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Human Cell Physiology

PHGY 170/3.0

This is an introductory level course on the structure and function of human cells for students interested in pursuing human health-related disciplines. Students will also learn the principles of energy metabolism, cell growth and proliferation, and how cells interact with their environment. There is also an overall focus to relate cellular processes to human function and disease, culminating in a group presentation focused on one specific cell process and how it affects health. Students taking this course will be well-prepared for upper year molecular biology courses.

Learning Outcomes

 After completing PHGY 170, students will be able to:

  1. To identify and describe basic cellular components to be able to characterize their roles in the structure and function of human cells
  2. To integrate a basic understanding of cellular processes to articulate how human cells interact with their environment
  3. To recognize key principles of human cell function in order to understand the cellular basis of health and disease
  4. Understand how cells, tissues, organs and systems work together in order identify and explain the mechanisms through which the body maintains homeostasis.

Description

PHGY 170 Mammalian Cell Physiology is an introductory level course on the structure and function of human cells for students interested in pursuing human health-related disciplines. Students will also learn the principles of energy metabolism, cell growth and proliferation, and how cells interact with their environment.  The course then integrates the concepts of cell physiology with that of tissues, organs, and systems.

Terms

Summer 17: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 1 - July 21, 2017
Exam Dates: 
July 25 - 28, 2017

Evaluation

  • Module Assignment (15%)
  • Discussion Forums (10%)
  • Case Topic Presentations (20%)
  • Midterm Exam (15%)
  • Proctored Final Exam (40%)

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Christopher Ward (wardc@queensu.ca ) and Professor Cyndi Pruss (prussc@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9 - 10 hours a week in study / practice and online activity for PHGY 170.

Fall 2017
Course Dates: 
Sept 11 - Dec 1, 2017
Exam Dates: 
Dec 7 - 21, 2017

Evaluation

  • Module Assignment (15%)
  • Discussion Forums (10%)
  • Case Topic Presentations (20%)
  • Midterm Exam (15%)
  • Proctored Final Exam (40%)

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Christopher Ward (wardc@queensu.ca ) and Professor Cyndi Pruss (prussc@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9 - 10 hours a week in study / practice and online activity for PHGY 170.

Winter 2018
Course Dates: 
Jan. 8 - Apr. 6, 2018
Exam Dates: 
Apr. 12-26, 2018

Evaluation

  • Module Assignment (15%)
  • Discussion Forums (10%)
  • Case Topic Presentations (20%)
  • Midterm Exam (15%)
  • Proctored Final Exam (40%)

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Christopher Ward (wardc@queensu.ca ) and Professor Cyndi Pruss (prussc@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9 - 10 hours a week in study / practice and online activity for PHGY 170.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2017, Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.