Anatomy and Physiology 101
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Course DescriptionThis self-paced, online anatomy and physiology course covers all the bodily systems playing a major role in human anatomy. The material is presented in a practical and comprehensive manner. The focus of the course is on the need-to-know facts that must be understood in order to pursue any healthcare career or related education in the field of science. These easy to follow lessons are ideal for anyone requiring a solid understanding of how the human body works.
Lessons include the following topics:The Skeletal System
The Integumentary SystemThe Muscular System
The Nervous System
The Sensory System
The Endocrine System
The Cardiovascular System
The Lymphatic System
The Respiratory System
The Digestive System
The Urinary SystemThe Reproductive System
Anatomy and physiology are the opposite sides of the same biological coin. Anatomy is the study of the body's internal and external structures while physiology studies the function of those structures, both singularly and in conjunction with one another.
Anatomy, which is sometimes called morphology, provides a map of how a body is put together, human or otherwise.
Physiology is akin to an instruction manual. Form and function must both be considered to fully understand the human body.The Major Characteristics of Life
Physiology is the study of living things, but what exactly does it mean to be alive? It is difficult to isolate a single characteristic that separates all living entities from non-living ones. For example, some might say the ability to reproduce is a necessary trait to indicate life. But mules--which are definitely living offsprings of a horse and donkey--cannot reproduce. So physiologists consider a number of traits that all living things have in common and thus identify life based on the following characteristics:
- Absorption: the passage of nutrients from digested food through membranes and into body fluids
- Assimilation: the ability to change nutrients of absorbed substances into chemically different forms
- Circulation: movement of substances throughout the body via body fluids such as blood
- Digestion: chemically breaking down food into its molecular components and getting rid of wastes
- Growth: in general, defined as increasing in size without changing basic shape
- Movement: the ability to change position or internal structures
- Reproduction: creating offspring
- Respiration: can mean the act of breathing but on a cellular level; it's a metabolic process that uses oxygen to release energy from glucose
- Responsiveness: reacting to one's environment, such as pupils contracting in light, the rush of adrenalin when confronted with danger or fear, or a plant bending toward sunlight
- Excretion: the removal of wastes created by metabolic activity
Everything that is alive--from cells to elephants--relies on homeostasis, which is the way the physiological systems work together in living organisms to maintain a stable internal environment, despite changing external or environmental conditions. In humans, that means regulating things like temperature, pH, hydration, and blood oxygen levels.
All living things also require some sort of metabolism, which is commonly understood to mean breaking food down and turning it into energy. But in physiological terms, it refers to the entire range of an organism's biochemical processes. These metabolic pathways involve enzymes that transform one substance into another substance, by either breaking one down (catabolism) or creating a new one (anabolism).
Levels of Anatomical Organization
Anatomists organize the human body into different levels, each level increasing in complexity.
- Atoms join together to form molecules, such as H2O.
- Molecules combine to form macromolecules such as polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates), monosaccharides (simple sugars), and fats (lipids).
- Macromolecules combine to create organelles like mitochondrion and ribosomes.
- Organelles are part of a cell, the basic unit of a body.
- Cells are organized into tissues such as muscle, neural, and cardiac.
- Tissues are organized into organs, from the brain to the large intestine and everything in between.
- Organs working together are organ systems, which include the digestive system, the endocrine system, and the nervous system.
- Organ systems make up an organism, such as humans, dogs, or plants.
Spatial Organization of the Human BodyTo accurately reference the structures they study, anatomists use positional and directional terms. In order to have a common standard for describing those positions of body parts, it is assumed the person is in what is called anatomical position: the body standing upright, feet together, palms facing forward. From this starting point, all the directional terms are relative to the anatomical position.
There are three main body planes: the sagittal, which divides the body into left and right halves; the frontal which divides the body into front and back halves (ventral and dorsal, or anterior and posterior); and the transverse which divides the body into upper (toward the head) and lower (toward the feet) halves (superior and inferior).
Additionally, the outer body is divided into two regions: the axial, which includes the head, neck and trunk, and the appendicular which consists of the limbs.
The same terms are used when describing the skeleton. The skull, ribs, and spinal vertebrae belong to the axial skeleton. These bones protect the major organs such as the brain, heart, and lungs. Also included in the axial skeleton are the three inner ear bones--malleus, incus, and stapes--known collectively as the ossicles, and the hyoid in the throat. There are 80 bones in the axial skeleton.
