University of Aberdeen program

Understanding the Body

Explore the human body with this flexible program of online courses. Earn 10 credits from the University of Aberdeen.

Understanding the Body

Develop your knowledge of the human body and earn 10 credits from the University of Aberdeen

The Understanding the Body program consists of three short online courses that look at the workings of the human body. The program focuses on the different structures, components and systems that work together to keep us alive and healthy.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile, the three courses can be taken in any order, although it’s recommended that you start with the What is the Body? course.

Academic credential program

When you complete all three courses in the program and obtain a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will be eligible to join a final assessment course that leads to the award of 10 credits from the University of Aberdeen.

Duration
9 weeks recommended learning
2 week assessment course
Price
$222 USD (course costs)
£344 GBP (assessment cost)
Overview
3 courses + 1 assessment
Credential
10 credits at SCQF level 9

What skills will I learn?

  • Describe and identify the basic components that make up cells, tissues and organs within the body, and explain their function
  • Describe the key molecules that make up the human body and compare their structure and function
  • Summarise the structure and relevance of DNA and describe the processes involved result in its production
  • Describe the key molecules involved in protein synthesis and compare the different stages of this process
  • Explain the importance and types of communication between different components of the body, and summarise the key principles involved
  • Describe the importance of homeostasis and synthesise examples of when and how this process is used in the body

Courses on this program

3 courses + 1 assessment

How does our pricing work?

Start Learning Free
$222 USD - Course Upgrades
£344 GBP - Final Assessment

Start learning for free

Yes, there's no obligation to upgrade any of the free courses on your program.

If you do choose to upgrade your courses, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the courses for as long as they exist on FutureLearn
  • Access to tests if the course has any
  • A certificate when you complete the course and score at least 70% on any tests

Please note: In order to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program

How do course upgrades work?

Programs are made up of short courses, some of which you can join for free. If you want to spend more time on the material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get unlimited access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You'll also be granted access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

Please note: In order to take the final assessment, you must upgrade and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program.

What is the final assessment?

The final assessment is designed to rigorously test your understanding of the subject. This test is marked by experts and enables you to demonstrate your learning to yourself and to employers.

The assessment is summative and may include a multiple-choice test, or tutor-marked assignment.

Passing the final assessment unlocks the academic or professional recognition associated with completing an entire FutureLearn program, plus a FutureLearn Award.

If the program is accredited, you’ll also obtain an academic or professional credential.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

The University of Aberdeen

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.

Who will you learn with?

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.

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.