Course detail

Physiology of Man

FEKT-AFYZAcad. year: 2018/2019

Human physiology deals with normal functions of human organism, its organs and tissues, cells, cell organellas and molecules. It lays emphasis on how the partial functions are regulated to correspond to the situation at each time and how are simultaneously integrated into the higher, highly improved unit - organism.


Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University Brno (LF MU)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is able to describe the various systems of the human organism and processes taking place in it. He is able to apply this knowledge in practice - for example, when interpreting the measured signals. It is also able to describe the different regulatory mechanisms in the human body.


Knowledge at secondary school level in biology, chemistry and physics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

WILHELM, Zdeněk et al. Stručný přehled fyziologie člověka pro bakalářské studijní programy. Brno: MU Brno, 2005. ISBN 978-80-210-5283-3. (CS)
SILBERNAGL, Stefan a Agamemnon DESPOPOULOS. Atlas fyziologicke člověka. Praha: Grada, 1993. ISBN 80-247-0630-X. (CS)
WARD, Jeremy a Roger LINDEN. Základy fyziologie. Praha: Galén, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7262-667-0. (CS)
KITTNAR, Otomar et al. Lékařská fyziologie. Praha: Grada, 2011. ISBN 978-80-247-3068-4. (CS)
MOUREK, Jindřich. Fyziologie. Praha: Grada, 2012. ISBN 978-80-247-3918-2. (CS)
HALL, John. Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2011. ISBN 1416045740. (EN)
BARRETT, Kim et al. Ganong’s review of Medical Physiology. McGraw-Hill Medical, 2012. ISBN 0071780033. (EN)
BORON, Walter a Emilie BOULPAEP. Medical Physiology. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2012. (EN)
WILHELM, Zdeněk. Praktická cvičení z fyziologie pro bakalářské studijní programy. Brno: MU Brno, 2004. (CS)
NOVÁKOVÁ, Zuzana et al. Praktická cvičení z fyziologie. Brno: MU Brno, 2007. ISBN 978-80-210-4391-6. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students must meet a minimum number of points preexam test namely from all areas of physiology to successfully entering the exam. The following is oral examination, conducted in a form of interview with an emphasis on the ability of the student acquired knowledge not only to describe, but mutually and interdisciplinary connect with morphology and knowledge of biochemistry and physics.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. General functional principles.
2. Physiology of blood.
3. Physiology of peripheral blood circulation.
4. Respiration.
5. The gastrotestinal tract.
6. Metabolism and nutrition.
7. The excretory system.
8. The endocrine system.
9. Reproduction physiology.
10. The nervous system physiology, brain and behaviour.


To develop a knowledge of the basic principles of the functioning of a healthy human organism, to explain the basis of processes taking place in it and their mutual regulatory principles.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory exercises are mandatory. Absence may be replaced after consultation with the teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BTBIO-A Bachelor's

    branch A-BTB , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer