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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
September 1, 2014
Canadian Excellence

HS101 -- Physical Determinants of Health

For students with little or no background in human biology, this course is a basic introduction to biological concepts related to human health and disease. Topics include a review of anatomy, physiology and the pathology of selected organ systems and their associated diseases.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-3:50PM RCW002

Using a series of lectures, audio-visual presentations and readings, this course offers a basic introduction to biological concepts related to human health and disease. Through a review of anatomy and physiology, students will gain an understanding of the structure and function of organ systems in the human body, and be introduced to the pathology of selected diseases. 

The overall aim of the course is to ensure that students are able to identify the gross anatomical features of the human body, to understand how each performs its basic function as part of the collective human organism, and to gain insight into health and disease as biological processes.

1.    Midterm test 1 30% (October 10th)
2.    Midterm test 2 30% (November 7th)
3.    Final exam 40%

Patton, K and Thibodeau, G. (2014) The Human Body in Health & Disease (6th Edition). St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.


Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology (Chapters 1&4)

Organ Systems of the Body (Chapter 5)

Mechanisms of Disease (Chapter 6)

The Integumentary System
(Chapter 7)

The Nervous System
(Chapter 10)

The Endocrine System (Chapter 12)

The Circulatory System (Chapters 14&15)

The Lymphatic System & Immunity (Chapter 16)

The Respiratory System (Chapter 17)

The Digestive System (Chapter 18)

The Urinary System (Chapter 20)

The Reproductive Systems (Chapter 23)