Fall 2022 - BPK 407 D100

Human Physiology Laboratory (3)

Class Number: 7448

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCK 8605, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 305 and 306.



Experiments dealing with the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems are covered. Quantitative.


The primary outcome for all BPK 407 labs is for the student to become familiar with instrumentation and techniques for measurement of human physiological variables. The course emphasizes learning by hands-on experience with the student spending most of each lab session working in a small group using scientific apparatus to collect human physiological data.  This course reinforces many of the theoretical concepts of human physiology presented in BPK 305 and BPK 306.

The course is 13 weeks long and consists of one 4 hour laboratory session per week. Students must attend every lab session. Laboratory equipment is limited, thus, students MUST attend the lab session for which they have registered.  Laboratory sessions will begin on Sept 8th and 9th.

Week  1

Sept 8, 9

Laboratory Techniques, Introduction to the iWorx kit

Week  2

Sept 15, 16

Electrocardiography (ECG)

Week  3

Sept 22, 23

Arterial Blood Pressure (*Lab report)

Week  4

Sept 29, 30

Open Lab / National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Week  5

Oct 6, 7

Electromyography (EMG)

Week  6

Oct 13, 14

Open Lab / Project data collection

Week  7

Oct 20, 21

Pulmonary Function and Control of Ventilation

Week  8

Oct 27, 28

Measurement of Maximal Aerobic Power

Week  9

Nov 3, 4

Nerve conduction

Week  10

Nov 10, 11

Open lab / Remembrance Day

Week  11

Nov 17, 18

Review, Open lab

Week  12

Nov 24, 25

Lab Exam

Week  13

Dec 1, 2

Project Presentation

*A lab report must be submitted for this lab.  Reports are due at the beginning of your lab period in the following week.  Lab reports will be penalized 5% per day or per portion of day late and will not be accepted more than one week late.


  • Calibrate and operate scientific equipment by following a detailed instruction manual.
  • Obtain an informed consent from a subject prior to an experiment.
  • Conduct a physiology experiment while recording experimental observations in a laboratory notebook. Identify potential sources of error in the scientific experiment.
  • Write a clear, concise and well-organized laboratory report and project. Demonstrate scientific writing skills, with the appropriate use of equations, graphs, tables and statistical analysis.
  • Propose and conduct an experiment to answer a specific physiology question.
  • Use an oral presentation to communicate scientific ideas, procedures, results, and conclusions.


  • Lab report 10%
  • Six pre-lab quizzes (before each lab) 25%
  • Raw Data notebook (Week 12) 10%
  • iWorx data files (Week 12) 5%
  • Project Proposal (Week 7) 5%
  • Project written article (Week 13) 10%
  • Project Presentation (Week 13) 10%
  • Practical lab exam (Week 12) 25%


Course Website Address: http://www.sfu.ca/canvas.html



Carter, J. and Asmundson, C., BPK 407, Human Physiology Laboratory Manual.  7th Edition
Simon Fraser University, 2022. 

The laboratory manual is essential and you will be able to download a free electronic version of the manual on Canvas. Hard copies of the lab manual will also be available in the lab.


There is no required physiology textbook.  Use your BPK 205, 305 and 306 textbooks.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html