Anatomy And Physiology I –

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(4 credits)

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, tissues, 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-level course is 7 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Orientation, Chemistry, and Cells

  • Examine the basic organization of the human body and discuss what it needs to maintain life.
  • Compare and contrast the differences between organic and inorganic compounds.
  • Summarize the structure of a cell and the different types of cells.

Tissue and Integumentary System

  • Differentiate between the types of tissue and discuss their related functions.
  • Identify the parts of the integumentary system, including their functions and development.

Skeletal System, Skeleton, and Joints

  • Examine bone composition, functions, structure, and development in terms of maintaining overall body homeostasis.
  • List the parts of the axial skeleton form and the appendicular skeletal form.
  • Discuss the purpose of joints and their function in maintaining the skeletal system.

Muscle, Muscle Tissue, and the Muscular System

  • Demonstrate the effects of stimulation on muscles and muscle tissue.
  • Summarize the roles of skeletal muscles and muscle mechanics.
  • Identify major skeletal muscles of the body.

Nervous Tissue, the Central Nervous System, and the Peripheral Nervous System

  • Examine ways in which neurons serve the body in terms of information processing and muscle stimulation.
  • Analyze the different parts of the brain and brain stem and each part's role, function, and interaction in the body.
  • Describe how sensory receptors and motor endings constitute the peripheral nervous system.

The Autonomic Nervous System and the Special Senses

  • Examine the role of the autonomic nervous system and how it interacts as a part of the peripheral nervous system to create a homeostatic balance.
  • List the special senses and describe their roles in the nervous system.

Endocrine System

  • Discuss the mechanisms of hormone action.
  • Examine the organs of the endocrine system and their functions in the body.

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