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The Human Body as a Machine

Flinders University

The Human Body as a Machine

Flinders University
This course introduces how the human body works and how it is more than the sum of its parts

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. 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?

  • Human Biology (10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment)
  • Communication and Co-ordination Systems (9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment)
  • Moving the Machine (8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment)
  • Making the Machine (8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment)

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 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