BM41055 Anatomy and physiology

In this course, we will focus on the following topics:

  1. Introduction to human physiology (human body, homeostasis, mass transport)
  2. Cell physiology (plasma membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, cell growth and reproduction)
  3. Musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, musles)
  4. Nervous system (nerve cells, neurophysiology, central nerve system, peripheral nervous system and reflex activity, autonomic nervous system)
  5. Endocrine system (hormones and endocrine organs)
  6. Cardiovascular system: blood (blood cells, blood flow, blood pressure, vascular compliance, clotting, Newtonian flow).
  7. Cardiovascular system: heart (anatomy, coronary circulation, cardiac muscle fibres, cardiac output).
  8. Respiratory system (respiration, transport and exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, control mechanisms of respiration)

Study Goals

After the course, the student is able to describe the anatomy and the function of several physiological systems.

The student must be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy and the function of the musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems;
  • Describe the control mechanisms involved in the different physiological systems.


F.J.H. Gijsen

Last modified: 2023-11-04


Credits: 4 EC
Period: 2/2/0/0