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Areas of Study | | GSCI105 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Human Body Structure and Function

Basic study of the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body systems including an introduction to chemistry, cells and tissue. For each system associated diseases their causes and symptoms will be discussed.



Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the structure and basic function of the human body from the chemical level to the systemic level
  • Define anatomical terminology and describe the basic organization and basic chemical principles of the human body.
  • Explain the basic physiological interactions at the cellular, histological, and gross levels of the human body systems.
  • Label and define human anatomical structures of the human body.
  • Apply anatomy and physiological principles to explain human health and disease.

  • Week One: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
    • Define anatomy and physiology
    • The characteristics and maintenance of life
    • Levels of complexity
    • Body organization and systems
    • Body regions and anatomical positions
  • Week Two: The Chemical Basis of Life
    • Structure of matter
    • Basic Chemistry
  • Week Three: The Cell
    • Composite cell: membranes, organelles and their functions
    • Movement through cell membranes: Passive and Active; Tonicity
    • Life cycle of a cell; Interphase, mitosis, cytokinesis
  • Cellular metabolism
    • Metabolic processes and Enzymes
    • Metabolic pathways
  • Week Four: Tissues
    • Epithelial tissue: Types, Functions, Locations
    • Connective tissue: Types, Functions, Locations
    • Muscle tissue: Types, Functions, Locations
    • Nerve tissue: Types, Functions, Locations
  • Integumentary System
    • Skin: structures and function
    • Regulating body temperature
    • Healing wounds
    • Skin cancer: cause and types
    • Diseases
  • Week Five: Skeletal System
    • Bone structure, growth and development
    • Diseases
    • Organization of the skeleton
    • Identify major bones
    • Types of fractures
    • Healing of bones
    • Joints: Structure and Classification
    • Joints: Diseases
  • Week Six: The Muscular System
    • Structure of a skeletal muscle
    • Skeletal muscle contraction
    • Muscular response
    • Identify individual muscles
    • Diseases
  • Week Seven: The Nervous System
    • Nerve tissue structure and function
    • Reflex arcs and reflexes
    • The central nervous system
    • The peripheral nervous system
    • Identify External Structures of the Brain
    • Diseases
  • Week Eight: Somatic and Special Senses
    • Special sense organs
    • Identify External and Internal structures of the eye and ear
    • Diseases
  • Week Nine: The Endocrine System
    • Hormones and their actions
    • Control of hormone
    • Glands of the endocrine system
    • Identify the locations of the endocrine organs
    • Diseases
  • Week Ten: The Digestive System
    • General characteristics and structure
    • Enzymes: associated with the digestive organs
    • Structure and function of organs
    • Diseases
  • Week Eleven: The Respiratory System
    • Organs of the respiratory system
    • Mechanism and control of breathing
    • Alveolar gas exchanges
    • Transport of gases
    • Diseases
  • Week Twelve: The Blood
    • Blood Composition
    • Blood and blood cells: structure and function
    • Hemostasis
    • Blood groups and transfusions
    • Diseases
  • The Cardiovascular System
    • The heart: structure and function
    • Blood vessels
    • Blood pressure
    • Paths of circulation
    • The arterial and venous system
    • Identify structures of the heart external and internal
    • Diseases
  • Week Thirteen: The Llymphatic System
    • The lymphatic pathways
    • Movement of lymph
    • Lymph nodes
    • Lymph organs body defenses against infection
    • Immunity
  • Week Fourteen: The Urinary System
    • The kidney
    • Urine formation
    • Elimination of urine
    • Blood pressure regulation
  • Water and Electrolyte Balance
    • Distribution of body fluids
    • Fluid vs output
    • Electrolyte balance
    • Acid base balance
  • Week Fifteen: The Reproductive System
    • Organs of the male reproductive system
    • Organs of the female reproductive system
    • Pregnancy, growth and development


Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, David N. Shier, Jackie L. Butler, Ricki Lewis, McGraw-Hill, 11th Edition, 2012.

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Grading Scale:
A- 90-100%
B- 80-89%
C- 70-79%
D- 60-69%
F- Below 60%

Grades will be determined by scores on the following:
Comprehensive final exam


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