Human Body Systems, PLTW

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    In Human Body Systems, students engage in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body. Important concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection. The central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. The systems are studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students work through interesting real-world cases and play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

    At the completion of this course, students take the PLTW end-of-course assessment.  Some students may qualify for college credit if they achieve high enough marks on this exam.
     
    Grades: 10, 11, 12 
     
    Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Sciences
    • One year course, two credits
    • Counts as an Elective or Directed Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
    • Counts toward the 8-10 Career-Technical credits required for Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma
    • Fulfills the requirements of a Life Science course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas