Syllabus

General course information and course lecture schedule.

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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
27-Aug
Monday
Course Overview and Logistics; Cardiovascular 1 Yates pp. 169-178
29-Aug
Wednesday
Cardiovascular 2
Hemodynamics
Yates pp. 179-188
31-Aug
Friday
Muscle Contraction 1
Skeletal Muscle
Yates pp. 75-96
3-Sep
Monday
Labor Day Holiday
No Class
5-Sep
Wednesday
Muscle Contraction 2
Smooth and Cardiac Muscle
Yates pp. 97-105; 109-112
7-Sep
Friday
Control Mechanisms 1
Neural Mechanisms and Prep for PBL 1
Yates pp. 773-785
10-Sep
Monday
Control Mechanisms 2
Endocrine Signaling
Yates pp. 925-937
12-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
14-Sep
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 1
Paralytics and Myesthenia Gravis
TAs PBL Activity 1
17-Sep
Monday
Cardiovascular 3
Determinants of Cardiac Output 1
Yates pp. 245-258
19-Sep
Wednesday
Cardiovascular 4
Determinants of Cardiac Output 2
Yates pp. 245-258
21-Sep
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 2
Antiarrhythmic Agents
TAs PBL Activity 2
24-Sep
Monday
Cardiovascular 5
Neural and Local Control of Blood Flow 1
Yates pp. 203-225; 227-243
26-Sep
Wednesday
Cardiovascular 6
Neural and Local Control of Blood Flow 2
Yates pp. 203-225; 227-243
28-Sep
Friday
EXAM #1: 8/27 - 9/19 Lectures (Cardio 1-4/Muscle Contraction/Control Mechanisms) & Neurophysiology Modules
1-Oct
Monday
Cardiovascular 7
Capillary Dynamics
Yates pp. 189-201; 305-321
3-Oct
Wednesday
Cardiovascular 8
Exercise Cardiovascular Responses; Integrated Responses; Clinical Issues
Yates pp. 259-281; 293-302
5-Oct
Friday

Problem Based Learning Activity 3
Orthostatic Intolerance

TAs PBL Activity 3
Block 2 - Renal
8-Oct
Monday
FALL BREAK
No Classes

9-Oct
Tuesday

Renal 1
Functional Anatomy of the Kidney
Sved pp. 323-346
10-Oct
Wednesday
Renal 2
Tubular Processing 1
Sved pp. 347-369
12-Oct
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 4
Heart Failure
TAs PBLActivity 4
15-Oct
Monday
Renal 3
Tubular Processing 2
Sved pp. 371-407
17-Oct
Wednesday
Renal 4
Regulation of Fluid Osmolarity / Control Mechanisms
Sved pp. 409-426; 427-442
19-Oct
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 5
Confusion
TAs PBLActivity 5
22-Oct
Monday
Renal 5
Renal Disease
Sved Supplement
24-Oct
Wednesday
Renal 6
Renal Hypertension
Sved Supplement
26-Oct
Friday
Exam #2: 9/24 - 10/17 Lectures (Cardio 5-8/Renal 1-4)
Block 3- Respiration
29-Oct
Monday
Respiration 1
Blood Composition, Clotting, Respiratory Mechanics
Yates pp. 445-454; 483-494; 497-507
31-Oct
Wednesday
Respiration 2
Respiratory Mechanics
Yates pp. 497-507; 509-526
2-Nov
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 6
"Out of Sorts"
TAs PBL Activity 6
5-Nov
Monday

Respiratory 3
Pulmonary Circulation

Yates pp. 527-537
7-Nov
Wednesday
Respiratory 4
Control of Respiration
Yates pp. 539-548
9-Nov
Friday
Problem Based Learning Activity 7
Respiratory Disease
TAs PBL Activity 7
12-Nov
Monday

Respiration 5
Clinical Aspects & Review

Yates pp. 549-557; 561-565; 569-574; 409-426
Block 4 - Gastrointestinal, Thermoregulation, and Growth Regulation
14-Nov
Wednesday
Gastrointestinal 1
Gastrointestinal Physiology 1
Yates pp. 797-842
16-Nov
Friday
Exam #3: 9/22 - 11/12 Lectures (Renal 5-6/Respiratory)
19-Nov
Monday
Gastrointestinal 2
Gastrointestinal Physiology 2
Yates pp. 843-849; 881-902; 983-999
26-Nov
Monday
Gastrointestinal 3
Metabolism 1
Yates pp. 853-880; 951-963; 965-982
28-Nov
Wednesday
Gastrointestinal 4
Metabolism 2
Yates pp. 853-880; 951-963; 965-982
30-Nov
Friday
Temperature and Growth Regulation Yates pp. 911-922; 1001-1019
Block 6 - Reproductive and Developmental Physiology
3-Dec
Monday
Reproduction 1
Male and Female Reproductive Physiology
Yates pp. 1021-1054
5-Dec
Wednesday
Reproduction 2
Female Reproductive System; Pregnancy and Contraception
Yates pp. 1055-1069
7-Dec
Friday
Developmental Physiology
Fetal and Neonatal Physiology; Physiology of Aging
Yates pp. 1071-1081
TBD

Exam #4: 11/14- 12/07 Lectures (Gastrointestinal/Growth & Temperature Regulation/Reproduction)