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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. Understand the relationship between the major organ systems and the circulatory system in maintaining blood homeostasis;
  2. Understand 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. Understand the fundamental and concepts relating to the reproduction of the human species; and
  4. Develop an appreciation of 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*3940, ZOO*3200, ZOO*3210, ZOO*3600. Not available to BSC Students in biological science specializations or BAS program.


Assessment Item Weight
Midterm 1 15%
Midterm 2 15%
Weekly Quizzes 20%
On Campus Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

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

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Concepts in Human Physiology
January 11, 2021 to April 12, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology by Elaine N. Marieb, Suzanne M. Keller Pearson, 2017 12th Edition edition ISBN 9780134395326
  • Publishers Access Code (Unconfirmed) (Optional) Mastering A&P Pearson
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