Course Summary
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9 weeks (16 hours a week of inside and outside class time).
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Anatomy and Physiology I


The course objective is to initiate the application of the conceptual framework to the subject of Human Anatomy and Physiology, by introducing many scientific concepts and providing a comprehensive overview of the integrative mechanisms that contribute to the function of the human body. The course places emphasis on organization and overview of the human body, chemical reactions, maintenance of the body, integration, regulatory mechanisms and the dynamics of support and motion. Specific topics covered include anatomical terminology, organization of the body, histology, cell biology, and tissues, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, joints, the muscular system, nervous system, neural integration, special senses and the autonomic nervous system.

Learning Outcomes:

  • explain the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology, and the organizational scheme and standard terminology of the body
  • describe the major chemical reactions, chemical constituents of the body, and the equilibrium state
  • explain the skeletal system, the supporting tissue, tissue physiology, and muscle tissue
  • describe the types, functions, and locations of the classes of joints contained in the human body
  • explain the structure, type, location, and function of the skeletal muscles of the body
  • describe the functional organization of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, cranial and spinal nerves, special senses, and nervous signaling, integration, and control
  • illustrate the role of the autonomic nervous system on homeostasis and normal physiologic control

General Topics:

  • The human organism and the chemical basis of life
  • Histology, cell biology and tissues
  • Skin and bones, the integumentary and skeletal systems
  • Joints, movement, and muscles
  • Muscle movement and function
  • High-speed communication: function, organization and arrangement of the nervous system
  • Neural integration
  • Its automatic: special senses and the autonomic nervous system
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Discussion Boards

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Supplemental Materials