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The field of human anatomy is a fascinating area to study as you learn about the stucture and function of the human body from the level of individual cells and tissues up to organ systems and how these systems work together.

 

The Alison Learning Path in Human Anatomy is very relevant to a wide range of disciplines such as science, medicine and nursing and other health-related sciences such as medical device technology and sports science.

 

The Alison Learning Path in Human Anatomy is a sequence of courses that introduces you to the basic anatomy and physiology of important systems in the body such as the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, reproductive system, skeletal system, nervous system and others.

 



  1. Introduction to the Human Skeletal System

    The human skeleton is an amazing and complex structure and is involved in vital functions such as supporting the bodily organs, providing points of attachment for the musculature system to allow movement, maintaining body shape, and protecting vital organs such as the brain and spinal cord.

    In this free online human anatomy course you will learn about the structure, development and function of bones within the human skeletal system. It outlines how bones develop from the fetal through to the adult stages of life. You will be introduced to the bones of the axial skeleton formed by the vertebral column, rib cage and skull. You will also learn about the appendicular skeleton formed by the pectoral girdle, the pelvic girdle and the upper and lower limbs.

    This free online human anatomy course will be of great interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about the human skeletal system and its biological functions, and to all learners who would like to learn more about the vital role it plays in maintaining human health.

    3-4 Hours
    50 Points
  2. Introduction to the Cardiovascular System

    The human cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, blood vessels and blood supply. These act as one system to supply vital oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to tissues and remove carbon dioxide and metabolic waste products. This system also plays a central role in stabilizing body temperature and pH levels, as well as maintaining homeostasis.

    In this free online cardiovascular anatomy and physiology course, the learner will explore the structure and functions of the cardiovascular system. The course explains the composition of blood and provides an overview of how blood is used for transport and energy mobilization. It also outlines how the blood responds to haemorrhage and is involved in maintaining the correct body temperature. The course then examines blood vessels, explaining the function and location of arteries, veins and capillaries. Finally, it covers the anatomy of the heart, describing the structure of the chambers of the heart, the cardiac valves and the heart walls. It also describes the pericardium, the NAVL and the fibrous skeleton of the heart.

    This free online cardiovascular anatomy and physiology course will be of great interest to professionals in the health care sector who would like a greater knowledge and understanding of the human cardiovascular system. Students of medicine and biology who would like to study the structure and function of the heart, blood vessels and blood supply, which make up this very important anatomical system, will also find this course of great help.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  3. Introduction to the Human Nervous System

    This free online anatomy course will be of great interest to healthcare professionals who would like to obtain a greater knowledge and understanding of the human nervous system, and to anyone who would like to know more about the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems.


    The human nervous system is made up of two main parts - the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system consists of the nerves that extend to all the other organs in the body. The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system and comprises the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.


    In an Introduction to the Human Nervous System you will learn about the structure and function of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system; the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord, and how these control and coordinate the sensory inputs and movements of the body.


    The course also examines the peripheral nervous system and, in particular, the sympathetic and parasympathetic components of the autonomic nervous system. Nerve impulses and synaptic transmission are also explained in detail.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  4. Introduction to the Human Digestive System

    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.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  5. Introduction to the Human Reproductive System

    Unlike most anatomical systems in the human body the reproductive systems in the male and female are completely different in structure and function but both work together to play a vital role in the production of an offspring.

    This free online course enables the learner to explore the structure and functions of the human reproductive system. It explains the necessity for reproduction and provides an understanding of how offspring develop. It describes the structure and functions of all the organs involved in the male and female reproductive systems and it outlines the different types of cells involved in the process of fertilization. It also describes the function of the mammary glands. Finally, it reviews the parturition of the fetus, describing the different phases up to child birth and post-child birth.

    This free online course will be of great interest to all students of biology, anatomy and physiology, and healthcare professionals who would like to further their knowledge and understanding of the human reproductive system and the processes involved in it.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  6. Introduction to the Human Respiratory System

    The respiratory system plays a vital role in the inhalation and exhalation of respiratory gases in the human body. It allows for the inhalation of gases such as oxygen in the air which can then be transported by the blood around the body to supply tissues and cells, and the exhalation of waste gases such as carbon dioxide into the air.

    This free online course enables the learner to explore the structure and functions of the human respiratory system. It outlines the different types of breathing and breathing cycles, and explains the different types of lung capacities.

    The course will be of great interest to students of medicine, biology, physiology and anatomy, as well as healthcare professionals who would like to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human respiratory system.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  7. Introduction to the Human Muscular System

    The human muscular system plays a vital role in maintaining posture and is essential for movement of the body.

    This free online course enables the learner to explore the structure and functions of the human muscular system. It outlines the different types of muscles and the different makeup of these muscles. It explains the roles each muscle has in relation to movement of the body and explains how the nervous system controls muscular activity.

    This free online course will be of great interest to students of biology, anatomy, physiology and medicine, as well as healthcare professionals, who would like to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the human muscular system.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  8. Introduction to the Human Sensory Organs

    Human sensory organs such as the eye, ear, nose and tongue are central in the processing of sensory information from all the stimuli that bombards the body continuously. Without sensory organs we would not be able to make sense of our environment and surroundings.

    This free online course enables the learner to explore the functions and structure of the human sensory organs. It outlines the different special senses such as vision, hearing, balance, smell and taste, and their corresponding receptor organs such as the eye, ear, nose and tongue. It also explains the different reflexes associated with each of these senses.

    This free online course will be of interest to students of biology, physiology, anatomy and medicine, as well as healthcare professionals who would like to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the human sensory organs.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Human Anatomy Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.