Human Body Systems

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Body Systems

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to the structure and function of the musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine and immune systems in the human body.

    We all take for granted that our body functions within a normal range whether we are sat at a desk or climbing through the bush on a hot day. Our body achieves this using the principles of homeostasis. In HUBS191 understanding these principles provides the foundation for the course. You will investigate homeostasis from the perspective of movement (Human Movement and Sensation), hormones (Endocrine system) and response to injury (Immune System) using conceptual learning about the structure (Anatomy) and function (Physiology) of these systems. The Course integrates this material to help you understand how and why your body operates as such an efficient machine over such a wide range of conditions.

    Learning Outcomes
    HUBS 191 gives you the essential building blocks of knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This knowledge will underpin your further study in a wide range of Health Science disciplines. These include science majors and minors, as well as providing access to a range of Professional Health Science qualifications and Physical Education.

    Course Structure
    The course includes 50 lectures lasting 50 minutes each, including some lectures that are committed to revision and integration of material previously presented.

    Laboratory classes run on a 2-week cycle, with each student attending one 3-hour session. These classes reinforce lecture material, integrate physiological and anatomical concepts and provide the students with a range of skills, such as recording physiological data and dissection skills. Laboratory classes include an exit test, designed to ensure students have gained the knowledge expected of them during the session.

    Three guided learning modules (GLMs) are used to reinforce and extend the knowledge gained in lectures, with the students working in their own time.

    The lecture blocks will focus on the anatomy and physiology of the following systems in a way that the material can be integrated to understand the role of each in the overall function of the system:
    -Musculoskeletal Tissues and Movement
    -Integrating and Coordinating Roles of the Nervous System
    -Endocrine System
    -Immune System

    Six laboratory classes will build on your theoretical knowledge and will give you skills in a range techniques:
    -Introductory Lab; includes Musculoskeletal Tissues and Movement 1
    -Musculoskeletal Tissues and Movement 2; includes skeletal anatomy and dissection of a deer joint
    -Sensory and Motor Physiology; includes peripheral nerve stimulation and sensory coding
    -Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System; integrates anatomical and physiological processes of the nervous system
    -Principles of Homeostasis and physiological control systems; includes blood glucose and neural control of core body temperature
    -Immunology; includes innate and adaptive immune responses

    Anatomy and Physiology, Patton and Thibodeau, 8th edition, Mosby.

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