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Course Description

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This course focuses on the normal functioning of mammals. The physiology of the nervous, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular and digestive systems and homeostasis as reflected in respiratory and renal function is treated in a detailed manner. The integrative nature of various physiological systems is highlighted and cellular and molecular information is incorporated to enhance the understanding of these systems. Aspects of medically significant changes in the mammalian physiological systems are also introduced.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe and understand mammalian physiological principles. 
  • Explain how each body system functions, interacts, and integrates with other body systems to achieve homeostasis and normal body function. 
  • Describe the anatomical components of each physiological system and relate physiological function to anatomical form throughout all units covered in this course. 
  • Identify and describe, using a comparative approach, key physiological adaptations to understand the basis for these adaptations. 
  • Describe and predict how external stimuli, such as medical or physical trauma, lead to alterations in homeostasis and/or changes in the physiological functioning of body systems, and how homeostatic balance is restored. 

Course Topics

  • Endocrinology
  • Renal Physiology 
  • Blood & Immunity 
  • Cardiovascular
  • Reproduction 
  • Homeostasis & Neurophysiology 
  • The Nervous System 
  • Synaptic Transmission & Muscle Physiology 
  • Respiratory System 
  • Digestive Physiology 

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): BIOC*2580

Restriction(s): HK*3940. This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations or semester levels during certain periods. Please see the Department of Biomedical Sciences website for more information.


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (8 x 1.25%) 10%
Midterm 1 20%
Case Study Series 10%
Midterm 2 20%
Online Final Exam 40%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  6. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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