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Human Anatomy and Physiology

Did you know that chemical reactions drive all the functions of the body? How about the amazing powers and abilities of the body’s tiniest living unit, the cell? The human body is a fascinating subject, and ed2go’s human anatomy and physiology online course will teach you all about it. Over the course of this six-week program, you’ll learn common terminology, examine the body’s structure and functions, and discover a greater appreciation and understanding of the marvelous complexity of the human body.

Taking a human anatomy class online with ed2go means you’ll be able to fit each lesson into your busy schedule. You’ll be led by a qualified instructor, and talk about all the most recent advances and discoveries in medicine, so you’ll have the latest information. Whether you think you might be interested in a career in medicine or biology or are just looking to refresh what you learned in high school, this comprehensive online anatomy course is for you.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Human Anatomy and Physiology Reviews

Human Anatomy and Physiology Details + Objective

Course Code: hap

You Will Learn
  • The organization and chemical reactions of the human body, including all the amazing functions of the cell.
  • All about the nervous, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.
  • The functions and anatomy of the integumentary, urinary, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
How the course is taught
  • A new session of the course opens each month, allowing you to enroll at your convenience.
  • Two lessons are released each week, for the six-week duration of your course.
  • You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends; however, the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after it is released.
  • The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus ten days to complete it and finish any remaining lessons in your course.
How you will benefit
  • You’ll gain an appreciation and understanding of the human body.
  • You’ll be well-prepared to continue your education with courses like Human Anatomy and Physiology II or Introduction to Biology.
  • You just may discover a new passion or career path!
Human Anatomy and Physiology Outline
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Week 1

Our first week will introduce you to the fascinating subject of human anatomy and physiology. We'll start by reviewing some basic chemistry. Then we'll discuss how the human body is organized and its four main types of molecules. We'll even touch on some funny ideas humans used to have about living organisms. Finally, we'll discuss homeostasis.

In the second lesson, we’ll discuss the different functions of cells and talk about how they reproduce. We'll finish up with a discussion on cancer—which is cell reproduction gone amok.

Week 2

This week, we'll tackle the subject of heredity. You'll learn how genes determine your physical and mental characteristics and the important differences between reproductive cells and other cells. Then we'll spend some time talking about Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics, and discussing some different genetic disorders.

Then, we'll move on to the organ systems. You'll learn how the nervous system is organized, its different jobs, and the structures that make thinking, feeling, and moving possible. You'll also learn how the nervous system works when we're in danger or in physical pain. We'll talk about how nervous impulses are transmitted and disorders of the nervous system.

Week 3

In week 3, we'll explore the structure and function of bones, and then we'll talk about different types of joints and the amazing structure of your spinal column. You'll learn about some common disorders of this system and what you can do to keep your bones strong.

We'll discuss the muscular system as well, including large and microscopic structures. We'll go over some of the specific muscles in the body and how they work together—even simple movements involve chemical reactions and close coordination with the nervous system. Finally, we'll look at several common muscular injuries.

Week 4

In the first lesson this week, you'll learn about the anatomy of your respiratory organs and which muscles are crucial for breathing. We’ll discuss differences between ventilation, external respiration, internal respiration, and cellular respiration. And we'll talk about some illnesses that affect the respiratory system.

Next, we'll explore the composition of blood, the various blood cells, and the different kinds of blood vessels in your body. We'll talk about the heart’s chambers, valves, coronary vessels, and electrical system, and about how blood travels around the body. We'll also spend some time discussing high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.

Week 5

We'll talk about the many ways your body keeps you well in our first lesson this week. You’ll learn about the lymphatic system’s disease-fighting role as well as its other functions, and about some of the other disease-fighting organs. Finally, we'll talk about how the body's disease-fighting ability can be compromised.

In the second lesson, we'll take a close look at the integumentary system (the skin) and the urinary system, which are very important to maintaining homeostasis. We'll spend time on the structure of these two systems, particularly the kidneys. Then you'll learn about kidney failure and the challenges of dialysis and kidney transplantation.

Week 6

In our final week, you'll learn about how the body converts food into the chemicals we need. We'll also discuss the role of the three main types of foods and the importance of vitamins and minerals. We'll talk about two common digestive disorders, as well as one of the most common kinds of cancer: colon cancer.

In the last lesson, we'll discuss some specific endocrine glands, the hormones they produce, and how they influence each other. We'll also cover both the female and male reproductive systems and how the endocrine system makes reproduction possible. We’ll end with a discussion of diabetes and endometriosis.

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Human Anatomy and Physiology Instructors
Holly Trimble

Holly Trimble earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in pediatric physical therapy from Boston University, and a master's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. After working as a physical therapist for many years, Holly transitioned into teaching. She received an Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award from her college and is the author of the e-book College Success Now! as well as several ed2go courses.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

More About Human Anatomy and Physiology

The lessons begin with an explanation of the nature of matter and a review of the principles of chemistry that are important to human physiology. We'll place an emphasis on the organization of the human body and the differences between non-living matter and living organisms. We'll cover cell anatomy and physiology, where all life processes are ultimately carried. You'll also gain an understanding of genetics.

After we've established this foundation, we'll survey the anatomy and physiology of each of our 11 organ systems. We'll discuss functions of the different organ systems that you'll probably find surprising. In addition, each lesson includes information about specific disorders that sometimes happen to our bodies.

As we discuss the organ systems, you'll learn how our nervous system allows us to receive, process, and interpret sensation and send messages to our muscles and glands. We'll cover the skeletal and muscular systems, learning how they make movement possible, and also about some of their little-known but equally essential functions.

This course explains how the circulatory and respiratory systems work together to provide our bodies with the oxygen our tissues need, and how they work together with the skin and kidneys to rid our bodies of wastes. You'll learn how our bodies fight off diseases, and how our digestive system converts the food we eat into energy and the tissues of our bodies. We'll also spend time on the endocrine system, which supplies the hormones we need for our survival, and the reproductive system, that group of organs that allows life to be passed on to another generation.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the technical requirements for this course?
  • Internet access
  • Email
  • One of the following browsers: 
    • Mozilla Firefox 
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
  • Adobe PDF plug-in (download here)
What are the definitions of anatomy and physiology?

Anatomy class covers the structure and form of the parts of the human body, such as bones, tissues, and organ systems, including on a microscopic scale. Physiology is the study of how these systems work together, carrying out chemical and biological functions like homeostasis and communication between cells. With the two topics combined, ed2go’s course in human anatomy and physiology provides a comprehensive overview of how the body works.

What is an anatomy and physiology class like?

When you take the online anatomy and physiology course from ed2go, you get a robust education that can be completed when it fits your schedule. You will begin with a pretest to check your knowledge of the topics in the course, before moving on to a total of 12 lessons. At the end of each lesson there is an assignment and a quiz. Once you complete all 12 lessons, you take the final exam, and walk away with new knowledge!