Animal Physiology

By Prof. Mainak Das   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1243
The course will be an informal journey to ‘know your own body’. It will provoke you to think the following:

  • How our body functions?
  • What it is made up of and what are the organizational hierarchy of your body?
  • How its regular function is disrupted and how the body tries to restore its normal functioning?
  • How the body adjusts itself under extreme physiological situations and how it re-calibrates its functions?

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students pursuing biology, biotechnology,zoology and bio-engineering

PREREQUISITES : Biology at standard 10th (Secondary school examination)

INDUSTRY SUPPORT Biomedical industries
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Skeletal system
Week 3: Muscles
Week 4: Neural system
Week 5: Neural system
Week 6: Neural system
Week 7: Neural system
Week 8: Neural system and Special senses
Week 9: Neural system and Special senses
Week 10: Cardiovascular system
Week 11: Respiratory and Blood
Week 12: Endocrine, Digestive, Blood, Kidney, and Reproductive system

Books and references

  • Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology
  • Ganong'S Rev of Med Physiology
  • Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology by Martini

Instructor bio

Prof. Mainak Das

IIT Kanpur
Prof.Mainak Das is a faculty of IIT Kanpur India in the department of biological sciences & bioengineering since April 26 2010. He did his bachelors degree (1989-1994) in agriculture from College of Agriculture Indore. Thereafter he did his post graduate degree (1994-1997) in animal physiology from National Dairy Research Institute Karnal India. Following his post graduate studies, he worked as researcher in IISc Bangalore India (1997-1999), University of Neuchatel, Switzerland (1999-2000), University of Clemson, USA (2000-2004) and in University of Central Florida, USA (2004-2010). He did his doctoral studies from College of Medicine of University of Central Florida (2004-2008), while working as a full time employee of the university. He introduced the regular physiology course for the PG students in IIT Kanpur in 2011. He has wide interest in physiology, sensors, energy and bioelectronics and maintains an active research team at IT Kanpur, India. Prof. Das has been working on cell culture technologies, serum free medium development and defined cell culture systems for last 20 years. He has expertise in long term culturing of excitable cells. His doctoral thesis is a complex problem of modern cell culture technology, titled:‘Tissue Engineering The Motoneuron To Muscle Segment Of The Stretch Reflex Arc Circuit Utilizing Micro-fabrication,Interface Design And Defined Medium Formulation’.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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