Course Syllabus

PLTW Human Body Systems

Central Academy of Technology and Arts

Gregory Peters, MPT



Course Description:

This course will engage students in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of human body systems. Important biomedical concepts in the course include communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, identity, and protection. The central theme will focus on how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. The systems will be studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human-machine functioning at an optimal level. Students will design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Exploring science in action, students will work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

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Unit 1 - Identity (12 days)

Lesson 1.1 Identity: Human
Lesson 1.2 Identity: Tissue
Lesson 1.3 Identity: Molecules and Cells


Unit 2 - Communication (18 days)

Lesson 2.1 The Brain
Lesson 2.2 Electrical Communication
Lesson 2.3 Chemical Communication
Lesson 2.4 Communication with the Outside World


Unit 3 - Power (17 days)

Lesson 3.1 Introduction to Power (Optional)
Lesson 3.2 Food
Lesson 3.3 Oxygen
Lesson 3.4 Water


Unit 4 - Movement (19 days)

Lesson 4.1 Joints and Motion
Lesson 4.2 Muscles
Lesson 4.3 Blood Flow
Lesson 4.4 Energy and Motion: Exercise Physiology


Unit 5 - Protection (9 days)

Lesson 5.1 The Skin
Lesson 5.2 Bones
Lesson 5.3 Lymph and Blood Cells


Unit 6 - Homeostasis (8 days)

Lesson 6.1 Health and Wellness





PLTW Human Body System HN is an honors level course. This course is also available in the Program of Studies at the College Preparatory level. Students are earning credit for an Honors level course receive an elevated number of Quality Points for their Grade Point Average. Students choosing the Honors level course should be aware that this Honors level course will include:

  • Required extension opportunities that are directly related to the Standard Course of Study. This includes additional content beyond that covered in the College Preparatory level.
  • More challenging coursework and assessments. Students will be expected to demonstrate higher levels of understanding for grades.
  • Projects and presentations will be more in depth.  
  • Students will have to focus and study regularly to master the content.
  • The expectation that students can move through the coursework at an accelerated pace and students experiencing difficulty should quickly seek guidance from their teacher on how they can be more successful.



Grades will be based on tests, quizzes, homework, class work and lab work.  LATE WORK MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED. Occasional exceptions must be arranged with the instructor and will never receive greater than 70%. (See the CATA policy for turning in assignments for full credit with an excused absence.) 


Note:  Students who miss assignments due to an excused absence will be allowed to make up assignments.  Missing assignments will be tagged as (1) in Powerschool.  Any missing assignments that are not completed as instructed will become zeros.  Zero in Powerschool will not be able to be made-up.


Notebook:  Your notebook will be a crucial aspect of your coursework and grade. Your notebook will be graded twice per unit (or more) on the following criteria…

All handouts are in the proper notebook sections.

Student notes are complete and in the proper sections.

Lab work completed in your notebooks.


Canvas: The majority of assignments not kept in the notebook will be submitted on Canvas.  Assignments can be submitted a variety of ways including, uploading files, typing into text boxes, and sharing Google documents/presentations.  Students will be shown how to submit assignments on Canvas as well as create a shared Google folder for submitting Google documents and presentations on Canvas at the beginning of the semester.  Individual assignments will indicate which method of submission on Canvas is expected.  If students need a refresher or have questions, they can access the Canvas Student Guide for specific instructions.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure assignments are submitted on time and to contact the instructor if there is a problem. Please note that student activity is logged while in Canvas.

Graded Assignments:  Include many assignments such as lab work, classwork, and at home projects.

Tests and Quizzes:  Tests will require generally one unit.  Quizzes will be given as needed.


Your grades for each six-week period will be based on the following criteria:

40%                   Test

30%                   Quiz

30%                   Classwork/Projects


Grading Scale












Tutoring: By appointment

Tuesday – Thursday

8:00 – 8:30 am/3:30 – 4:00pm


Classroom Rules

Be respectful at all times to your teacher, classmates, and school.

If you use something in class, please return it to its place.

Bring all classroom materials and a good attitude to class with each day.

Be ready to learn when the bell rings.

When working in the lab you are expected to wear required clothing. There is also no eating, drinking, or horseplay.

Do not speak out of turn. Raise your hand if you would like to speak.

Remain in a seat until the teacher dismisses you.

Pull your own weight and be a good listener, by following directions the first time.

Please be respectful by not speaking while the teacher or your peers are talking.


Academic Integrity/Honor Code:

To increase the student’s critical thinking skills, they will frequently be asked to complete projects or assignments, perhaps even in groups. When working in groups, it is still the expectation that each student should complete their work and not copy another student’s work. “Googling” and copying/pasting material from online or elsewhere is unacceptable and constitutes a violation of the school’s honor code unless the source is being cited elsewhere in the document. Assignments should always be in the students own wording. Per the CATA code of conduct in the student handbook, an honor code violation will result in a grade of zero and a parent contact (per the CATA handbook).



Students are expected to attend and be on time for every class. Students who are late to class must present a tardy pass. For security reasons, all classroom doors are locked throughout the day. Therefore, anyone entering after the tardy bell will need to have the school-issued tardy pass or pass from another teacher/guidance counselor or administrator. It is the student’s responsibility to find out what material, assignments, projects were missed so that they may be turned in within the allowed makeup turn in allowed by the district.


Inappropriate Behavior Interventions/Consequences

Verbal Warning

Parent Notification

Guidance Counselor Involvement

Administration Involvement

Other interventions/consequences as deemed necessary


Dress Code during labs

Closed toe shoes, capri/long pants are required for your safety in lab activities. Hair will need to be pulled back. Each student will be provided protective equipment depending on the lab experiment such as goggles or gloves.


Materials needed

Composition notebook, pen/pencils, and highlighters.



None, curriculum is online with very strict copyright laws and is password protected


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