NBIK20005U 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. The course will include related topics, such as nerve and muscle system, kidney and gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular, respiration system and metabolism. 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 and reviews. 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.
Furthermore, the student should be able to read and discuss
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, and in disease.
The student will be able to read and discuss original scientific literature in the physiological field. The student will be able to communicate outcome of studies to peers. Furthermore, the student will get an insight and experience in physiological experimental design and be able to apply calculations to solve physiological problems.
The student will be able to understand physiology on cellular and integrative level. The student will be able to combine knowledge to address physiological problems. The student will be able to understand, evaluate and communicate concepts related to normal and abnormal physiological functions.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation---
- 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, no preparation.
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.