Biomedical Lab Sci



Course code:68105

Catarina Godinho Santana

Learning outcomes of the curricular unit:

Transmit to the students basic concepts of physiology which serves as the basis for the understanding of body function.
To study the function of the organs and systems and their regulatory mechanisms (hormonal and neural).
Make the student realize that the overriding principle of physiology is the interaction of several regulatory mechanisms to maintain the internal environment constant, a process that is necessary for the function of the human body.

At the end of CU, the students should be able to:

  • Properly use the terminology of physiology.
  • Apply their knowledge to describe the interaction of the systems necessary to maintain a integrity of the human body.
  • Realize the goal of the methods used in the functional assessment of the human body.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of physiology that support the practice of laboratory biomedical sciences applied in health and disease.
  • Demonstrate the ability for self-learning and scientific update on issues taught.


  1. Basic physiology.
  2. Physiology of Nervous System.
  3. Physiology of Muscular System.
  4. Physiology of Cardiovascular System.
  5. Physiology of Respiratory System.
  6. Physiology of Urinary System.
  7. Physiology of Digestive System.
Theoretical / practical classes:
Methods of study of body composition.
Dehydration and overhydration.
Determination of globular resistance.
Methods of assessment of somatosensorial systems.
Evaluation of the function of the cranial nerves.
Stretch reflex.
Methods for assessment of cardiac function.
Measurement of blood pressure.
Methods for assessment of respiratory function.
Methods for assessment of renal function.
Methods for evaluation of digestive function.
Suggested Bibliography:
  • Barrett KE, Barman SM, Boitano S & Brooks HL (2012) Gannong's. Review of Medical Physiology, 24th ed., Mc-Graw Hill Companies. ISBN: 978-1-259-00962-4
  • Costanzo LS (2010) Physiology, 4th ed., Saunders, Elsevier. ISBN: 978-1-4160-6216-5
  • Hall JE (2016) Guyton & Hall, Textbook of Medical Physiology, 13th ed., Saunders, Elsevier. ISBN: 978-1455770052
  • Vander AJ, Sherman JH & Luciano DS (2010) Human Physiology: The mechanisms of body function, 12th ed., Mc. Graw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0-0773-5001