Summer 2024 - BPK 142 D100

Introduction to Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (3)

Class Number: 4232

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 16, 2024
    Fri, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    One of Grade 12 Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry or Physics with a grade of C or better; or one of BPK 105, BPK 110, BPK 143, BISC 100, BISC 113 or HSCI 100 with a grade of C or better.



Survey of theories and laboratory procedures for assessing human health status and physical performance, including biomechanics, body composition, development, environmental physiology, ergonomics, exercise physiology and motor learning. Functional anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, skeletal and skeletal muscle systems in relation to physical activity are explored. Breadth-Science.


In Person: All lectures, laboratories and exams will be conducted in person. However, this is subject to change based on SFU guidelines

Number of weeks: 13 weeks

Synchronous: All lectures and laboratories will be conducted synchronously.

Number of weeks: 13 weeks

Number of hours of lecture/labs/tutorials per week: 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory

Schedule or list of topics covered in the course





Osteology & Arthrology


Torso Anatomy


Body Composition

Body Composition


Growth and Development

Evaluation of Physical Fitness




Skeletal Muscle

Muscle Anatomy and Movement Analysis


Muscular Strength

Muscular Strength, Power and Endurance



Levers, Center of Gravity and Gait Analysis

Cardiorespiratory Anatomy



No Labs


Midterm Lecture Exam

No Labs


Respiratory System and Cardiovascular System

Cardiovascular Responses to Submaximal Exercise


Blood Flow and Gas Transport

Maximal Aerobic Power

Maximal Oxygen Uptake


Neural Control of Movement

Reflex Actions

Performance Curves

Knowledge of Results

Transfer of Learning


Motor Learning


Library Resources and Search Skills


Environmental Physiology -
Underwater Physiology

Laboratory Review


Environmental Physiology – Altitude

Final Anatomy Lab Exam



Lecture Outcomes

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

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

  1. Describe the anatomy, composition, function and common disorders of bone and joint tissues. (I) (LE, LA, AE)
  2. Explain the assumptions and limitations of different measurement of human body composition and the correlations between body composition and health. (I) (LE)
  3. Describe human growth and development including, developmental stages, growth in height and weight, velocity curves, bone mineral content, body proportions, puberty, sexual and ethnic differences, assessments of maturity, and influences affecting growth. (I) (LE)
  4. Describe the characteristics for assessing the design of physical fitness tests – validity, reliability, objectivity, accuracy, norms, economy and how to deal with random and systematic errors. (I) (LE)
  5. Explain skeletal muscle function including cross-bridge cycling, motor unit types, physiological control of force generation, and the mechanical influences affecting force. (I) (LE)
  6. Identify and draw anatomical details of the human skeletal, muscular, pulmonary, circulatory and neural systems. (I) (LE, LA, AE)
  7. Describe muscular strength assessment techniques and factors affecting strength, including types of muscle contraction, sexual differences, and aging. (I) (LE)
  8. Apply basic biomechanical principles (Newton’s laws of motion, mass, weight, force, work, torque and power) to human movement (levers, proper movement to avoid injury, centre of gravity assessment). (I) (LE)
  9. Describe pulmonary system function during rest and exercise, including breathing mechanics, lung volumes, the mechanisms of gas exchange and transport including partial pressure, lung diffusing capacity, Fick’s law of diffusion, Poiseuille’s law, oxygen delivery and use during exercise. (I) (LE)
  10. Describe cardiovascular system function during rest and exercise, including blood flow distribution during exercise, heart electrical activity, venous return, oxygen-hemoglobin saturation and the Fick Equation. (I) (LE)
  11. Describe maximal aerobic power in relation to health, including the contributing physiological processes, exercise testing protocols, criteria for validation, limiting physiological factors, and how to predict maximal aerobic power from submaximal exercise. (I, E) (LE)
  12. Describe nervous system function including action potential generation and conduction. (I) (LE)
  13. Describe the control of muscular movement including, higher order motor control, motor cortex, and cerebellar function, spinal cord injury and afferent feedback from muscle sense organs. (I) (LE)
  14. Describe human motor skill acquisition including motor skill classification systems, stages of skill acquisition, knowledge of results, transfer of learning, mental practice, and learning assessment. (I) (LE)
  15. Define ergonomics. Describe the knowledge base that is required to be an ergonomist.  Describe features of chair design that you need to consider for a standard lecture room chair.  (I) (LE)
  16. Apply your knowledge of human physiology to physical rehabilitation post-injury. (I, E) (LE)
  17. Introduce industries applicable to BPK and career pathways (I, E) (LE)

