The Human Body

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Human Body

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of introductory university level biology.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    The module gives an overview of the cell biology and physiology of the human body.
    Emphasis is placed on understanding the body as a homeostatic system that controls key
    components of the extracellular environment (blood, interstitial fluid).

    The structure and function of the body's constituent cells are explored, as is the
    subcellular chemistry that allows cellular function. Another emphasis is on how common
    diagnostic results (BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose) can be used to promote
    healthful living by non-pharmacological means (diet, exercise).

    Topics covered may include:
    ? Structure, properties and functions of biomolecules: proteins (e.g. globular,
    structural), lipids (e.g. plasma membrane), carbohydrates (storage, fuel), RNA,
    DNA (structure of gene, replication); transcription/translation; intermediary
    ? Structure of different types of cells to their function (epithelial, endothelial,
    contractile, connective (e.g. extracellular, blood), endocrine, excitable (neurons,
    three types of muscle); cancer as a disorder of cell proliferation
    ? Structure/function of the heart, lungs, kidneys, gut and associated organs; co-
    ordinated function of the circulatory system
    ? Control of homeostatic variables (plasma osmolality/water, sodium, potassium,
    calcium, blood O2, HCO3
    /CO2 and pH, blood pressure and volume, temperature
    ? Aspects of a healthy body: health promotion to limit cardiovascular risk factors
    (high BMI/obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, poor diet), common diagnostic tests
    (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose)

    Teaching: Lectures, tutorials and practical sessions

    ? Exam (60%)
    ? Coursework: Anatomical model quiz/MCQ test (20%) and a blood pressure
    practical (20%)
    STUDY OPTION 2 OR STUDY OPTION 3: alternative assessment

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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