Fall 2018 - BPK 432 D100

Physiological Basis of Temperature Regulation (3)

Class Number: 6555

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2018
    Wed, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 305 or BISC 305. Recommended: BPK 407.



The study of human temperature regulation in extreme environments. Physiological responses in hot and cold environments will be studied at molecular, cellular and whole body/systems physiology levels. The course focuses on the mechanisms of control of human temperature as well as unresolved topics in this area of physiology. Students with credit for BPK 420, Physiological Basis of Temperature Regulation, may not take this course for further credit.


There are two main sections to the course, lectures and student presentations.
Dr. White will give overview lectures and students will give point-counterpoint presentations. In the lecture component of the course, the focus is on the mechanisms of control of human thermoregulatory responses. In these overview lectures, one section focuses on the physiological mechanisms of the temperature regulation responses in hot environments and the other focuses on physiological mechanisms of temperature regulation responses in cold environments. Subsequent to the overview lectures, students will make point-counterpoint presentations/debates on unresolved topics in the physiology of human temperature regulation. Each student presentation will be followed by ‘Round Table’ discussions on these unresolved topics.


  • Midterm Celebration of Learning* 20%%
  • Outlines for Point-Counter Point* 10%%
  • Written Summary of Point-Counter Point articles presented ( 2 x 10%)* 20%%
  • 1 Point and 1 Counter Point Presentation of articles reviewed (2 x 10%)* 20%%
  • Final Celebration of Learning (cumulative Lecs & P-CP pres.)* 30%%


Please Note: In fairness to all students in the course, missed exams/assignments will normally not be allowed
other than at the scheduled a date/deadline for that evaluation. It is the student's responsibility to contact
Dr. White a minimum of 1 week prior to an evaluation if they anticipate a problem making an exam or handing in
an assignment on the scheduled date. Exceptions will only be made if there are extenuating circumstances
that are beyond the control of the student and verified with an appropriate note.

*These percentages may be changed after consulting with the students in 1st week of classes
Note: There will be no extensions granted for any of the evaluations except with a medical condition or
compassionate reasons that is beyond your control. For the 2 part Point-Counter Point Assignment (PCP) and
any Tutorial Assignments a penalty of 20% per day late will be assessed. This gives a grade of zero if your
assignment is 5 days late.

Failure to attend an examination
Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances, such as serious illness or compassionate
reasons, are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to
write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting
documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the School Director via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology main office, or Registrar within four calendar days of
the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by
the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration.

In the event of a missed midterm or final examination Dr. White reserves the right to give an oral
examination of the course material.

Students must check the exam schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final
examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid
making travel or employment arrangements for this period.

Academic honesty and student conduct
Academic honesty is a condition of continued membership in the University community. Academic dishonesty,
including plagiarism or any other form of cheating is subject to serious academic penalty, i.e. failure on an
assignment, failure in a course, suspension or expulsion from the University.
The University codes of student conduct and academic honesty are contained in policies T10.01 and T10.02
which are available in the Course Timetable and on the Web via http://www.reg.sfu.ca.



Compendium of Readings.

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