Human Physiology - LEB


Biomedical Engineering

Curricular Unit (UC)

Human Physiology

Mandatory  x
Scientific Area BS Category  

Course category: B - Basic; C - Core Engineering; E - Specialization; P - Complementary.

Year: 2nd Semester: 2nd ECTS: 5 Total Hours:135
Contact Hours T: 45 TP: 22.5 PL:7.5 S: OT:2
Professor in charge

 Cecília Ribeiro da Cruz Calado

T - Lectures; TP - Theory and practice; PL - Lab Work; S - Seminar; OT - Tutorial Guidance.

  • Learning outcomes of the curricular unit:

    It is intended that at the end of the course the student should have the basis and necessary knowledge of general physiological processes of the human organism and of the different systems as well to understand the importance of the relationship between anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) that is essential for understanding disease.

  • Syllabus:


    Introduction to human physiology

    Cell physiology

    Muscle system

    Nervous system

    Cardiovascular system

    Respiratory system

    Urinary system

    Digestive system

    Endocrine system

    Immune system

  • Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives.

    The contents are in accordance with the learning outcomes of the curricular unit, because the program is designed to approach and analyse the essential concepts about the physiological phenomena of the human organism.)

  • Teaching methodologies


    Teaching methodologies:

    Lectures by the teacher of the type demonstration and explanation. Work group on the themes developed.

    The continuous theoretical assessment includes one written test (60%) and a work group (40%).

    Written exam (100%) – 1 written test.

    The minimum rating for the student to be considered approved is 10 values.

  • Demonstration of the coherence between the teaching methodologies and the learning outcomes.

     Expository and questioning methods are used, however is promoted the active participation of students through discussion of syllabus covered in class. The assessment of the theoretical component involves performing a test and a group work. With this assessment methodology encourages the independent study by the student but also the discussion among peers.

  • Main Bibliography:

    A.C. Guyton, J.E. Hall. “Textbook of Medical Physiology”. 11ª ed. W.B. Saunders Company, 2006.

    J.A. Esperança Pina. “Anatomia Humana dos Órgãos”. 4ª ed., Lidel, 2010.

    J.A. Esperança Pina. “Anatomia Humana da Relação”, 4ª ed., Lidel, 2010.

    J.A. Esperança Pina. “Anatomia Humana da Locomoção”. 4ª ed., Lidel, 2010.

    R.R. Seeley, T.D. Stephens, P. Tate, “Anatomy & Physiology”, 8th ed., Lusociências, 2008.

    R.R. Seeley, T.D. Stephens, P. Tate, “Anatomy & Physiology”. 8th ed.,McGraw Hill, 2008.