Curriculum & Course Descriptions


BS2001 Physiology

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Valerie LIN (email:

Academic Unit: 3 AU

Availability: Semester 1

Pre-requisite: BS1001

Course Type: BS-Core, BMS-Core, UE

Language of instruction: English

Teaching hours:  Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials 13 hours

Learning Objective:

  1. To provide integrated understanding of the physiological system and to recognize the value of research at the level of whole organism.
  2. To impart required concepts and skills to understand the common issues in health and diseases at the individual and community levels.
  3. To develop critical thinking and analytical skills in biology, to gain broad understanding of recent advances in Physiology, and to apply physiological knowledge to common health issues. Students are to understand the impact of lifestyle on the body at the physiological level and to encourage students to become healthy lifestyle ambassadors.

Content: Lectures will include general introduction on the integration of biological systems, interaction between cells and extracellular environment, neural and endocrine control of homeostasis and forms and function and regulation of physiological systems.

Learning Outcome:

  1. Students will be able to explain basic components and organization of each physiological system.
  2. Students will understand the functions of each system and how the functions are regulated by neural and endocrine mechanisms
  3. Students can explain basic molecular mechanisms that regulate the functions and maintain homeostasis
  4. Students will be able to use the physiological principles to explain some common health problems.
  5. Students will understand the impact of lifestyle on the general physiology of the body.


  1. Sherwood’s Human Physiology, 8th Edition, ISBN 0-495-82629-4
  2. Vander’s Human Physiology 10th Edition, ISBN 0-07-11166-7
  3. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 10th Edition (Tortora and Grabowski), ISBN 0-471-22472-3

*Prerequisites for Incoming Exchange Students: Equivalent of A-Level Biology and science or engineering major