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Qualification - Certificate in Human Biology

Course CodeVSC006
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours
QualificationCertificate

HOME STUDY HUMAN BIOLOGY ONLINE COURSE

Step toward a better understanding of the Human Body.

" ...it is very informative and worthwhile. I am glad I started the course. Of the many available from different schools, this offers the best value for money. "
- Sonia, studying Human Biology

This course lays a foundation for many different career options. It can provide a first step toward a career in medicine, alternative therapies, health support, research, teaching, fitness or personal training.

The knowledge and broader industry and life skills which you develop here, will hep you better understand and manage your own health and wellbeing; and provide insights into a wide range of career options. Some graduates may well stop studying on completion of this course; while others may use this as a stepping stone to higher courses in aqny of these various disciplines.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Human Biology.
 Anatomy and Physiology (Human Biology 1A) BSC101
 Biochemistry I (Animal) BSC103
 Cell Biology BSC110
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 7 modules.
 Anatomy II (Human) BSC112
 Physiology II BSC111
 Biochemistry II (Plant and Animal) BSC203
 Human Biology IB (Bioenergetics) BSC201
 Human Biology II (Muscles and Movement) BSC202
 Biochemistry III (Animal Processes) BSC303
 Human Biology III (Cardio Respiratory Performance) BSC301
 

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Human Biology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


MORE ON CORE MODULES
 

Human Biology 1A

Lesson Structure

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Cells & Tissues -
    • Explains the human body at a microscopic level, including the structure and function of cells, tissues and membranes.
    • Includes: the cell; human tissues; cell division; cell process; nutrient and waste exchange in cells.
  2. The Skeleton -
    • Examines features of the human skeletal system.
    • Includes: bone anatomy; bone types; number of bones in adult human body; joints of bone; bone movements; the skeleton; fractures and fracture healing; osteoporosis.
  3. The Muscular System -
    • Describes the human muscular system, in terms of structure and basic function.
    • Includes: tendons; movement; muscle fibre types; skeletal muscle types; summary.
  4. The Nervous System -
    • Looks at the human nervous system, in terms of structure and basic functions.
    • Includes: nerve cells; sensory neurons, motor neurons; nerve terminology; the nervous system; central and peripheral nervous system; main parts of the nervous system; the spinal cord; crainial nerves; the autonomic nervous system; reflex actions.
  5. Digestion & Excretion -
    • Explains different physiological systems of digestion and excretion in the body.
    • Includes: alimentary canal; mouth; oesophagus; stomach; small intestine; large intestine; accessory digestive organs; tongue, teeth, salivary glands; liver; pancreas, nutrient digestion disorders; selected digestive system disorders; vomiting; peptic ulcer, jaundice; haemorrhoids; cirrhosis; excretion; urinary system.
  6. Physiological Systems
    • Focuses on the different physiological systems of the body.
    • Includes: endocrine system.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Explain the human body at a microscopic level, including the structure and function of cells, tissues and membranes.
  • Explain features of the human skeletal system.
  • Describe the human muscular system, in terms of structure and basic function.
  • Explain the human nervous system, in terms of structure and basic functions.
  • Explain different physiological systems of digestion and excretion in the body.
  • Explain different physiological systems of the body.
 

 Biochemistry I (Animal) Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction To Biochemistry
    • Basics; atoms, chemical bonds, molecules
    • The Periodic Table
    • Parts of a Molecule
    • Common chemical groups
    • Using these groups
    • Arrangement of atoms in a molecule
    • Chemical Nomenclature
    • Hydrocarbons
    • Aromaticity
    • Organisms and Organic Compounds
    • Biochemical Processes in the cell
  2. Lipids and Proteins
    • Carbohydrates; types
    • Hydrolysis
    • Carbohydrate Function
    • Lipids
    • Fatty Acids
    • Triglycerides
    • Phospholipids
    • Terminology
    • Commercially useful fats and lipids
    • Proteins
    • Functional Categorisation of Proteins
    • Proteins in the human diet
  3. Enzymes and Hormones
    • Classification of hormones
    • Endocrine Glands
    • Enzyme activation
    • Enzyme deactivation
    • Digestion
    • Digestive Enzymes
    • Digestive Hormones
    • Enzyme PBL Project
  4. Nucleic Acids
    • Scope
    • Nucleotide Structure
    • RNA
    • DNA
    • ATP
    • ADP
  5. Thermo-regulation
    • Raising temperature
    • Lowering Temperature
    • Effect of Temperature on Enzymes
    • Sweat Glands
    • Energy Production
    • Individual BMR
    • Fever
  6. Carbohydrate Metabolism
    • Glycogenesis
    • Glycogenolysis
    • Gluconeogenesis
    • Hyperglycaemia
    • Hypoglycaemia
    • Carbohydrate Oxidation
    • Glycolysis Citric Acid Cycle
    • Anaerobic Respiration
    • Carbohydrate Storage
    • Absorption of Carbohydrates
    • Carbohydrates in Mammals
    • Comparing Energy Pathways
    • The Urea Cycle
  7. Absorption
    • Digestion
    • Digestive Enzymes
    • Chemical Digestion
    • Absorption
    • Peristalsis
    • Gastric, Pancreatic and Intestinal Juices
  8. Acidity and Alkalinity
    • What is pH
    • Measuring pH
    • Buffers
    • Animal Acid Base Balance
    • Acidosis and Alkalosis
    • Mammalian Buffer Systems
    • Role of Renal System in Acid Base Balance
  9. Chemical Analysis
    • Biochemical Testing
    • Concentration testing
    • Moles and Molarity
    • Chromatography
    • Spectrophotometry
    • Analysis of Biomolecules
    • DNA Composition
    • RNA Composition
    • Protein Composition
    • Titration
  10. Biochemical Applications
    • Environmental and Agricultural Testing
    • Medical Science
    • Poisons/Toxins
    • Cell Structure

