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What Is the Body?

Get an introduction to the different structures and functions that make up the human body.

Discover how the human body works

How does the body work? What is it made of? What do different parts of the body do?

From cells to organ systems, this course will introduce you to the basic components that make up the human body.

You’ll discover what molecular structures are, and classify the different types within the body.

You’ll find out about the basic elements that make up cells and tissues, and recognise their purpose.

You’ll understand the different organs systems within the body, and describe what they do.

You’ll gain a basic physiological knowledge and learn how to influence the body’s function.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsKIRSTY KIEZEBRINK: Welcome to this programme on understanding the body. I want to tell you a little bit about what you can expect to learn through this programme, which is made up of a range of short courses. Each one lasts about three weeks. In this programme, we're going to take you from the smallest part of the body, the DNA, and through the cells-- into how the cells cluster to make tissues. And then how the tissue makes into a bigger system called an organ. And that's things like your heart, your brain, and how they all interact together. Why would you want to study that, is really quite straightforward.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsWe want to know why you maybe got a cold last week, but your best friend who sits next to you all day, they didn't catch it. What's the difference in your bodies? Why is one of you more susceptible? We'll also look how does what you eat turn into making the body. So how come you eat food, and then your hair grows, your nails grow, your bones are turning over? We're making new blood every day. How does the body do that? It's an amazing process. And we're to take you through exploring how those steps happen.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 secondsSo maybe you're considering going on to do post-graduate studies, and that would be something like a master's or even possibly a PhD, but the studies you want to do require science in the entrance requirement. And you might not have either enough science yet, or you maybe haven't covered science in your undergraduate degree. This course will allow you to gain credits from the University of Aberdeen, which we recognise by other universities, to enable you to apply there to study for a master's programme. And in particular, it's one of the entrance requirements for coming onto University of Aberdeen to study with our human nutrition programme or our clinical nutrition programme.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are molecules
  • Cellular components and structure
  • What are tissues
  • The key organs in the body
  • Organ systems

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Classify the different types of molecular structures used in the body
  • Describe and identify the basic components that make up cells and tissues within the body
  • Describe and identify the organs within the body
  • Compare the organ systems within the body and describe their function

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in how the body works. No existing knowledge of biology is required.

Who will you learn with?

Kirsty Kiezebrink

I am a senior lecturer with the University of Aberdeen. My main areas of interest are research methods and postgraduate skills development. I have a particular interest in online learning.

Lynsey Christie

I'm a Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen's Institute of Applied Health Sciences, specialising in nutrition. I have a particular interest in developing courses for online learning.

Who developed the course?

University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.

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