Foundations of Human Structure and Function

This course is part of the UBC Certificate in Biomedical Visualization and Communication.

The goal of this course is not only for you to understand the human body, but to build a rich biomedical vocabulary that you can use confidently with your audience. Practise the skills needed to conduct research online and critically evaluate biomedical and anatomical facts.

In this course, the anatomical structures and physiological principles of the major body systems are presented using a virtual 3D anatomy tool pioneered by instructor Dr. Claudia Krebs and her team. Faculty of Medicine biomedical education materials are used as well.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the basic structures and functions of the human body
  • use medical language comfortably and confidently that’s adapted for your audience
  • acquire the skills to research and disseminate medical information from a place of understanding and confidence.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to Human Anatomy (Orientation) and Embryology
Week 2: Foundations of Physiology
Week 3: Musculoskeletal System 1 – Upper Limb
Week 4: Musculoskeletal System 1 – Lower Limb
Week 5: Thorax 1 – Circulatory System
Week 6: Thorax 2 – Respiratory System
Week 7: Abdomen 1 – Anatomical Overview, Foregut
Week 8: Abdomen 2 – Midgut and Hindgut, Foundations of Digestion
Week 9: Renal System and Fluids
Week 10: Pelvis and Perineum Anatomy
Week 11: Anatomy of the Head and Neck
Week 12: Central Nervous System, Pain
Week 13: Summary, Overview, Discussion

This course is available only to students in the UBC Certificate in Biomedical Visualization and Communication program.

Course Format

This course is 100% online, and is hosted on the learning management system Canvas. Modules, released weekly, include online lectures, readings, videos, exercises and assignments, and total 30 hours of online learning.

Students can expect to spend four hours or more per week completing the modules and assignments, reflecting on their learning, visual journalling and reflection, and participating in virtual anatomy labs and online group discussions. Each module must be completed in full before progressing to the next module.

Available Sessions

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May 17-Aug 12, 2021 | Online | $0.00

Format: Online
Code: GA013S21O
May 17-Aug 12, 2021
12 sessions

1nstructor: Dr. Claudia Krebs


Fees / Tuition

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