Easy Anatomy and Physiology

An easy guide to learning anatomy and physiology concepts found in a typical 2 semester college A&P course sequence.
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  • Length 5.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the following human body systems: Cells, Tissues, Integument, Skeletal, Muscular, Joints, Nervous, Sensory, Blood, Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Urinary, Digestive and Reproductive.

The course consists of short animated video lectures and supplementary readings from the ebook (An Easy Guide to Learning A&P).

Students can take the course sequentially or skip around as needed.

Viewing the videos and completing the supplementary readings will take approximately 12-15 hours, however most students complete a section per week so the course would then take about the length of a typical college semester or 15-16 weeks.

The videos and ebook are used in actual college level anatomy and physiology courses in which students have found them to be an invaluable source of information.

What are the requirements?

  • Students are strongly recommended to purchase and download the following ebook from Amazon Kindle: An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy and Physiology

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify anatomical structures for all of the body's systems.
  • Understand the basic function of the body's systems.

What is the target audience?

  • Students who wish to learn about or supplement their learning of the human body. This course is especially useful to allied health students (nursing, medical programs) as a supplement to existing A&P courses but will also be useful to anyone wishing to learn more about human anatomy and physiology in an easy to learn format.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Start Here: An Introduction to the Human Body
Welcome: Getting Started
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02:14
04:49

Identify levels of organization and complexity of the human body. Understand a brief overview of each body system. Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

02:26

Understand why homeostasis is important for keeping the human body alive. Learn how homeostatic feedback systems work.

05:21

Begin to learn the terminology of anatomy through an understanding of regional and positional terms. Understand how planes can divide the body and how the abdominal area can be divided into sections.

01:05

Understand the major hollow areas of the body called cavities.

Section 2: Cells
01:54

The body is made up of cells and tissues. Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

03:52

Cells contain smaller structures called organelles. Learn about the structure and function of each organelle.

02:57

The cell's nucleus contains DNA. Learn about the structure of DNA and RNA and their similarities and differences.

06:10

Substances can move in and out of cells via transport mechanisms. Learn about how cell transport mechanisms work.

Section 3: Cell Metabolism
00:51

Cell metabolism is the making of energy from foods. Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

02:04

This energy system is an important system for making energy (ATP) without oxygen. Learn how this system works.

01:16

Glycolysis can produce energy from glucose. Begin to learn how this system works.

01:31

Continue to learn about glycolysis by examining it in more detail.

01:51

The Krebs cycle produces energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Learn the basics about how it works.

02:35

The Krebs cycle feeds into the electron transport chain. This system uses oxygen and products of the Krebs cycle to make energy. Begin to learn how it works.

02:16

Revisit the electron transport chain with more detail to better understand how it works.

Section 4: Tissues
00:59

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

03:25

Epithelium is one broad category of tissues. Learn about the structure of epithelium and where it is found in the body.

04:29

Connective tissue is another category of tissue. Learn about the different types of connective tissue and where it is found in the body.

03:22

There are 3 types of muscle tissue. Learn about how they are different and where they are found in the body.

01:43

Nervous tissue is another category of tissue. Learn about the structure of nervous tissue.

Section 5: The Integument
00:53

The integument or skin is a large membrane that covers the body. Review the learning objectives for this section.

06:36

Learn about how the integument is structured and the various accessory organs associated with it.

Section 6: The Skeletal System
00:46

The skeletal system is important for support, movement and storage of substances like calcium. Review the learning objectives for this unit.

01:55

Intramembranous ossification is one of the ways bone formation occurs. Learn about the process of intramembranous ossification.

02:07

Endochondral ossification is another bone forming process. Learn about how endrochondral ossification works.

05:43

Begin to learn the bones of the body by learning about the skull. Understand the bones of the skull along with some anatomical landmarks.

05:01

Continue learning the bones of the body by examining the spine and ribcage. Learn how the vertebra (bones of the spine) are different.

03:35

Continue learning about the bones of the body by examining the bones of the shoulder and arm. Learn about bones and important anatomical landmarks.

05:10

Finish learning about the bones of the body by learning about the bones of the lower extremity. Learn the bones of the hip, leg and foot as well as some important anatomical landmarks.

Section 7: The Muscular System
00:48

The muscles are important for movement and generating heat. Review the learning objectives for this section.

07:56

Begin learning about the muscles of the body by examining important muscles.

04:04

Muscles contract in different ways. Learn about the different types of muscle contractions along with some other important terms.

03:40

Muscle contraction occurs when protein filaments slide past each other. Learn how muscles contract from a cellular perspective.

Section 8: Joints
00:37

Review the learning objectives for this section.

05:24

Learn about the different types of joints and examine a few joints in detail.

Section 9: The Nervous System
00:58

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

06:56

Begin learning about the nervous system by examining the brain. Learn about the parts of the brain and how they function.

