Physiology Courses

THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 launch of a new On-Line Section of its signature Human Physiology Course PHYSL 210

Online Physiology 210

Online Physiology 210 (PHYSL 210) is an introductory course in human physiology. It will be offered as a full year 6-credit Fall and Winter session course beginning Fall 2017.

Offered as an online alternative to the three standard lecture-based sections of the course, students will study the function and regulation of the human body and the complexities and interactions of cells, tissues, major organs and systems. Topics include physiology of the cell, muscle and sensory physiology, peripheral and central nervous systems, hormonal control mechanisms, blood and body defense mechanisms and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, urinary and digestive systems.

Online Physiology 210 will provide an alternative online mode of delivery with curriculum content and course evaluation equivalent to the in-class lecture version of this course. This online course is based on a required textbook and is supported by extensive online content including short video lessons, additional video animations, learning objectives, unmarked quizzes and other knowledge-testing online activities, access to additional online textbook resources, and a discussion board monitored by the instructor. Students’ progress will be monitored by the course instructor, and students will have access to subject-matter experts from the Department of Physiology.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kyla Smith (kylasmit@ualberta.ca)


PHYSL 210 Human Physiology

«6 (fi 12) (two term, 3-0-0).

Introductory course in human physiology.  Prerequisites: BIOL 107, plus 6 credits in University level Chemistry.  Credit may be obtained in only one of PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214.  

PHYSL 212 Human Physiology I

«3 (fi 3) (First term, 3-0-0)

An introduction to human physiology.  Part 1, covering: membrane transport mechanisms; intracellular and electrical signaling; the physiology of excitable tissues; neuroendocrine regulation; the physiology of blood.  Required for students in the Physiology Honours program.  Recommended for students in other Honours/Specialization programs.

Prerequisites: BIOL 107; CHEM 101 and 102. Pre- or Co-requisites: CHEM 164 or 261, and 263.  Credit may be obtained in only PHYSL 210, 212 and 214.  Students with credit in PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214 may not obtain credit in ZOOL 241 or 242.  Students in some Honors/ Specialization programs may require PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214.  See your departmental advisor.

PHYSL 214 Human Physiology II

«3 (fi 3) (Second term, 3-0-0)

An introduction to human physiology.  Part 2, covering: the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract; the cardiovascular system; the respiratory system; the renal system; and the reproductive system. Required for students in the Physiology Honours program.  Recommended for students in other Honours/Specialization programs. Prerequisites: PHYSL 212.

PHYSL 310 Experimental Techniques in Physiology

« 3 (either term, 1-0-6). 

Modern techniques in Physiology, involving molecular and cellular physiology, cell and tissue imaging, and non-invasive experimentation, will be discussed in theory and demonstrated and utilized in a series of laboratory bench-top research experiments.  Pre-requisites: PHYSL 210 or PHYSL 212 and 214 and consent of department.

PHYSL 372 Systems Neuroscience

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

Introduction to the organization and function of vertebrate nervous systems.  Major topics will be neural development, control of movement, integration of sensory information, and the neuronal mechanisms underlying memory and learning.  Prerequisite: PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214, or ZOOL 242.

PHYSL 400 Reproductive Physiology  

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

The aim of this course is to describe (i) the causes of infertility, (ii) therapeutic approaches to restore or enhance fertility and (iii) contraceptive approaches to avoid pregnancy.  Prerequisites: PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214 or equivalent and consent of the Department.

PHYSL 403 Neuroendoimmunomodulation

«3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0).

The physiological and pathophysiological interrelationships between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems.  Prerequisites:  PHYSL 210 or equivalent.

PHYSL 404 Cardiovascular Physiology

«3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0).

General concepts in human cardiovascular physiology: properties of the myocardium, heart function, vascular biology, hemodynamics and control of cardiovascular system. Discussion of cardiovascular pathologies and relevant clinical situations. Prerequisites: PHYSL 212 and 214, or 210 and consent of Department. 

PHYSL 405 Sensory Physiology  

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

The sensory systems in human physiology.  The topics covered will be vision, hearing, vestibular mechanisms, taste, smell, and touch, including receptor mechanisms and central organization.  Prerequisites:  PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214 and consent of the Department.

PHYSL 407 Molecular and Cellular Physiology (formerly 401)

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

The molecular and cellular aspects of physiological processes.  Main areas include the structure and functions of plasma membranes (emphasizing transport processes and their regulation) and the mechanism of action of hormones (hormone-receptor interactions, receptor regulation and interactions of intracellular mediators).  The physiological significance of these processes will be stressed throughout.  Prerequisites:  PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214 and consent of the Department.

