Spring 2020 - BPK 407 D300

Human Physiology Laboratory (3)

Class Number: 2254

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Fri, 12:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2020
    Tue, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • 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. Students must attend every lab session. Laboratory equipment is limited, thus, students MUST attend the lab session for which they have registered. Laboratory sessions will begin January 9th and 10th.

Week 1 Jan 9, 10 Laboratory Techniques, Introduction to the iWorx kit
Week 2 Jan 16, 17 Electrocardiography (ECG)*
Week 3 Jan 23, 24 Arterial Blood Pressure
Week 4 Jan 30, 31 Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Week 5 Feb 6, 7 Electromyography (EMG)
Week 6 Feb 13, 14 Open Lab
  Feb 20, 21 Reading week
Week 7 Feb 27, 28 Pulmonary Function and Control of Ventilation
Week 8 March 5, 6 Measurement of Maximal Aerobic Power
Week 9 March 12, 13 Nerve conduction
Week 10 March 19, 20 Review, Open lab
Week 11 March 26, 27 Lab Exam
Week 12 April 2, 3 Project Presentation
Week 13 April 9, 10 Open lab / Good Friday
Final exam April 21 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.


  • 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 (Week 3,4 or 5) 10%
  • Seven pre-lab quizzes (before each lab) 15%
  • Raw Data (Week 11) 5%
  • iWorx data files (Week 11) 5%
  • Project Proposal (Week 7) 3%
  • Project written article (Week 12) 7%
  • Project Presentation (Week 12) 10%
  • Practical Exam (Week 11) 15%
  • Final Theory Exam (April 21) 30%


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


Prerequisites: BPK 305 and 306



Carter, J. and Asmundson, C., BPK 407, Human Physiology Laboratory Manual.  5th Edition Simon Fraser University, 2020.   

The laboratory manual is essential and you will be able to download an electronic version of the manual on Canvas. Hard copies of the lab manual will also be available in the lab.


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.

Missed Exam:

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 Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 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. Students must check the examination 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. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

BPK Grading Policy

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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