• Human Body Systems

    Course Description:

    Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

    Course Outcomes:

    This course will engage students in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of human body systems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes, and an introduction to bio-informatics. Students investigate the human body systems in relation to the topics of communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, identity, and protection. A theme through the course is each system is critical to the entire body. The systems will be studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including: the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum where appropriate. The course is designed as a second course in a series of four courses that explores the interworking of the human body..

    Course Outline:


    Unit of Study

    Time Frame

    Unit 1 – Identity

    2.5 weeks

    Unit 2 – Communication

    3.5 weeks

    Unit 3 – Power

    3 weeks

    Unit 4 – Movement

    3.5 weeks

    Unit 5 Protection    

    2 week

    Unit 6 – Homeostasis

    1 weeks