PHYSL 409 Homeostatic Physiology (formerly 402)

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

Second-term, newly revised course. Advanced principles of regulatory mechanisms in human and mammalian physiology, with in depth analysis of interrelationships between different organ systems in the maintenance of homeostasis. Clinical and physiologic perspectives are highlighted in the demonstration of how organ systems interact in health and the disruption in homeostasis which occurs in disease. Contemporary topics in energy and cardiovascular homeostasis such as the physiological adaptations to pregnancy, exercise, obesity and diabetes will be explored using an integrative, systems physiology approach. Suitable as preparation for careers in medicine, biomedical research and health-related fields.

Prerequisites: PHYSL 212 and 214 (or 210), 404 and consent of Department.

PHYSL 444 Advanced Topics in Neurophysiology

«3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0).

A lecture course emphasizing contemporary aspects of developmental, cellular, systems and cognitive neurophysiology.  Topics will include experience-dependent processes in the development of the nervous system, the molecular and cellular mechanisms for learning and memory, and voluntary movement, the representation and transformation of information in the nervous system, and the neuronal events associated with conscious experience.  Students will be expected to demonstrate a thorough understanding of selected readings from current and classical literature. Suitable for honors students in Physiology, Pharmacology, Psychology and Neuroscience. Prerequisites: PMCOL 371 and PHYSL 372 and consent of the Department.

PHYSL 461 Undergraduate Research Project

«3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-0-6).

Individual study, open to undergraduate students who have identified a supervisor in the Department of Physiology. Co-supervisors from other Departments are permitted. Students will spend one term in the laboratory of a faculty member and carry out a laboratory research project. Registration package and further information are available here. Prerequisites: PHYSL 210 or PHYSL 212/214 and consent from the course coordinators.  This course will be offered in the Fall or Winter.

PHYSL 466 Undergraduate Tutorial

«3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0).

Individual study.  Students will select a faculty member who will guide them through a course of reading at an advanced level on a specialized topic.  Successful completion of an oral presentation is required at the conclusion of the project. Registration package and further information are available here. Prerequisites: PHYSL 210 or PHYSL 212/214 and consent of Department.

PHYSL 467 Undergraduate Research Project

«6 (fi12) (two term, 0-0-6).

Individual study, open to undergraduate students who have identified a supervisor in the department of Physiology. Co-supervision with Professors from other departments is possible, provided that a supervisor from the department of Physiology is identified. Students will spend two terms in the laboratory of a faculty member and carry out a laboratory research project. Registration package and further information are available here. Prerequisites: PHYSL 210 or PHYSL 212/214 and consent from the course coordinators, Drs. Emmanuelle Cordat (cordat@ualberta.ca) and Silvia Pagliardini (silviap@ualberta.ca).

PHYSL 468 Undergraduate Research Thesis I

« 6 (either term, 0-0-12).

Individual study, open to undergraduate students who have identified a supervisor in the department of Physiology. Taken in conjunction with  PHYSL 469, this 6-credit course is the first part of a 12-credit program in two terms resulting in an honours research thesis in physiology. Students will spend the Fall term in the laboratory of a supervisor and carry out a research project to be continued in the second term as PHYSL 469. Co-supervision with Professors from other departments is possible, provided that a supervisor from the department of Physiology is identified. Students will be evaluated on an oral presentation, a written research proposal and performances in the laboratory. Registration package and further information are available here. Prerequisites: PHYSL 210 or PHYSL 212/214 and consent from the course coordinators, Drs. Emmanuelle Cordat (cordat@ualberta.ca) and Silvia Pagliardini (silviap@ualberta.ca).

PHYSL 469 Undergraduate Research Thesis II

« 6 (either term, 0-0-12).

Taken in conjunction with  PHYSL 468, this 6-credit course is the second part of a 12-credit program in two terms resulting in an honours research thesis in Physiology. Upon satisfactory progress in first-term PHYSL 468, students will continue their research and produce an honours thesis on their project. Students will be evaluated on a final oral presentation, a written research Thesis and performances in the laboratory. Registration package and further information are available here. Prerequisites: PHYSL 210 or PHYSL 212/214 and consent from the course coordinators, Drs. Emmanuelle Cordat (cordat@ualberta.ca) and Silvia Pagliardini (silviap@ualberta.ca).

GRADUATE COURSES:

PHYSL 500 Reproductive Physiology

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0). The aim of this course is to describe (i) the causes of infertility, (ii) therapeutic approaches to restore or enhance fertility and (iii) contraceptive approaches to avoid pregnancy. Lectures are the same as PHYSL 400, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit cannot be obtained for both PHYSL 400 and 500. Prerequisites: PHYSL 212 and 214, or 210 and consent of Department.

