Checking date: 08/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Medical Physiology I
Study: Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (257)

Coordinating teacher: CUSSO MULA, LORENA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
It is convenient, although not a requirement, to have completed: - Cell and molecular biology - Biochemistry - Biological systems
The subjects Medical Physioloy I and II are mainly focused to provide a background on human Anatomy and Physiology, but it will also cover some aspects of Pathology and Patophysiology, diagnostic ans therapeutic procedures and medical terminology. Whenever it is possible, the diiferents topics will be explained trying to address an engineer's perspective and interests rather than providing a conventional medical or biological viewpoint. The practical sessions will facilitate a better contact with the real world, using instrumentation and devices available at the University and at the Hospital Gregorio Marañón, and paying visits to several Departments of the Hospital. Among the skills the students are expected to acquire we can mention: - Basic knowledge of human anatomy and anatomical terminology - Intermediate-level knowledge of human physiology, with particular emphasis on quantitative descriptions of physiological models, whenever it is possible - Familiarity with some basic medical procedures - Ability to comunicate with physicians, understanding their statements and being able to read clinical documents
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The program for the subjects Medical Physiology I and II include the following topics: Medical Physiology I: - Introduction to the human body - The skeletal system and joints - Muscular tissue and system - Nervous tissue - Nerves and spinal chord - Autonomous nervous system - The brain - Sensory and motor nervous system - The blood - Immunity and lymphatic system - Respiratory system Medical Physiology II: - Special senses: Vision, Audition, Olfaction, gustation, equilibrium - Endocrine system - Cardiovascular system: The heart - Cardiovascular system: The circulation - Digestive system - Metabolism and nutrition - Urinary system - Fluid and acid-base balance, homeostasis - Reproductive system, development and inheritance
Learning activities and methodology
Each section of the program will be divided into lectures and practical sessions/seminars. Some practical sessions will take place at the Laboratories in the UC3M some others will require visits to Hospital Gregorio Marañón (lab coat mandatory).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Guyton & Hall. Textbook of medical physiology. Saunders Elsevier. 2011
  • Linda S. Costanzo. Physiology. Cases and problems. Lippincot Williams & Wilkins. 2012
  • Tortora & Derrickson. Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology. WILEY. 2009

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.