Academic Year 2016/2017 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff Credit Value: 8
Scientific field
Taught classes: 56 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives


    At the end of the course, the student should show to recognize and understand what he learnt about Human Anatomy, which will help him to use all this knowledge during the analysis of the data obtained from the clinical practice.

  • Biochemistry

    The course of Biochemistry aims to provide to the students the basis to understanding the physical, chemical and biological contexts in which molecules, reactions and metabolic pathways play their role.

    At the end of the present course the student will understand the structure-function relationships of the main biological molecules, essential biochemical mechanisms that underlie a proper metabolic function and the consequences of their alterations.

  • General and applied microbiology

    The student must learn the biological and pathogenic characteristics of microorganisms that play a role in human pathology. He must acquire appropriate knowledge on the infections caused by the different pathogens in the different human anatomical districts

    The student must also know the principles of the laboratory tests in diagnosis and identification of pathogenic microorganisms, including appropriate specimen collection and selection of tests.

    The course also aims to illustrate the various methods of prevention of microbial infections and the main causes of infection related to specific professional activity.

Detailed Course Content


    The course includes the fundamentals of the anatomical organization, systems that belong to the human body and applications of Topographical, Radiological and Clinical Anatomy.

  • General and applied microbiology

    1. Introduction to Microbiology: the pathogenic mechanisms of microorganisms, microorganism-host relationships.

    2. The bacteria: the organization of the bacterial cell; mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis: role of bacteria in disease.

    3. Fungi: fungal cell structure; mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis.

    4. Virus: Characteristics of virus and their replication; mechanisms of viral pathogenesis; types of viral infection: acute and persistent infection.

    5. The antimicrobial chemotherapy: the main characteristics of antimicrobial drugs and their mechanisms of resistance.

    6. Vaccines.

    7. General principles of laboratory diagnostics of infectious diseases.

    8. General principles of sterilization, disinfection, and antisepsis.

    9. Infections of the skin, bones and joints.

    10. Infections of the uro-genital tract.

    11. Infections of the fetus and the newborn.

    12. Infections of the Respiratory tract. Tubercolosis.

    13. Infections of the gastrointestinal tract.

    14. Infections of the nervous system.

    15. Opportunistic and nosocomial infections.

Textbook Information


    1. Ambrosi G. et Al.: Anatomia dell'Uomo, Ed. Edi-Ermes

    2. Hole’s Anatomia e Fisiologia per le professioni sanitarie, Ed. McGraw-Hill

    3. Martini, Timmons, Tallitsch – Anatomia Umana – Quinta edizione EdiSES

  • Biochemistry

    1. Siliprandi-Tettamanti. Biochimica Medica. Piccin.

    2. Nelson Cox. I principi di Biochimica di Lehninger. Zanichelli

    3. Devlin. Biochimica con aspetti clinici. EdiSES

    4. Berg Jeremy M. - Tymoczko John L. - Stryer Lubert. Biochimica. Ed. Zanichelli

  • General and applied microbiology

    Cevenini R.. Sambri V., Microbiologia e microbiologia clinica, Per i Corsi di Laurea in professioni sanitarie – Ed. Piccin

    All students can use didactic material downloadable from the web site.