HAP-10306 Principles of Human Physiology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
Lecturer(s)dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
A Terlouw
dr. MA Hegeman
Examiner(s)dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
prof. dr. ir. J Keijer

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

CBI-10306 Cell Biology.

Continuation courses:

HAP-21303 Integrated Human Physiology.


This course addresses the basic principles of human physiology as well as its regulation, at the level of the cell, organ and organism. Topics that are covered in this course include: homeostasis; (macroscopic and microscopic) morphology in relation to function of main human organs and organ systems; nervous system (brain, nerves, sensory systems); endocrine system; skin, bone and skeletal muscle physiology; cardiovascular system (heart and vessels, ECG, blood pressure, blood composition); respiratory system; regulation of the gastrointestinal system; renal system; energy metabolism. Each topic is introduced by lectures, and many topics are further explored by practicals.

Learning outcomes:

After this course, students have basic knowledge on:
- basic terms and principles of human physiology;
- structural organisation and functioning of human organ systems, and their interaction;
- basic regulation of (the functioning of) organ systems;
- techniques to collect basic data on the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, sensory system as well as on energy metabolism.


- lectures, practicals (physiological, morphological, histological);
- self-study.
Some of the practicals involve dissection of dead-born animals.


Computer exam with 50-70 multiple choice questions.


Hand-outs of the lectures; a syllabus of the practicals; the information on Blackboard, and several chapters from Silverthorn DU, Human Physiology: an integrated approach, 6th ed. Pearson. 2012.

Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc3WD
Restricted Optional for: WUNHEBSc Minor Nutrition and Health3WD
WUHAHBSc Minor Healthy Aging in Humans and Model Species3WD