HAP-20306 Human and Animal Biology, part 2


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Learning supported by IT4
Practical intensively supervised56
Project learning5
Course coordinator(s)dr. I Palm
Lecturer(s)dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
A Terlouw
dr. SWS Gussekloo
dr. I Palm
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. J Keijer

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Human and Animal Biology part 1, Cell Biology

Continuation courses:

Vertebrate Structure and Function, Behaviour and Endocrinology, Developmental Biology of Animals, Brain and Hormones, Nutritional Physiology, Nutrition and Pharmacology


Part 2 continues on part 1; the two parts are intertwined together. Whereas Part 1 (EZO-10306) focuses mainly on the basic principles of zoology, physiology and behaviour, part 2 converges on form, function and regulation of organ systems, and continues on basic insights in behavioural biology. In lectures, practicals, ICT and group assignments the human/animal form and function is dealt with at the cellular, tissue and organismal level. Its meaning and consequence with regard to the adaptive capacity of an organism within/to a certain environment, placed in an evolutionary and behavioural context, is the main perspective.

Learning outcomes:

After this course, students have basic knowledge on:
- basic terms and principles of human and animal physiology;
- the structural organisation and the interactive functioning of vertebrate organ systems (habitus, situs viscerum, urogenital system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and nervous system) using dissection and histological methods;
- functions and regulating mechanisms of several organ systems (nervous, endocrine, muscle, carciovascular, kidney, gastro-intestinal, energy metabolism and reproductive);
- the interaction of form and function with a focus on movement, respiration, transport, homeostases, internal and external communication and behaviour;
- scientific techniques to collect physiological data on the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, sensory system, digestive system and kidneys;
- the scope of an organism to adapt its behaviour and biotope to changing internal and external conditions;
- working as a group on a case study, writing a short report after discussing and interpreting literature and written data and orally presenting data.


Lectures, various practicals (either zoological, biochemical, histological, or physiological) and self-study (books, articles, ICT-CDs), are the main student activities. In group assignments cases are explored and discussed, the outcome is presented in both a plenary session and in a written report.


The course consists of two parts which are eached examined in a separate test. The grades of the two tests are averaged with the grade of the written case report. 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', Wm.C.Brown Publishers (WCB), 14th edition (2008), and Fox S.I.: 'Human Physiology', McGraw-Hill, 11th edition (2008).

Compulsory for: BBIBiologyBSc1MO
BASAnimal SciencesBSc1MO