HAP-10306 Principles of Human Physiology


Studiepunten 6.00

Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
Lecturer(s)A Terlouw
dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen
Examiner(s)dr. AG Nieuwenhuizen

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

CBI-10306 Cell Biology.

Continuation courses:

HAP-21303 Integrated Human Physiology.


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with EZO-10306 Human and Animal Biology 1 and/or HAP-20306 Human and Animal Biology 2.

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 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.
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; information on the online learning platform and several chapters from Silverthorn DU, Human Physiology: an integrated approach, Pearson.

Verplicht voor: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc3WD
Verplicht voor: WUNHEBSc Minor Nutrition and Health3WD
Keuze voor: WUHAHBSc Minor Healthy Aging in Humans and Model Species3WD