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Second Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[40/43]  MIDWIFERY [43/00 - Ord. 2011]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 48


Knowledge and understanding: Frontal lessons, slide presentation, graphic materials and aimed discussions will permit the student’s acquirement of the knowledge needed to understand the physiological and pathological processes, aimed at making judgement in the management of the diagnostic-therapeutic procedures to preserve the woman health during ageing, and to achieve the counseling ability to manage the midwife-woman-couple relationship during pre- and post-pregnancy periods.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Guided activities to facilitate student’s comprehension of the general pathology, physiology and Nursing & Midwifery Sciences through discussions and in itinere written tests, in order to achieve student’s acquirement of the competencies needed to give a qualified midwifery assistance according to the legal indications, the ethic responsibilities and the recipient rights.
Autonomy of judgement: Students will be acquire a autonomy of judgement in order to dispense a safety and personalized midwifery assistance through the integration of the acquired medical knowledge and the pratical competencies aimed at evaluating the operative guidelines to follow based on the legal, geographical, economic, ethic and social contest, in compliance with the profile and the professional ethic. To this aim, the knowledge assimilated during the lessons and the autonomous study will be compared, through critic evaluation of the suggested study texts and of the didactic material eventually supplied by the teacher.
Communication ability: Students will be acquire the ability to explain with correct use of language the arguments treated during the lessons of the Integrated Course, in order to be able to manage educational interventions or specific projects aimed at .promoting and preserving the health of the woman and/or of the community.
Learning skills: Students will be acquire the theoretical knowledge related to the general organization and the functionality of the principal apparatus and to the response mechanisms against the pathogens, as well as the basic counseling notions to be able to operate even in the presence of the change of the sanitary and social health needs. To this aim the autonomous study will be encouraged and supported by efficient and pertinent research methods (biomedical databases, online access to bibliographical archives, etc…)


Basic knowledge of histology, genetics and biology.


General organization of the CNS and PNS; genesis, management and propagation of neuronal action potential, ANS.
Endocrine system: general characteristics of the endocrine system, hormone classes, mechanisms of action of protein and steroid hormones.
Contractile apparatus: structure of the striated muscle, neuromuscular junction. Mechanism of contraction. Smooth Muscle.
Cardiovascular system: the heart, nodal tissue, the genesis of the heartbeat (potential nodal), the action potential of myocardium, the cardiac cycle, regulation of cycle cardiac, morphological and functional characteristics of the blood vessels, capillary exchange.
Respiratory system: general structure, functions of the conduction zone, the alveoli and gas exchange. Respiratory mechanics. and control of breathing.
Urinary system: structure and function of the kidney. Cortical and juxtamedullary nephrons, sodium and water reabsorption along the tubular structure, the role of the juxtaglomerular apparatus. Renal clearance. Body fluid balance.
Reproductive System: female reproductive tract, ovarian cycle, uterine cycle. Ovarian endocrine functions

General Pathology:
Introduction to Pathology
Difference between physiologic and pathologic; elements characterizing a pathological process: eziology, pathogenesis, morphological modifications, clinical outcome.
Adaption of cell to stress
Ipertrophy, iperplasia, atrophy and metaplasia.
Cell damage
General biochemical mechanisms, reversible and irreversible damage.
Cell death
Necrosis (coagulative and colliquative necrosis) and apoptosis (extrinsic and intrinsic)
Acute inflammation
Vascular modifications (vascular permeability and edema, mediators of increased permeability in inflammatory edema, adhesion molecules), cellular recruitment (inflammatory cell activation, mechanisms of inflammatory cell functions, Outcomes of inflammation, cellular and plasmatic mediators of inflammation.
Tissue repair
Cell cycle regulation; regeneration and fibrosis
Oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes
Benign and malignant tumors (classification, morphological, biochemical and behavioral characteristics, angiogenesis, local invasion, metastatic process)

Nursing & Midwifery Sciences
History: the midwife.
Obstetric counselling during woman lifespan.
The midwife-woman-couple relationship during pre- and post-conceptional periods.
Contacts with multiethnic users.
Midwifery: foundamental regulations
Professional profile: D.M. 740/94
Law 42/1999
Law 251/2000
Law 1/2002
Law 43/2006
The F.N.C.O.
The Professional commitee
The abrogated norm:
RD 1364/1940, DPR 163/1975, DM 15.9.1975, DM 15.6.1981
Bioethic problems in the midwife profession.

Teaching Methods

Methods and techniques of interactive teaching in the presence of the teacher.
Dialogue in the classroom proposed by the teacher.
Combination of interactive and classroom teaching with the application of tools and of a variety of media in the classroom (video projections and blackboard).
Teacher-student interaction: communication by e-mail.
Content condivision: pdf of the lectures.

Verification of learning

Physiology: Oral examination.
General Pathology: Final test in the form of quiz; test failure will require oral re-examination.
Nursing & Midwifery Sciences: Oral examination supported by Powerpoint presentation (teamwork).
Final score will be determined by the arithmetic mean of the single scores.
Registration for the exam will be done online through the ESSE 3 platform.
Dates for oral examinations will be chosen within the periods determined by the Faculty schedule.


1) Fisiologia Umana Approccio integrato- Silverthorn – Pearson editore
2) Compendio di fisiologia umana per i corsi di laurea in professioni sanitarie –MIDRIO AZZENA- PICCIN

General Pathology: Robbins e Cotran. Le basi patologiche delle malattie. Patologia Generale.

Ladewing London Davidson. Assistenza alla maternità. Piccin

More Information

Teaching Language: Italian

Contact addresses:
1. Pibiri Monica: Department of Biomedical Science, Section of Pathology, Oncology and Molecular Pathology Unit,
Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato.
Blocco A
Tel.: 070/675-8637 fax: 070/666062

2. Romina Vargiu: Department of Biomedical Science, Section of Physiology, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato.
Tel.070 6753907

3. Saruis Valeria (Scienze infermieristiche)
DAI Materno Infantile, COG, Policlinico Universitario Monserrato bloccoQ

Office hours for students:
all the teachers of this class are at disposal by appointment via e-mail at their work addresses.

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