Syllabus

General course information and course lecture schedule.

Classroom

Scaife Hall Lecture Room 3 (map)

Class Meetings

  • Lectures:
  • Monday, Wednesday--
  • 5:30-6:45 PM
  • PBLs and Exams:
  • Friday--
  • 3:00-5:00 PM

Grading

Your grade will be calculated as follows

  • 20% from each of 4 exams
  • 12% from group learning exercises
  • 5% for course participation and homework (Tophat)
  • 3% for completing the Neurophysiology Modules during the first three weeks of class

General Info

Exams will cover material presented in lectures and handouts. Although textbook readings will not explicitly be covered on examinations, students are highly encouraged to at least skim this material to provide a better understanding of information from lectures. Furthermore, the textbook should be used as a reference while studying lecture notes and handouts and preparing for problem based learning exercises.

If a legitimate reason (illness, death in family, medical school interview, etc.) prevents a student from taking an exam on the scheduled date, he or she must notify Dr. Yates in advance and pre-arrange an alternate time to take the exam. If arrangements are not made BEFOREHAND, the student will receive a failing grade for the exam.

Academic Integrity Statement

Cheating/plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students suspected of violating the University of Pittsburgh Policy on Academic Integrity, from the February 1974 Senate Committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom reported to the Senate Council, will be required to participate in the outlined procedural process as initiated by the instructor. A minimum sanction of a zero score for the quiz or exam will be imposed.

Disability Resource Statement

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Office of Disability Resources and Services, 140 William Pitt Union, 412-648-7890/412-624-3346 (Fax), as early as possible in the term. Disability Resources and Services will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

Date Topic Lecturer Reading
Block 1 - Cardiovascular/Muscle
28-Aug
Monday
Course Overview and Logistics; Cardiovascular 1 Yates pp. 169-178
30-Aug
Wednesday
Cardiovascular 2
Hemodynamics
Yates pp. 179-188
1-Sep
Friday
Muscle Contraction 1
Skeletal Muscle
Yates pp. 75-96
4-Sep
Monday
Labor Day Holiday
No Class
6-Sep
Wednesday
Muscle Contraction 2
Smooth and Cardiac Muscle
Yates pp. 97-105; 109-112
8-Sep
Friday
Control Mechanisms 1
Neural Mechanisms and Prep for PBL 1
Yates pp. 773-785
11-Sep
Monday
Control Mechanisms 2
Endocrine Signaling
Yates pp. 925-937
13-Sep
Wednesday
Control Mechanisms 3 and Return to Cardio System
Integration / Electrical Events and ECG / Cardiac Cycle
Yates pp. 330-331; 113-122; 283-291
15-Sep
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 1 TAs Activity 1
18-Sep
Monday
Cardiovascular 3
Determinants of Cardiac Output 1
Yates pp. 245-258
20-Sep
Wednesday
Cardiovascular 4
Determinants of Cardiac Output 2
Yates pp. 245-258
22-Sep
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 2
TAs Activity 2
25-Sep
Monday
Cardiovascular 5
Neural and Local Control of Blood Flow
Yates pp. 203-225; 227-243
27-Sep
Wednesday
Cardiovascular 6
Capillary Dynamics
Yates pp. 189-201; 305-321
29-Sep
Friday
EXAM #1: 8/28 - 9/20 Lectures (Cardio 1-4/Muscle Contraction/Control Mechanisms) & Neurophysiology Modules
Scaife LR6
2-Oct
Monday
Cardiovascular 7
Exercise Cardiovascular Responses; Integrated Responses; Clinical Issues
Yates pp. 259-281; 293-302
Block 2 - Respiration
4-Oct
Wednesday
Respiration 1
Blood Composition, Clotting, Respiratory Mechanics
Yates pp. 445-454; 483-494; 497-507
6-Oct
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 3
LR2 / LR3 Unavailable
TAs Activity 3
9-Oct
Monday
FALL BREAK
No Classes

10-Oct
Tuesday

Respiration 2
Respiratory Mechanics
Yates pp. 497-507; 509-526
11-Oct
Wednesday

Respiratory 3
Pulmonary Circulation

Yates pp. 527-537
13-Oct
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 4 TAs Activity 4
16-Oct
Monday
Respiratory 4
Control of Respiration
Yates pp. 539-548
18-Oct
Wednesday

Respiration 5
Clinical Aspects & Review

Yates pp. 549-557; 561-565; 569-574; 409-426
Block 3 - Renal
20-Oct
Friday
Renal 1
Functional Anatomy of the Kidney
Sved pp. 323-346
23-Oct
Monday
Renal 2
Tubular Processing 1
Sved pp. 347-369
25-Oct
Wednesday
Renal 3
Tubular Processing 2
Sved pp. 371-407
27-Oct
Friday
Exam #2: 9/25 - 10/18 Lectures (Cardio 5-7/Respiratory)
S100 BST
30-Oct
Monday
Renal 4
Regulation of Fluid Osmolarity / Control Mechanisms
Sved pp. 409-426; 427-442
Block 4 - Immunology
1-Nov
Wednesday
Immunology 1
Innate Immune System
Turnquist Lippincott pp. 3-9;11-20;25-54
3-Nov
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 5 TAs Activity 5
6-Nov
Monday

Immunology 2
Adaptive Immune System, Pt. 1

Turnquist Lippincott pp. 59-76;79-88;91-110;113-121
8-Nov
Wednesday
Immunology 3
Adaptive Immune System, Pt. 2
Turnquist Lippincott pp. 123-138;141-155;158-164
10-Nov
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 6 TAs Activity 6
13-Nov
Monday
Immunology 4
Clinical Relevance of the Immune System
Turnquist Lippincott pp. 169-196;243-256;260-281;298-310
Block 5 - Gastrointestinal, Thermoregulation, and Growth Regulation
15-Nov
Wednesday
Gastrointestinal 1
Motility, Secretion and Absorption
Yates pp. 797-842
17-Nov
Friday
Exam #3: 10/20 - 11/13 Lectures (Renal/Immunology)
Scaife LR6
20-Nov
Monday
Gastrointestinal 2
Clinical Issues / Regulation of Appetite
Yates pp. 843-849; 881-902; 983-999
27-Nov
Monday
Gastrointestinal 3
Metabolism
Yates pp. 853-880; 951-963; 965-982
29-Nov
Wednesday
Temperature and Growth Regulation Yates pp. 911-922; 1001-1019
1-Dec
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 7 TAs Activity 7
Block 6 - Reproductive and Developmental Physiology
4-Dec
Monday
Reproduction 1
Male and Female Reproductive Physiology
Yates pp. 1021-1054
6-Dec
Wednesday
Reproduction 2
Female Reproductive System; Pregnancy and Contraception
Yates pp. 1055-1069
8-Dec
Friday
Developmental Physiology
Fetal and Neonatal Physiology; Physiology of Aging
Yates pp. 1071-1081
11-Dec
Monday
12-1:30 PM

Exam #4: 11/15- 12/08 Lectures (Gastrointestinal/Growth & Temperature Regulation/Reproduction)
Location TBD