Summer 2023 - BISC 305 D100
Animal Physiology (3)
Class Number: 3807
Delivery Method: In Person
A study of major physiological systems, with an emphasis on understanding the physics underpinning physiological mechanisms.
This course introduces the major physiological systems with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms. The course emphasizes the Physics behind the Physiology and the exams involve substantial Physics concepts. The exams are based on deductive thinking (like math or physics exams) and memorization of facts plays almost no role in this class. Though all concepts and several examples to illustrate the application of concepts are presented in class and as part of the assignments, students are expected to search for additional material (e.g. exercise problems) on their own. The instructor and TA(s) are available for help but the emphasis of this course on Physics concepts in Physiology should not be underestimated.
- Basic principles of neuroscience
- Sensory systems
- Muscle physiology
- Basic endocrinology
- Cardiovascular physiology
- Respiratory physiology
- Water balance
- Midterm 1 30%
- Midterm 2 25%
- Midterm 3 25%
- Assignments 20%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
The course emphasizes Physics-based concepts in the study of Animal Physiology. The student is expected to look for any additional study material on his/her own.
Power point slides will be made available on Canvas for students to download. A book is not required for this class though reading Animal Physiology (e.g. Eckert’s Animal Physiology) and Neuroscience books (all available in the SFU library) is highly recommended.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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