Human Physiology Syllabus

Human Physiology Syllabus



Dr. Susan M. Gonsalves

Room: D-1


Phone: (808)305-6556

Course Description

This course will provide students with an interesting journey through the human body. Knowledge about the human body will help you make better decisions about your own health and that of your family. This course will be taught at a higher level to prepare those who are interested inpursuinghealth care careers. In addition to studying the basic structures and functions of various organs, you will also be studying the diagnoses, treatments and prognoses for various conditions. It is expected that you will be willing to function as a self-directed learner who will complete all assignments to the best of your abilities.

  1. Concepts
  2. Scientific Process
  3. Introduction to Tissues
  4. Integumentary System
  5. Skeletal System
  6. Muscular System
  7. Nervous System
  8. Endocrine System
  9. Lymphatic System
  10. Circulatory System
  11. Respiratory System
  12. Digestive System
  13. Immune System
  1. Standards
  2. HS-LS-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
  3. HS-LS1-2 Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
  4. HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that a feedback mechanism maintains homeostasis.
  5. HS-LS1-4 Use a model to illustrate the role ofcellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.
  6. HS-LS1-6 Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.
  7. HS-LS3-1 Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
  8. HS-LS3-2 Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.
  9. HS-LS3-3 Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population.
  10. HS-LS4-3 Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
  11. HS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
  12. HS-PS1-5 Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentrationof the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs.
  13. HS-PS2-6 Communicate scientific and technical information about whythe molecular-level structure is importantin the functioning of designed materials.
  14. HS-PS3-1 Create a computational model to calculate the changein the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known.
  15. HS-PS3-3 Design, build and refine a device that works within given constraintsto convert one form of energyinto another form of energy.
  1. General Learner Outcomes
  1. Self-Directed Learner
  2. Community Contributor
  3. Complex Thinker
  4. Quality Producer
  5. Effective communicator
  6. Effective and Ethical User of Technology
  1. Skills

A.Design Scientific Investigations

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C.Write Scientific Papers

D.Present Orally

E.Apply Mathematical Processes

F.Analyze Data


  1. Lecture/Discussion
  2. Thinking Maps/Concept Maps
  3. Individual Activities
  4. Group Activities
  5. Labs
  6. Projects


Grades will be based on four categories. Semester grades will be an average of the quarter grades and the year grade will be an average of the semester grades.

  1. Class Work (20%)
  2. Labs (30%)
  3. Exams (30%)
  4. Projects (20%)


  1. Attend class and be ready when the bell rings.
  2. Treat oneself and others with respect.
  3. Always follow school rules.
  4. Follow safety rules in class and in labs.


  1. Warning
  2. Detention
  3. Office referral. (NOTE: If the infraction is serious, there may be immediate referral to the office.)


Class assignments and homework are given to enhance your comprehension of the concepts that are covered. Because this is a senior elective class, late work will not be accepted unless there is an excused absence. Ample time to work in class will be provided and reasonable due dates will be set. Anyone with an excused absence is responsible for obtaining missed assignments. Extra time will be allotted for work given during the absence. Any assignments that were already due must be turned in immediately upon return to class. Please note that field trips and school activities are not considered excused absences. It is expected that assignments will be turned in prior to these types of absences.

Assignments you wish to have graded must be legible, neat and complete. Assignments that are deemed unacceptable for grading will receive a score of zero and may not be resubmitted. Assignments turned in on time and graded may be resubmitted with corrections.

Tutoring may be available during recess, lunch or after school, with an appointment. If you experience difficulty with the course, you should speak with me. I can also be reached through e-mail at . Let’s work together to provide you with a productive senior year!

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