84346 - Semeiotics of the Nervous System

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Describe the basic elements of the physical examination and instrument-assisted evaluation, and recognize normal results.

Course contents

Principles of Neurologic Localization

The neurologic exam

  • Cranial Nerves
  • Motor Functions
  • Coordination
  • Reflexes
  • Sensory system


Blumenfeld Hal. Neuroanatomy through clinical cases — 2nd ed.Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Teaching methods

Lectures with extensive use of images and videos

Assessment methods

The exam is formed into 3 parts: Anatomy, Physiology and Semeiotics.

The final examination of Anatomy and Physiology consists of an oral test in which the student will discuss mainly two different topics taken from the program. As part of the interview, questions will also be asked to evaluate the depth of the knowledge on the two topics and on other topics of the program, the critical thinking ability that links together different aspects of knowledge and the achievement of a comprehensive understanding of the topics addressed in class. The exam will be considered passed if the student has demonstrated sufficient knowledge in each topic. The student’s ability to move across the various topics of the Physiology program will be also evaluated. The student’s achievement of a comprehensive view of the topics addressed in class, together with their critical thought, the ability to make associations, the demonstration of rich and intelligible expression and the use of specialist’s language will be evaluated with scores of excellence.

For Semeiotics the exam will consistof three simple questions with a single right answer test.

Each right answer scores 10 points and each wrong answer scores -4,2 point

Teaching tools

slides, videos, clinical cases

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Bisulli