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Course Description

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This is an introductory course that examines the fundamental integrative aspects of human physiological systems and their role in the maintenance of homeostasis. Course content is intended to serve the needs of non-bioscience students and includes the study of aspects of cellular metabolism, nerve and muscle function and general anatomy and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, immune, central and peripheral nervous, endocrine, renal and reproductive systems. This course cannot be used to fulfill requirements for any biological science minor.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between the major organ systems and the circulatory system in maintaining blood homeostasis;
  2. Analyze the relevance of the regulatory systems (nervous and endocrine) in integrating the physiological processes of cells, tissues, and organs in the functioning whole body;
  3. Describe the fundamental and concepts relating to the reproduction of the human species; and
  4. Examine the complexity and beauty of the physiological processes that we associate with life.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to physiology
  • The nervous system
  • Muscles
  • Circulation and blood
  • Body defenses
  • Respiratory system
  • Urinary system
  • Digestive system
  • Endocrine system
  • Reproductive system

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): ANSC*3080, BIOM*3200, HK*2810, HK*3810, HK*3940, ZOO*3200, ZOO*3210, ZOO*3600, ZOO*3620. Not available to BSC Students in biological science specializations or BAS program.


Assessment Item Weight
Midterm 1 20%
Midterm 2 20%
Weekly Quizzes 20%
Online Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Note: You must pass the final exam in order to pass the course.


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Concepts in Human Physiology
January 09, 2023 to April 10, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • e-book (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology by Elaine N. Marieb, Suzanne M. Keller © 2022 Pearson 13th Edition edition ISBN eBook with Mastering A&P Pearson: 9780135625644
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