Animal Physiology 2

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LecturerHiroko TSUKAMURA, Professor, Atsushi MURAI, Associate Professor
DepartmentSchool of Agricultural Sciences / Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, 2011 Fall
Recommended for:School of Agricultural Sciences 2nd year students (21.5 hours/session One session/week 15 weeks/semester)

Key Features

This course aims to teach the basic physiological functions in mammals, in order to understand the mechanisms involved in vital body functions. Animal Physiology covers a vast number of fields, so students might fail to the grasp the rationale and major points of the subject. In this course, we encourage the students to take notes from the professors' blackboard writing, as well as slides, to explain the key content of the subject, which enables them to grasp the main point much easily. We will also introduce a short test at the beginning of every lecture. This helps students to brush up on what they have learned and to prepare for the following lecture.

Course Aims

The aim of this subject is to learn about the endocrine system, reproductive physiology, kidney functions, nutrient digestion and absorption in mammals, and to acquire basic knowledge of physiology. Another goal is to understand the basic functions of the body necessary to maintain animal life and the survival of a species.

Relevant Courses & Course Requirements

Animal Physiology 1 (recommended to finish this course),
Animal Physiology 3


endocrine, reproduction, kidney, digestion, absorption

Course Schedule

Session Contents
1 Endocrine organs
2 Hormones and their functions
3 Receptors and ligands
4 Homeostasis of blood glucose levels
5 Mechanisms regulating reproductive functions
6 Reproduction in mammals
7 Kidney functions
8 Structure and function of gastrointestinal tracts
9 Regulation of gastrointestinal functions
10 Gastrointestinal secretion
11 Oral and gastric digestion
12 Intestinal digestion
13 Digestion and absorption of the three major nutrients
14 Absorption of minerals, vitamins and water
15 Fermentation and absorption
Regular examination

Lecture Handouts

Lecturers will distribute supporting prints when appropriate.


The students will be evaluated by the regular examination(80%)and the effort they make in the lecture(20%)

Last updated

November 20, 2015