Comparative Physiology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MOL167
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
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prof. dr. I. Rieu
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prof. dr. I. Rieu
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dr. M.M. van Wanrooij
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M.M. van Wanrooij
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dr. M.M. van Wanrooij
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Academic year2020
KW3  (25/01/2021 to 04/04/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After following this course, you can:
• describe the general principles of communication and regulation systems that enable organisms to control their life processes
• generate generally valid models for intra-organismal and intra-cellular communication that explain how living cells and organisms function in changing environments
• explain the main differences in functioning of plants, animals, and microorganisms
• analyse physiological problems and present obtained insights in a suitable written format (alone) and oral format (with a team).
The course provides a broad introduction into the basic discipline of physiology. Specific subjects that are dealt with include the following:

Plant Physiology
  • Cell-cell signalling during development
  • Growth regulators
  • Signalling during environmental adaptation 
Animal Physiology
  • Organization of the nervous and endocrinal systems
  • Properties of excitable systems ("neurophysiology")
  • excitation and propagation of the action potential
  • Cell-cell communication within the brain
  • Signal compounds: neurotransmitters, hormones and their receptors
  • Regulatory systems of hypophysical hormones
  • The animal's stress response
Microbial Physiology (optional)
  • Regulation of enzyme activities and enzyme expression in Micro-organisms
  • Role of secondary metabolites in the regulation of gene expression
  • Signal transduction systems in Micro-organisms
  • Cell-cell communication in Micro-organisms
Integrative Physiology
Guided by direct questions and under the supervision of the teachers, we will try to detect, after the introductory part, the general molecular principles and the specific differences that underlie the physiology of micro-organisms, plants and animals. You will share the gained insights in an oral presentation.

Instructional Modes

Presumed foreknowledge
This is a course in the programmes "Molecular life sciences" and "Science". In this course, we build on the knowledge from previous biochemical and molecular-biological courses of the curriculum. This pre-knowledge concerns the structure and architecture of the cell, general biochemical processes, structure and working mechanism of DNA including the transcription machinery.
Test information
A group presentation, a written exam (digitally) with open questions and an essay

Required materials
Texts and powerpoint presentations belonging to the lectures will be made available to students during the course

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Digital Exam
Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4