Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Scienze
A.A. 2016/2017
Credits 7
Hours 56
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code SM04 W000332


To follow the course of Nutrition Physiology, students must have knowledge of Biochemistry and General Physiology.

Development of the course

The course includes theoretical (6 credits, 48hours) and practical lessons (1 credit, 8 hours). An e-learning platform is also available and it includes the didactic material.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge: at the end of the course students will acquire knowledge of the digestive functions, their connection with energy metabolism and the endocrine and nervous control mechanisms of food and water homeostasis.

Ability to apply the knowledge: The student will be able to integrate the acquired knowledge and to deepen and continually develop new skills.


Taste and Smell
Gustatory and olfactory sensory structures. Central integration of various sensory informations.
Central control of homeostasis
The central role of the hypothalamus. Control of body mass and feeding. Control of the circulating liquids and liquid intake.
Digestion and absorption
Nervous and hormonal control of intestinal function. Gastrointestinal motility. Absorptions and secretions of the gastrointestinal system.
Energy metabolism
Principles of cellular energy. Energy balance. Metabolic adaptations. Neuroendocrine control of energy metabolism.

Development of the examination

Methods for assessing learning outcomes: oral exam with questions on the program.

Criteria for assessing learning outcomes: the student must be able to expose and integrate the basic concepts presented in the lectures.

Criteria for measuring learning outcomes:
Successful completion of the examination will lead to grades ranging from 18 to 30, and 30 cum laude

Criteria for conferring final mark:
The final grade is given by evaluation of the responses to each question. Laude is assigned when students demonstrate full mastery of the subject.

Recommended reading

Silverthorn “Fisiologia”, Casa Editrice Pearson, Italia, 2013.

  • Biologia molecolare e applicata

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