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 and breathing and thinking. You will take part in lab experiences that will enhance your understanding of the design and function of your body. You will 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. You will come away with a much better understanding of how your body works, which will be beneficial no matter what career field you choose. This course will be especially useful for those wishing to pursue a career in health care or the life sciences. The price of this course includes full access to an online resource called “Visual Body.” Visual Body and teacher created lessons comprise the content of the course. No textbook is required.
Classes meet live (optional) once a week for 60 minutes and are recorded. A recording of the class will be posted within 24 hours of the class meeting.
Each week assignments and a guided notes document will be posted on the course website. Students will be required to read the text and complete and submit the guided notes. They may also, depending on the topic, be asked to complete a lab (virtual or hands-on or both) and/or activity. Separate postings and submission links will be posted for all additional activities and labs.
Students should expect to spend 2 – 2.5 hours a week on this class. In general, students will complete one chapter/week. Student work will be evaluated and scored based on completeness, timeliness, accuracy and effort. Students will be given an opportunity to correct submitted work and improve their score as long as an initial reasonable attempt was made and it was submitted on time.
Who should enroll?
Biology and chemistry are strongly recommended. Human Anatomy and Physiology build 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 in this course 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.