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PLTW Biomedical Science - Course Descriptions

PLTW CourseIUPUI Course Equivalent
Credit
Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)BIOL 10011: Principles of Biomedical Science3
Human Body Systems (HBS)BIOL 10012: Human Body Systems3
Medical Interventions (MI)BIOL 10013: Medical Interventions3
Biomedical Innovation (BI)BIOL 10014: Biomedical Innovation3


BIOL 10011 Principles of Biomedical Science (3 cr. hr.)  Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.  They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person's life.  The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics.  This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.

BIOL 10012 Human Body Systems (3 cr. hr.)  Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection and homeostasis.  Students design data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

BIOL 10013 Medical Interventions (3 cr. hr.)  Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family.  The course is a "How-To" manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore: how to prevent and fight infection; how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail.  Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices and diagnostics. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.

BIOL 10014 Biomedical Innovation (3 cr. hr.)  In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences.  Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health.  They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or adviser from a university, hospital, physician's office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and health care community.

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