School of Medicine
University of Patras
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Undergraduate Courses

Physiology I

Semester 2nd ()

Code MED251

Hours Lectures 5 hours, Practical laboratories, tutorials (clinical problem solving) 3 hours (per week)



LECTURES: Introduction in Physiology, Homeostasis, Membrane electrophysiology, Autonomic Nervous System, Muscle physiology, Signal transduction, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Blood physiology. LABORATORY PRACTICE: Membrane excitability, Blood physiology, Electrocardiography, Measurements of lung volumes, CLINICAL PROBLEM SOLVING: patient diagnosed with heart failure


The course aims to confer knowledge, skills and abilities relating to the level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning. In particular, upon the successful completion of the course students must be able to:

•Understand the importance of homeostasis, excitability, cell signaling and physiological functioning of specific human systems (cardiovascular, muscular, respiratory, blood)

• Be acquainted with the basic principles of electrocardiography and understand the measurement of respiratory function

• Acquire solid knowledge and understanding of topics in the scientific field of Human Physiology, based on either Physiology textbooks or on data derived from the latest developments in the field of Physiology.

• Be able to use the knowledge and understanding they have acquired in a way that demonstrates a professional approach based on the analytical and synthetic inductive use of acquired information, combined with other areas of knowledge exposed during their studies (eg Anatomy, Pharmacology)

• Be able to process novel complex problems related to pathophysiological conditions

• Develop skills for acquiring knowledge needed for postgraduate studies with a high degree of autonomy

Reading Material

Berne and Levy Physiology, by B.M. Koeppen, B.S. Stanton, 6th edition, Elsevier Inc., 2010

Medical Phsyiology, by Boron W. & Boulpaep E., Broken Hill Publishers Ltd, 2011

Introduction to Human Physiology, 8th Edition, by L. Sherwood, Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning


Relevant scientific journals: Physiological Reviews, webpages: