Principles of Physiology I – MSCI 520

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental principles of physiological functions, the coordination of physiological processes responsible for the maintenance of a stable internal environment and evaluating the roles of different organ systems in maintaining homeostasis. This course will employ the review of disease conditions to highlight the significance of homeostasis.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


A proper grasp of human physiology is integral to learning and practicing medicine. This course is designed to equip students with the analytical skills first to recognize problems and apply rational concepts in solving those problems. This is what the physician does all day. This course is designed to introduce students to the systemic functions of the body and the means the body uses to maintain homeostasis. This course attempts to explore and unravel the intricate complexities of the human body (which is God’s masterful creation), as our act of worship to the Almighty God.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Scientific Papers (2)

The written assignments in this course are designed to help students further explore the regulation of the human body systems and how alterations to the interdependency of these systems results in human diseases. It will afford students the opportunity to investigate the physiologic mechanisms that sustain normal body functions. 

The student should employ at least three additional peer-reviewed scientific sources/literature including review articles in your research on the topic and be sure to use the AMA writing format. There is a two (2) page length limit on this paper, but it should be detailed, comprehensive, well organized and should have the appropriate language for scientific communication.

Video Presentaion Assignments (2)

The student will write two research-based papers on provided course-related topics.

Video Presentation: Disease Physiology/Pathophysiology

This presentation will review the pathophysiology of the disease assigned by the instructor. The presentation will have a 10-minute limit and include a minimum of 5 references in AMA format.

Video Presentation: Disease Pharmacology

This presentation should review current research on at least 5 pharmacological management options for the disease assigned by the instructor. The presentation has a 10-minute limit and should include a minimum of 5 unique references that are recent and are cited in AMA format.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which the quiz is due. Quiz: Autonomic Physiology will be open-book/open-note, contain 20 multiple-choice and multiple answer questions, allows 1 attempt, and is limited to 40 minutes. All other quizzes will be open-book/open-note, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, allows 1 attempt, and is limited to 100 minutes. There will be a one point penalty per minute over the time limit on quizzes.