Physiology Lab (PHSL / BMEN 3701)

Fall 2015














Review Material

Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy


BME Department

Physiology Department

Institute of Technology



Instructors | Office Hours | Objectives | Grading | Topics

Physiology Lab PHSL / BMEN 3701

Monday 1:25pm-4:25pm 

Tuesday 1:25pm-4:25pm  

Optional Lab Session: Friday 1:30-4:30 (or coordinate with Alex Mattson)

Course Developer:

Paul A. Iaizzo, Ph.D. (Surgery and Physiology)


Office Location


E-mail Address

Paul Iaizzo

A195 Mayo


Steve Saliterman

7-105 Hasslemo Hall


Douglas Wangensteen

6-130 Jackson Hall


Mike Loushin

B-515 Mayo




Office Location


E-mail Address

Megan Schmidt

B171 Mayo


Tatyana Berkhina

3-220 CCRB


Kadambari Chandra Shekar

MMC 508 Mayo



Amber Lockridge



Caitlin Johnson



Alex Mattson

B 171 Mayo



Senior Lab Services Coordinator

Office Location


E-mail Address

Bill Klein

3-219 Moos Tower



Office Hours:

Formal office hours will not be held. However, an additional open lab time will be scheduled on Friday afternoons from 12:30 - 3:30pm, which is available for help and/or for extra time to get labs done. If you need to come in for extra time on Fridays, let the TA know ahead of time when you will be coming in on Friday. You can make arrangements during your regular lab time or via email. If you need help and cannot make it on Fridays, then please contact one of the TAs listed above to schedule an appointment.

When contacting TAs PLEASE be sure put 3701 in the subject heading!



  • Provide an active learning environment to teach the basic principles of human physiology.
  • Teach students the principles of experimental documentation in a laboratory notebook.
  • Have the student gain an appreciation for how variable human physiology can be.
  • Provide students with a hands on opportunity to use commonly used physiological monitoring equipment.
  • Promote and encourage team work and collaboration among students in the lab.
  • Students are encouraged to create additional test conditions and run additional experiments during the lab time that extend from the guided lesson plan.



Attendance in all sessions is required and make-up sessions will need to be arranged by the student with a TA. Students who are not actively participating during lab session will not receive credit for attendance. The TA will review lab notebooks during lab sessions several times throughout the semester to provide feedback for improvement. In addition, specific written laboratory write-ups will be assigned and verification of completion of computer modules will be noted. The lab reports will be graded on a scale from 0 to 3.: 3- good; 2- needs some improvement; 1: unacceptable; and 0: not turned in. The final grade is composed of:

Attendance/Quiz/Hypothesis 35%

Group Final Project 20%

Peer Evaluations 20%

Weekly Lab Report 25%



Since each module is being taught by various faculty members, there is no one textbook that is required, however there is a required lab packet that can be purchased in the bookstore. Human Physiology by Vander, Sherman and Luciano, which is required for the prerequisite course, will be used as a resource. It will be a future goal of this course faculty to develop a specific laboratory text book for physiological laboratory modules that is geared specifically for the biomedical engineering student.


Topics: (The number and types of modules will increase and vary based on student feedback as to their specific learning value)

- The Laboratory Notebook
- Skeletal muscle force assessment
- ECG recording and analysis
- Cardiac performance
- Respiratory function
- Metabolic rates
- Thermoregulation
- Electromyography
- Visual evoked potentials
- Color vision
- Hearing
- Sensory evaluations: taste and smell
- Reflexes and reaction times
- Biomedical equipment used in the operating room

Academic Integrity

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. Cases of dishonesty may be handled as a scholastic matter or as a student conduct code matter at the discretion of the instructor. Instructors choosing to treat the case as a scholastic matter have the authority to decide how the incident of dishonesty will affect the student's grade in the course. If the instructor has treated the case as a scholastic matter involving the grade in a course and the student has a grievance related to this action, that grievance would be processed as outlined in Article IV, Section 3 of the Campus Assembly Constitution. Instructors choosing to treat the case as a disciplinary matter will refer the case to UMC's Student Conduct Code Coordinator for resolution under the University's Student Conduct Code


The Physiology Lab Course website was last updated on July 20, 2015