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Physiology for Health Sciences

PHGY 210/6.0

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Define homeostasis and apply feedback loops to predict and understand the control of physiological systems in the face of a variable and changing environment
  • Understand physiology at the molecular, cellular, and system levels in order to explain their combined role in integrative physiology
  • Describe the physiology of the major organ systems to identify and explain pathophysiological states
  • Apply research skills to further your knowledge of physiological systems

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


In this course you will learn the foundational knowledge of physiology. This course is designed to meet the needs of those wishing to pursue professional programs such as medicine. This course is considered equivalent to PHGY214FW, which is the lecture-based physiology course core to the Life Sciences program at Queen's University. This course, however, is not lecture-based. It is an online course that depends heavily on directed independent learning. This means that you will be given direction as to which materials you need to know then it is up to you to learn it. This type of learning will be supplemented with discussion forums and online small group sessions.


To be determined
Course Dates: 
Exam Dates: 


Discussion Boards10%
Term Report25%
Midterm Exam25%
Final Exam40%

Final Examinations

For an enhanced test-taking experience in your Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) course, your exams will be virtually proctored in the BHSc Portal using RPNow software. 

RPNow is a remote proctoring service that ensures a high standard of academic integrity and allows you to write your exam in your own workspace. In order to ensure academic integrity during your exam, you will be required to sign in with photo ID, complete a scan of your workspace, be video and audio monitored for the duration of your exam, and have all activity on your desktop captured. These recordings will then be reviewed by trained RPNow proctors for suspicious activity.


Professor Christopher Andrew Ward (wardc@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend 300 hours total on study, practice and online activity for PHGY 210.

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.

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.


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

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 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 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.