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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

OER AT JOHN JAY COLLEGE

OER Course Conversion Projects

 

OER for SCI 220: The Incredible Living Machine

The Human Body

 

 

Weeks 1 - 2: The Chemistry of Life

Week 1: Biochemistry Overview

In this topic, students will learn about the structure and function of the particles that make up the animal body. Students will be able to:

  • Define matter.

  • Understand the difference between atoms, compounds and molecules.

  • Name the subatomic particles and discuss their charges and functions.

  • Explain how electrons occupy atomic orbitals and their role in atomic bonding.

  • Name the 3 types of atomic bonds and their differences.

  • Identify the structures of the 4 biological molecules which make up the animal body.

  • Understand the difference between the 3 classifications of carbohydrates.

  • Discuss the importance of the essential fatty acids.

  • Identify the various functions of proteins in the body.

  • Name the functions of DNA and RNA and know the differences between the two molecules.

Activities

  • Activity sheet: Review of biological molecules practice - to be done as a group in class

Lectures

Reading Sources

Video Sources

Weeks 3- 5: Cell Biology

In this topic, students will learn about the structure and functions of animal cells. Students will be able to:

  • Identify all the components of the cell ad their functions.
  • Explain the Endosymbiotic Theory.
  • Understand the purpose of cell division and all the steps a cell undergoes during reproduction.
  • Explain the difference between mitosis and meiosis.
  • List the 7 types of epithelial tissue found in the body and identify the organs lines with each.
  • Discuss the different types of connective tissue and the various functions they serve.
  • Understand why blood is a type of connective tissue.
  • Describe the structure and purpose of bones.
  • Explain the difference between the 3 different muscular tissues.
  • Describe the structure and function of a neuron and neuroglia.

Lectures & Review

Reading Text

Video Reviews

Week 6: Human Organization

In this topic, students will learn about characteristics of living organisms and become familiar with different body systems which make up the human body. Students will be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics possessed by all living organisms.

  • Define the term homeostasis and explain its role in proper bodily functioning.

  • Identify which body cavities house which specific organs.

  • Identify the 11 body systems and understand the function of each.

  • List the main organs used in each of the 11 body systems.

Lectures & Review

Reading Text

Viewing Sources

Week 7: Digestive System Overview

In this topic, students will learn about the structure and function of the human digestive system.

Students will be able to:

  • List the organs composing the digestive system and the digestive function of each.

  • List the accessory organs of the digestive system, and describe how each aids in the digestive process.

  • Understand where and how each of the 4 biological molecules are broken down.

  • Differentiate between chemical and physical digestion.

  • Define the term enzyme and describe how specific enzymes aid in chemical digestion

Lectures & Review

Reading Text:

Video Reviews:

Activity

  •  Follow the path of a bite of food as it enters the body, goes through all the components of the digestive system, and exits.

Week 8: The Respiratory System

In this topic, students will learn about the structure and function of the human respiratory system. Students will be able to:

  • List the structures that make up the respiratory system and describe how each aids in respiration.

  • Describe how and where gas exchange happens.

  • Name the main muscle involved in breathing and describe how it involuntarily aids in respiration. 

Lectures and Review

Reading Text:

Organs and Structures of the Respiratory System

The Lungs

Video reviews:

Respiratory System, Part 1: Crash Course A&P #13 - 10min

Weeks 9-10: The Cardiovascular System

Overview

In this topic, students will learn about the structure and functions of the human cardiovascular system. Students will be able to:

  • Name the components of blood and discuss the function of each.

  • Explain how loss of blood is prevented during minor injuries.

  • Explain the difference between 8 variations of blood types.

  • Understand how the heart acts as a pump.

  • Describe the 4 chambers of the heart.

  • Discuss the difference between pulmonary and systemic circulation.

  • Follow a drop of blood as it makes its way through the body. 

Review

Lectures & Review

Reading Text: 

Video Reviews:

Weeks 11-12:  Nervous System

In this topic, students will learn about the structure and function of the human nervous system. Students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the central and peripheral nervous systems.

  • Describe the structure of neurons and glial cells.

  • Understand what happens at the synapse.

  • Be familiar with various parts of the brain and elements of the body they control.

Lecture and Review

Reading Sources

Video Reviews

Week 13: The Male Reproductive System

Overview

In this topic, students will learn about the structure and function of the human male reproductive system. Students will be able to:

  • Describe the structure and function of the male reproductive cell.

  • Describe the internal organs and the external genitalia of the male reproductive system and how each aids reproduction.

  • Trace the path of a sperm cell from development to fertilization.

Lectures and Review

Reading Sources

Viewing Sources

 

Weeks 14-15: The Female Reproductive System

Overview

In this topic, students will learn about the structure and function of the human female reproductive system. Students will be able to:

  • Describe the structure and function of the female reproductive cell.

  • Describe the internal organs and the external genitalia of the female reproductive system and how each aids reproduction.

  • List the order of events of the uterine cycle.

  • List the order of events of the ovarian cycle.

  • Describe the added functions of the female reproductive system past fertilization.

Lectures and Review

Review

Reading Text

Video Reviews