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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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BI 2315 - Physiology II

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 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: the heart and circulatory system, blood, lymphatics and immunity, respiratory system, urinary system, and endocrine system. (prereq: BI 2305 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the anatomical features of the cardiovascular system and explain how these features correlate with function
  • Use PV loops to describe and analyze cardiac function
  • Use feedback loops to describe the regulation of blood pressure and blood flow
  • Interpret a standard ECG tracing
  • Describe the components of blood and their functions
  • 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 the organization, function, operation, and control of selected topic of the endocrine system

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Physiology I

Course Topics
  • Cardiac and circulatory systems
  • Lymphatics
  • Blood
  • Mechanics of breathing
  • Gas exchange and transport
  • Regulation of ventilation
  • The kidneys
  • Fluid, electrolyte balance and acid base
  • Endocrine control of growth and metabolism
  • Exams

Dr. Ronald Gerrits

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