Summer 2023 - BPK 105 OL01

The Anatomy and Physiology of Human Survival (3)

Class Number: 3679

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 27, 2023
    Tue, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
    Location: TBA

    Aug 13, 2023
    Sun, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • 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.


This is an online course offered over 13 weeks. All of the course content is online and asynchronous. Midterm and final exams are in-person on campus.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Survival and the Human Organism
  • The Chemistry of Life
  • Cells Structures and Their Functions
  • Communication: Input, Integration, and Control
  • Chemical Communication – Regulation and Maintenance of Homeostasis
  • Homeostasis of Fluid Balance
  • Nutrient Acquisition – Locomotion
  • Nutrient Acquisition – Digestion and Absorption
  • Nutrient Acquisition – Perception
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System Physiology
  • Defending Against Infection and Blood Loss


BPK 105 is a survey of human anatomy and physiology.

(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 - Foundational Knowledge

  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. Use your knowledge of the chemical basis of life to build an understanding of
    1. How the structure of different atoms allows for different types of bonds between them
    2. how the hydrogen bods within water are essential for life
    3. Why ionic compounds form electrolytes in water, and how the ions are important for electrical signaling in excitable cells (muscle, nerve)
    4. the role of chemical reactions in providing energy for cell function
    5. the relationship between unique structure of different organic molecules and physiological function of tissues, organs, and organ systems (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)
  7. Explain the role of DNA in determining the specialized structure and function of different cell types.

Human Organ System Function

  1. For each of the following systems: skeletal, muscular, nervous, special and general senses, endocrine, cardiovascular, blood, immune, respiratory, digestive and urinary;
    1. Sketch and label the relevant structures at the level of detail required to illustrate their primary functions.(I)
    2. 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)
Illustrate an in-depth understanding of the physiological responses to one specific challenge to survival. (E)


  • Quizzes 10%
  • Assignments 16%
  • Participation 4%
  • Midterm Exam 35%
  • Final Exam 35%



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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:


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