Spring 2023 - BPK 105 OL01

The Anatomy and Physiology of Human Survival (3)

Class Number: 4992

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Feb 27, 2023
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

    Apr 17, 2023
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: Grade 11 Biology, Chemistry and Physics.



Discover how detailed cellular and system level physiological functions contribute to the survival of the human organism. Includes a survey of the muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and immune systems. BPK major and honours students may not receive credit for BPK 105. BPK 205 or 208 may be used as a substitute for BPK 105 by students in the kinesiology minor program. No student may take both BPK 105 and BPK 208 for credit.




Reading Assignment


1. Survival and The Human Organism

 Ch 1 Section 1.1 -1.4


2. Chemistry of Life

Ch 2 - Chemical Basis of Life


3. Cell Structures and Their Functions

Ch 3 – Cell structures and Their Functions


4. Communication – Input, Integration and Control

Ch 8 – Nervous System

Sections 8.1-8.6, 8.8-8.10, 8.14-8.15


5.Chemical Communication – Regulation and maintenance of Homeostasis

Ch 10 Endocrine System


6. Homeostasis and Fluid Balance

18 – Urinary System and Fluid Balance


7. Nutrient Acquisition: Locomotion


Ch 7 – Muscular System

Sections 7.1-7.3


In Person - Mid Term Exam

Modules 1-6


8. Nutrient Acquisition: Digestion and Absorption

16 Digestive System


9. Nutrient Acquisition: Perception

Ch 9 - Senses


10. Cardiovascular System

Ch 11 - Blood

Ch 12 - Heart

Ch 13 - Blood Vessels and Circulation

Sections 13.1-13.2, 13.6-13.8


11. Respiratory System

Ch 15 - Respiratory System


12. Defending Against Infection and Blood Loss

Ch 11 – Blood

Section 11.4-11.6

Ch 14 – Lymphatic System and Immunity

Final Exam Period

In Person - Final Exam

Modules 7-12


(I) Introduces (E) Emphasizes (R) Reinforces (A) Applies

At the end of the course students will be able to;

Human Organism Survival

  1. Connect the basic needs for human survival to the concept of organism and the general physiological functions. (I)

General Physiology Foundations

  1. Describe the concept of homeostasis and provide examples of why it is essential for human survival. (I)
  2. Associate the organization of the human body into molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems with general physiological functions. (I)
  3. Recognize how an understanding of the chemical basis of life can be used to understand general physiological functions. (I)
  4. Explain how each organelle contributes to maintaining cell and organism function. (I)
  5. Provide examples of how molecules and ions are selectively transported across cell membranes. (I)
  6. Outline the roles of different ions and ionic charge in creating cell membrane potential and electrical signaling. (I)

Human Organ System Function

  1. For each of the following systems: muscular, nervous, special and general senses, endocrine, cardiovascular, blood, immune, respiratory, digestive and urinary;
    • Sketch and label the relevant structures at the level of detail required to illustrate their primary functions.(I)
    • Describe how the unique structure elements contribute to the primary functions related to survival using appropriate terminology.(I)
  2. Associate the main functions of each organ system with their role in the maintenance of homeostasis.(E)

Human Organism

  1. Predict how the organ systems will respond to meet specific challenges to survival. (E)
  2. Illustrate an in-depth understanding of the physiological responses to one specific challenge to survival. (E)

There are four individual assignments with short answer questions, each covering 2 or 3 modules.

(E)   The are two exams, with multiple choice, fill in the blank and short answer questions, each covering 5 or 7 modules.


  • Online Quizzes 6%
  • Assignments (4) 20%
  • Avatar Activities 4%
  • Final Avatar Project 6%
  • In Person - MT Exam (Modules 1-6) 32%
  • In Person - Final Exam (Modules 7-12) 32%


Course content will be delivered remotely through CANVAS.

Midterm and Final exams will be written on-campus in-person.



VanPutte, C., Regan, J., & Russo, A. (2022). Seeley’s Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Ryerson


Connect Online Learning Center – McGraw-Hill


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