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HCI 237 - Human Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment : Berube: Physiology

Courseguide for HCI 237

Human Physiology

How do I access from home?...

One of your first duties as a student is to "activate" your accessBCC card...aka...student ID.  Why?  Well, once activated, the back of your library card, the barcode (22777...) becomes your accessPass to the libraries resources from home, or for that matter wherever you are that has a internet connection and a device to load it.

If you are trying to access books or online books, please type in the barcode from the back of your activated accessBCC card.  This will ensure remote access.

To access Films on Demand

BCC Libraries provides access to a collection of streaming videos specific for anatomy topics. Below is a brief description of the selected titles and instructions on how to access. Please visit the database Films On Demand for further streaming videos on your topic.

Films On Demand videos are accessible on campus and off campus with a valid AccessBCC ID activated at the library. If the barcode on the back of your ID is not working (22777...) please visit the Library at any of the three campuses to activate.

Any questions please email me @ Melanie Johnson.

Physiology Defined

Full Definition of PHYSIOLOGY - noun
1:  a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved  — compare anatomy
2:  the organic processes and phenomena of an organism or any of its parts or of a particular bodily process
Latin physiologia natural science, from Greek, from physi- + -logia-logy
First Known Use: 1615

Concise Encyclopedia
Study of the functioning of living organisms or their constituent tissues or cells. Physiology was usually considered separately from anatomy until the development of high-powered microscopes made it clear that structure and function were inseparable at the cellular and molecular level. An understanding of biochemistry is fundamental to physiology. Physiological processes are dynamic; cells change their function in response to changes in the composition of their local environment, and the organism responds to alterations in both its internal and external environment. Many physiological reactions are aimed at preserving a constant physical and chemical internal environment (homeostasis). See also cytology.
-American Psychological Association (APA):
Physiology. (n.d.). Retrieved August 26, 2014, from

Books in the Library

Films on Demand

Physiology: Muscles and Bones
This program looks at the human body in motion, studying the interaction of the skeleton and muscles and the ways in which engineers and designers imitate these systems. Demonstrating how bones allow mobility while also providing protection, the program examines skeletal strength, calcium’s importance, the internal structure of bones, and their dependence on muscles for cohesion and power. Linking architecture, machine design, computer science, and other disciplines, this Science Screen Report offers a fresh way of understanding human anatomy. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. Produced in association with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the Junior Engineering Technical Society. Run Time: 14 minutes

The Physiology of Pain
What is pain, and what is its purpose? This program explores various aspects of pain, including how the mind perceives the body’s warning messages, whether from a stomach-ache or a chronic condition; the body’s ability to control or ignore pain; the effects of nerve damage on the body’s early-warning system; and pain caused not by the body, but by the mind. Run Time: 17 minutes

The Beauty and Burden of Hormones
Are exercise and smart eating the best tools for staying youthful and attractive? Or is there a third ingredient in the fountain of youth—namely, clinical adjustments to the body’s chemistry, perhaps with drugs derived from other creatures’ hormones? This program examines the subject of hormone therapy and its link to longevity studies. Outlining the role hormones play in sexual attraction, the program describes the biological aspects of menopause; explains the use of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, or SNP, in treating testosterone decline; and shows how the use of horse estrogen has been discredited as a weapon against female aging. Research into soya and phytoestrogens is also featured. Not available in French-speaking Canada. Run Time: 26 minutes

Body Armor: The Anatomy of Self-Defense
A tough outer layer can come in handy, but the strongest defense isn’t always the thickest. This program explores all kinds of bodily protection, from animal hides and shells to artificial armor to human skin—showing how anatomy and technology have evolved to guard against potential dangers. Viewers meet sea and land creatures with sophisticated protective suits, including lobsters, snails, turtles, alligators, sharks, and abalone—which sport some of the sturdiest armor of all. Tests performed on chain mail, plate armor, and a bulletproof vest take students deeper into the mechanics of body shielding, while experiments on skin and sweat highlight possible alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Contains brief partial nudity. Run Time: 22 minutes

Get Body Smart

GetBodySmart - An Online Human Anatomy and Physiology Textbook

online humna anatomy/physiology textbook

Interactive Animations to Help You Visually Learn About the Human Body