This course presents a survey of the structure and function of the human body. The interrelationship between structure and function and the importance of homeostasis. Topics covered include the organization of the body, the major body systems and the effects of disease. Dissection of various organs will complement the course work. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students with the skills necessary to be successful in future science classes.
Classes meet live (optional) once a week for 55 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?
This course is recommended for ALL students. Understanding how the body works – its needs and limits – allows for students to lead happier, healthier lives. It is HIGHLY recommended for students interested in any aspect of the medical field. Students who complete a high-school anatomy and physiology class consistently outperform their college peers in college A&P courses. Students in grades 11 and 12 are welcome to enroll – no application is necessary. Enrollment of advanced 10th grade students will be considered – contact me via email. There are no prerequisites.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Work will generally be graded within one week of submission. Considering the amount of material covered in this course, tests and quizzes with the exception of lab practicals are open book/open notes.
Parents may contact me before and/or after registration. However, during the course, I prefer that parents let their student handle communicating with me with respect to class work. The “art of communicating with the teacher” needs to be learned early and repeatedly reinforced prior to college. Parents, however, are welcome to contact me regarding all other topics.