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Human Nervous System - Introduction

Get a clear understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body with this free online course.

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This free online course on the human nervous system teaches you all about this control system for the body and how it regulates our responses to internal and external stimuli. The course covers the organization of the nervous system, the brain, the spinal cord and looks at how neural impulses are transmitted through the body. This course will be of great interest to anyone who wants to know more about how our bodies work, so start learning today.





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Have you ever wondered why you quickly react when you touch a hot surface? This is because the nervous system transmits neural impulses to the brain which in turn sends a message to your muscles. In this interesting and easy to understand course, you will learn all about the human nervous system and how it regulates our reactions to stimuli - both from internal and external sources.

The course begins by introducing you to the main features of the nervous system and then taking a more in-depth look at how it is organised. We then explore the brain and the role it plays, before examining the cerebrum and its anatomy. The course then moves on to look at the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves - which pass from the central nervous system to the periphery of the body. Next you will learn about the autonomic nervous system, which is concerned with commands for muscle tissue and glands.

The course then teaches you about how the body transmits neural impulses, looking at pain, temperature and touch as well as motor pathways in the nervous system. This course is ideal for students who need to learn about the human body as well as anybody who just wants to increase their understanding of how our bodies work. So check out the course for yourself and improve your understanding of the human body today.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Define the human nervous system

  • Define various elements of the human nervous system

  • Recognise the terminology used for the human nervous system

  • Briefly outline the structural and functional organisation of the human nervous system

  • Outline the electrochemical transmission of neuron impulses in the human nervous system

  • Describe the synapse and the neuromuscular junction and distinguish between them

  • Define a pathway in the human nervous system

  • Distinguish between a general sensory pathway and a motor pathway


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