Spring 2019 - BPK 407 D100

Human Physiology Laboratory (3)

Class Number: 4343

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCK 8605, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 305 and 306.



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 January 3rd and January 4th.


  • 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 Jan 3, 4 Laboratory Techniques, Introduction to the iWorx kit
Week 2 Jan 10, 11 Electrocardiography
Week 3 Jan 17, 18 ECG and HRV with iWorx
Week 4 Jan 24, 25 Arterial Blood Pressure (*Lab report)
Week 5 Jan 31, Feb 1 Cardiovascular Responses
Week 6 Feb 7, 8 Electromyography
Week 7 Feb 14, 15 Open Lab
  Feb 21, 22 Reading Week
Week 8 Feb 28, Mar 1 Pulmonary Function and Control of Ventilation
Week 9 Mar 7, 8 Measurement of Maximal Aerobic Power
Week 10 Mar 14, 15 Nerve conduction
Week 11 Mar 21, 22 Review, Open lab
Week 12 Mar 28, 29 Lab Exam
Week 13 Apr 4, 5 Project Presentation
Final exam April 18 3:30 to 6:30 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.



Carter, J. and Asmundson, C., BPK 407, Human Physiology Laboratory Manual.  3rd Edition Simon Fraser University, 2018.   

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://www.sfu.ca/students/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