Critically analyze current issues in human health and medicine, and demonstrate application of that knowledge to their own bodies and life experiences

BIO 210 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
The final project for this course is the creation of a PowerPoint presentation investigating one organ system. The overall task of this assignment is to identify and
investigate the anatomy and physiology of one organ system in the body, to assess how this primary organ system interacts with a secondary organ system, and
to investigate one specific disease that affects the primary organ system. It is hard to imagine that 11 intricate body systems are working together all at the same
time to maintain homeostasis, i.e., keeping internal conditions within an optimal range. As you read this, your body is performing hundreds of tasks. Your brain is
processing the sensory information that you are reading, your heart is pumping your blood throughout your body, your small intestine is breaking down your last
meal, and this list goes on and on. Anatomy is the study of the structures that comprise the body and physiology is the study of the functioning of how the
anatomical structures work together to achieve a certain task. This final project provides an opportunity to explore one of the 11 body systems and communicate
your knowledge and insights on human anatomy with your peers.
The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final
submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Four, and Five. The Final PowerPoint presentation will be submitted in Module Seven and will
be a summation of each milestone consolidated and condensed into one presentation.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
Identify and explain the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of the body
Illustrate the highly connected pathways of all systems of the body by participating in a class project that demonstrates these connections
Critically analyze current issues in human health and medicine, and demonstrate application of that knowledge to their own bodies and life experiences
Prompt
Each student will choose one organ system to investigate in detail through this course and develop a PowerPoint presentation on the chosen organ system
summarizing the required information. Understanding of this organ system and its interconnectedness with other organ systems will be explored through the
preparation of three formative milestones and one final presentation. The 11 organ systems that comprise the human organism are the circulatory system,
digestive system, endocrine system, excretory system, integumentary system, lymphatic system, muscular system, nervous system, reproductive system,
respiratory system, and lastly, the skeletal system. Each system has distinct differences and similarities that are important to understand. This knowledge is
needed to comprehend current issues in human health and medicine and their implications for your well-being.
By completing this cumulative task, each student will gain greater experience in scientific writing and will obtain a greater appreciation and respect for the
intricacy of the human body. Students will use the knowledge gained in this class, the accompanying e-text, and MasteringA&P to achieve the following three
specific goals:
1. To assess the anatomy and physiology of one chosen organ system.
2. To evaluate how this primary organ system interacts with a secondary organ system.
3. To describe and analyze one illness affecting this primary organ system.
Presentation Resources: Your final presentation will be submitted in PowerPoint or another presentation format such as Google Presentation. You can also visit
https://www.openoffice.org to download a program called Apache OpenOffice Impress. It allows you to create a PowerPoint presentation with a free, compatible
program through OpenOffice. A free Word program is also available at this web address.
Writing Resources: References and additional formatting should be done in APA 6th Edition format. If you need help with APA citation and reference formatting,
please consult the Reading and Resources folder in the class. More information on formatting can be found at the Purdue Online Writing Lab website. The
Shapiro Library at SNHU also has some great writing resources, as well as searchable databases of academic works to consult. For example, the ProQuest Biology
Journals database provides access to a wide range of biology topics including some of the most popular information resources for users in academic,
government, and public research environments. For this project, the use of reliable academic resources is important to ensure the presentation of accurate and
timely material. Academic resources include your textbook, journal articles, and government websites. Please avoid the use of sites like Wikipedia and Ask.com,
as they are not considered academically reliable.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
1. Describe the anatomy of the primary organ system in 23 slides, ensuring that you:
a. Provide a description of the organ systems location as presented in the anatomical position within the human body.
b. Describe the organs and structures contained in this organ system.
c. Identify key cell or tissue types contained in this organ system.
d. Provide a labeled diagram or image illustrating the organ systems location relative to other organ systems.
2. Explain the physiology of the organ system in 23 slides, including:
a. A description of the major physiological functions of the organ system.
b. A labeled diagram or image illustrating one of the functions of the organ system.
3. Describe the relationship of the primary organ system to a secondary organ system in 23 slides, specifically:
a. The interactions of the two systems, including physiological functions that require the two systems to perform together.
b. The dependence of the human body on this specific relationship, i.e., its significance.
4. Discuss common medical issues and diseases affecting the primary organ system in 23 slides, describing for each:
a. The nature of the condition or disease (e.g., who can have this and when it can occur).
b. The implications of the condition or disease (i.e., the impaired function, the ultimate consequences).
c. The cause(s) of the condition or disease.
d. The prevalence of the condition or disease in the American population.
Milestones
Milestone One: Organ System Assessment Discussion
In Module Two, you will submit your organ system assessment to the discussion board. In a bulleted list, describe the organ system you have chosen for the final
project. You must include the anatomical location of the particular organ system, key anatomical features, key physiological functions, and histology, as well as
some interesting facts, findings, or health issues related to this system. In response to your classmates posts on other systems, comment on their choices,
describing at least one function that requires the interaction of both the system you have chosen and the system the classmate has chosen. This milestone is
graded with the Milestone One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Organ System Interrelationship and Disease Assessment Discussion
In Module Four, you will submit your organ system interrelationship and disease assessment to the discussion board. In a bulleted list, describe the homeostatic
interrelationship between the primary organ system and one secondary organ system. Describe one disease or medical illness that affects the primary organ
system you are reviewing. In response to your classmates posts on other systems, comment on a disease that affects their organ system of choice and has
subsequent effects on the organ system you have chosen. This milestone is graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.
