COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
2015/2016
Year: 
3
Academyc year when helding the course: 
2017/2018
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Credits: 
6
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
48
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (48 hours)
Requirements: 

The course requires partial proficiency in main subjects of a biology course: english reading skills, mathematics, chemistry, physics, cytology and histology, comparative anatomy, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, general physiology.

Oral examination

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

A comparative physiology course intended for BSc students. The course is meant as follow up of the general physiology course and proposes up to date knowledge about comparative physiology. The structure function relationships of different organs will be approached considering also evolutionary aspects. Some examples in the animal kingdom will be exploited.

Fundamentals of physiology:
Animals and environments: function on the ecological stage
Molecules and cells in animal physiology
Genomics, proteomics, and related approaches to physiology
Physiological development and epigenetics
Transport of solutes and water
Food energy and temperature:
Nutrition, feeding, and digestion
Energy metabolism
Aerobic and anaerobic forms of metabolism
The energetics of aerobic activity
Thermal relations
Oxygen and carbon dioxide transport:
Introduction to oxygen and carbon dioxide physiology
External respiration: the physiology of breathing
Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide in body fluids (with an introduction to acid-base physiology)
Circulation
Water salts and excretion:
Water and salt physiology: introduction and mechanisms
Water and salt physiology of animals in their environment
Kidneys and excretion (with notes on nitrogen excretion)

Bibliography and lecture slides available on the e-learning website

Lectures

Office hours:
upon appointment via email.
stefano.giovannardi@uninsubria.it