Subject

The Human Body as a Machine (HBAM)

by Colin Carati
Overall course rating 89%
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This course introduces how the human body works and how it is more than the sum of its parts

Course starts on:

09/01/2017

Course ends on:

07/02/2017

20,691 students have taken this course

64,979 videos have been watched

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What's it about?

The human body is made up of many individual parts that work together in a highly interactive and coordinated way. This course introduces the building blocks that make up the body, and how these are structured and maintained at a cellular level. We highlight the cardiovascular, hormonal and nervous systems, as critical coordination and control parts of the body.

The human body is made up of many individual parts that work together in a highly interactive and coordinated way. This course introduces the building blocks that make up the body, and how these are structured and maintained at a cellular level. We highlight the cardiovascular, hormonal and nervous systems, as critical coordination and control parts of the body. We investigate the structure of the musculoskeletal system, and how it helps us move through, and manipulate, our environment. We conclude by reviewing how the body replaces itself to create a new human being.

What's involved?

Module 1Human Biology
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment9 Jan - 15 Jan
Module 2Communication and Co-ordination Systems
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment16 Jan - 22 Jan
Module 3Moving the Machine
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment23 Jan - 29 Jan
Module 4Making the Machine
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment30 Jan - 5 Feb

What will I learn?

  • The organisational structure of your body
  • Basic physiological principles that ensure normal body function
  • The nature of the basic functional unit of the body, the cell.
  • The biology of basic tissue types, such as those lining body surfaces (epithelia) and connecting other tissues (connective tissues)
  • The structure and function of the cardiovascular, hormonal and nervous systems, and how they interact to coordinate and control the other systems within your body
  • The structure of bone and muscle, and how they work together to allow you to  move through, and manipulate, your environment
  • How DNA helps cells maintain and replace themselves to ensure internal maintenance and renewal within your body
  • How your body produces reproductive cells, and how our genetic material is recombined to ensure that, through genetic diversity, we are genetically unique

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours 29 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

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Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Allied health Professions, such as Physiotherapy, OT, Speech Pathology, Audiology, Medical Imaging
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medical or Laboratory Science

Who's the instructor?

  • Colin Carati

    Prof Colin Carati (PhD) is a lifelong learner, and a teacher in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, South Australia. Colin has a curiosity about how animals, including humans, work, with a particular interest in anything to do with fluids, like the circulation and lymphatic systems.

    Prof Colin Carati (PhD) is a lifelong learner, and a teacher in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, South Australia. Colin has a curiosity about how animals, including humans, work, with a particular interest in anything to do with fluids, like the circulation and lymphatic systems. He is also keen to explore how modern technologies, such as the internet, transform how we learn and live, and hopes that this course is of value to those who venture through cyberspace to take it.

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