Physiology I (4 Credit Hours)
Physiology is the study of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of living organisms. It seeks to explain and describe how we function at a cellular level, by the integration and overlap of many functions of the systems of the human body, as well as its accompanied form. It is achieved through communication, which occurs in a variety of ways, both electrically as well as chemically. A thorough understanding of the basic science is necessary for the subsequent study of pathology and managed care. The emphasis of this course is on integration of recurrent physiological concepts.
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive and fundamental understanding of basic physiological concepts, by a correlation of interactive based learning, and quiz sessions with discussions of clinical cases, which will promote critical thinking and prepare students for medical conditions encountered in a clinical setting. The class is divided into groups (Group A & Group B). Group A will meet at 11am and Group B will meet at 4pm of each week for quiz sessions. Course material will be presented in a recorded didactic format. The information is cumulative and therefore it is critical listen to the scheduled audio lecture and keep up with the assigned reading material prior to class. Questions, during and after class sessions are encouraged, as it is intended to make for an interactive process.
This course is divided into two (2) parts. The first part (Fall semester): Introduction into the cell and the nervous system, and an integration of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems. The second part (Spring semester) emphasizes on the gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive system, and an introduction to pharmacology.