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Université catholique de Louvain

Respiration in the Human Body

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How do we breathe? What is the purpose of our lungs? What is the link between oxygen and life ? These questions open a vast field of discovery to help us understand respiration. This course is for anyone who wants to understand human respiratory physiology, the operation of respiration and the lungs.

Immersed in the heart of the university and hospital practice, you’ll learn from professors, health professionals, interns and medical students. Together we’ll discuss topics that are close to the world surrounding us: respiration during exercise, at high altitude, the role of air pollutants, asthma, and other important respiratory issues.

During the course experts will discuss specific and practical topics such as how to comprehend oxygenation of a patient, why and when to administer oxygen, and what hyperventilation means.

This course will also discuss in depth human anatomy, physical volumes and pressures of gasses, blood, oxygen, CO₂, lungs, tissues, smoking and chronic bronchitis.

Taught by

Franck Verschuren


4.0 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Karen Carlson completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Very good examination of the process of respiration, from anatomy to the physics of air exchange and the effects of altitude, disease, and other factors. It was slightly tricky since the videos are in French, but the transcripts, captions, exams, and diagrams are in English; depending on how you typically use moocs, it might take a little getting used to, but for me it was well worth the effort.
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  • Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Cours intéressant, avec une approche très pédagogue, qui couvre le sujet de manière assez complète pour une introduction. Je n'ai toutefois que "survolé" ce cours, car j'avais déjà suivi un cours similaire précédemment.

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