Anatomy and Physiology II

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Anatomy and Physiology II

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    It is convenient, although not a requirement, to have completed:

    - Cell and molecular biology
    - Biochemistry
    - Biological systems

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Anatomy and Physiology II (257 - 15552)
    Study: Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering
    Semester 2/Spring Semester
    3rd Year Course/Upper Division

    It is convenient, although not a requirement, to have completed:
    - Cell and molecular biology
    - Biochemistry
    - Biological systems

    Compentences and Skills that will be Acquired and Learning Results:

    The subjects Anatomy and Physioloy I and II are mainly focused to provide a background on human Anatomy and Physiology, but it will also cover some aspects of Pathology and Patophysiology, diagnostic ans therapeutic procedures and medical terminology. Whenever it is possible, the diiferents topics will be explained trying to address an engineer's perspective and interests rather than providing a conventional medical or biological viewpoint.

    The practical sessions will facilitate a better contact with the real world, using instrumentation and devices available at the University and at the Hospital Gregorio Marañón, and paying visits to several Departments of the Hospital.

    Among the skills the students are expected to acquire we can mention:

    - Basic knowledge of human anatomy and anatomical terminology
    - Intermediate-level knowledge of human physiology, with particular emphasis on quantitative descriptions of physiological models, whenever it is possible
    - Familiarity with some basic medical procedures
    - Ability to comunicate with physicians, understanding their statements and being able to read clinical documents

    Description of Contents: Course Description

    The joint program for the subjects Anatomy and Physiology I and II include the following topics:

    Anatomy and Physiology I:
    - Introduction to the human body
    - The skeletal system and joints
    - Muscular tissue and system
    - Nervous tissue
    - The brain
    - Nerves and spinal chord
    - Autonomous nervous system
    - Sensory and motor nervous system
    - The blood
    - Immunity and lymphatic system
    - Respiratory system

    Anatomy and Physiology II:
    - Special senses: Vision, Audition, Olfaction, gustation, equilibrium
    - Endocrine system
    - Cardiovascular system: The heart
    - Cardiovascular system: The circulation
    - Digestive system
    - Metabolism and nutrition
    - Urinary system
    - Fluid and acid-base balance, homeostasis
    - Reproductive system
    - Development and inheritance

    Learning Activities and Methodology:

    Each section of the program will be divided into lectures and practical sessions/seminars.
    Some practical sessions will take place at the Laboratories in the UC3M but most of them will require visits to Hospital Gregorio Marañón.

    Assessment System:

    Students are required to read assigned chapters before lectures and seminars. Seminars will be mainly dedicated to interactive discussion with the students and frequent short-exams will be passed during the first half-hour of the session. Results of this exams will constitute the core of the continuous evaluation.

    Home quizzes will also be proposed for selected topics.

    During practical sessions a laboratory notebook will be filled. Inattendace to the practical sessions will be reflected negatively on the continuous evaluation score.


    - Final exam: 60%
    - Short exams, homework quizzes and practical sessions: 30%
    - Participation, attitude: 10%

    NOTE 1:
    For taking into account the mark obtained with the continuous evaluation the minimum score in the final exam has to be 4.5 over 10.

    NOTE 2:
    The mark for students attending any extraordinary examination will be the maximum between:
    a) 100% exam
    b) 60% exam and 40% continuous evaluation if its is available in the same course (subject to NOTE 1)

    Basic Bibliography:

    Guyton & Hall. Textbook of medical physiology. Saunders Elsevier. 2011
    Tortora & Derrickson. Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology. Wiley. 2009

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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