Anatomy & Physiology - 2020-21
In this online Anatomy & Physiology homeschooled high schoolers will study the most amazing organic machine: the human body. Drawing on your course textbook, hands-on labs and dissections, and lively discussion forums in this asynchronous class, you and your peers will study, share, and compare your knowledge of the eleven body systems, discerning how every aspect of the body is carefully interwoven to produce an incredible working organism.
Virtual and Hands-On Labs
The labs in this course will enable you to view life through a different “lens” as you conduct hands-on experiments. With the use of a microscope, you will examine body tissues and identify structures vital to maintaining homeostasis. Labs will train you to ask questions, make observations and predictions, analyze data, construct arguments, and form conclusions—both individually and collaboratively with your classmates.
Dissections and Investigations
As you perform dissections—with the close involvement of your instructor and the aid of virtual technology and videos—you and your classmates will explore the internal designs and discuss the importance of body systems within a variety of species. You will have the opportunity to dissect a sheep’s brain, heart, and kidney, as well as a cow’s eye and a fetal pig. Taking a medical “case study” approach, you will be taught how apply your anatomy and physiology knowledge, critically analyze, synthesize your findings, and formulate conclusions. With the guidance of your instructor, you then will learn how to effectively communicate your scientific findings in written investigative reports.
A second-semester research project will offer you the opportunity to closely examine a medical condition of interest and investigate historical, mainstream, and cutting-edge treatment options. Instruction and guidance will be provided by your instructor to help you learn the proper way to research, format, and write a scientific paper. Students who have successfully completed a high school biology class will be well-suited for this course if they are: a) interested in preparing themselves for a medical field—doctor, physician's assistant, nurse, physical therapist—or a sports field, such as exercise physiology or sports medicine, b) interested in taking another high school science, but not ready for or interested in chemistry or physics, and/or c) interested in--or needing to take--a fourth year of science, having completed the basic requirements of biology, chemistry, and an earth or physical science.
Enjoy dynamic interaction with your instructor and with home-schooled high schoolers from across the country who are as interested in science as you are. As you explore the human body together at a microscopic and macroscopic level, you’ll gain an even greater appreciation of the body’s artistry!