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Human Skeletal System - Introduction

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

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This free online course on the human skeletal system offers a clear understanding of the anatomy and function of the human skeleton. You will look at how the skull and rib cage protect our vital organs and the various functions that the vertebral column provides. You will also learn about the different types of bones and their structure and development, so if you want to know more about the human body then start your learning journey today!





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The human skeleton is an incredible thing. As well as enabling us to move and protecting our vital organs, the skeleton is even involved in hematopoiesis - the formation of blood cells. In this course you will learn all this and much more about the skeleton, starting with the tissues it is formed from and the structure of our bones. You will learn how the skeleton has two major subdivisions - the axial and appendicular skeletons - and what their separate roles are.

As you progress through the course, you will learn about the different types of bones present in the human skeleton, as well as studying their structure and development. The course then moves on to look at the bones of the cranium and how they are repaired in some circumstances. We then explore how bones come together to form joints and how these joints are categorised according to their relative mobility.

Finally you will study synovial joints, which allow bones to slide past and rotate around each other. This human anatomy course is ideal for students who need to learn about biomedical science and medicine, as well as those who just want to increase their understanding of the human body. So make sure you start your learning journey towards understanding how your body works today.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • List the functions of the human skeleton

  • List the types of bone found in the human skeleton

  • Identify the structure and functions of the axial skeleton

  • Identify the structure and functions of the appendicular skeleton

  • Identify the elements found in a typical long bone

  • Identify the elements found in a typical flat bone

  • List the steps involved in bone development

  • Outline the special conditions of cranium and sesamoid bones


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