Human Body Systems

Human Body Systems (HBS)

Course Syllabus    


Mrs. Dostal



Objective:  Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal “maniken”, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.


Course Materials: 

  • This course will use handouts of materials from PLTW as well as internet and textbook research resources.  A lab notebook will be provided.
  • All handouts are to be kept in a 3-ring binder. The binder should be brought to class each day.
  • Student should have their lab notebooks with them at all times.
  • Students will be using computers on a regular basis.
  • Much of the equipment used in this course is fragile and expensive.  Equipment damaged as a result of carelessness will be replaced at the expense of those responsible.


Student Expectations: 


Students are expected to come to class with appropriate materials and mental preparedness.

Students are expected to participate in class work, discussions and activities.  Lecture materials, handouts and notes are the students’ responsibility.



There will be a number of lab activities in this course.  A signed lab safety contract must be turned in before a student is allowed to participate. Lab activities are a required part of course work and must be made up in the event of an absence.  Any student displaying unsafe behavior in the lab will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, a zero grade for the activity and removal from future lab activities.

Students are expected to keep their lab area tidy and to put away all materials after lab activities. 


            This course will require a number of dissections.  These dissections are a part of regular lab             activity and are required.


General Rules:

At all times students are expected to be respectful.

  • Respect any adults in the classroom
  • Respect materials in the classroom
  • Respect peers and their possessions





HBS is a project-based course; therefore projects will be weighted more heavily than other types of assignments.  It is expected that all projects are original or that credit is given for information from other sources.


Many projects depend on cooperation within a group.  All group members are expected to do an equal share of the work.  The instructor reserves the right to modify grades of group members who do not participate equally.

            Tests: 25%

            Homework: 25%

            Lab & Projects: 50%


Absences:  Students who are absent are responsible for getting their assignment(s) from the instructor and completing their work within the timeline stated in the handbook.  Students may need to stay after school to complete missed lab work or tests.  Students who are absent for any time during a project will still be expected to hand-in or present work on the original due date unless other arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the due date.


Late work:  Any work not handed in by the due date will be worth 50% of the points earned.  Work not handed in by the end of the current lesson will not be accepted for any points. 


Recommended Course Schedule:

Unit One- Identity (26 Days)

Lesson 1: Identity: Human (4 Days)

Lesson 2: Identity: Tissues (12 Days)

Lesson 3:  Identity: Molecules and Cells (10 Days)

Unit Two – Communication (38 Days)

Lesson 1: The Brain (9 Days)

Lesson 2: Electrical Communication (15 Days)

Lesson 3: Chemical Communication (6 Days)

Lesson 4: Communication with the Outside World (8 Days)

Unit Three - Power (33 Days)

Lesson 1: Introduction to Power (2 Days)

Lesson 2: Food (12 Days)

Lesson 3: Oxygen (8 Days)

Lesson 4: Water (11 Days)

Unit Four - Movement (42 Days)

Lesson 1: Joints and Motion (5 Days)

Lesson 2: Muscles (15 Days)

Lesson 3: Blood Flow (11 Days)

Lesson 4: Energy and Motion: Exercise Physiology (10 Days)

Unit Five – Protection (22 Days)

Lesson 1: The Skin (6 Days)

Lesson 2: Bones (8 Days)

Lesson 3: Lymph and Blood Cells (8 Days)

Unit Six – Homeostasis (14 Days)

Lesson 1: Health and Wellness (14 Days)