Advanced Mammalian Biology

Course content

The course in Advanced Mammalian Biology shall provide the students of Biology-Biotechnology with an in-depth understanding of the physiology of the major organ systems, from the molecular and cellular level to the level of integration of individual organs into multi organ systems and whole-body physiology. The emphasis is on the function of individual organs and organ systems, and their importance for whole-body physiology. In addition, the students will be exposed to ongoing research and applied aspects of the covered subjects. This will be accomplished in a series of lectures based on text book material, theoretical exercises such as quizzes, and case-based learning.

Case studies will focus on original research and applied aspects such as in vivo pharmacology, deletion of selected target genes using transgenic animals, or animal models of disease. Article reading and problem-based learning will serve to improve the students’ ability to understand and make use of peer-reviewed research articles and to gain knowledge of applied biotechnology in research and industry. Furthermore, the students will train their presentation skills in seminars concluding each case study.

Education

Bacheloruddannelsen i biologi-bioteknologi

Learning outcome

After completing the course the students should have the following:

Knowledge:
• understand the physiology of the nervous, muscular, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal systems, including the importance of physiological regulation at all levels
• understand the integrated function of multi-organ systems and whole animals, including the importance of physiological feedback regulation
• understand the pathophysiological basis of selected major diseases
• understand how animal research and biotechnology can contribute to alleviating these diseases

Skills:
• locate, read and interpret scientific journals and textbooks
• work accurately with biological data
• work independently and as part of a group
• Present data and acquired knowledge in a clear and concise manner

Competences:
• explain the importance of basic physiological mechanisms at the molecular, cellular and organ level for the integrated function of multi organ systems and whole-body homeostasis
• Explain the pathophysiological changes in organ function in selected major diseases
• Provide examples of the application of physiology in biotechnological and biomedical research and development.

The course consists of a mixture of lectures, theoretical exercises, and case-based learning

Berne and Levy: Physiology (Elsevier), Latest Edition.
Materials from the case studies will be chosen as additional pensum to cover biotechnological applications not treated in the text book.

Competencies corresponding to SASB10131U Basic Animal Biology

The course is aimed at complementing the curriculum of the Bachelor degree in Biology-Biotechnology, but will also be relevant to students of related fields who wish to obtain cross-disciplinary skills within mammalian physiology.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
PC exam
Aid
Written aids allowed

Apart from the standard programs and IT tools listed under The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at http://pc-eksamen.ku.dk/pc_exam students will at this exam also have the possibility to use a USB stick (for notes etc.)

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 at the exam the students should show excellent capacities for the following:

Knowledge:
• understand the physiology of the nervous, muscular, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal systems, including the importance of physiological regulation at all levels
• understand the integrated function of multi-organ systems and whole animals, including the importance of physiological feedback regulation
• understand the pathophysiological basis of selected major diseases
• understand how animal research and biotechnology can contribute to alleviating these diseases

Skills:
• locate, read and interpret scientific journals and textbooks
• work accurately with biological data
• work independently and as part of a group
• Present data and acquired knowledge in a clear and concise manner

Competences:
• explain the importance of basic physiological mechanisms at the molecular, cellular and organ level for the integrated function of multi organ systems and whole-body homeostasis
• Explain the pathophysiological changes in organ function in selected major diseases
• Provide examples of the application of physiology in biotechnological and biomedical research and development.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 18
  • Colloquia
  • 14
  • Theory exercises
  • 21
  • Project work
  • 24
  • Guidance
  • 7
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Preparation
  • 118
  • English
  • 206