HAP-10806 Principles of Human Physiology (dissection free variant)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
Lecturer(s)A Terlouw
dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. J Keijer
dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

CBI-10306 Cell Biology.

Continuation courses:

HAP-21303 Integrated Human Physiology.


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual.
See Academic Year.http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Course.

Registration for dissection-free course is only possible after consultation with and via course coordinator.
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:

The learning outcomes are the same as for HAP-10306, with the exception of the application of laboratory dissection techniques.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to 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) and self-study.
In comparison with HAP-10306, practicals that involve dissection of dead-born animals are replaced by dissection free alternatives.


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, Pearson.