 (LE) Lecture exams are a mix of fill in the blank, definition and short answer questions

Laboratory Outcomes

The primary outcome of all the labs is to give the student early and frequent hands-on experience with kinesiological concepts covered in lecture material. Students are required to work effectively together to acquire data and submit nine lab reports for grading during the semester. (I, E)

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

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

  1. Demonstrate appropriate writing, use of arithmetic and algebraic equations, graphing, spread sheets and curve fitting in laboratory reports. (I) (LR)
  2. Identify basic skeletal and torso model human anatomy and function, and describe differences during growth and between sexes. (I) (LA, AE)
  3. Utilize different techniques of body composition assessment to demonstrate an understanding of the values and limitations of each method. (I, E) (LR, LA)
  4. Describe joint anatomy, structural limitations to range of motion, assess flexibility, and understand the injury process to different joints. (I, E) (LR, LA, AE)
  5. Apply functional muscle anatomy to joint movement analysis. (I, E) (LR, LA)
  6. Assess muscular strength, power, and endurance using various techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of the validity and limitations of each. Use these methods to generate force-velocity and force-power data and graph these relationships. (I, E) (LR, LA)
  7. Use the principles of biomechanics to measure the effects of levers on force and torque generation and calculate centre of gravity. (I, E) (LR, LA)
  8. Integrate your knowledge of biomechanical forces and muscle activation through the analysis of human gait (walking, running). (I, E) (LR, LA)
  9. Measure and evaluate pulmonary function under resting and maximal effort conditions. (I) (LR, LA)
  10. Measure blood pressure and ECG during submaximal exercise. (I) (LR, LA)
  11. Perform all the data collection steps required to calculate maximal aerobic power on a bicycle ergometer. Graph the measured physiological variables and determine thresholds of physiological change. (I) (LR, LA)
  12. Apply your knowledge of motor skill performance by acquiring data and generating graphs related to learning curves, the influence of feedback, and the transfer of learning. (I, E) (LR, LA)
  13. Distinguish a scholarly article from an article in the popular press/internet, use criteria to assess the credibility and accuracy of health information, describe how a research study is performed using relevant terminology, and search using Google Scholar, Medline, and Web of Science. (I, E) (LL)

(LR) Lab reports are handed in individually and may require writing, use of arithmetic and algebraic equations, graphing, spread sheets and curve fitting of group acquired data.

(LA) Lab exams are a mix of anatomy labeling, fill in the blank, definition and short answer questions on lab procedure and theory.

(AE) Anatomy lab exam is identification and labeling of anatomical landmarks displayed by projector.

(LL) Library lab is an online lab run in CANVAS by the SFU library.



(I) INTRODUCES- Students are not expected to be familiar with the content or skill at the collegiate or graduate level. Instruction and learning activities focus on basic knowledge, skills, and/or competencies and an entry-level complexity.

(E) EMPHASIZES- Students are expected to possess a basic knowledge and familiarity with the content or skills at the collegiate or graduate level. Instruction and learning concentrates on enhancing and strengthening knowledge, skills, and expanding complexity.

(R) REINFORCES- Students are expected to possess a strong foundation in the knowledge, skill, or competency at the collegiate or graduate level. Instructional and learning activities continue to build upon previous competencies and increased complexity.

(A) APPLIES- Students are expected to possess an advanced level of knowledge, skill, or competency at the collegiate or graduate level. Instructional and learning activities focus on the use of the content or skills in multiple contexts and at multiple levels of complexity.







Pre-Lab Quizzes


In-class participation


Lab Experiment Submissions


Midterm Lecture Exam


Midterm Lab Exam


Final Lectures exam


Final Lab Exam



  • Pre-Lab Quizzes 5%
  • In-class participation 5%
  • Lab Experiment Submissions 15%
  • Midterm Lecture Exam 15%
  • Midterm Lab Exam 13%
  • Final Lectures Exam 22%
  • Final Lab Exam 25%


Late penalties will follow standard SFU protocol.

Academic concessions will be considered on a case by case basis.



R.C Asmundson, J. Carter, M. Walsh and R. Ward. BPK 142 – Introduction to Kinesiology Laboratory Manual. Thirteenth Edition. Simon Fraser University, 2020



Anatomy and Physiology 2e: OpenStax

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