04:56

Continue learning about the nervous system by examining the spinal cord. Learn about the parts of the spinal cord and how they function.

02:52

Spinal nerves exit the spinal cord. Learn about the structure of a spinal nerve.

02:42

Reflexes are important tools for examining the function of the nervous system. Learn how reflexes work and how they can used to indicated nervous system problems.

05:40

The cranial nerves are used to indicate nervous system problems. Learn about each of the 12 pair of cranial nerves.

02:42

The functional cells of the nervous system are the neurons. Learn about how they exist in an electrically imbalanced state called resting membrane potential.

03:08

Neurons communicate with one another by sending tiny packets of chemicals called neurotransmitters. Learn about how neurons generate impulses called action potentials that cause the release of neurotransmitters.

03:11

Different types of neurons conduct actions potentials in different ways. Learn how certain neurons containing the substance myelin can conduct impulses very quickly.

Section 10: The Senses
00:47

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

04:24

The sensory system can be divided into 2 large sections. Learn about the section known as the somatosensory system and how it senses information in the environment.

03:01

The special senses are the other major section of the sensory system. Learn about the special senses of smell and taste.

05:33

The ear is part of the special senses. Learn about how the anatomy of the ear and how it works to sense hearing and equilibrium.

04:57

The eye is also part of the special senses. Learn about the anatomy of the eye and how it senses vision.

Section 11: The Endocrine System
00:55

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

03:04

There are several types of hormones. Learn about the general categories of hormones.

05:13

Begin learning about specific hormones by examining growth hormone and thyroid stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland.

02:21

Continue learning about specific hormones by examining ACTH from the pituitary gland. Learn about its function.

02:48

Continue learning about specific hormones by examining the function of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland.

01:44

Wrap up the pituitary hormones by examining the function of antidiuretic hormone and oxytocin.

02:06

Learn about 2 important hormones from the thyroid and parathyroid glands that help to regulate calcium.

02:08

Wrap up learning about the endocrine system by examining the function of 2 important hormones from the pancreas.

Section 12: The Blood
00:55

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

04:42

Begin learning about the blood by examining the constituents of blood and how they function.

04:42

Learn how different blood types are determined and how they can be compatible or incompatible.

03:46

Learn about how the blood system can help to stop bleeding by examining the 3 mechanisms of hemostasis.

Section 13: The Lymphatic System
00:42

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

03:27

Learn about the parts of the lymphatic system as well as how it works to maintain fluid balance, protect us from disease and transports dietary fats.

Section 14: The Cardiovascular System
01:06

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

05:51

Begin learning about the cardiovascular system by examining the anatomy of the heart.

03:12

Learn about how arteries and veins are different and how they help to move blood.

05:47

Learn about the different blood vessels of the body by examining the major arteries and veins.

03:42

Learn about how the nervous system controls the heart by examining the cardiac control centers in the brainstem.

05:18

The heart moves the body's entire volume of blood each minute. Learn about how cardiac output and the Frank-Starling law of the heart works.

02:15

The heart can help to control blood pressure by regulating fluid volume. Learn about an important hormone that helps to regulate fluid volume.

03:07

Learn about another important fluid volume regulating mechanism that affects blood pressure.

03:58

ECGs are important tools for indicating heart problems. Learn what each part of the ECG represents and how to interpret some abnormal ECGs.

Section 15: The Respiratory System
01:04

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

05:08

Begin learning about the respiratory system be examining the anatomy of the respiratory tract.

03:52

Learn about how the respiratory system works during inhalation and exhalation.

03:44

Learn how the nervous system works to control breathing rate and rhythm by examining the control centers in the brain stem.

06:54

Learn about how oxygen and carbon dioxide move from the lungs to the blood and tissues.

02:41

Learn how surface tension plays a role in the respiratory system by working to collapse the alveolus. Learn how a special substance secreted by the respiratory system helps to reduce surface tension.

03:46

Learn about how the carbon dioxide is transported in the blood and how it relates to blood pH and the respiratory system.

05:51

Learn about spirometry and how air entering and exiting the lungs can be measured.

Section 16: The Urinary System
00:43

Review the reading assignment and learning objectives for this unit.

04:25

Begin learning about the urinary system by examining important anatomical structures of the urinary tract.

05:28

Filtration is the first step of urine formation. Learn how the filter in the kidneys works.

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Instructor Biography

Bruce Forciea, Educator, Author of Non-Fiction and Science Fiction Books

Dr. Bruce Forciea likes to take complex scientific concepts and make them easy to understand through simple explanations and engaging elearning media. He has written several books on anatomy and physiology, health and healing, including Unlocking the Healing Code, An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy and Physiology and An eText of Anatomy and Physiology.

Dr. Forciea has been teaching college anatomy and physiology full-time for the past 15 years.

He also writes fiction and his first novel, The X-Cure was released in Sept. 2015.


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