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About this course

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In this anatomy course, part of the Anatomy XSeries, you will explore the interactive relationships of the cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems, and the roles they play in your body.

This course is a primer for the cardiovascular, respiratory, and urinary systems in which students learn the pertinent details of the structures and functions through a combination of lectures, videos, labeling activities and quizzes.

What you'll learn

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  • Learn the basic structure and function of the cardiovascular system
  • Learn the basic structure and function of the respiratory system
  • Learn the basic structure and function of the urinary system

CVS I: Blood & Lymphatics

  • Intro to the cardiovascular system
  • Blood as a solution
  • Formed elements
  • Erythrocyte structure, development, function, and pathologies
  • Leukocyte types, functions, development, and pathologies
  • Thrombocyte function
  • Lymphatic system and circulation
  • Lymphocytes, cellular immunity, and humoral immunity
  • Distribution of lymph nodes and routes

CVS II: Heart & Vasculature

  • Heart layers
  • External and internal heart failures
  • Heart cycles and function
  • Blood flow and structures
  • Vasculature
  • Aorta and vena cava branches
  • Vascular pathologies

Urinary System

  • Relationship of urinary system and CVS
  • Urinary anatomy
  • Kidney structure
  • Renal vasculature
  • Ureters
  • Bladder and urethra

Respiratory System

  • Intro to the respiratory system
  • Relationship of respiratory system and CVS
  • Nose and nasal cavity
  • Pharynx
  • Larynx
  • Bronchial tree and alveoli
  • Gross features of lungs
  • Muscle and neural control of respiration

Meet your instructors

Glenn M. Fox
Lecturer and Curator in the Division of Anatomical Sciences
University of Michigan

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