Course: Human Biorhythms

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Course title Human Biorhythms
Course code KME/725
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the summer semester.
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Sumová Alena, doc. PharmDr. DrSc.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Significance of biorhythms in nature, history of chronobiology, directions of its application in biomedicine. 2. Basic characteristics in biorhythms analysis, levels and manifestations of biorhythms, specificity in research and clinical applications. 3. Genetic principles in biorhythm regulation. 4. Time structure of human organism.. 5. Changes of biorhythms in ontogenesis. 6. Physiological mechanisms of biorhythm regulation, synchronisation. 7. Changes of biorhythms in extreme conditions. 8. Chronopathology. 9. Chronopharmacology and chronotoxicology. 10. Chronohaematology. 11. - 12. Biorhythms and mental hygiene.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 14 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 14 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
To acquaint with the time structure of organisms with respect to applications in biomedicine
Students acquire basic knowledge on mechanisms of temporal regulations of physiological processes in humans Students understand importance of the temporal regulation for health Students learn methods how to assess state of the internal timekeeping system in human body Students learn about possibilities to treat disturbances of the internal timekeeping system using chronotherapeutic procedures
Basic knowledge in biology, physiology and molecular biology

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

To pass an exam is needed to obtain at least 50% points in written test.
Recommended literature
  • J. Berger: Biorytmy. Paseka, Praha 1995.
  • Y. Touitou, E. Haus: Biologic Rhythms in Clinical and Laboratory Medicine. Springer, Berlin 1994.
  • Jay C. Dunlap. Chronobiology: Biological Timekeeping. 2009.
  • Roberto Reffinetti. Circadian Physiology. 2016.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Clinical Biology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer