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Honors PLTW Human Body Systems 1,2 (HP) (3303, 3304)

Grade Range:
 Principles of Biomedical Sciences 1,2 and concurrent enrollment in Biology 1,2 or Biology 1,2 Advanced, and Integrated Math I A-B
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Practical Arts, weighted
 UC subject area satisfied:
 d - Laboratory Science
 Under Administrative Procedure 4771, Alternative Means of Satisfying the Prescribed Course of Study, this course may be used to fulfill the Science high school graduation requirement.

This is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course that utilizes prescribed lesson plans and project ideas. Teachers must complete a mandatory PLTW training program in order to teach the course.
Course Description:
 Human Body Systems Honors is the second course in a four-year sequence of courses comprising the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program. It also serves as an intermediate-level career-path course in the Health Sciences and Medical Technology industry sector.

In this course, students examine the interactions of body systems as they examine 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 manikin, work through interesting real world cases, and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to think critically, develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.

To receive honors credit, students must complete an end-of-course project.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Project Lead the Way provides all course material.


Marieb, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, 9th ed., Benjamin Cummings, 2009.