Physiology is the study of the normal functioning of a living organism and its component parts, including all its chemical and physical processes. In this course, the focus is on the function of the adult human body and of different organ systems. Knowledge of the subject is essential for students with a medical interest and recommended for every student interested in the function (s) of the (own) human body. The course includes fundamental concepts of molecules, cellular and systems physiology to understand how the human body functions and maintains a steady state. Although some medical examples are used to illustrate general physiological principles, this is not a course in medical physiology. Still, the core of physiological knowledge you will learn by taking Human Physiology will help you better understand human health and disease.
The course will be divided in 4 units: Basic cell processes, Homeostasis and control, Integration of function, and Metabolism, growth, and aging. In addition there will be one individual assignment.
Contents of the 4 course units are
structure-function relationships (organelles, cells, tissues, organs), energy
handling, homeostasis and control systems, signaling and communication, study
of individual organ systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine,
muscles, nervous, digestive, reproduction), and integration of functions.
- Teacher: Frans Overveld van