Queen's University
PHGY 216 Principles of Mammalian Physiology II

The focus of this course is the physiology of the respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

This course is intended to be paired with PHGY 215/3.0 to achieve an introductory physiology full course (6.0 unit) equivalent and designed to meet the needs of those wishing to pursue professional programs. This is an online course that makes use of six online learning modules, supplemented with discussion forums.

Note: Offered as an online course. Although it is recommended to take PHGY215/3.0 first, PHGY 216/3.0 can also be taken before or concurrently with PHGY 215/3.0.

Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing. PHGY 215/3.0 is recommended.

IDIS 150/6.0, PHGY 210/6.0, PHGY 214/6.0, KNPE 125(3.0)/225(3.0)

Online format with materials, communication, and assignment submission all via BrightSpace (onQ).

After completing PHGY 216 Principles of Mammalian Physiology II, students will be able to:

  1. Understand physiology at the molecular, cellular, and system levels in order to explain how their roles and functions are combined in integrative physiology. (PLO1,2; Assessments 1-4)
  2. Describe the physiology of the respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive systems to define normal and abnormal function. (PLO2; Assessments 1-4)2. Describe the physiology of the respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive systems to define normal and abnormal function. (PLO2; Assessments 1-4)
  3. Apply research skills to further your knowledge of physiological systems. (PLO8; Assessment 2) Note: PLO refers to the program learning outcomes to which each course learning outcome matches to.


As Collaborators, health professionals work effectively with other health care professionals to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centred care.


As Communicators, health professionals form relationships with patients and their families* that facilitate the gathering and sharing of essential information for effective health care.


As Advocates, health professionals contribute their expertise and influence as they work with communities or patient populations to improve health. They work with those they serve to determine and understand needs, speak on behalf of others when required, and support the mobilization of resources to effect change.


As Leaders, health professionals engage with others to contribute to a vision of a high-quality health care system and take responsibility for the delivery of excellent patient care through their activities as clinicians, administrators, scholars, or teachers.


As Scholars, health professionals demonstrate a lifelong commitment to excellence in practice through continuous learning and by teaching others, evaluating evidence, and contributing to scholarship.


As Professionals, health professionals are committed to the health and well-being of individual patients and society through ethical practice, high personal standards of behaviour, accountability to the profession and society, physician-led regulation, and maintenance of personal health.

Assessment 1: Case Study Discussion Boards (10%; LO 1,2)

Students will be placed in small groups and assigned biweekly case studies and a corresponding set of questions. Each time a case study is assigned, one member of the group will be the Discussion Group Leader with the other members being the Discussion Group Participants (each student will only be the Leader once). The Discussion Board Leader is responsible for answering the proposed questions and facilitating discussion through posting his/her own thought-provoking question. The Discussion Board Participants are then required to respond, providing their feedback to one of the Leader’s answers or by answering the Leader’s question.

Assessment 1 will be graded using marking rubrics.

Assessment 2: Term Report (25%; LO 1-3)

Working individually, students will be required to conduct independent research on a disease of their choice from a provided list. They will submit a report summarizing the disease, physiology of the systems it affects, the pathophysiology of the disease, and impact of treatment on the physiology/pathophysiology.

Assessment 2 will be graded using marking rubrics.

Assessment 3: Midterm Exam (25%; LO 1,2)

The exam will be conducted online and will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions.

Assessment 4: Final Proctored Exam (40%; LO 1,2)

The final exam will include well-designed, case-based multiple choice and short answer questions that will test the students’ overall understanding and application of the course material, rather than rote memorization.

Two tutorials will be run by the instructor during the course, one before the midterm and one before the final exam, providing students with an opportunity to clarify any concepts or questions.

Required Materials:

PHGY 216 course notes via modules posted online.

Required Textbook:

Available from Queen’s Campus Bookstore (http://www.campusbookstore.com): Sherwood, L. & Ward, C. (2015) Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems (3rd Canadian edition).

Queen’s students, faculty, administrators and staff all have responsibilities for supporting and upholding the fundamental values of academic integrity. Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see http://www.academicintegrity.org) and by the quality of courage. These values and qualities are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University.

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with and adhering to the regulations concerning academic integrity. General information on academic integrity is available at Integrity@Queen's University, along with Faculty or School specific information. Departures from academic integrity include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification. Actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning, to loss of grades on an assignment, to failure of a course, to requirement to withdraw from the university.

Specifically, for PHGY 216 Principles of Mammalian Physiology II, students must express themselves in their own words, and cite sources when they use outside information. Verbatim copying of the module text or textbook is considered plagiarism and is a breach of academic integrity. Further, lying and misrepresentation are dishonest and violate the core values of academic integrity.

All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks. The final grade received for the course will be derived by converting the student’s numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale.