NBIK14014U Cellular and Integrative Physiology
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
Physiology is a very dynamic discipline, which develops continuously and utilizes new knowledge, perspectives and techniques from other scientific disciplines. The aim of the course is to integrate our knowledge of gene products and cellular functions with organ- and whole-body physiology. A thorough background established in cell physiology will be combined with organ physiology and studies on gene manipulated animals. The course will include related topic, such as nerve and muscle system, kidney and gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular and respiration system. These topics will also be cross-integrated in themes such as salt/water homeostasis, acid/base regulation, disturbance of ion channels and transduction processes, adaptation to physical activity and energy homeostasis. Selected themes will be illustrated by original literature, research based teaching from the institute. The course is suitable for students that are generally interested in physiology, biomedicine, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical industry.
The student will obtain a wide theoretical knowledge within the
physiological field. There will be a focus on fundamental
principles in cell physiology that form basis in understanding of
organ- and whole-body physiology. The student should be able to
explain mechanisms involved in cellular regulation, interplay
between different cells in the same organ, as well as in different
organs. This approach will lay foundations for understanding of
various physiological systems (see below), their normal function
and their function in stress, environmental challenges and disease.
The student should be able to apply calculations to solve
physiological problems. Furthermore, the student should be able to
read, discuss and present original scientific literature and
The student will obtain a wide theoretical knowledge within the physiological field. There will be a focus on fundamental principles in cell physiology that form basis in understanding of organ- and whole-body human physiology. The student will be able to explain mechanisms involved in cellular regulation, interplay between different cells in the same organ, as well as in different organs. This approach will lay foundations for understanding of various physiological systems, their normal function and their function in stress, environmental challenges and disease.
The student will be able to read, discuss and present original scientific literature in the physiological field. The student will be able to communicate outcome of studies to peers and also to non-specialists. Furthermore, the student will get an insight and experience in physiological experimental design and be able to apply calculations to solve physiological problems.
Based on physiological discipline, the student will be able to both analyze complex and integrated systems, as well as understand detailed driving mechanisms. The student will be able to design experiments and studies to test given hypothesis. The student will be able to evaluate and communicate concepts related to normal and abnormal physiological functions.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- Theory exercises
The students will receive individual and group feedbacks during lectures, in practical and theoretical classes, as well as in colloquia and project presentations. Peer feedback will be encouraged in student study groups. Once a week, teachers will offer a consultation hour for individual feedback.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 4 hours under invigilationThe course has been selected for ITX exam on Peter Bangs Vej
- Exam registration requirements
Active participation in at least 80% of theoretical classes, exercise classes and presentations.
- Only certain aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Oral examination 30 minutes, 30 minutes preparation of a drawn question.
If the exam requirements are not fulfilled, the student must take the course again next year.
Criteria for exam assesment
In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.