Human Anatomy and Physiology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Anatomy and Physiology

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    The aim of this course is to acquire basic knowledge in the field of the anatomy (construction) and physiology (function) of different organ systems in the human body. The construction and function of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system and kidney are central themes in this course.

    After the course the student is able to:
    • recognize different organ systems of the human body
    • to designate the construction of the various organ systems at various levels: tissue (histology), organs and organ.
    • comprehend the function of the different parts within various organ systems
    • describe the mechanism of action of the various organs also by means of mathematical modeling
    • comprehend the role of anatomy and physiology of various organs for body function during health and disease
    • associate and motivate pathophysiological problems and anatomical abnormalities with basic cellular and biochemical processes
    • make use of the anatomical nomenclature
    In addition, it contributes to the learning objectives within the theme "scientific thinking and research".

    During the course the student is made familiar with the anatomical and physiological terminology, which is used in the daily practice in the
    clinic. During the 'cutting room' practicals, human preparation are used to study the construction and topography of various components (organs and tissues) of the body. The aim of the physiology practicals is to provide the student insight into non-invasive techniques he / she can use to investigate ( patho-) physiological processes in humans, including cardiovascular, respiratory and renal diseases). In addition,
    work-group sessions are organized to translate the (patho-) physiological processes to function or dysfunction of the human body, by studying patient cases.
    The cardiovascular, respiratory and renal system play an important role in maintaining the environment within the human body, especially during exercise. Exercise is of key importance to regulate the homeostasis of all systems in both healthy and sick people. The heart and blood circulation module discusses the anatomy of the heart and blood vessels, heart function, the regulation of the blood circulation.
    The respiration and exercise module involves the development and anatomy of the respiratory organs, how respiration takes place, and the supply of oxygen throughout the body. Furthermore, it is discussed how aerobic endurance affects respiration.
    Finally, within the kidney and homeostasis module, the construction, and the importance of the kidney for ion management and the
    maintenance of the 'environmental interior' are highlighted (also by applying mathmatical modeling).
    1. Heart and circulation (blood pressure regulation)
    2. Lungs and exercise (breathing)
    3. Kidney and volume regulation ((ion) homeostasis)
    4. Integration

    30 hours lectures
    8 hours workgroup meetings
    8 hours practical course in cutting room
    8 hours practical course physiology

    Practical course: pre-exam accomplished
    Tasks workgroup meetings (20%)
    Final written exam (80%)

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