The appendicular skeleton consists of the 126 bones of our extremities--legs, arms, hands, and feet--which facilitate movement.
The body is a complex organism of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. While anatomy describes the structure of how it is physically put together, physiology explains how all the components of the human organism work, individually and together, to maintain life.High school students, college students and those entering various healthcare fields will find this self-paced Anatomy and Physiology course to be extremely beneficial. Course goals include the following: 1.) Be able to identify the major body systems and understand what each body system does, 2.) Be able to relate how each body system works, 3.) Be able to identify and explain major cells, tissues, and organs, and 4.) Be able to identify and explain functions of central muscles and bones.
Class lessons will cover the following topics: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Cells, Tissues, The Integumentary System, The Skeletal System, The Muscular System, The Nervous System, The Sensory System, The Endocrine System, The Cardiovascular System, The Lymphatic System, The Respiratory System, The Digestive System, The Urinary System, and The Reproductive System.
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Anatomy and Physiology Course Lessons
Lesson 1. Introduction to Anatomy and PhysiologyThis introductory lesson will define and outline the organization of human anatomy and physiology.
Lesson 2. Chemistry BasicsChemistry Basics and definitions of chemistry terms.
Lesson 3. Cells - The Foundation of LifeCells and their importance in life.
Lesson 4. Tissues (Different Types and Functions)Tissues: learn about different types and functions.
Lesson 5. The Integumentary SystemThe Integumentary System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
Lesson 6. The Skeletal SystemThe Skeletal System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
Lesson 7. The Muscular SystemThe Muscular System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
Lesson 8. The Nervous SystemThe Nervous System: What is it? What does it do? And how does it work?
Lesson 9. The Sensory SystemThe Sensory System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
Lesson 10. The Endocrine SystemThe Endocrine System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
Lesson 11. The Cardiovascular SystemThe Cardiovascular System: what is it, what does it do, and how it works.
Lesson 12. The Lymphatic SystemThe Lymphatic System: what is it, what does it do, and how it works.
Lesson 13. The Respiratory SystemThe Respiratory System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
Lesson 14. The Digestive SystemThe Digestive System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
Lesson 15. The Urinary SystemThe Urinary System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
Lesson 16. The Reproductive SystemThe Reproductive System: what is it, what does it do, and how does it work.
The Final ExamThe Final Exam
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Course Title: Anatomy and Physiology 101Course Number: 8900157Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countriesCourse Type: College LevelCEU Value: 2.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earnedAssessment Method: Lesson assignments and review examsInstructor: Cheryl Reinerio, RN, BC, MSNSyllabus: View SyllabusCourse Review: Read Editorial ReviewRequirements: View Technical RequirementsCourse Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define anatomy and physiology.
- Describe chemistry basics.
- Describe cells - the foundation of life.
- Describe tissues (different types and functions).
- Recognize summarize the integumentary system..
- Recognize the important parts of the skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and sensory system.
- Summarize the major parts of the endocrine system.
- Recognize the major parts of the cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, and the respiratory system.
- Summarize the major components of the digestive system, urinary system, and the reproductive system, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Introduce Yourself Assignment 1 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Assignment Assignment 20 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Quiz Exam 55 Review of Basic Chemistry: Assignment 50 Basic Chemistry Quiz Exam 35 Review of Cells Assignment 50 Cells Quiz Exam 38 Review of Tissues Assignment 50 Tissue Quiz Exam 34 The Integumentary System Assignment Assignment 25 The Integumentary System Exam 50 The Skeletal System Assignment Assignment 50 The Skeletal System Exam 75 The Muscular System Assignment Assignment 50 The Muscular System Exam 80 The Nervous System Assignment Assignment 50 The Nervous System Exam 85 The Sensory System Assignment Assignment 50 The Sensory System Exam 70 The Endocrine System Assignment Assignment 50 The Endocrine System Exam 55 The Cardiovascular System Assignment Assignment 50 The Cardiovascular System Exam 22 The Lymphatic System Assignment 50 The Lymphatic System Exam 50 The Respiratory System Assignment Assignment 50 The Respiratory System Exam 70 The Digestive System Assignment Assignment 50 The Digestive System Exam 50 The Urinary System Exam 18 The Reproductive System Exam 38 The Final Exam Exam 339 Total Points: 1810
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