develop a “family tree” of the organ systems of the body

 

  • This week you will be learning about the general functions of the different organ systems of the body.  We are looking at organ systems in a very superficial way – this is histology, not gross anatomy, so the goal is to understand the functional purposes that organ systems fulfill as well as a simplified schematic of organs found within each system.  We will continue to explore the theme of the connectedness of form and function.
  • As you’ve started to work through this week’s material you may have noticed that organ systems all work together, but that some of them seem more “similar” to each other than others.

 

  • Your task this week is to develop a “family tree” of the organ systems of the body.  You should find similar functions that systems perform and consider those systems to be more closely related.  Once you have grouped your systems by the functions that they share, you can distinguish between them.  You should note the organs present within each system – be sure to highlight any shared structures (ie pancreas is part of the endocrine system but also an accessory digestive organ).  You must provide a brief (short phrase) description for each grouping or distinction.  Citation of your source material must be present.

*As a reminder, here are the anatomically recognized organ systems of the body:

 

  • Integumentary
  • Skeletal
  • Muscular
  • Nervous
  • Endocrine
  • Circulatory
  • Lymphatic/Immune
  • Digestive
  • Respiratory
  • Urinary
  • Reproductive

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