Course detail

Introduction to Biology of Man

FEKT-CUBCAcad. year: 2019/2020

Introduction into man's anatomy and physiology. Principles of interdisciplinary communication of an engineer and a medical doctor, basic specialized terminology and function of the particular systems and organs. Review of cellular level of living organisms, morphology and function of blood, circulation, respiration, urinary system, endocrine system and nervous system.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of basic medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of man, basic physiological examination methods.


Knowledge at secondary school level and of completed subjects in the study area


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

N.Honzíková, P. Honzík: Biologie člověka . Elektronická skripta FEKT VUT v Brně, 2003
CHIRAS, D. Human Biology, 7th Edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2011

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Requirements for successful completion of the subject are specified by guarantor´s regulation updated for every academic year.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Lectures: General characteristics of living organisms. Cellular basis of living organisms.
Overview of the human morphology, the anatomic and physiological terminology. Physiological functions. Physiology of blood. Physiology of circulation. Physiology of respiration.Physiology of digestion and absorption. Physiology of energy balance and metabolism. Physiology of urinary system. Endocrine system. Nervous system. Applied physiology. Practicals: Physiology of circulation (heart sounds, pulse wave, blood flow in veins). Electrocardiography. Blood pressure. Ergometry. Digital model of aortic function. Physiology of respiration (spirometry). Metabolism (basal metabolic rate). Nervous system and sensoric organs ( reflexes, visual acuteness, accomodation, visual field).


Learning the principles of physiological processes in a human body. Learning basic terminology. The course is aimed at engineers specialised in medical devices.

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


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-BC Bachelor's

    branch BC-EST , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, general knowledge
    branch BC-MET , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, general knowledge
    branch BC-SEE , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, general knowledge
    branch BC-TLI , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, general knowledge

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer