Fall 2018 - BPK 407 D100

Human Physiology Laboratory (3)

Class Number: 4887

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2018
    Fri, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 305 and 306, one of which must already have been completed and the other can be taken concurrently.



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. Laboratory equipment is limited, thus, students MUST attend the lab session for which they have registered.  Laboratory sessions will begin on September 6th and September 7th.


  • 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%
  • Eight pre-lab quizzes 15%
  • Raw Data 5%
  • iWorx data files 5%
  • Project Proposal 3%
  • Project written article 7%
  • Project Presentation 10%
  • Practical Exam (Week 13) 15%
  • Final Theory Exam 30%


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


Week  1 - Sept 6, 7 - Laboratory Techniques, Introduction to the iWorx kit
Week  2 - Sept 13, 14 - Electrocardiography
Week  3 - Sept 20, 21 - ECG and HRV with iWorx
Week  4 - Sept 27, 28 - Arterial Blood Pressure (*Lab report)
Week  5 - Oct 4, 5 - Cardiovascular Responses
Week  6 - Oct 11, 12 - Electromyography
Week  7 - Oct 18, 19 - Open Lab
Week  8 - Oct 25, 26 - Pulmonary Function and Control of Ventilation
Week  9 - Nov 1, 2 - Measurement of Maximal Aerobic Power
Week  10 - Nov 8, 9 - Nerve conduction
Week  11 - Nov 15, 16 - Review, Open lab
Week  12 - Nov 22, 23 - Lab Exam
Week  13 - Nov 29, 30 - Project Presentation
Final exam - December 14, 3:30 to 6:00 pm - Final Theory Exam

*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.



Asmundson, C., Brown, S., Carter, J. and Ward, R.,  BPK 407, Human Physiology Laboratory Manual.  Simon Fraser University, 2017.  The laboratory manual is essential and can be obtained from the SFU Bookstore.  

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

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 web site http://students.sfu.ca/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