Anatomy and Physiology I is the first of a two-course sequence examining the terminology, structure, function, and interdependence of the human body systems. This course includes a study of the cells, chemistry, and tissues of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. In conjunction with classroom instruction, the anatomy and physiology online lab component for this course requires students to apply knowledge from the classroom to online experiments and critical-thinking application exercises.
This undergraduate course is 7 weeks.
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Topics and Objectives
Orientation, Chemistry and Cells
- Identify the basic structural organization of the human body.
- Describe the various types of chemical bonds in organic and inorganic compounds.
- Summarize the structure and function of cellular organelles.
Tissue and Integumentary System
- Differentiate between the four tissue types and their related functions.
- Identify the parts of the integumentary system, including their functions and development.
- Describe various diseases and disorders that may affect the integumentary system.
Skeletal Tissue, Axial and Appendicular Skeleton and Joints
- Describe bone composition, functions, structure and development in terms of maintaining overall body homeostasis.
- Identify the bones and bony structures of the axial skeleton.
- Identify the bones and bony structures of the appendicular skeleton.
- Explain the classification of joints and their function in maintaining the skeletal system.
Muscle, Muscle Tissue and the Muscular System
- Explain the structural differences among the three types of muscular tissue.
- Compare the functions and special properties of the three types of muscular tissue.
- Describe the relationship between bones and skeletal muscles in producing body movements.
Nervous Tissue, the Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System
- Identify the various functions, structures and cell types of the Central Nervous System, (CNS) and Peripheral Nervous System, (PNS).
- Identify the structures and features of the spinal cord.
- Examine the major regions and structures of the brain.
The Autonomic Nervous System and the Sensory, Motor and Integrative Systems
- Determine the neurotransmitters used at pre- and post- ganglionic synapses in the autonomic nervous system.
- Describe the major sensory and motor neural pathways.
The Special Senses & The Endocrine System
- Describe the roles of the specials senses in the nervous system.
- Determine the mechanisms of action for lipid-soluble and non-lipid soluble hormones.
- Describe the organs of the endocrine system and their functions on the body.
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