Milestone Three: Peer Review of Draft PowerPoint Presentations
In Module Five, you will submit a draft of your final PowerPoint presentation based on the information that you identified in Milestones One and Two to the
discussion board to be reviewed by your fellow classmates. You will review others work and provide feedback. This milestone is graded with the Milestone
Three Rubric.
Final Submission: Organ System Investigation PowerPoint Presentation
In Module Seven, you will submit your PowerPoint presentation on your chosen organ system. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the
critical elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This presentation will be graded with the
Final Project Rubric.
Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your final presentation should be a minimum of 810 slides in length, incorporating at least two pictures, diagrams, graphs, or other
visual information. You must include both a cover page and a reference page, not included in the 810 slide minimum. APA format citations for references and
visual information should be used.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Organ System:
Location
Meets Proficient criteria and
description is detailed, specific,
and supported by the use of
references or images
Accurately describes the physical
location of the organ system as
presented in the anatomical
position within the human body
Describes the physical location of
the organ system as presented in
the anatomical position within
the human body; however,
information is inaccurate or
incomplete
Does not describe the physical
location of the organ system as
presented in the anatomical
position within the human body
5
Organ System:
Organs and
Structures
Meets Proficient criteria and
the description is comprehensive
Describes the organs and
structures contained in this organ
system
Describes the organs and
structures contained in this organ
system; however, key structures
are not described or are
inaccurately described
Does not describe the organs and
structures contained in this organ
system
5
Organ System:
Key Cell or Tissue
Types
Meets Proficient criteria and
cell and tissue characterization is
well-supported by the use of
references or images
Identifies key cell or tissue types
in this organ system
Identifies cell or tissue types in
this organ system, but key cell
and tissues are absent
Does not identify cell or tissue
types in this organ system
5
Organ System:
Diagram
Meets Proficient criteria and
image used provides a
comprehensive picture of the
spatial relationships
Provides a labeled diagram or
image illustrating the organ
systems location relative to other
organ systems
Diagram or image is missing key
labels or the location of organ
system relative to others is not
clear
Does not provide a labeled
diagram or image illustrating the
organ systems location relative to
other organ systems
5
Organ
Physiology:
Major Functions
Meets Proficient criteria and is
supported by the use of
references or images
Explains the major physiological
functions of the organ system
One or more major functions of
the organ system are not
explained or explanation is vague
or inaccurate
Does not explain the major
physiological functions
5
Organ
Physiology:
Visual
Representation
of One Function
Meets Proficient criteria and
visual image provides a welldefined presentation of the
function
Provides an accurately labeled
diagram or image illustrating one
of the functions of the organ
system
Diagram or image illustrating one
of the functions of the organ
system is not sufficient to
illustrate the organ function
Does not provide a labeled
diagram or image illustrating one
of the functions of the organ
system
5
Relationship to
Secondary Organ
System:
Interactions
Meets Proficient criteria and
description is specific and
supported by the use of
references
Describes the relationship of the
primary organ system to a
secondary organ system,
including physiological functions
that the two systems perform
together
Describes the relationship of the
primary organ system to a
secondary organ system;
however, the physiological
function is not described or is
inaccurate
Does not describe the
relationship of the primary organ
system to a secondary organ
system
15
Relationship to
Secondary Organ
System:
Significance
Meets Proficient criteria and
description of the interactions is
comprehensive
Describes the significance of the
two organ system interactions to
the human body
Describes the significance of the
two organ system interactions to
the human body but key
information is vague, missing, or
inaccurate
Does not describe the
significance of the two organ
system interactions to the human
body
15
Medical Issues
and Diseases:
Description
Meets Proficient criteria and is
supported by the use of
references or images
Provides accurate information on
one condition or disease that
affects the primary organ system
discussed
Provides information on one
condition or disease that affects
the primary organ system
discussed; however, information
is vague or incomplete
Does not provide information on
one condition or disease that
affects the primary organ system
discussed
7
Medical Issues
and Diseases:
Implications
Meets Proficient criteria and
description is detailed and
supported by the use of
references
Describes the implications of the
condition or disease
Describes the implications of the
condition or disease but
description is lacking detail
Does not describe the
implications of the condition or
disease
7
Medical Issues
and Diseases:
Cause
Meets Proficient criteria and is
supported by the use of scientific
references
Discusses the major causes of the
condition or disease
Discusses causes of the condition
or disease; however, one or more
major causes are not included or
not accurately described
Does not discuss the major
causes of the condition or disease
8
Medical Issues
and Disease:
Prevalence
Meets Proficient criteria and
well-supported by the use of
references or images
Accurately describes the
prevalence the condition or
disease in the American
population
Describes the prevalence the
condition or disease in the
American population; however,
information is insufficient
Does not describe the prevalence
the condition or disease in the
American population
8
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and organization
and is presented in a professional
and easy-to-read format
Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact readability
and articulation of main ideas
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas
10
Earned Total 100%