Courses Catalogue

Environmental Physiology

COURSE CODE: PHY 3204
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physiology (Bachelor)
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

Unit 1:Introduction to Comparative and Environmental Physiology (2 LH)

 

a.   History, Comparative approaches; Environmental challenges, Evolution, Unifying themes

b.   The significance and impact of the environment factor on body functions c.   Significance and impact of metrological conditions on human functions

Unit 2:Sensory physiology and processing (2 LH)

 

a.   Comparative Anatomy of nervous systems;

 

b.   Visual systems; Hearing, echolocation and navigation c.   Olfaction and Gustation


Unit 3:Reproductive cycles;  (2 LH)

 

a.   Ultimate and proximate cues;

 

b.   Biological clocks; Reproductive strategies; Parturition;

 

c.   Comparative Anatomy of hypothalamo-pituitary systems

 

Unit 4:Thyroid physiology (2 LH)

 

a.   Comparative Anatomy of thyroid;

 

b.   Thyroid hormones

 

Unit 5:Stress physiology (2 LH)

 

a.   Comparative Anatomy of adrenal systems

 

b.   Stress hormones (catecholamines, corticosteroids);

 

c.   Stress proteins

 

Unit 6:Circulatory systems (2 LH)

 

a.   Comparative Anatomy of hearts;

 

b.   Blood

 

c.   Defense systems

 

Unit 7:Food, energy and metabolism;  (2 LH)

 

a.   Digestion; Digestive, systems;

 

b.   Glucose homeostasis; Insulin and glucagon;