WELCOME TO HONORS PHYSIOLOGY
As an honors course in Physiology at Calabasas High School, you may have an interest in a college or career in a health-related field or a desire to educate yourself about your own health. Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology through in-depth coverage of each of the eleven bodily systems from the chemical level to system-wide complexity and maintenance of the human organism. They will learn to fluently speak and write the language of anatomy. They will conduct numerous dissections of preserved organisms in addition to regular laboratory exercises and activities. Students will use skills of inquiry, observation, experimentation and analysis to prove their learning through assessments. Our curriculum is based off of our book, Human Anatomy & Physiology, 10th ed. (2016) by Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn.
Each unit below contains information on essential learning goals, data, daily lessons, objectives, activities, and labs. At the end of every week, Mrs. Diamond will post her lecture to each lesson, at the latest. Units become available for access throughout the year depending on our progress.
Unit 1: Organization of the Body
To introduce students to physiology, we will go over basics about the human body and chemistry to prepare for the more in-depth view each unit dives into. Then, we will gain an advanced understanding of different types of cells and tissues in the body. Book Chapters: 1 - 4.
Unit 2: Covering, Support and Movement of the Body
The second unit introduces the first systems we will look at very closely: the integumentary system, skeletal system and muscular system. From the specific cell and tissue types to the unique functions of each whole system, we will cover each system’s structures and functions at every level of organization (chemical > cellular > tissues > organs > organism) . Book Chapters: 5 - 10.
Unit 3: Regulation and Integration of the Body
Continuing with our exploration of the different bodily systems, unit three gives us a detailed understanding about the nervous system and endocrine system. The nervous system is, perhaps, the most complex with systems within it including: the Peripheral Nervous System, Autonomic Nervous System and Central Nervous System. Book Chapters: 11 - 16.
Unit 4: Maintenance of the Body
The fourth unit covers the very complex bodily systems of the cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, and urinary system. We also gain an understanding of how each of these systems balance and regulate the body’s metabolism. Book Chapters: 17 - 26.
Unit 5: Continuity
The final unit! You made it! By now, you have a very strong knowledge of the systems necessary for the human body's survival. However, this last unit covers what our species needs for survival through the reproductive system, pregnancy, human development and heredity. Book Chapters: 27 - 29.