Animal Physiology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB005C
Credits (ECTS)3
Category02 (Introductory with prior knowledge)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
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Academic year2021
KW1  (06/09/2021 to 07/11/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksStudents who want to follow this course as part of a premaster or minor, contact the premaster/minor student advisor
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Per physiological process covered, the student is expected to: 
  1. Know the principles and explain them in their own words
  2. Have knowledge about the integrative aspects of form-function relations in the animal kingdom
  3. Actively use the knowledge under points 1) and 2) to explain homeostasis of an animal
  4. Explain basal pathophysiological processes that lead to specific diseases in own wording

What is animal physiology?
Physiology is the study towards the functioning of organisms in form-function relations. Biological functions cannot exist without specific structures. Form guarantees an optimal function (evolution!)

Thanks to Cannon, the terms ‘milieu interieur’ and ‘milieu exterieur’ were rediscovered. He introduced the term homeostasis as the drive for an organism towards constant values. Homeostasis is no static situation but a dynamic equilibrium in which opposite forces work.
The Animal Physiology course starts with an introductory lecture about integrative and modern physiology, showing examples of homeostasis. After this, a selection of the following processes will be discussed:

  1. Osmoregulation
  2. Excretion
  3. (Energy) Metabolism 
  4. Digestion
  5. Respiration
Instructional Modes
  • Lectures, covering the basic principles per topic
  • Tutorials, where in-depth self-study assignments will be discussed
  • BiS assignment, in which you create a short video (90 sec.) and a blog post (~350 words) on a topic you have learned in the course.

Presumed foreknowledge
A basic knowledge of zoology and histology is expected, which you will have acquired if you followed the 1st year courses Animal Evolution and Adaptation and Histology
Test information
digital test (Cirrus) which counts for 90% of the final grade. 10% of the grade will be determined by the BiS assignment. 

Required materials
Animal Physiology 4th edition (Hill, Wyse, Anderson)

Instructional modes
(BiS assignment)

(BiS assignment)

Course occurrence

Digital Exam
Test weight9
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2

BiS Assignment
Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2