BME2001 Human PhysiologyBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
BME2001 Human Physiology Fall 3 0 3 5
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Hybrid
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi CANAN BAĞCI
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi HANİFE YASEMİN KESKİN ERGEN
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: It aims to gain basic information about the structure and functions of the human body from the cellular level to the level of systems. After a short introduction, the topics of muscles, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, excretory system, digestive system, endocrine system and reproductive system will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
At the end of this course students will be able to;
explain the processes of formation and maintenance of homeostasis in the body from the level of cell to the level of organ systems
explain the structure and function of the each organ system in human body
describe the regulatory mechanisms of the organ systems and the relationship between different organ systems
describe how we able to collect data about the health status of the subjects and about several physiological processes that take place in human body
describe the information that can be obtained about body via different measurement techniques (e.g. blood sample, electrophysiological data like ECG and EMG, pulmonary function tests)

Course Content

Physiology is the science of understanding how complex living organisms function from cellular level to organ systems level. This introductory course will focus on the fundamental concepts of human physiology. After discussing cell physiology, organization of human body and control systems, individual organ systems will be covered. Measurement techniques and the information that we can obtain from the collected physiological signals will also be covered.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to human physiology, brief information about medical terminology, general organization of body, homeostasis and control systems of the body
2) Cell membrane, substance transport across the cell membrane, membrane resting potential, action potential
3) Excitable tissues, structure of muscles (skeletal muscle, smooth muscle and cardiac muscle), muscle contraction
4) Cardiac cycle, heart sounds, electrocardiography, cardiac output
5) Regulation of the cardiac functions, paths of circulation, blood vessels, blood pressure
6) Blood physiology; Skeletal system
7) Respiratory system, gas transport, regulation of respiration
8) Midterm
9) Nervous system, nerve types, action potential, synaptic transmission, peripheral & autonomic nervous system
10) Sensory physiology, regulation of body movements, states of brain activity,
11) Digestive system, gastrointestinal organs, secretions, digestion and absorption
12) Structure of the kidneys and urinary system, urine formation and elimination, fluid and electrolyte balance
13) General characteristics of the endocrine system, Endocrine glands
14) Male and female reproductive system physiology


Course Notes / Textbooks:
References: • Ganong's Review of Medical Physiology. Barrett KE, Barman SM, Boitano S, Brooks H. McGraw-Hill, 2010
free online access to the latest edition of this book:
• Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function. Widmaier E, Raff H, Strang K. McGraw-Hill, 2013.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Midterms 1 % 40
Final 1 % 60
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 5 70
Quizzes 5 1 5
Midterms 1 3 3
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload 123

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.