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Physiology I

Code: MI202     Acronym: FIS1

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medicine

Instance: 2009/2010 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Laboratory of Physiololy
Course/CS Responsible: Master Degree in Medicine

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIMED 287 Mestrado Integrado em Medicina 2007 2 - 8 86 216

Teaching language



1. To learn the cellular and sub-cellular mechanisms underlying the functional aspects of the human body
2. To know the normal function of the different organs and systems of the human body.
3. To acquire a base of knowledge to use in the several physiological areas and to apply later in the other disciplines of the course and in the future clinical practice.


THEORETICAL SESSIONS AND SEMINARS: Cellular physiology; Nervous System; Muscle; Cardiovascular System; Blood and Haemostasis, Endothelium; Respiratory System; Kidney and Urinary Tract System; Gastrointestinal System, Endocrine System; Reproductive System.
THEORIC-PRACTICAL SESSIONS: Cellular Membranes; Muscle Physiology; Electrical Activity of the Heart, Heamodynamics; Mechanisms of Arterial Pressure Regulation, Ventricular Function Curves; Assessment of Haemostasis, Assessment of Lung Mechanics, Hydro-electrolytic and Acid-base Balance; Endocrine Physiology; Liver Physiology; Regulation of Gastrointestinal Motility and Secretion.
PRATICAL SESSIONS: Simulation Programs and Problem-Solving Cases: Cellular Physiology; Nervous System Physiology; Muscle; Cardiovascular System, Blood and Haemostasis; Respiratory System; Kidney and Urinary Tract System; Gastrointestinal System; Endocrine system; Reproductive System.

Mandatory literature

William Ganong; Review of Medical Physiology, McGraw-Hill, 2005. ISBN: 0-07-144040-2 / 0892-1253
Bruce M. Koeppen, Bruce A. Stanton; Berne and Levy Physiology, Mosby Inc, 2008. ISBN: 0323045820 / 9780323045827

Complementary Bibliography

Stephen J. McPhee, William Ganong; Pathophysiology of Disease : An Introduction to Clinical Medicine, McGraw-Hill, 2005. ISBN: 007144159X / 9780071441599

Teaching methods and learning activities

Total: 86 hours
Lectures: 24 hours;
Theoretical-practical sessions: 24 hours;
Practicals: 24 hours;
Seminars: 12 hours;
Tutorial: 2 hours;
Total working hours: 216 hours.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Eligibility for exams

1. Theoretical-practical and Practical Assessment (P): Continuous assessment by the teaching staff during the theoretical-practical and practical sessions. The practical mark weight is 20% of the final classification (see formula). 2. Theoretical assessment (T): Accomplished in the form of a written test and representing 80% of the final classification. The theoretical assessment test is constituted of 88 questions distributed into 3 groups (48 multiple choice questions; 32 true/false questions; 8 affirmations with some unfilled words which the student has to fill, according to a key). The minimum mark in each term is 9.5.

Calculation formula of final grade



Besides the handouts elaborated and supplied by the teaching staff of the department and of the more specific bibliography advised in the summary of each class, we recommend the following books: Review of Medical Physiology - Ganong WF. 22nd Edition. Appleton & Lange, 2005; Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine – McPhee SJ, Lingappa VR, Ganong WF. 5th Edition. Appleton & Lange, 2005; Physiology - Berne RM, Levy MN, Koeppen BM, Stanton BA. 5th Edition. Mosby, Inc., 2003.
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