Spring 2021 - BPK 307 D100

Human Physiology III (3)

Class Number: 7527

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 305. Corequisite: BPK 306; however, students who took BPK 306 prior to Fall 2017, cannot take this course. Majors from outside BPK require BPK 205 (or BISC 305), MBB 231 (or 201), MATH 155 or 152 plus permission of the instructor.



A detailed examination of the physiology and pathophysiology of the gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, immune and reproductive systems. The course focuses on integration of physiological mechanisms at the molecular, cellular and systems levels.


This course will examine the physiology and pathophysiology of the gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, immune and reproductive systems. The course focuses on integration of physiological mechanisms at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. This course will you Canvas (www.canvas.sfu.ca). Lecture slides will be posted before or shortly after lecture. All verbal or written material covered in lectures, tutorials or supplemental readings, is testable.

Lecture 1              Reproductive hormones
Lecture 2              Development and differentiation of the reproductive system
Lecture 3              Male reproductive system
Lecture 4              Female reproductive system
Lecture 5              Puberty
Lecture 6              Sex
Lecture 7              Sexual dysfunction & sexually transmitted infections
Lecture 8              Pregnancy I
Lecture 9              Pregnancy II
Lecture 10           Labour and delivery
Lecture 11           Lactation
Lecture 12           Infertility and fertility control
Lecture 13           Body fluids
Lecture 14           Renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate
Midterm 1           MIDTERM I | Reproductive physiology | Wednesday 5th February 2020
Lecture 15           Proximal tubule
Lecture 16           Distal tubule and pH
Lecture 17           Urine concentration and regulation
Lecture 18           Urine concentration and regulation
Lecture 19           Regulation of glomerular filtration rate
Lecture 20           Potassium and aldosterone
Lecture 21           Acid base regulation
Lecture 22           Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system
Lecture 23           Renal control of blood pressure
Midterm 2           MIDTERM II | Renal physiology | Wednesday 11th March 2020
Lecture 24           Phases of digestion
Lecture 25           Gastric and accessory exocrine secretions
Lecture 26           Digestion and absorption
Lecture 27           Gut as an endocrine organ
Lecture 28           Liver
Lecture 29           Metabolism – insulin, glucagon and growth hormone
Lecture 30           Calcium and phosphate regulation
Lecture 31           Thyroid hormones
Lecture 32           Immunology - innate
Lecture 33           Immunology – adaptive
Lecture 34           Immune disorders
Lecture 35           Antimicrobials
Final Exam          Monday 23rd April 2020 12-3pm


  • Tutorials 10%
  • Assignments (2 @ 10% each) 20%
  • Midterms (In class: 2 @ 15% each) [5th April & 11th March] 30%
  • Final exam (Cumulative) [Thursday 23rd April, 12:00-3:00 pm] 40%


There will be no extensions granted for any of the evaluations except in exceptional circumstances that are beyond your control. Students who miss an examination 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 attend the examination on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. These 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 Programme Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Please see the following link detailing the procedure and expectations for class work missed due to illness. If a medical note is appropriate, please bring a Health Care Provider Statement to your physician for completion. Students must check the exam schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that the final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examining period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period.

Examination grading/regrading policy
Midterms will normally be graded within one week, and scores will be posted to Canvas. You will normally be able to view your exam within two weeks of writing the exam. Minor errors that occur in scoring or addition can be resolved by your TA. Note that your instructors will NOT change your score for individual exam questions. If you wish to dispute a mark, your recourse is to submit your exam to your instructor for regrading. Your exam will be regraded in full, and your score may go up, or it may go down. If you complete your exam in pencil, you forfeit your right to have your exam regraded. Regrades will not be considered after two weeks have elapsed since the exam; however, you are welcome to make an appointment to view your midterm exams at any point during the term.

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. 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. A library tutorial on understanding and avoiding plagiarism is available. 

Grading criteria:

In BPK, examination of student learning fulfills many purposes:
(i)     it provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate and celebrate their learning;
(ii)    through the processes of preparing for, taking examinations, and receiving feedback on their work, it provides a learning opportunity;
(iii)   it provides a means for instructors to assess student learning, enabling the documentation and discrimination of learning achievements, and permitting the fair assignment of course grades. In this course we will follow BPK grading criteria. For more information about grading criteria please see the following link: https://www.sfu.ca/bpk/undergrad_program/faqs/grading_policy.html


TUTORIALS: Tutorials are a compulsory component of the course. Tutorial participation is mandatory and will facilitate an active learning environment to complement material covered in lectures. The policy for missed tutorials is the same as the policy for missed examinations. Tutorials are designed for you to work together to solve problems that reinforce major concepts from lecture. Tutorial marks will be assigned by the course TA on the basis of your contribution to the group’s learning process.



TEXT: There is no required text for this course. However, you are recommended to support your learning by reading around the subject. Any of these texts would be a good resource for this course. Copies of these texts have been placed on reserve in the library. Physiology, Berne, RM, Levy, Koeppen & Stanton, Mosby, (Updated) 7th edition Medical Physiology, Boron and Boulpaep, Saunders (Updated) 2st edition Human Physiology, Silverthorn, 7th edition. Textbook of Medical Physiology, Guyton and Hall, 13th edition.

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 spring 2021 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).