Of all the subjects you learn in school, there is one that you carry around with you every day. You use this subject every minute of your life, even when you are sleeping. Without this subject, you could not learn any of the other subjects. Of course, we are referring to human anatomy and physiology.
In this course, you become the subject of your own study. You will learn about the shape, structure, and complex and interrelated systems that keep you moving, breathing, and thinking. We’ll do lab experiences that will enhance your understanding of the design and function of your body. In addition, we’ll participate in virtual dissections (and a few optional real dissections for students who so choose) that will allow you to observe structures closely analogous to the human body in other organisms.
This course is designed so that you come away with a much better understanding of how your body works, which will be beneficial no matter what career field you choose. It will be especially useful for those wishing to pursue a career in healthcare or the life sciences. This course will use a combination of teacher-created lessons and readings from OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology. OpenStax is a free online textbook.
A typical week contains one 1-hour live Zoom class and four daily lessons. The live classes may include a review of the previous week’s topics, an introduction to the coming week, and/or a case study that brings the current topic to life. Although it is always best if students attend the live classes, I will post the recording of the class so that students who can’t attend can watch it later.
The daily lessons will include an online introduction using teacher-created materials as well as many audio and video recordings to help students learn the correct pronunciation of new terms as well as to reinforce content from the book. Since this course provides a high school credit, there will be some lab activities, one or two lab reports, and a few additional short writing assignments. Students generally spend about 30 minutes per day doing coursework.
Honors Anatomy and Physiology will cover the same topics and use the same materials as Anatomy and Physiology, but with more detail and depth. A higher level of student performance is expected of honors students, and grading criteria will be more stringent. Honors students will do more reading, writing, and research, and an additional lab report may be assigned.
Who should enroll?
This course is for students in grades 10-12 who have already taken biology and chemistry (strongly recommended). Anatomy and Physiology builds on concepts learned in biology and chemistry, so it is in the student’s best interest to have completed these courses first or concurrently.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will complete daily computer graded quizzes, periodic teacher graded quizzes and short essays, numerous lab experiments and projects, virtual and/or real dissections, three to four lab reports, etc.
I respond to emails containing questions from students within 24 hours. I make every attempt to grade assignments within 48 hours. Lab reports and longer essays are graded within one week.