PSL201Y1Y - Basic Human Physiology
Lectures are given on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm
The course website and full course materials can be found at: Blackboard Academic Suite
Coordinator: Dr. Michelle French
Description: PSL 201Y is an introductory course in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for students who have an interest in or a need for a basic course in Human Physiology. Your future careers may lie in the health sciences or in any field for which some knowledge of physiology would provide a breadth requirement.
This course is for you if you have ever wondered why you blush at the telling of a rude joke, why your grandfather must sit upright in order to sleep, why your grandmother finds your music annoying, why your boss no longer remembers your name, why infants are wrapped in blankets even on a warm day, why beans give you gas or why tea makes you pee.
A variety of activities--lectures, virtual labs (PhysioEx) and help sessions--are planned to help you learn the material. To do well in the course, we recommend that you participate fully in all of these activities and that you keep up to date with the material. We hope you enjoy the course.
Recommended Prerequisites: 100-Level course in BIO or equivalent
Exclusion: Any 300-level PSL courses taken previously or concurrently
Student Assessment: 3 Term tests (1 hour each) – 2 X 30% = 60% (best 2 out of 3). Cumulative final exam (3 hours) – 40%
All tests and the exam will be based on lectures and PhysioEx exercises. All questions will be multiple choice. It is expected that students will write all three term tests and the best 2 marks will be used to calculate your final mark. There will be no makeup term tests for any reason – therefore, plan to study for and write all term tests.
Course Grade: The course grade will be composed of the best 2 of 3 term tests scores and the cumulative Final examination (questions will be based on lecture content, readings and PhysioEx exercises).
Format: Lectures will be given in 2-hour blocks, Tuesdays 18:00 to 20:00, and will provide the skeleton of knowledge required to complete the course. The PhysioEx learning activities will provide a more in depth knowledge on selected topics.
Texts: Principles of Human Physiology.Germann and Stanfield, Benjamin Cummings, 2012, 5th edition and PhysioEx. 9.0/9.1 update, Laboratory Simulations in Physiology.
Stabler T, Peterson G, Smith L, Gibson MC, Zanetti N and Lokuta, PhysioExTM 9.0 for Human Physiology. Laboratory Simulations in Physiology, Benjamin Cummings, 2011.
Both are packaged together and can be purchased in the U of T bookstore
201final-syllabus2012-13.pdf (150.11 KB)201final-syllabus2013-14 (2).pdf (132.57 KB)
ARTS & SCIENCE STUDENTS ENROLLING IN THIS COURSE ARE INELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE ADMISSION TO SPECIALIST PROGRAMS IN HUMAN BIOLOGY, HUMAN HEALTH & DISEASE, PHARMACOLOGY, PHYSIOLOGY, NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES & PATHOBIOLOGY