Course Contents at a Glance

an icon of a pair of binoculars The following list shows the chapter-level topics and assignments for the course. To see all of the course pages, visit the Table of Contents.

Module 1: Body Plan and Organization

  • An Introduction to the Human Body
  • Overview of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Structural Organization of the Human Body
  • Functions of Human Life
  • Requirements for Human Life
  • Anatomical Terminology
  • Anatomical Location
  • Medical Imaging
  • Anatomy Pronunciation Guide


Module 2: Homeostasis

  • Homeostasis
  • Homeostasis and Feedback Loops
  • Homeostasis Terminology
  • Feedback Loops
  • Homeostatic Maintenance
  • Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2
  • Integration of Systems


Module 3: The Chemical Level of Organization

  • Introduction to the Chemical Level of Organization
  • Chemistry
  • Elements and Atoms: The Building Blocks of Matter
  • Chemical Bonds
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Inorganic Compounds Essential to Human Functioning
  • Organic Compounds Essential to Human Functioning


Module 4: The Cellular Level of Organization

  • Introduction to the Cellular Level of Organization
  • The Cell Membrane
  • The Cytoplasm and Cellular Organelles
  • The Nucleus and DNA Replication
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Cell Growth and Division
  • Cellular Differentiation


Module 5: The Tissue Level of Organization

  • Introduction to the Tissue Level of Organization
  • Types of Tissues
  • Epithelial Tissue
  • Connective Tissue Supports and Protects
  • Muscle Tissue and Motion
  • Nervous Tissue Mediates Perception and Response
  • Tissue Injury and Aging


Module 6: The Integumentary System

  • Introduction to the Integumentary System
  • Layers of the Skin
  • Accessory Structures of the Skin
  • Functions of the Integumentary System
  • Diseases, Disorders, and Injuries
  • Slides of the Integumentary System
  • Integumentary System Tutorial


Module 7: Bone Tissue and The Skeletal System

  • Introduction to Bone Tissue and the Skeletal System
  • The Functions of the Skeletal System
  • Bone Classification
  • Bone Structure
  • Bone Formation and Development
  • Fractures: Bone Repair
  • Exercise, Nutrition, Hormones, and Bone Tissue
  • Calcium Homeostasis: Interactions of the Skeletal System and Other Organ Systems


Module 8: Axial Skeleton

  • Introduction to the Axial Skeleton
  • Divisions of the Skeletal System
  • The Skull
  • The Vertebral Column
  • The Thoracic Cage
  • Embryonic Development of the Axial Skeleton


Module 9: The Appendicular Skeleton

  • Introduction to the Appendicular Skeleton
  • The Pectoral Girdle
  • Bones of the Upper Limb
  • The Pelvic Girdle and Pelvis
  • Bones of the Lower Limb
  • Development of the Appendicular Skeleton


Module 10: Joints

  • Introduction to Joints
  • Classification of Joints
  • Fibrous Joints
  • Cartilaginous Joints
  • Synovial Joints
  • Types of Body Movements
  • Anatomy of Selected Synovial Joints
  • Video Tutorials: Synovial Joints
  • Development of Joints
  • Articular System Review Games


Module 11: Muscle Tissue

  • Introduction to Muscle Tissue
  • Types of Muscle Tissues
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Muscle Fiber Contraction and Relaxation
  • Nervous System Control of Muscle Tension
  • Types of Muscle Fibers
  • Exercise and Muscle Performance
  • Cardiac Muscle Tissue
  • Smooth Muscle
  • Development and Regeneration of Muscle Tissue


Module 12: The Muscular System

  • Introduction to the Muscular System
  • Interactions of Skeletal Muscles
  • Naming Skeletal Muscles
  • Axial Muscles of the Head, Neck, and Back
  • Axial Muscles of the Abdominal Wall and Thorax
  • Muscles of the Pectoral Girdle and Upper Limbs
  • Appendicular Muscles of the Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limbs
  • Slides of Muscles


Module 13: The Nervous System

  • Introduction to the Nervous System
  • The Embryologic Perspective
  • The Central Nervous System
  • Circulation and the Central Nervous System
  • The Peripheral Nervous System


Module 14: The Nervous System and Nervous Tissue

  • Introduction to the Nervous System and Nervous Tissue
  • Basic Structure and Function of the Nervous System
  • Nervous Tissue
  • The Function of Nervous Tissue
  • The Action Potential
  • Communication Between Neurons


Module 15: The Autonomic Nervous System

  • Introduction to the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Divisions of the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Autonomic Reflexes and Homeostasis
  • Central Control
  • Drugs that Affect the Autonomic System


Module 16: The Brain and Cranial Nerves

  • Introduction to the Brain and Cranial Nerves
  • Sensory Perception: Taste and Olfaction
  • Audition and Somatosensation
  • Vision
  • Central Processing
  • Motor Responses


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