Liberty MSCI 520 Principles of Physiology I Entire Course



Liberty MSCI 520 Principles of Physiology I Entire Course


Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental principles of physiological functions, the coordination of physiological processes responsible for the maintenance of a stable internal environment, and evaluates the roles of different organ systems in maintaining homeostasis. This course will employ the review of disease conditions to highlight the significance of homeostasis.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


A proper grasp of human physiology is integral to learning and practicing medicine. This course is designed to equip students with the analytical skills first to recognize problems and apply rational concepts in solving those problems. This is what the physician does all day. This course is designed to introduce students to the systemic functions of the body and the means the body uses to maintain homeostasis. This course attempts to explore and unravel the intricate complexities of the human body (which is God’s masterful creation), as our act of worship to the Almighty God. Get access to additional courses views Liberty University.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify examples of the interrelationship that exists between bodily systems.
  2. Describe the principles of homeostasis
  3. Describe the cellular and molecular basis of membrane and organ systems physiology.
  4. Predict the ways changes in one system will affect other systems.
  5. Evaluate published literature in physiology.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread of at least 400 words in response to the provided prompt. In addition to the thread, the student is required to respond to 2 other classmates’ threads in each discussion with replies of at least 250 words. Each thread must include at least 2 scholarly citations and each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation.

Research Paper Assignments (2)

The student will write two research-based papers on provided course-related topics.

Research Paper: Disease Physiology/Pathophysiology

This paper will review the pathophysiology of the disease assigned by the instructor. The paper must be at least 5 pages and include a minimum of 10 references in AJP-Cell Physiology format.

Research Paper: Disease Pharmacology

This paper should review current research on at least 5 pharmacological management options for the disease from the previous research paper. The paper must be at least 3 pages and include a minimum of 5 unique references that are recent and are cited in AJP-Cell Physiology format.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which the quiz is due. Each quiz will be open-book/open-note, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, allows 1 attempt, and be limited to 100 minutes. There will be a one-point penalty per minute over the time limit on quizzes.



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