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IACS Anatomy & Physiology

Fall 2010 Semester Plan



Instructor: Kellie Burtch


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Course Summary:

This course will explore how our bodies are capable of so many amazing things! Most of which are going on all the time without our conscious effort. Why is physical activity essential to well being?  Which factors influence muscle gain and loss, becoming a faster runner, or increasing flexibility? Does nutrition matter to teens?  You will explore these questions and others through personal experiences (exercise, journals, etc.), research projects, and anatomical studies.




Fall 2010:

Introduction and Review:

  • Levels of Organization
  • Anatomical Language
  • Homeostasis
  • Basic Chemistry Review
  • Cells


Human Body/Organ Systems

  • Special emphasis on developing familiarity of the Muscular and Skeletal Systems


Maintaining healthy minds and bodies

  • Benefits of regular physical activity
  • Nutrition awareness





Conducting research and experiments; writing scientific lab reports; oral presentations; graphing results; collaboration; scientific method; evaluating credible sources; effective use and incorporation of technology for research and projects; develop familiarity with basic anatomical terminology.



Assessment Strands:

a) Experimentation: Students will have many opportunities to conduct experiments and research to deepen their understanding in areas of personal interest. Results will be shared with classmates and the IACS community. Goals of these activities include fostering a genuine curiosity for further discoveries, connections to real world applications, and becoming prepared for college-level work.


b) Research: Writing scientific research papers and making meaningful connections to their lives as IACS students are an important component of the course. This gives students the freedom to further explore areas of person interest and increase awareness to the many important roles of professionals in the scientific community. Research findings will also be shared through creative presentations and class discussions.


c) Modeling: Modeling comprehension of course objectives may be accomplished in many ways, including but not limited to: physical models, visual displays, videos, and through formal written assessments.


d) Work Habits: Consistent participation and effort in class will be rewarded with a strong work habits grade. Project scores will reflect quality/depth of work, effective time management, classroom behavior, and self-direction.


Project Ideas:


Fall 2010:



Create games to be used to learn names of major muscles and bones.


Write a children’s book/pamphlet for IACS students about the human body/organ systems.


Become a personal trainer: Team design custom workout or nutritional plans to meet individual fitness or dietary goals (research and implementation). Proper terminology and names of associated bones and muscles must be used. Class time will be given to work towards fitness goals.

  • Journals/logbooks will be used as a tool to record activities and attitudes/results.


Student Surveys: Investigate IACS lifestyle habits. What are we eating? Getting the recommended amount of exercise?



Plan a menu that could be used during Endersession that meets nutritional guidelines and energy requirements for the given activities.


Individual online dietary and activity assessments.