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Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology: Unit 1

Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology: Unit 1

Author: Nate Holz

Provide an overview of a/p, with a review of the levels of structural organization of the human body, system review through medical terminology.

This tutorial uses a ppt as well as a video clip to reach the stated objectives.

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Tutorial Objectives

This tutorial covers chapter 1 in our textbook. Unit 1 introduces and establishes the framework upon which all the other units are built. By the end of this unit you should be able to:

  • define anatomy and physiology, and explain how they are related. 
  • list and describe the major characteristics of life. 
  • list and describe the major requirements of organisms. 
  • define homeostasis, and explain its importance to survival. 
  • describe a homeostatic mechanism. 
  • explain biological levels of organization. 
  • describe the locations of the major body cavities. 
  • list the organs located in each major body cavity. 
  • name the major organ systems and list the organ associated with each. 
  • describe the general functions of each organ system. 
  • properly use the terms that describe relative positions, body sections, and body regions



Use these objectives as a check list before our first test.

Unit 1 Assignments (hand-outs & chapter questions)

Here is where you can get a copy of your assignments for this lesson: Click here -

The above link gives you access to my Google Drive

Source: Bob Grove

Unit 1, Chapter 1 Notes: Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology

This lesson is a 3 part ppt that looks at the definition of a/p, levels of organization of the human body, and medical terminology as it pertains to directional terms of the body, body planes and sections, and body cavities.

Source: Bob Grove

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology: Crash Course A&P #1

In this episode of Crash Course, Hank introduces you to the complex history and terminology of Anatomy & Physiology.

Source: Hank Green and Crash Course

BozemanBiology:Anatomy and Physiology

High school biology teacher Paul Andersen and his podcast that introduces a/p

Youtube Video on Medical Terminology

This is a youtube link to the same clip we used in class.

Source: ThePenguinProf

Youtube Video on Anatomical Planes and Spatial Relationships

The same video used in class...

Source: Interactive Biology

Anatomical Terms

What IS that? WHERE is that? Success in anatomy and the medical field requires the ability to precisely describe locations of structures in the body. This video is an introduction to the terminology of anatomical directions, the anatomical position and planes of section.

Source: ThePenguinProf

Medical Imaging

Medical imaging is the technique and process of creating visual representations of the interior of a body for clinical analysis and medical intervention. Medical imaging seeks to reveal internal structures hidden by the skin and bones, as well as to diagnose and treat disease. Medical imaging also establishes a database of normal anatomy and physiology to make it possible to identify abnormalities. Although imaging of removed organs and tissues can be performed for medical reasons, such procedures are usually considered part of pathology instead of medical imaging.

Source: World Documentary Films:

Useful Website for this Unit (Unit 1)

Source: Bob Grove

National Geographic: Secrets of the Body Farm

A body farm is a research facility where decomposition can be studied in a variety of settings. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the decomposition process, permitting the development of techniques for extracting information (such as the timing and circumstances of death) from human remains.
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Source: National Geographic