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Introduction to the Human Digestive System


Introduction to the Human Digestive System

Introduction to the Human Digestive System

Learn more about the human digestive system.


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Course Description

The human body cannot generate energy itself and so must obtain it from external sources. Energy from the sun is captured by plants, which in turn are eaten by animals.
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We humans use these plants and animals as food sources but, in order to obtain the energy we require from them, our food must be broken down into smaller molecules that the body can process. This is accomplished by a complex series of organs known as the digestive system. This free online human physiology course provides a clear introduction to the human digestive system. In this course you will learn how energy is obtained from food and be introduced to the different food types and vitamins. The course looks at the stages involved in ingestion and swallowing, describing how the stomach is designed for food storage and the initial processing of food. How the small and large intestines are structured to facilitate the digestion and absorption of nutrients is also examined. The course also provides an overview of the elimination of the waste products of digestion from the body. It outlines the special roles played by the liver and pancreas in the secretion of digestive enzymes. The mechanisms used by the digestive system to protect the body from infection are covered. This includes looking at the tonsils and other lymphoid tissue in the small and large intestine and explaining how the mammary gland protects the breastfeeding baby from infection. This free online human physiology course will be of great interest to healthcare professionals who would like a greater understanding of the human digestive system and its importance in human physiology, and to students of biology, medicine and nursing who would like to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human digestive system.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: - Describe the structure of the human digestive system; - Explain the functions of the human digestive system;


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Module Title
Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive System
Module 2: Ingestion, Initial Processing and Storage
Module 3: Digestion, Absorption and Elimination
Module 4: Protection in the Digestive System
Module 5: Human Digestive System Assessment

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Course Title Introduction to the Human Digestive System
Course # 579
Course Publisher AMEDD Center and School
Course Category 13
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Course Description  The human body cannot generate energy itself and so must obtain it from external sources. Energy from the sun is captured by plants, which in turn are eaten by animals. We humans use these plants and animals as food sources but, in order to obtain the energy we require from them, our food must be broken down into smaller molecules that the body can process. This is accomplished by a complex series of organs known as the digestive system. This free online human physiology course provides a clear introduction to the human digestive system. In this course you will learn how energy is obtained from food and be introduced to the different food types and vitamins. The course looks at the stages involved in ingestion and swallowing, describing how the stomach is designed for food storage and the initial processing of food. How the small and large intestines are structured to facilitate the digestion and absorption of nutrients is also examined. The course also provides an overview of the elimination of the waste products of digestion from the body. It outlines the special roles played by the liver and pancreas in the secretion of digestive enzymes. The mechanisms used by the digestive system to protect the body from infection are covered. This includes looking at the tonsils and other lymphoid tissue in the small and large intestine and explaining how the mammary gland protects the breastfeeding baby from infection. This free online human physiology course will be of great interest to healthcare professionals who would like a greater understanding of the human digestive system and its importance in human physiology, and to students of biology, medicine and nursing who would like to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human digestive system.
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Release Date 27 June 2013
   
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Course Duration (Avg Learner) 2-3 Hours
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Assessments Yes
 
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Age appropriateness 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level Higher High Secondary School
 
Validation Level 5
ALISON Testing Yes
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  • Laurabeth Myers United States of America nice VERY intro course pre-first real course 2014-09-03 21:09:41
  • Ankan Basu India A very simple and nice course 2014-06-10 20:06:40
  • Rick Bough United States of America Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive System Course Topic: Food Comment: I am finding these very interesting. I am enjoying all that I have studied. Keep up the good work. Rick 2013-11-17 13:11:15
  • Sarah Camara United Kingdom Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive System Course Topic: Food Comment: food is very important 2013-05-25 20:05:24
  • Julene Beets South Africa Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive SystemCourse Topic: Introduction to the Human Digestive SystemComment: Informative 2013-05-06 14:05:29
  • Alan Tequillo Philippines Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive System
    Course Topic: The Energy Cycle
    Comment: Cool 2013-02-13 12:02:20
  • Alan Tequillo Philippines Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive System
    Course Topic: The Energy Cycle
    Comment: Cool 2013-02-13 12:02:52
  • Alan Tequillo Philippines Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive System
    Course Topic: Food
    Comment: So we eat to obtain the energy of the sun stored in the food. Very enlightening 2013-02-13 12:02:58
  • Alan Tequillo Philippines Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive System
    Course Topic: Food
    Comment: Direct to the point, hence, very short, but very informative 2013-02-13 12:02:17
  • Abdirazak Muhumed Somalia Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to the Human Digestive System
    Course Topic: Introduction to the Human Digestive System
    Comment: this course is really amazing and very helpfull for many students worldwide who are learning basics of biology. 2013-01-06 07:01:34
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