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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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BI 2316 - Human Physiology II

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
The objective of this course is to present the concepts of human physiology that are most pertinent to the field of biomedical engineering. Concepts from the following topics will be covered: blood, lymphatics and immunity, respiratory system, urinary system, endocrine system, and energy balance. (prereq: BI 2306 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the components of blood and their functions
  • Describe the regulation and production of blood cells
  • Explain the processes of hemostasis and coagulation
  • Explain the structure and function of the respiratory system
  • Predict the operation and control of the respiratory system
  • Explain how oxygen is delivered to the blood, carried in the blood, and delivered to the tissues
  • Describe how carbon dioxide is carried in the blood and removed by the lung
  • Describe how plasma carbon dioxide relates to pH
  • Describe the structures and explain the functions of the renal system
  • Calculate clearance, renal plasma flow, and fractional excretion
  • Describe the control of filtration and re-absorption within the renal system
  • Describe the role of the kidney in fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Apply knowledge of acid-base balance to problems involving gas transport
  • Describe the feedback loops in which specified hormones are involved
  • Describe energy balance, including the factors that determine energy intake and expenditures
  • Describe the organization, function, operation, and control of the selected endocrine system
  • Describe the functions of the endocrine pancreas and their role in regulating plasma glucose

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Human Physiology I

Course Topics
  • Lymphatics (1 class)
  • Blood components and their regulation/production (4 classes)
  • Hemostasis (1 class)
  • Mechanics of breathing (ventilation) (4 classes)
  • Gas exchange and transport (4 classes)
  • Regulation of ventilation (2 classes)
  • The kidneys (5 classes)
  • Fluid, electrolyte balance and acid base (5 classes)
  • Metabolism and energy balance (4 classes)
  • Insulin/glucagon; regulation of blood glucose (2 classes)
  • Endocrine control of growth and metabolism (5 classes)
  • Exams (3 classes)

Dr. Ronald Gerrits

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