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Identify characteristics of common chemical compounds important in animal and human biochemistry.
  • Explain the characteristics of major biochemical groups, including carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins.
  • Explain the characteristics of chemicals which control biological processes in animals and humans, including enzymes and hormones.
  • Explain the role of nucleic acids in the biology of animals and humans.
  • Explain the role of thermo-regulation in animals and humans.
  • Explain the role of carbohydrate metabolism in animals and humans.
  • Identify the characteristics of acidity and alkalinity in relation to animals and humans.
  • Develop simple chemical analysis skills relevant to testing animals.
  • Identify applications and uses for biochemical processes and products.

 

Cell Biology Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Cells and Their Structure
    • Including: what is a cell, history of cell biology; prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; cell shape and size; cell structure; the nucleus; the nucleolus; euchromatin and heterochromatin; the animal cell; the plant cell; human cells.
  2. Cell Chemistry
    • Including: cell chemical composition; carbohydrates; lipids; nucleic acids; proteins; enzymes; cell membranes; golgi apparatus.
  3. DNA, Chromosomes and Genes
    • Including: what is DNA, Chromosomes, Genes; DNA replication; telomeres and telomerase; genetics; case study in genetic inheritance; phenotype and genotype; gene mutations.
  4. Cell Division: Meiosis and Mitosis
    • Including: Mitosis and meiosis overview; mitosis; meiosis.
  5. Cell Membranes
    • Including: membranes; structure of cell membranes; movement of molecules through cell membranes; endocytosis; osmosis and filtration; hydrostatic pressure; active transport; electro-chemical gradient; nutrient and waste exchange in animal cells; mediated and non-mediated transport;.
  6. Protein Structure and Function
    • Including: protein structure; fibrous proteins; globular proteins; protein organisation; primary to quaternary structure; protein function.
  7. Protein Synthesis
    • Including: overview; the function of ribonucleic acid in protein synthesis; transcription and translation; initiation; elongation; termination.
  8. Food, Energy, Catalysis and Biosynthesis
    • Including: sources of energy; metabolism within the cell; catabolic metabolism; anabolic metabolism; ATP movement; Kreb's cycle; production and storage of energy; energy production pathways from different foods; biosynthesis of cell molecules; mitochrondria; chloroplasts
  9. Intracellular Compartments, Transport and Cell Communication
    • Including: Cell communication; endocrine signalling; paracrine signalling; autocrine signalling; cytoskeleton; actin filaments; intermediate filaments; microtubules.
  10. The Cell Cycle and Tissue Formation
    • Including: the cell cycle; phases of the cell cycle; cell cycle regulation; cell death; cells to bodies; stem cells; animal tissues including muscle, connective, epithelial, nerve; blood.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Review basic cell structure and discuss the scope and nature of cell biology.
  • Describe the chemical components and processes of cells.
  • Describe the storage of genetic information within cells and how this information is passed on to the next generation.
  • Describe key concepts in molecular biology.
  • Discuss membrane structure and transport across cell membranes.
  • Discuss protein structure and function.
  • Describe and discuss protein synthesis.
  • Describe the significant processes involved in transfer and storage of energy in a cell.
  • Describe the significant processes that occur in cell communication and intracellular transport
  • Describe the life cycle of cells and how they combine to create different types of tissues
 
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