EZO-10306 Human and Animal Biology I


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Learning supported by IT16
Practical intensively supervised36
Problem-based learning3
Course coordinator(s)A Terlouw
Lecturer(s)A Terlouw
dr. I Palm
dr. SWS Gussekloo
dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
and others
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. JL van Leeuwen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Celbiology (CBI-10306)

Continuation courses:

Human and Animal Biology, part 2


Part 1 of the Human and Animal Biology course focuses mainly on the basic principles of zoology, physiology and an introduction to behavioral biology. Classification and phylogeny of animals (especially vertebrates), basic insight in behavioral biology (fundamental questions about behavior, proximate versus ultimate causation) as well as the embryonic development of the vertebrate body plan are dealt with.
Basic physiological principles include homeostasis and feedback control, feeding and energy balance, regulation of metabolism, bio electricity, conduction and transport mechanisms. A start is made with the study of form and function of the main organ systems of the vertebrates animals on different integration levels (cells to organisms) which is the main focus of part 2 of this course (HAP-20306).

Learning outcomes:

After this course, students should have basic knowledge on: - the scientific method;
- classification of animals on the level of higher taxa;
- the evolutionary relationships of a number of main animal taxa based on palaeontological, ontological, morphological and molecular data;
- basic knowledge about animal behavior;
- the ontogeny of the vertebrate body plan;
- the functional anatomy of the vertebrate body plan;
- functional histology of the main tissues of the vertebrate body;
- physiological principles: feeding, energy and homeostasis;
- bio-electricity;
- transport;
- (endocrine) regulation mechanisms. They learn to gain zoological (including microscopical) and physiological data during practicals and are able to read texts on zoology, physiology and behavioral biology. They became familiar with working in a group, writing a short report after discussing written data and orally presenting data and discussing results (the latter aim is worked out in more detail in part 2).


Lectures, various practicals (either zoological, histological, or physiological) and self-study (books, articles, ICT), are the main student activities. In group assignments one case is explored and discussed with a final plenary session.


The course consists of two parts which are each examined separately. The grades of the two tests are averaged. The tests are computer-exams. When all practicals and other obligations are fulfilled the final grade becomes available.


Handouts of the lectures, a syllabus of the practicals, the information on the website, and several chapters from: Hickman CP et al.: 'Integrated Principles of Zoology' Mc Graw-Hill, 14th edition (2008), and Fox S.I.: 'Human Physiology', McGraw-Hill, 11th edition (2008).

Compulsory for: BBIBiologyBSc5AF
BASAnimal SciencesBSc5AF