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Endocrinology is the study of hormonal (chemical) regulation of body functions, including the development of cells and tissues, basic metabolic processes such as the cellular utilization of nutrients, and cell growth. Hormonal dysfunction is frequently associated with cellular disregulation resulting in neoplasia or other pathologies. The goal of the course is to provide a broad introduction to endocrinology so that the student will be prepared to read, analyze and interpret published research. The course will emphasize basic molecular mechanisms of hormone action, feedback regulation of hormone secretion and hormonal interactions that regulate body function. The physiological function of major endocrine organs, such as the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreas, gonads, and the pineal, and other organs with endocrine function will be presented in a lecture/discussion format and by focused assignments. The course will synthesize and integrate knowledge from the molecular to the organismal level.
Five tests. Examination No. 5 is scheduled during the finals week (date and time to be announced). There will be no comprehensive final examination. Most of the tests will be written, short answer discussion type questions. There may be some multiple choice items included in one or two examinations. Each test will cover between five and nine lectures and will be completed within one hour. Five points are assigned per lecture hour (excluding discussion and examination periods) for a total of 190 points. Additionally, there will be three take home problems worth five points each. The course grades will be based on a total of 205 points. Letter grades will be assigned according to the University recommended scale.
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