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Anatomy & Physiology

Mix and match any of the lessons below to customize your own A&P course syllabus. 

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Our A&P lessons will guide your students as they model physiological processes and observe the structure of the human body. Whether they’re modeling the muscular system using a skeletal model or investigating prepared tissue slides, your students will discover the complexities of the body’s systems in their own homes. For dissections, we offer your choice of physical dissection specimens or cutting-edge virtual dissections.

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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify muscles of the head and neck, torso, and limbs
  • Model two muscles on the skeleton for each region of the body: head and neck, torso, and limbs
  • Classify muscles as agonists, synergists, fixators, or antagonists
  • Dissect a fetal pig and identify specific muscles 

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine prepared slides of human skin
  • Create a fingerprint card using correct fingerprint rolling technique
  • Analyze the minutiae of fingerprints visible as a result of fingerprint rolling

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect a human brain using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Dissect a cow eye and identify the structures including the vitreous body, lens, and retina.
  • Examine pupillary response to light, blind spots, and afterimages.
  • Perform Weber and Rinne testing.
  • Test the effects that odor has on perception of taste.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine and label a prepared slide of a neuromuscular junction.
  • Identify the nervous system components using the virtual model.
  • Perform the patellar reflex test on a willing participant.
  • Dissect a fetal pig and identify the nerves of the braxial plexus and sacral plexus.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine the components of a cross section of spinal cord tissue.
  • Model the brain regions and identify the function of each.
  • Dissect a sheep brain and label internal and external structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate muscle fatigue after exercise.
  • Analyze EMG (electromyography) recordings comparing agonist and antagonist contractions to view the results of coactivation.
  • Analyze the output of a nerve conduction study.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine the microscopic structure of the three different types of cartilage.
  • Observe different joints on the human skeleton model and palpate these joints in the human body.
  • Perform complex human movements and describe the joint movements that are occurring.
  • Dissect a chicken wing to examine the structure and articulation of a joint.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify and label the bones of the axial skeleton on the model skeleton and the virtual model.
  • Identify and label the bones of the appendicular skeleton on the model skeleton and the virtual model.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine the microscopic structure of healthy bone.
  • Classify bones based on their location and shape.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify microscopic structures of different tissue types.
  • Compare and contrast different tissue types.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Observe osmosis with human cells by using blood smears and microscopy.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Observe a prepared slide of human skin and identify cellular structures.
  • Calculate surface area:volume ratio for a range of cell sizes.
  • Relate cell surface area:volume ratios to passive diffusion.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the components of an optical microscope and explain their function.
  • Calculate the total magnification and field of view for the lenses of an optical microscope.
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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine prepared slides of the testis and the ovaries and label microscopic structures.
  • Identify and label the organs of the reproductive system using the virtual model.
  • Dissect a fetal pig and identify organs of the reproductive system.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine prepared slides of gastrointestinal and pancreatic tissues.
  • Label the organs of the digestive system using the virtual model.
  • Analyze the role of enzymes in digestion.
  • Dissect a fetal pig and identify organs of the digestive system.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Determine the abnormalities in simulated urine samples using commercial test strips.
  • Measure the effects of hydration levels on urinalysis test parameters.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine the histology of the kidney and urinary bladder.
  • Label the organs of the human urinary system using a virtual model.
  • Dissect a fetal pig and identify structures of the urinary system.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Create a model of the pleural cavity and observe how changes in the volume of the cavity induce lung expansion.
  • Measure human respiratory values during rest and exercise.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal pulmonary function measurements.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine prepared sides of epithelial tissue from the trachea and the lungs.
  • Identify respiratory organs using a virtual human model.
  • Dissect a fetal pig and identify organs of the respiratory system.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine the histology of the lymph nodes, thymus, spleen, and tonsils.
  • Label the major anatomical structures of the lymphatic system using the virtual human model.
  • Perform an antigen-antibody tests to determine the source of an unknown albumin.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Measure the effects of exercise on blood pressure.
  • Measure the effects of exercise on pulse at the radial and carotid arteries.
  • Analyze abnormal ECG readings.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify microscopic features of the circulatory system.
  • Describe the flow of blood through the heart and body using correct anatomical terms.
  • Dissect a sheep heart and identify the major features.
  • Dissect a fetal pig and identify organs of the circulatory system.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Create a blood smear on a blank slide using Wright’s stain and Wright’s buffer.
  • Identify erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets in the microscopic view of blood tissue.
  • Perform a blood-typing test and explain its significance.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine prepared slides of endocrine tissue.
  • Examine the effects of external stressors on endocrine activity.
  • Dissect a fetal pig and identify organs of the endocrine system.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe regions of the body in reference to anatomical position.
  • Identify three body planes in reference to anatomical position.
  • Relate individual organs to specific body cavities.
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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Model the action of the carbonic acid-bicarbonate buffer system used by the body to maintain a stable pH.
  • Measure the pH of human urine and saliva.
  • Observe the effects of electrolytes on electrical conductivity.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Calculate total daily energy expenditure (TDEE).
  • Record nutrient intake and analyze diet over the course of three days.
  • Test the presence of macromolecules from various known an unknown sample.
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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect the reproductive system of a human using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect the kidney system of a human using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.
  • Virtually dissect the renal system of a human using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect the digestive system of a human using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect the respiratory system of a human using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect a human heart using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect the circulatory system of a human using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect a human eye using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect a human brain using the BioDigital Human Platform to identify and label the major structures.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Virtually dissect the muscular system using the Biodigital Human Platform and to identify and label major structures.
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