Heart and circulaton:basic principles


Course Objective

To obtain a thorough understanding of the function of heart and
circulation, including integrative physiological concepts.
Cardiovascular function and the role of the underlying molecular
components and mechanisms in the development of cardiovascular

Course Content

This course focuses on the fundamental aspects of normal cardiac and
vascular function. The physiology of the heart and the circulation in
health and disease will be addressed, with emphasis on the molecular
mechanisms involved. Moreover, integrative physiology concepts focusing
on oxygen transport and coagulation will be discussed. Students are
required to read scientific articles and to participate in scientific

Teaching Methods

Lectures, demonstrations and study groups

Method of Assessment

Digital exam (knowledge test) and assignments

Entry Requirements

Bachelor in life sciences, biomedical sciences, (technical) medicine,
movement sciences.


Scientific articles related to the specific lectures. More information
about these scientific articles can be found on CANVAS.

Target Audience

Students following the Cardiovascular Research master program.

Additional Information

This is an advanced course and basic knowledge of cardiac structure and
function is required to complete the course successfully.

Custom Course Registration

All students of the Cardiovascular Research Program have to attend the compulsory courses of the program. For all courses you must register through VUnet.vu.nl This way, you find out immediately if a place is available. All activities for which you are registered will be displayed in your personal timetable, which also includes any timetable changes. If you have not registered for a course then you will not be admitted to that course, you will not be assigned to a group, you will not bet able to use CANVAS, you will have no timetable, your grades will not be recorded, etc. In short, you will not be able to take part. From the moment that you are conditionally registered for a program, you can sign up for specific courses via VUnet.vu.nl

Explanation Canvas

Course information, course reading, course announcements

Recommended background knowledge

Cardiovascular Physiology Concepts
Second edition
R.E. Klabunde

General Information

Course Code M_CHCBP16
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty VUmc School of Medical Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. W.S. Simonides
Examiner prof. dr. J. van der Velden
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group