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Anatomy and Physiology I

Human body, chemical, cellular, organs as an important preparation for Root-Cause Analysis.

This introductory course integrates the anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, the systems of the human body, and the mechanisms of homeostasis. It includes the study of the gross and microscopic structure of the systems of the human body with special emphasis on the relationship between structure and function.​​

The following list shows the chapter-level topics and assignments for the course.

Module 1: Body Plan and Organization

  • An Introduction to the Human Body
  • Overview of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Structural Organization of the Human Body
  • Functions of Human Life
  • Requirements for Human Life
  • Anatomical Terminology
  • Anatomical Location
  • Medical Imaging
  • Anatomy Pronunciation Guide

Module 2: Homeostasis

  • Homeostasis
  • Homeostasis and Feedback Loops
  • Homeostasis Terminology
  • Feedback Loops
  • Homeostatic Maintenance
  • Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2
  • Integration of Systems

Module 3: The Chemical Level of Organization

  • Introduction to the Chemical Level of Organization
  • Chemistry
  • Elements and Atoms: The Building Blocks of Matter
  • Chemical Bonds
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Inorganic Compounds Essential to Human Functioning
  • Organic Compounds Essential to Human Functioning

Module 4: The Cellular Level of Organization

  • Introduction to the Cellular Level of Organization
  • The Cell Membrane
  • The Cytoplasm and Cellular Organelles
  • The Nucleus and DNA Replication
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Cell Growth and Division
  • Cellular Differentiation

Module 5: The Tissue Level of Organization

  • Introduction to the Tissue Level of Organization
  • Types of Tissues
  • Epithelial Tissue
  • Connective Tissue Supports and Protects
  • Muscle Tissue and Motion
  • Nervous Tissue Mediates Perception and Response
  • Tissue Injury and Aging

Module 6: The Integumentary System

  • Introduction to the Integumentary System
  • Layers of the Skin
  • Accessory Structures of the Skin
  • Functions of the Integumentary System
  • Diseases, Disorders, and Injuries
  • Slides of the Integumentary System
  • Integumentary System Tutorial

Module 7: Bone Tissue and The Skeletal System

  • Introduction to Bone Tissue and the Skeletal System
  • The Functions of the Skeletal System
  • Bone Classification
  • Bone Structure
  • Bone Formation and Development
  • Fractures: Bone Repair
  • Exercise, Nutrition, Hormones, and Bone Tissue
  • Calcium Homeostasis: Interactions of the Skeletal System and Other Organ Systems

Module 8: Axial Skeleton

  • Introduction to the Axial Skeleton
  • Divisions of the Skeletal System
  • The Skull
  • The Vertebral Column
  • The Thoracic Cage
  • Embryonic Development of the Axial Skeleton

Module 9: The Appendicular Skeleton

  • Introduction to the Appendicular Skeleton
  • The Pectoral Girdle
  • Bones of the Upper Limb
  • The Pelvic Girdle and Pelvis
  • Bones of the Lower Limb
  • Development of the Appendicular Skeleton

Module 10: Joints

  • Introduction to Joints
  • Classification of Joints
  • Fibrous Joints
  • Cartilaginous Joints
  • Synovial Joints
  • Types of Body Movements
  • Anatomy of Selected Synovial Joints
  • Video Tutorials: Synovial Joints
  • Development of Joints
  • Articular System Review Games

Module 11: Muscle Tissue

  • Introduction to Muscle Tissue
  • Types of Muscle Tissues
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Muscle Fiber Contraction and Relaxation
  • Nervous System Control of Muscle Tension
  • Types of Muscle Fibers
  • Exercise and Muscle Performance
  • Cardiac Muscle Tissue
  • Smooth Muscle
  • Development and Regeneration of Muscle Tissue

Module 12: The Muscular System

  • Introduction to the Muscular System
  • Interactions of Skeletal Muscles
  • Naming Skeletal Muscles
  • Axial Muscles of the Head, Neck, and Back
  • Axial Muscles of the Abdominal Wall and Thorax
  • Muscles of the Pectoral Girdle and Upper Limbs
  • Appendicular Muscles of the Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limbs
  • Slides of Muscles

Module 13: The Nervous System

  • Introduction to the Nervous System
  • The Embryologic Perspective
  • The Central Nervous System
  • Circulation and the Central Nervous System
  • The Peripheral Nervous System

Module 14: The Nervous System and Nervous Tissue

  • Introduction to the Nervous System and Nervous Tissue
  • Basic Structure and Function of the Nervous System
  • Nervous Tissue
  • The Function of Nervous Tissue
  • The Action Potential
  • Communication Between Neurons

Module 15: The Autonomic Nervous System

  • Introduction to the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Divisions of the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Autonomic Reflexes and Homeostasis
  • Central Control
  • Drugs that Affect the Autonomic System

Module 16: The Brain and Cranial Nerves

  • Introduction to the Brain and Cranial Nerves
  • Sensory Perception: Taste and Olfaction
  • Audition and Somatosensation
  • Vision
  • Central Processing
  • Motor Responses

This course includes text book self-study, assignments, discussion group engagement, lesson quizzes and the final exam.

This course, based on OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology, is supplemented by content from the Open Learning Initiative and videos from Wendy Riggs. Provided by Lumen Learning License: CC BY: Attribution

Admission Requirements

This course is open for Integrative Master’s Degree students.

Degree Credits

By completing this course students will earn 5 ECTS study credits which can be applied towards the Integrative Master’s Degree.

Accreditations & Certificates

A course certificate of attendance will be provided.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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  • 17 Lessons
  • Course Certificate