Human Body Plan

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  • Title: Human Body Plan: Getting to know the basics of how the human body is designed and organized.
  • Author(s): Jenny Willenborg
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Learning Design and Leadership Modules
  • Series: Science
  • Keywords: Anatomy, Physiology, Tissues, Cells, Organs, Organ Systems

Abstract

As an introductory unit to Anatomy & Physiology, this unit is designed to familiarize students with the basic organization of the human body. Students will study the layout of the body and explore each level of organization, paying particular attention to the lowest levels (cells & tissues). As subsequent units will focus on each organ system and the organs within, this unit is primarily designed to establish a strong understanding of the basic units that make up organs and organ systems. Students should begin to draw connections between each level of organization and its role in maintaining homeostasis. As a corollary, they should also understand how failure as one level can impact subsequent levels which can cause disease.