Insulin & Glucagon  

a foundation level interactive tutorial covering the regulation, release and function of insulin and glucagon and associated clinical disorders

David Dewhurst and David Davies


The highly interactive program is designed to teach the basic physiology of the pancreatic hormones and the regulation of blood glucose. It covers:

  • location and structure of the Islets of Langerhans
  • factors affecting release of insulin and glucagon and their effects on target cells
  • principal clinical disorders - Type I and Type II diabetes mellitus (causes, symptoms and treatment)
  • hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia

High quality colour graphics are used extensively throughout the program and features such as a Hypertext facility are used to enhance student learning. The program uses several features to promote interactivity e.g. students are required to:

(i) identify correct actions of hormones or characteristics of certain clinical conditions by "dragging" phrases/words from a list and "dropping" them into the appropriate box on the diagram,

(ii) answer a variety of self-assessment questions (multiple choice, and true/false questions with feedback).

There is also a data interpretation question on the glucose tolerance test.

Language Versions: English

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Windows:
    • Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8
    • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
    • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11
  • Mac OS:
    • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
    • Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • 256MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
    • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 11

Target Audience: First year undergraduates from a range of biological science, medical and health-related courses. The material is designed to support or replace conventional teaching and is suitable for student-centered learning. It covers approximately two one-hour lectures to first year students) and would occupy students for 2-4 hrs of fairly intensive study.

Price: £250 (multiuser, educational license)

ISBN 1-874758-36-0
©2008 Sheffield Bioscience Programs

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