BIOL2215 Human Physiology

This course is the second semester of a lecture and laboratory sequence in human anatomy and physiology. The course provides an in-depth study of the functioning of body systems, including the muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Emphasis is placed on systemic human physiology, which is augmented by discussions of cellular and molecular mechanisms. Applicable principles of chemistry and physics are reviewed in order to enhance understanding of physiological processes. The laboratory component of the course is designed to reinforce the topics discussed in lecture, as well as to introduce students to some of the laboratory techniques and equipment used in the acquisition of physiological data. This course will cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal.




BIOL2115 with a grade of "C" or better and qualifying score on math assessment test OR MATH1700

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Integrate the functional relationships among different organ systems to maintain homeostasis in the human body
Explain the coordination of physiological processes underlying homeostasis at the system and molecular level
Apply the principles of chemistry and physics influencing physiological mechanisms
Explain cell membrane dynamics, including transport, communication, and membrane potential
Describe molecular control of protein synthesis; cell metabolism and respiration; communication; and reproduction
Explain nervous system functions and regulation, including sensory, motor, and integrative neurophysiology
Classify hormones and their mechanisms of action in regulating cellular functions
Describe the dynamics of the skeletal system in maintaining homeostasis
Explain the mechanisms of muscle contraction at the different structural levels
Explain the mechanisms of the various components of the cardiovascular system
Differentiate innate immunity from adaptive immunity
Evaluate the processes of pulmonary ventilation
Distinguish between the respiratory and metabolic components of acid-base balance
Analyze the processes of urine formation, water, and electrolyte balance
Describe digestive system processes, phases, and control
Contrast male and female reproductive physiology and development
Solve medical case studies related to physiological concepts
Critique scientific journal articles
Measure physiological processes in a laboratory environment using various methods, instruments, and software
Apply the principles of instrumentation and calibration to obtain accurate measurements
Interpret instrument data and experiment results
Develop physiological research experiments based on scientific method
Synthesize scientific reports

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details





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