Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB048B
Credits (ECTS)6
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
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dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. P.H.M. Klaren
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. P.H.M. Klaren
Other course modules lecturer
dr. P.H.M. Klaren
Other course modules lecturer
dr. P.H.M. Klaren
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2021
KW4  (11/04/2022 to 31/08/2022)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After successfully completing the course the student…
  1. …can describe and annotate the histology of the major human endocrine glands.
  2. …can schematically describe the synthesis and signaling pathways of peptide, steroid and amine hormones.
  3. …can schematically display stimulus-response schemes consisting of the stimuli for hormone release, target cells’ response and feedback of the major human hormone systems.
  4. …can use the histology and schematic displays mentioned under 1, 2 and 3 to explain simple clinical cases (pathologies, diagnostics, and therapies).
  5. … collect and categorise information obtained from different sources (lectures, labs, textbooks, review papers, internet) and write this up in their own words.
  6. …critically read and review colleagues’ written work.
This is an intensive course that will require your active participation.
This course is intended for students reading Medical Biology and students reading Biology with a humane physiological interest.

You will build a personal "mini-syllabus" and write lecture abstracts. The goal of these exercises is, besides collating endocrinological information, to train general academic skills such as integrating and ordening information.

Quite a number of guest lecturers from the Radboudumc and elsewhere participate in the course and contribute their specific expertise.

The course programme can change from year to year (depending on lecturers' availability), but will contain at least:
  • endocrinological concepts,mechanisms of hormone action
  • endocrine gland histolog
  • adrenal hormones (steroids, catecholamines)
  • thyroid and thyroid hormones
  • endocrine pancreas and diabetes
  • endocrinology of male and female reproduction
  • calcium-regulating hormones - osteoporosis
  • growth and growth hormone
  • hormones of the digestive tract
  • hormones and tumours
Instructional Modes
Presumed foreknowledge
Basic knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology and animal physiology acquired during the preceding courses in the general phase.
Test information
  • Written examination (use of the personal syllabus is permitted during the exam).
  • Final version of the syllabus needs to be submitted in order to pass the course.
Self study should be spent on maintaining and updating the personal syllabus. Given the high pace and the importance of self study in this course, it is mandatory to keep up with the study materials at all times. The personal syllabus is allowed as reference during the final exam.
Required materials
Learning Management System (Brigthspace)
Handouts of the lectures will be made available, where possible. The most important literature, however, is your personal syllabus written by yourself.

Instructional modes
Computer assisted lab class
Attendance MandatoryYes

Computer-assisted practicals on histology (Versatest) and extirpation-reimplantation experiments.

Lab course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Lab using a model system to investigate receptor subtypes and signal transduction.

Digital Exam
Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4

Test weight0
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4