Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: AGATA GRAZIA D'AMICO

Expected Learning Outcomes

The student will acquire the correct anatomical terminology and develop to apply the earned knowledge during the performance of his professional tasks.

The specific training objectives are:

  1. To learn the anatomical terms describing each region of the human body and to understand the reciprocal relationships existing among organs. To acknowledge the macroscopic and microscopic characteristics of each organ.
  2. To understand the importance of learning human anatomy and be able to describe the relationship between the anatomical structure and its physiological function.

Course Structure

Lectures and pratical teaching on anatomical 3D models

Teaching will be provided in mixed-mode or remotely. Changes might be required with respect to previous statements to be in line with the programme planning, outlined in the syllabus.

Required Prerequisites

There are no special skills required to attend the course in Human Anatomy. However, in order to optimise learning and the attainment of specific goals, it would be desirable for the student to have already taken the Biology course. Knowing this discipline would make it possible to better understand the content of Human Anatomy' course.

Attendance of Lessons

Students are required to attend 70% of the lessons.

Detailed Course Content


Anatomical position, terms of position and movement, regions of the body. - Basic knowledge and structure of the following tissues: epithelial, connective, muscular, nervous. - Tegumentary apparatus.

Locomotor system: general bone and muscle tissue.



- Respiratory system: general, external and internal nose, larynx, trachea, main bronchi and their ramifications, lungs, alveolus structure, pleurae.

- Digestive system: general information, buccal cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum and mesentery gut), large intestine (cecum, colon and rectum). - Macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of the liver and pancreas. Peritoneum.

- Urinary apparatus: kidneys, excretory organs (renal calyces, pelvis, ureteres), bladder, male and female urethra.



- General characteristics on circulatory and lymphatic systems.

- Heart: external and internal morphology and structure, musculature of the atria and ventricles, system of conduction of the heart. - Histological organization of blood vessels (arteries, veins and capillaries). - Arterial system: aorta and its main branches. -Venous system: superior vena cava and inferior vena cava.



- Nervous system: organization of nervous tissue, spinal cord and spinal nerves, motor and somatosensory pathways, brain and cranial nerves, autonomic nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic division).

- Endocrine system: hypothalamic control on the endocrine organs, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, adrenal glands, endocrine pancreas.

Textbook Information

Anatomia Umana, Fondamenti. Barbatelli G. edi-ermes (1)

Anatomia Umana. Martini FH. Edises (2)

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1General introduction 1
2Cardiovascular and lymphatic system1
3Respiratory system1
4Digestive system1
5Urinary system1
6Male and female reproductive system1
7Endocrine system1
8Central and pheripheral nervous system2

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

The exam will take place through a written or oral test preceded by a midterm test, formulated as a multiple choice quiz and/or open-ended questions.
The exam can also be performed electronically, if the conditions require it.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

Description of the esophagus and stomach, larynx, trachea and lungs, urinary tract, spermatic ducts, heart, cardiac cycle, spinal nerves, brain.