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Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

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Metabolic PathwaysBiologyOrgan SystemsMedicine

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Approx. 34 hours to complete

Suggested: 22 hours of videos and assessments...

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome and Additional Resources

1 video (Total 2 min), 6 readings
1 video
6 readings
Welcome to Human Physiology10m
How to Use Discussion Forums10m
Course Logistics10m
About Us10m
FAQ_Including Syllabus for Downloading10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m
4 hours to complete

Homeostasis and Endocrine System

6 videos (Total 140 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Regulation of Homeostasis27m
Transporters Pumps and Channels31m
Solute and Water Transport17m
General Concepts28m
Assessment and Pathology13m
1 reading
Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Problem Set: Transporters, Channels, and Homeostasis24m
Practice Problem Set: Endocrine Concepts16m
Homeostasis and Endocrine System Exam22m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

The Nervous System

5 videos (Total 75 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Membrane Potentials21m
Action Potentials20m
Methods of Communication13m
Organization12m
2 readings
How To Calaculate The Equilibrium Potential10m
Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Problem Set: The Nervous System22m
The Nervous System Exam16m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The Senses and the Somatic Nervous System

5 videos (Total 90 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Hearing and the Vestibular System15m
Chemical Senses7m
Intro and Structure10m
Control of Movement26m
1 reading
Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Problem Set: Senses and Nervous System24m
The Senses and the Somatic Nervous System Exam16m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Muscle

4 videos (Total 100 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
4 videos
Tension and Metabolism30m
Smooth Muscle Structure, Regulation and Pacemakers21m
Cardiac Muscle Structure, E-C Coupling and Force Generation21m
2 readings
Resources10m
Survey10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Problem Set: Skeletal Muscle34m
Practice Problem Set: Smooth and Cardiac Muscle16m
Muscle Exam18m
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Top reviews from Introductory Human Physiology

By LLJun 2nd 2016

I'm a high school student interested in human physiology.\n\nThis course is AMAZING! Though sometimes I felt overwhelmed and couldn't remember everything, I think it was worth every effort and energy.

By KNApr 16th 2018

I am an incoming medical student here in the Philippines and this course has provided me with enough background about the human body and the underlying machinery of every system associated with it.

Instructors

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Jennifer Carbrey

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Cell Biology
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Emma Jakoi

Associate Research Professor
Department of Cell Biology

About Duke University

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