Fall 2020 - BPK 142 D100

Introduction to Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (3)

Class Number: 6058

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2020
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Instructor:

    Jim Carter
    Office: K8632
  • 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.


The objective of BPK 142 is to introduce a variety of topics found in the field of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. Theoretical concepts and current laboratory techniques will be discussed. This remote course will include a one hour live lecture and a two hour live laboratory session each week. This is the second time that we have offered this course remotely and we may need to modify the schedule during the semester.  

Lecture: synchronous (9-10 am on Tuesday); asynchronous (recorded lectures)
Laboratory: synchronous (2 hours); Lab sessions start the first week of classes (Sept 9, 10) Students MUST attend the online lab session for which they have registered.  

The laboratory manual is essential and you will be able to download an electronic version of the lab manual from the BPK 142 Canvas site.

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

Lecture Schedule                   


1   Sept 8 Thursday Osteology & Arthrology  
2   Sept 15 Thursday   Body Composition  
3   Sept 22 Thursday   Growth and Development Evaluation of Physical Fitness
4 Sept 29 Thursday Skeletal Muscle  
5 Oct 6 Thursday Muscular Strength  
6 Oct 13 Thursday Biomechanics Review
8 Oct 27 Thursday Neural Control of Movement Neural Control of Movement
9 Nov 3 Thursday Respiratory System Circulatory System
10 Nov 10 Thursday Blood Flow and Gas Transport Maximal Aerobic Power
11 Nov 17 Thursday Motor Learning Ergonomics
12 Nov 24 Thursday Environmental Physiology – Cold Stress - Underwater Physiology
13 December 1 Thursday Environmental Physiology – Altitude and Performance / Review    

Laboratory ScheduleUnits From Lab Manual  
1 Sept 9-10 Osteology & Torso Anatomy 1,2
2 Sept 16-17 Body Composition Analysis (2.0%) 3 4
3 Sept 23-24 Arthrology  Flexibility Testing (1.5%) 5,6,7 8
4 Sept 30-Oct 1 Muscle Anatomy and Movement Analysis  (1.5%) 9
5 Oct 7-8 Measurement of Strength, Power & Muscular Endurance, Force-Velocity Relationships (2.0%) 10,11,12
6 Oct 14-15 Levers Experiment   (1.5%) Centre of Gravity Gait Analysis Cardio-respiratory Anatomy 13 14 15 16

7 Oct 20 NO LABS THIS WEEK,  Midterm exams  

8 Oct 28-29 Reflex Actions and Nervous System Anatomy  Performance Curves Knowledge of Results Experiment Negative and Bilateral Transfer Experiment (1.5%) 20 21 21 21
9 Nov 4-5 Cardiovascular Responses to Sub-maximum Exercise (1.5%) 18  
10 Nov 11-12 Maximum Oxygen Uptake (1.5%)   19
11 Nov 18-19 Library Resources and Search Skills - Assignment (2.0%) Modules on Canvas
12 Nov 25-26 REVIEW SESSION  

13 Dec 2-3 ANATOMY EXAM      

**The BPK 142 lab is in room K8640.



  GRADING:                                   Assignment %
9 Pre-Lab quizzes                           5
Lecture participation/quiz                5
Experiment Summary Sheets          15
Midterm Lecture Exam (Week 7)     15
Midterm Lab Exam (Week 7)           13
Anatomy exam (Week 13)              10
Final Lab Exam (Exam period)         12
Final Lecture Exam (Exam Period)    25


Prerequisite: Recommended: Grade 11 Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students with credit for BPK 142 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.  

You will require a computer with a camera and microphone for this remote course. You will be using Microsoft Excel for some of the lab exercises. You will require a stable highspeed internet connection for lectures, labs and exams.  

All exams will be proctored using Zoom or auto proctoring software recommended by SFU.  



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


There is no single text that fully encompasses the topics in this course. All lecture Word and PowerPoint files will be put on Canvas. There is also an online OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology textbook that you will be to download for free from the BPK 142 Canvas site   The laboratory manual is essential and can be obtained from the SFU Bookstore.

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).