Project #17452 - Biology




In this activity, we will try to cover a very large topic.

The topic at hand is Human Physiology. As you looked over the web sites suggested, you noticed the human body is broken down into many organ systems. (The digestive system, for example.)

Depending on the site visited, you may have 9-11 systems defined. (The variation in number is due to the combination of some systems into one.) We will try to simplify the process of reviewing each system.


Think back to your childhood or, perhaps, recent medical history.

Identify a medical situation that you have experienced.

(No need to divulge painful memories or embarrassing situations. Think about a friends situation, or make something up! Your example may have been just a minor inconvenience.)

 a) What was the medical problem?

b) Which of the organ systems was affected?

c) Was there an easy 'repair'? Was the repair permanent or are there continued concerns and treatments.

d) What other systems were affected (directly or indirectly) by this problem?

grading rubric

3 points: identification of a problem

3 points: Discussion of the organ system affected

3 points: Discussion of the treatments needed for recovery

4 points: Impact on other systems.


Select the organ system that you think is the most complex. That is, a very highly developed/evolved system which is complicated and difficult to understand. (Something other than the one you used in question #1.

 If you think your answer to #1 is the most complex, select the second most complex.)

a) Please provide a brief overview of the function of this system.

b) Why do you think it is complex and highly evolved?

grading rubric

10 Points: Organized and thorough overview of the system. (Yet brief and to the point!)

10 Points: No correct answer here. I am looking for a reasonable and applicable explanation which shows your understanding of the system.


If you had visions of being a medical person,. which of the systems would you specialized in? (Select something other than ones chosen for the previous questions.)

 grading rubric :

10 points: Your answer should show that you have an understanding of the system selected.


On the same line of thought as question # 3, which of the systems would be your least point of interest if you were following a medical career? ( You may name a system already discussed as a first choice, but please go to your next choice for this answer.)

grading rubric

10 points: Your answer should reflect an understanding of the organ system (what is does and how it works).


Each organ system is part of the whole body. One component cannot stand alone. This makes for a very complex set of interactions from one system to the other.

Prepare a list of organ systems. Relate each system to another in terms of how they rely on each other. This will probably not be a linear chart. (Linear means one step leads only to another. Rather, this may end up being a branched flow chart of interactions.)

 Note the point value of this question. This will take some thought and planning.

grading rubric

5 points: A complete list of organ systems

10 Points: Organization of your answer. It should be easy to follow and complete.

10 points: Accuracy of your explanations and rational.


This activity will summarize common diseases.

I have provided a web site that summarizes 5 common diseases.

a) Do you think any one of these diseases might be in your future? Why or why not? (Be sure to define the disease.) If you feel uncomfortable answering this question, select a situation that interests you and so specify.)

b) Based on your answer to a), what could you do to reduce your chances? (If you do not feel you are a candidate for one of the diseases listed, select a probable concern.)

c) Run a few search engines. Propose a sixth disease that might be added to the list. Explain why.

grading rubric

10 points: 5 points for the summary of why you have a potential disease risk ( or summary of why do think you do not have a potential risk. Your rational should reflect data concerning the disease.) And 5 points for the definition.

5 points: Discussion about lifestyle changes which will alter your chances for a disease. The changes should be accurate to the disease selected.

5 points: The disease you select should be common nationally, internationally, or specific to your family tree. No real correct answer other than an appropriate selection.


How can infectious disease be transmitted?

Prepare a list of three ways a communicable disease could be transmitted. Include 2 examples of each.

grading rubric

5 points per method X 3 methods = 15 points.

(3 points for the method and 1 point for each example = 5 points )


Let's say you are planning a trip. A trip to Can Cun for spring break? A tour of the tropical rainforest. Perhaps a visit to a relative in Europe. An expedition to see the wild animals of Africa or Crocodile Dundee in Australia.

Select an exotic destination that your would like to visit. Let you imagination run wild. Forget the budget for now.

a) What diseases should you be aware of when you visit this destination?

b) How can you modify your behaviors to prevent possible infection?

grading rubric:

 5 points: A description of the destination.

5 points: The concerns. At least 2. 5 points: Behavior modifications. At least 2.


a) What is HIV? b) Who is at risk? c) How can you prevent HIV?

grading rubric

5 points for each answer.


We should compare and contrast bacterial Infections and Viral Infections.

Organize your thoughts to summarize the following.

a) Define each

b) How do they enter your body?

c) How do you treat the infection.

grading rubric

9 points: bacterial @ 3 points for each part of the question.

9 Points: viral @ 3 points for each part of the question. 2 points: organization and clarity



Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/21/2013 05:00 pm
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