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Biomedical Science - a CPA Program course


In California, this course is UC a-g approved for Laboratory Science (d) as part of the CPA Program. Schools may adopt this course to their course lists as a Previously Approved course with the sole requirement that at least one teacher attend a training session at the annual CPA conference where teaching resources and updates of course content will be provided. Biomedical Science is the application of human biology, anatomy and physiology-based science to medical use, including research, laboratory experimentation and testing, health monitoring, and treatment. Biomedical Science is an applied Anatomy and Physiology course that provides an introduction to essential concepts, principles and practices of bio-medicine. The course engages students in learning through applications and emphasizes problem solving, analytical thinking and concept development. Students complete a series of laboratory experiments and projects, as well as in-depth case studies related to human disease and its treatment. Author: Please contact Patricia Clark, Director of Teaching and Learning at CCASN, for more information:

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Students will do to following:
* Acquire an enhanced understanding of anatomy and physiology and their applications in biomedical science
* Understand and discuss current and emerging opportunities and challenges in the field
* Understand complementary relationships among anatomy and physiology/biomedical science (and other sciences), mathematics, and technology
* Demonstrate ability to do research, to solve problems and think critically by completing challenging group and individual projects
* Students will understand how principles and concepts underlying a scientific problem can lead to design and production of viable solution (scientific method)
* Students will develop conceptual knowledge as well as quantitative and analytical skills necessary to solving applied anatomy and physiology/biomedical science problems.
* Students will demonstrate competencies in written and oral presentations, and will design, construct, and present a scientific poster on a current topic in biomedical science
* Students will describe ethical dimensions of applied anatomy and physiology/biomedical research

Description of Activities

The Biomedical Science course is structured to engage students in learning the principles, concepts, and practices of human anatomy and physiology through biomedical applications. Students are involved in problem solving, analytical thinking and conceptual development. Students use knowledge of the human body, medicine, health, and bioscience in investigative labs and projects. Topics include range from case studies related to a particular system of the body to metabolic disorders, biomedical testing, blood typing, identification of infectious microorganism. etc. Students explore anatomical and physiological mechanisms underlying normal human function. Students also investigate homeostatic imbalances that cause disease. In learning about diabetes, for example, students gain an in-depth understanding of the endocrine system, pancreas, metabolism of sugar, and biochemical effects of glucose. Lab work covers techniques in histology, anatomy and physiology, and related biomedical sciences. Students engage in research, read and write analytical essays, exhibit their work to medical professionals and biomedical scientists, and examine social and political consequences of biomedical science and biomedical technology change. In addition, students collect and categorize data, produce graphic representations, maintain a biomedical scientist notebook, complete a portfolio, and regularly make oral presentations.

Culminating Activity and/or Assessment

Key assignments include writing professional lab reports, maintaining a biomedical sciences notebook, keeping a biomedical science learning blog/log/journal, completing case studies, maintaining a biomedical science college and career profile, and conducting biomedical field research and presentation.

Instructional Materials Needed

Textbooks, computers, and access to the internet for research are required. The following supplementary instructions materials are optional: DVDs/recordings/podcasts, books and articles, science kits, software, laboratory resources, MIT Open Courseware

Instructional Materials Provided

Detailed course outline, course activities, evaluations, and lesson plans; links to learning activities, PowerPoints, and information about connections to the Common Core standards.

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Additional criteria

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject areas: Laboratory Science; Career-Technical Education; Career Exploration

States' Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Health Science

California Industry sector(s): Health Science and Medical Technology

Duration: 1 year

Grade Targets: 10, 11, 12

Levels of Expertise for CTE: Capstone/Advanced, Concentration/Skill building

Targeted Support Materials: Community Involvement, Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided  

This course is offered as one in a sequence of laboratory science courses for students enrolled in a multi-year Health Academy/Health and Bioscience Academy program. They have already taken college preparatory courses in Biology and Algebra (or higher).

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status a-g course to their school's official a-g course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE.

Keywords: Biomedical science, laboratory, health science

Source: Colleague

Organization/Publisher: California Partnership Academy (CPA)

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