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PHYSIOLOGY OF THE MUSCOLOSKELETAL SYSTEM

CODE 67319
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 8 cfu during the 1st year of 9284 PODOLOGIA(L/SNT2) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/09
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • 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

    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.