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In this course, we'll cover some more advanced topics that we didn't have time for in Human Anatomy and Physiology I. We'll start with basic histology—the study of the different tissues in the body. You'll learn about the structure and function of epithelial, connective, nervous, and muscular tissue. You'll come to understand the different sub-types of these tissues, where they're located, and the special jobs they perform.
From there, we'll move on to a discussion of the different senses. We'll study how your brain receives and processes information from your skin, joints, muscles, and special balance organs in your ears. Then we'll discuss the sensations of sight, sound, taste, and smell. You'll learn about the organs that receive these sensations and how the brain makes sense of them.
We'll also delve into the important topic of cellular metabolism—the chemical reactions that occur in cells. You'll find out about the major types of chemical reactions and see why food, oxygen, and water are essential for these chemical reactions to occur. And you'll learn about classes of chemicals called acids, bases, and salts, and their significance in the body.
Then we'll focus on the human life span. We'll start with a detailed explanation of the process of fertilization, proceed to a discussion of pregnancy and childbirth, and finally, talk about significant events that occur from infancy through old age. You'll also discover ways to slow down the aging process.
By the end of this course, you'll have an even greater appreciation of the complexity and wonder of the human body!
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
In our first lesson, you'll learn about the four major types of tissues—epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissue. We'll go over their major characteristics, how they're named, their functions, and where they're located. You'll discover some hints on identifying some specific tissues with a microscope, and I'll explain why every organ in your body contains all four major types of tissues.
Today, we'll finish up our study of the senses with a discussion on the senses of smell and taste. You’ll learn about the structures that respond to chemicals of smell and taste, and how the sensations of smell and taste are perceived in the brain. We’ll also talk about disorders of both of these senses, and you’ll have an opportunity to perform a fun experiment to test the importance of smell to the perception of flavor.
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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. She also completed an additional 15 credit hours in education at the doctoral level. After working as a physical therapist for many years, Holly transitioned into teaching. She taught math and science to sixth-graders for several years at a private school, and also worked as a private tutor for children with learning disabilities. She has lectured on health-related topics to all age groups, from school-age children to adults, and she now works as an adjunct professor, teaching college-level anatomy and physiology. She received an Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award from her college and is the author of the eBook, College Success Now! as well as several ed2go courses.
This is the first online course I have ever taken, and it was wonderful. I was hesitant to take one, but as I got into it and realized how fun it was, I picked up another one! I will definitely recommend this instructor to anyone willing to take an online course, and I will look for her name the next time I sign up for one. Thanks so much.
Thanks so much for this course. Every time I take an anatomy course, I learn a little more and start understanding how to be healthy more. Thanks for creating this course. I really enjoyed it! I really appreciate your clear writing and your diagrams!
Thank you for another well designed class! After taking Anatomy and Physiology I, I knew Anatomy and Physiology II would be well worth the wait!
This has been my second course with you, and I have learned quite a bit. I have enjoyed all the lessons and thank you very much for your instruction.
I have taken both Anatomy/Physiology I and II from this instructor. I have enjoyed both courses and learned a lot.
This was an excellent course and it had the most qualified and helpful instructor. I enjoyed the opportunity to take quizzes and use the material for an additional learning tool. Thank you!
I can't even begin to express how much this class has opened my eyes and mind up to everything that goes on in the human body. I took this classe to help me get accepted to nursing school, but the class was so interesting that now I know without a doubt that I am headed in the right direction with my career. I really enjoyed the class, and I've always heard if you enjoy doing it then you're in the right place. Thanks for making this so interesting.
This is the second course I have taken with Holly, and she has once again done an excellent job! I appreciate her efforts very much! Thank you!
I appreciated the amount of enthusiasm that came through from the instructor. I feel I have a strong basic understanding of the human body and its many systems. I believe this course has prepared me for my new career course and am very thankful for the opportunity to learn in this online format.
This was my first online class experience and I loved it - can't wait to take more. Thank you very much! The instructor was fabulous.
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