Offered: June 5-August 4, 2018
This eight week course blends lectures with active learning activities in labs and small groups to deepen their understanding and knowledge of human physiology.
All online materials will be available by course start date.
Instructor: Dr. Jerome Garcia
Lecture Schedule: Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. (starting June 9)
Laboratory Schedule: Saturdays, 3-5 p.m.
Prerequisites: General Biology I and II with labs
This course is designed for any student interested in entering the health professions and covers the study of human organ and tissue functions. As a survey course of the fundamental principles of human physiology, we will delve into molecular mechanisms within the cells to the actions of tissues, organs, organ-systems, and how the organism as a whole adapts to certain phenomenon. Laboratories emphasize inquiry and the use of instrumentation in physiological studies. Human physiology is recommended for Biology, Chemistry, and Movement and Sports Sciences majors interested in a Health Science Career. This course includes eight laboratory sessions. Credits are transferable, however please check with the institution you wish to transfer credits to prior to taking this course.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Discuss physiological processes in the human organism at the cellular, tissue, and organismic level
- Link basic concepts of introductory biology and human anatomy courses and reveal how those fundamental ideas play a crucial role in understanding molecular mechanisms
- Discuss the interdisciplinary nature of the natural sciences and how mathematics provides the foundation for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Human Anatomy
- Identify how laws of thermodynamics and energy are crucial to the human body’s complex architecture (shape/organization)
- Recognize how anatomical “shape/organization confers function”
- Define a basic foundation of signaling cascades.
- Identify the basic hierarchy, function, and different diseases emanating from each organ system within the human body
- The Study of Body Function and Chemical Composition Cells and Enzymes
- Heart and Circulation
- Regulation of Metabolism
- Cardiac Output
- Digestive System
- Respiratory Physiology
- Excretory System Physiology
- Nervous System Physiology
- Muscle Physiology
- Sensory Physiology
- Immune System
- Endocrine Physiology
- Reproductive Physiology
Physiology Laboratory Topics
- Protein Determination
- Enzyme Activity
- Cell Viability
- Blood Workshop
- EKG Workshop
- Amylase Workshop
Lectures will be delivered in the first half of the morning session, followed by active learning labs for the last half. Course materials include readings and access to the Visible Body 3D software application, as well as physical lab activities incorporated where appropriate. All assignments and grades will be made available through the Learning Management System (LMS). Students will be provided with instructions on how to access the LMS. Students are responsible for keeping up with all work and are required to come to KGI on Saturdays for discussion of the week’s topic(s), as well as to participate in active learning labs.
Exams and quizzes will be given electronically at the discretion of the instructor. The course schedule details are forthcoming.
Weekday online coursework:
Enrolled students should expect three to four hours per day of coursework.