Study Programmes 2017-2018
Animal physiology
Duration :
60h Th, 30h Pr
Number of credits :
Bachelor in biology7
Master in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology (120 ECTS)6
Master in biology of organisms and ecology (120 ECTS)6
Lecturer :
Jean-Christophe Plumier, Marc Thiry
Coordinator :
Jean-Christophe Plumier
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
The physiological part of the course presents the mechanisms controling the homeostasis in the animal kingdom. The basis of the physiology will be described in Mammals and compared to others physological mechanisms observed in other species (including Invertebrates). For example, we will discuss the principle of respiration in the air or in the water, the mechanisms of excretion, of osmotic regulation, the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, ...

1. Lymphoid organs
2. Digestive system
3. Digestive system- liver - pancreas
4. Reproductive system
5. Excretory system
6. Respiratory systems
7. Endocrine glands
8. Sense organs
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
By the end of the physiological part of the course, the students will have learnt the bases of animal physiology et various strategies seen in the animal kingdom to adapt to physical or chemical stresses occuring in the environment.

The main aim are :
To study the relationships between the cell structure and their functions
To give a general view of the structure of animal tissues and organs
To emphasize how the organisation of tissues and organes confirm their functions
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Basic notions in cell biology and in general histology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Part of the theorical courses will request a active commitment of the students. Presence to these specific courses is mandatory. Practical course in animal physiology will be given in november and december. Students will be asked to write a report describing the work done during this practical course.
Every theoretical courses are followed in the same room by a session of practical works where the student examine different histological preparations illustrating the course.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Part of the theorical courses will request a active commitment of the students. Presence to these specific courses is mandatory. The theorical part of Animal Physiology is given during the first quadrimester and begins by histological aspects. Praticals are held during the last Fridays of the first quadrimester at the institute of Botany (B22).
The theoretical courses of animal histology are given in the first quadrimester, on Friday from 8:30 am to 10 am, in the Great Hall of practical work (1st floor) of the Institute of Zoology (Bldg. I1, quai Van Beneden 22 in Liege). Each theoretical course is followed in the same room with a session of practical work (10 to 13h), where students examine different histological preparations illustrating the course.
Recommended or required readings :
Notes on Animal Physiology will be (in part) accessible through Myulg site. Reference Textbooks in animal physiology:
-Physiologie animale- Sherwood, Klandorf, Yancey. Ed. Deboeck. -Animal Physiology- Hill, Wyse, Anderson. Sinauer Associates. -Physiologie Animale-Gilles. Ed. DeBoeck. -Principles of Animal Physiology- Moyers, Schulte. Pearson Education International. - Physiologie animale- Eckert. Ed. DeBoeck. Reference books in Histology : - Histologie fonctionnelle- Wheater, Burkitt, Daniels. MEDSI/McGRAW-HILL - Basic Histology- Junqueira, Carneiro, Contopoulos. Lange Medical Publications - Sobotta, Atlas d'Histologie- Welsch. Editions Médicales Internationales Web sites :;;;
Assessment methods and criteria :
An oral exam will focus on the entire matter of animal physiology course (including practical works). The exam will consist of three questions, one of which will be the identification of a histological preparation.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Plumier Jean-Christophe Animal Physiology InBioS - PHYTOsystems Institut de Botanique (B22) Chemin de la Vallée 4 (Sart Tilman) 4000 Liège
Tél : 04 366 3843 E-mail :

Thiry Marc Laboratory of cell and tissue biology Institut A. Swaen (Building L3) 20, rue de pitteurs, 4020 Liège or Center of Cell and molecular Neurobiology, CHU (Building B36), firth floor of pharmacy tower, Sart Tilman, 4000 Liège

Phone number : 32 4 3665166 E-mail :