Human physiology and basics of physiopathology

wfarm1213  2020-2021  Bruxelles Woluwe

Human physiology and basics of physiopathology
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
6 credits
60.0 h

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Explanation of the activity, the regulation and the dysfunction of the principal systems : heart and circulation system, respiratory system, body fluids and renal function, central, peripheral and autonomous nervous systems, sense organs, gastrointestinal system, reproduction and endocrine systems.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


By the end of this course, the student will have a comprehensive knowledge of the principal systems, their functions, the regulation of their activities and their integration in the organism homoeostasis. Finally, the students will have an overview of the principal dysfunctions of these systems that lead to diverse pathological states. This course should provide sufficient background to follow further specialised courses of pathology and pharmacology.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course covers the functional physiology specific to the different systems and some elements of physiopathology. Each system is described by detailing the various cellular / tissue elements that compose it, the associated physiological functions and the modes of regulation involved.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lectures (comodal) + flipped classroom for some parts of the course (= podcasts supplemented by remote or comodal sessions to answer students' questions).
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Questions requiring short-open-responses or brief essays often involving diagrams/schemes to be built or completed, and multiple-choices questions (MCQ). The exam also includes an introductory set of MCQ covering basic and essential course concepts; a score of >75% on this MCQ is mandatory for the scores on the other exam's questions to be added into the final scoring .
Online resources
All the documents related to the course are accessible via Moodle.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Biomedicine

Bachelor in Pharmacy