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Introduction to the Human Body

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course Description

Have you ever wondered how your body does all the things that it does?
Our bodies contain 206 bones and over 600 muscles, all coordinated by a central
computer called the brain. In this course, you will learn how your body’s components
work as one to keep you going every day.

This exciting hands-on course will provide an opportunity to answer your questions about
the human body. Hands-on dissection of various animal organs, using prepared human
tissue slides, as well as models, we will investigate the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular,
respiratory, immune, and nervous systems, and how they are all connected. We will learn
more about of what happens inside a doctor’s office when we use a variety of medical
devices including the stethoscope, Babinski hammer, sphygmomanometer,
electrocardiogram, spirometer, and electromyogram to assess our vital body functions
under various conditions.

Students who complete this course will become familiar with six of the human body’s
systems. They will experience how to flap a freshly dissected chicken wing by
manipulating the extensor and flexor muscles in the arm of the wing. They will
experience how to eject fluid from a sheep heart and dissect the heart. They will dissect a
sheep brain and experience the inner workings of the cow eye. Students will become
knowledgeable with the equipment to assess muscle force, breathing capacities, and heart
activity on their lab partner under various physiologic conditions. They will carry out
sensory experiments to further their understanding about the nervous system.

Students are middle school students with varying backgrounds. There are no specific
prerequisites, but students should be strong in biology, critical thinking and data analysis.
Students should be prepared for an intensive laboratory experience, which is based on
dissection of various animal organs and the use of medical instruments including
electromyogram, electrocardiogram and spirometer. Students should have a willingness
to participate in all class activities.

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