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Teaching consists of theoretical “frontal” lessons for a total of 20 hours (2 CFUs)

LESSONS START

2nd semester – The course typically starts on the half of March.

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral interview. The exam will last 20-30 minutes. It is based on 2/3 questions concerning the various topics of the program. During the exam the teacher will evaluate the student's ability to report on the topics discussed in the lessons.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Exposure clarity, connectivity, rigor, and communicative ability are valued. The teacher also evaluates the student's ability to perform critical analysis and links between the various contents discussed in the lesson. To overcome the test, it is necessary to obtain a passing grade evaluation for all the questions. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

A lesson on spinal reflexes (Prof. Bove) is available online on aulaweb.