Physiology for Health Sciences

PHGY 210/6.0

The function of organs, body systems and the integration of functions in the whole body.


Online tests (4x8%)32%
Online seminars (3x3%) - peer evaluation9%
Discussion boards (12)9%
Proctored exam50%

Students must pass the exam to pass the course.

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.


Topics covered in this course include:

  • Central Nervous System
  • Peripheral Nervous System
  • Sensory Nervous System
  • Muscle
  • Cardiac Physiology
  • Circulation
  • Respiratory Physiology
  • Renal Physiology
  • Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Endocrine System
  • Reproduction and Development


Welcome to PHGY 210!

This is an introductory course dealing with how the body functions. It is equivalent to PHGY214, a FW lecture-based course which is one of the core requirements of the Life Sciences program at Queen’s University. Because it is intended that these courses are interchangeable, it is expected that the difficulty level will also be similar in the two courses. Don’t forget that you will be completing a two-semester (6.0 unit) course in one semester, so you should expect a greater work load than with a 3.0 unit course.

There are naturally going to be some differences between an online course and a lecture-based course. In this course, there is a much greater emphasis on communicating what you know, for instance – both verbally and in written form. You’ll need to do a bit more “digging” to find the information you need (a useful skill in the age of information overload!), but there will be tips and guides to help you in the process. And finally, there is a greater importance given to your ability to be an active participant in the course, rather than just a passive one (just listening to what someone else has to say). Remember that asking questions is often key to keeping on track, but your instructor is not the only resource you have here – your fellow students can also help you (and often with a faster turnaround!).

Time Commitment

Students are advised to allow at least 12 hours per week to complete all components of the course (online materials, online tutorials and discussions, reading, and practice problems).

Course notes, readings videos4-6 hours per week
Nelson's CNOW activities4 hours per week
Discussion forums or tutorialsUp to 4 hours per week
Total:~14 hours per week

Additional Information

PHGY 210/6.0 may be substituted for PHGY 214/6.0 in the Life Sciences and Biochemistry programs and serve as a prerequisite for any course or program which lists PHGY 214/6.0 as a prerequisite. Completion of a first year course in Biology is strongly recommended.

Course Resources


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.


Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle 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 Moodle 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 requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.


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

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

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

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

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.