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Physiology l for Engineers

3 Credits | 300 Level | 45 Contact hours


Guyton and Hall “Textbook of Medical Physiology, 13th Edition” available through the bookstore or online, in physical or electronic formats.


Studies how excitable tissue, nerves and muscles, and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems work. Focuses on understanding mechanisms and includes an intro to structure, an emphasis on quantitative function, and integration of hormonal and neural regulation and control.


• Learn the fundamental knowledge and concepts of human physiology necessary for the practice of biomedical engineering.
• Take a quantitative, engineering-based approach to understanding these concepts.
• Relate biological, physiological, and engineering concepts to the etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of human diseases that are, in the end, the practical application of that knowledge.


1 The Cell, Membrane Physiology and General
2 The Nervous System, The Senses and
3 The Heart
4 The Circulation
5 The Body Fluids and Kidneys
6 Blood Cells, Immunity and Coagulation
7 Respiration
8 Gastrointestinal Physiology
9 Metabolism
10 Endocrinology and Reproduction


Exams: Scores will be weighted as flexible scoring: The class is divided into five parts and you’ll receive a separate score for each of these five. You may earn this score in one of three ways:
1. Take a quiz at the beginning of class (see schedule). 10 questions of test
format with 4 options. It will last 20 minutes and will examine the material covered since the previous quiz (usually two day’s worth).
2. Take an exam at the end of every quarter Those taking quizzes will do so on the same day, immediately before the exam begins. 20 questions of test format with 4 options. It will last 40 minutes.
3. Do both; take the quizzes and the exams. The higher of the two scores for that quarter is the one that will count.
You don’t need to declare in advance which of these you want to do, and you can change your approach at any time.
Exams and/or quizzes: 16% per fifth, 80% total.

Oral Presentation: At the end of each part (five parts) there will be an oral presentation about a topic related to the subject. The duration of the presentation will be 10 minutes. Monographs will be prepared and presented in pairs.
Presentation: 10% each one, 20% total

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