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CELL PHYSIOLOGY (ON-LINE)

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CELL PHYSIOLOGY (ON-LINE)

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Academic year 2021/2022

Course ID
SVB0194
Teacher
Prof. Luca Munaron
Degree course
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Year
1st year
Teaching period
Semester 1
Type
Distinctive
Credits/Recognition
6
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
BIO/09 - fisiologia
Delivery
Formal authority
Language
English
Attendance
Optional
Type of examination
Written
Prerequisites
Good knowledge of basic Cell Biology (Biologia Cellulare) and General Physiology (Fisiologia Generale).
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Sommario del corso

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Course objectives

This teaching contributes to the learning objectives included into the Biomedical and Biomolecular area of the Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology, providing knowledge and applicative abilities to critically investigate cell functions. Students learn to address issues related to the complex relationship between structural and functional components of the cell. Starting from the basic role of diffusional events that will be treated from both the theoretical and experimental points of view, particular attention will be focused on live cell imaging techniques as experimental tools to investigate physiological processes in time and space at different biological scales (from molecular to multicellular). For each item, students learn how to highlight the specific scientific question, to interpret data, to discuss the experimental approaches employed by the authors. The main objective is to develop the ability to critically analyze and interpret the results of the related scientific literature. 

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Results of learning outcomes

 

  • Extending and applying knowledge of cell physiology to new contexts
  • Re-analysing information
  • Selecting robust information from a variety of sources
  • Making reasoned predictions and generalisations from experimental evidence and theoretical information
  • Drawing valid conclusions and giving explanations supported by evidence/justification
  • Drawing on knowledge and understanding of cell physiology to make accurate statements, describe complex information, provide detailed explanations and integrate knowledge
  • Critically evaluating scientific publications and media reports
  • Discussing the strenght and limitations of the results published on research papers, eventually identifying sources of errors and biases
  • Communicating cell physiology findings and concepts fully, appropriately and using a variety of different modalities 
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Program

 

The main objective of the course is to convey to the students the ability to

  1. critically analyze scientific papers on cell physiology topics;
  2. design integrative experimental protocols to address functional questions, taking into account the strengths and limitations of the different approaches.

Topics:

  • Cell as a complex system
  • Structure-function redundancy
  • Diffusional processes
  • Membrane transports
  • Electrical signals
  • Molecular basis of sensory physiology
  • Live fluorescence microscopy approaches to investigate intracellular signaling
  • Spatio-temporal features of calcium signaling
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Course delivery

Start@Unito online course.

1. Video-recorded lessons;

2. Slides;

3. Online exercises for self-evaluation;

4. Final certificate

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Learning assessment methods

Moodle-based or Maple-based test of 30 questions in different formats : open question, multiple choice quizzes, true/false, short answers, open-ended questions; interpretation of experimental data and resolution of exercises . Time: 30'. The maximum grade will be 33/30. Grading 31-33 will give rise to " 30 cum laude".

DURING ALL THE COVID-EMERGENCY PERIOD ALL THE EXAMS WILL BE HELD ONLINE WITH MOODLE PLATFORM UNDER WEBEX MONITORING.

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Support activities

Supplementary activities

1. selected readings

2. online exercises for self-evaluation

Suggested readings and bibliography

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All the video-lectures, slides, selected papers and websites are fully available on Start@unito.

 



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Further information

https://start.unito.it/local/showroom/details.php?course=SVB0194
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    01/03/2020 at 00:00
    Enrollment closing date
    31/12/2022 at 23:55
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