PHYSL 501 Topics in Cardiovascular Physiology

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

The goal of PHYSL 501 is to develop critical appraisal and presentation skills in advanced undergraduate and graduate students.  Through critical review of controversial topics in modern cardiovascular physiology, the participant will learn to appreciate that literature is a dynamic, changing and fallible source of information.  Presentation skills are developed through both oral and written assignments and facility with the use of electronic library resources is encouraged.  Course content varies from year to year. Prerequisites: PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214, PHYSL 404 and consent of the Department.

PHYSL 502 Problems in Current Research

«3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-0-6).

Individual study.  Credit for this course may be obtained more than once.

PHYSL 503 Neuroendoimmunomodulation

«3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0).

The physiological and pathophysiological interrelationships between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems.  Prerequisites: Consent of Department. Priority given to students registered in a graduate program. Note: this course is not open to students with credit in the corresponding PHYSL 400 level course.

PHYSL 504 Cardiovascular Physiology

«3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0).

General concepts in human cardiovascular physiology: properties of the myocardium, heart function, vascular biology, hemodynamics and control of cardiovascular system. Discussion of cardiovascular pathologies and relevant clinical situations. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: consent of Department. Priority given to students registered in a graduate program. Note: this course is not open to students with credit in the corresponding PHYSL 400 level course. 

PHYSL 505 Sensory Physiology  

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

The sensory systems in human physiology.  The topics covered will be vision, hearing, vestibular mechanisms, taste, smell, and touch, including receptor mechanisms and central organization.  Prerequisites: Consent of Department. Priority given to students registered in a graduate program. Note: this course is not open to students with credit in the corresponding PHYSL 400 level course.

PHYSL 506 Tutorial and Seminar Course

«3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0).

Guided reading course.  Credit for this course may be obtained more than once.

PHYSL 507 Molecular and Cellular Physiology 

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

The molecular and cellular aspects of physiological processes.  Main areas include the structure and functions of plasma membranes (emphasizing transport processes and their regulation) and the mechanism of action of hormones (hormone-receptor interactions, receptor regulation and interactions of intracellular mediators).  The physiological significance of these processes will be stressed throughout.  Prerequisites: Consent of Department. Priority given to students registered in a graduate program. Note: this course is not open to students with credit in the corresponding PHYSL 400 level course.

PHYSL 509 Homeostatic Physiology )

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

Second-term, newly revised course. Advanced principles of regulatory mechanisms in human and mammalian physiology, with in depth analysis of interrelationships between different organ systems in the maintenance of homeostasis. Clinical and physiologic perspectives are highlighted in the demonstration of how organ systems interact in health and the disruption in homeostasis which occurs in disease. Contemporary topics in energy and cardiovascular homeostasis such as the physiological adaptations to pregnancy, exercise, obesity and diabetes will be explored using an integrative, systems physiology approach. Suitable as preparation for careers in medicine, biomedical research and health-related fields.

Prerequisites: Consent of Department. Priority given to students registered in a graduate program. Note: this course is not open to students with credit in the corresponding PHYSL 400 level course.

PHYSL 513 Fetal Physiology

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

The course stresses experimental approaches to understanding fetal physiology as well as the development and function of the fetus from ovulation to birth and adaptation to independent life.  This course also deals with maternal physiology during pregnancy, complications of pregnancy, and newborn health.  Prerequisites:  PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214 and consent of the Department. Offered in alternate years.

PHYSL 544 Advanced Topics in Neurophysiology

«3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0).

A lecture course emphasizing contemporary aspects of developmental, cellular, systems and cognitive neurophysiology.  Topics will include experience-dependent processes in the development of the nervous system, the molecular and cellular mechanisms for learning and memory, and voluntary movement, the representation and transformation of information in the nervous system, and the neuronal events associated with conscious experience.  Students will be expected to demonstrate a thorough understanding of selected readings from current and classical literature. Suitable for honors students in Physiology, Pharmacology, Psychology and Neuroscience. Prerequisites: Consent of Department. Priority given to students registered in a graduate program. Note: this course is not open to students with credit in the corresponding PHYSL 400 level course.

PHYSL 545 Physiology of Transport Systems

«3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0).

A consideration of transport mechanisms primarily from the physiological rather than biochemical viewpoint.  Major models considered are the erythrocyte and a variety of epithelia from vertebrates.  Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.  Offered in alternate years.  Prerequisites: PHYSL 210 or 212 and 214 or ZOOL 241 or 242.

PHYSL 600 Colloquia in Physiology  Open to Graduate Students Only

«3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-3s-0).

This discussion course will provide an opportunity for Provisional PhD candidates in the Department of Physiology, prior to their candidacy examination, to research, present and critique publications in areas relevant to their research, but not their own research.  Graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: consent of the department. Open to other graduate students in the Department of Physiology.  Further information here.