Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBBY011-05
Vaknaam Physiology
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Physiology
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) Indentify and explain anatomy and physiology of multiple major organ systems such as the cardiovascular, respiratory,
digestive, endocrine, autonomic and central nervous system, smooth and skeletal muscles, anatomy of kidneys and
regulation of blood volume and water balance, mechanisms involved in regulation of blood volume and water balance as
well as development and reproduction.
2) Dissect and describe external and internal anatomical structures in male and female rats
3) Dissect and describe the anatomy and physiology of the mammalian heart (sheep)
4) Discuss and explain regulation of heart rate and blood pressure in humans in response to and recovery from exercise
and changes in posture
Omschrijving In the course students acquire knowledge on anatomy and physiology of the human body. They learn how information from multiple
levels of organization, ranging from molecules to cells, tissues, organs and organ systems and at the level of the whole organism is
integrated in order to serve an adaptive behavioural and bodily response to various internal and external demands. In the lectures
several items will be addressed like 1) homeostasis and control mechanisms, 2) the autonomic nervous system, 3) the central
nervous system, 4) respiration, 5) cardiovascular system, 6) kidneys, blood volume and water balance, 7) muscles, 8) digestive
system, 9) regulation of energy balance, 10) endocrine control of growth, stress and metabolism, 11) reproduction and
development. The theoretical information in these lectures is completed with components of the tutorial programme of
MasteringAandP (Interactive Physiology), available from the website of the publisher of the used textbook Human Physiology (7th
ed. by Dee Unglaub Silverthorn). Students gain access to this website by buying the recommended (mandatory)textbook.
Furthermore, the theoretical information in the lectures and tutorials is combined and applied in practicals on the anatomy of male
and female mammals (rattus norvegicus), the anatomy of the heart (sheep) and in a practical on regulation of own heart rate and
blood pressure in which students study the cardiovascular response to and recovery from exercise and postural changes (Biopac).
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC)
(LC-28hr; PRC-28hr)
Toetsvorm Meerkeuze toets (MC), Practisch werk (PR)
(MC-82%; PRC-18%)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. B. Buwalda
Docent(en) dr. B. Buwalda ,dr. B.J. Riedstra ,prof. dr. A.J.W. Scheurink
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Human Physiology; An Integrated Approach (8th ed) 2020 Dee Unglaub Silverthorn ISBN 9781292259741
Practicals manual €  10,00
Entreevoorwaarden PLEASE NOTE
Biology and Life Science & Technology (old curriculum) course units are only accessible for students of those degree programmes. Students from other degree programmes who would like to participate in Biology course units are obliged to contact one of the academic advisors before registration. After this contact, students have to request admission from the Board of Examiners Biology/Life Science & Technology. Failing to follow this procedure results in immediate unenrollment without prior notification.
Opmerkingen For the final grade of the course the average score of theory (MC exam; 80%) and practicals (20%) needs to be higher than 5.5. For the multiple choice exam students have to score at least a grade of 5.0. The lack of 0,5 points can be compensated by the score on the practicals where also at least a 5.0 has to be obtained.

All elements of the course are mandatory. If a grade is failing for one of the elements (theory/practicals) no final grade for the course is obtained.

Dit vak had vorig jaar vakcode WPLS18017
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