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This course is part of the Understanding the Body programme, which will enable you to develop your knowledge of the human body and can lead to 10 credits from the University of Aberdeen.

Find out how different parts of the body communicate with each other.

Why is communication so important inside the human body?

This course will show you how the body’s communication system works, and how individual components produce energy.

What will I study?

You’ll learn about the key energy pathways used inside the body, and how different elements communicate effectively.

You’ll find out about the biomolecules involved in communication, and the role of endocrinology and immunology.

You’ll understand how the body regulates itself and improve your knowledge of disease development and prevention.

You’ll cover the following topics:

  • How does the body produce energy?
  • Why is communication important in the body?
  • The key communication pathways used by the body
  • Biomolecules used in communication
  • How the body regulates itself

By the end of this course, you will be able to…

  • Explain the importance of communication between different components of the body
  • Describe the role of endocrinology and immunology within the body
  • Classify and describe the key molecules involved in endocrinological and immunological processes
  • Describe the importance of homeostasis and synthesise examples of when and how this process is used in the body
  • Describe the key pathways involved in energy production

How will I study?

What Drives the Body? is a 3-week short course, delivered entirely online via FutureLearn . You can study anywhere in the world and manage your own study hours to suit you.

The course is delivered by academics and health researchers from our Institute of Applied Health Sciences. It features a range of online resources, including videos, articles, discussion and quizzes.

You’ll spend around 4 hours per week on this course.

Where will this take me?

This course is part of the Understanding the Body programme, which will enable you to develop your knowledge of the human body and can lead to 10 credits at SCQF Level 9 from the University of Aberdeen if you upgrade your course for a fee.

These credits can be built up towards higher qualifications. Find out more about credits

Further study

If you’re keen to learn more about the human body, the Institute of Applied Health Sciences offers a fascinating range of short courses and postgraduate degrees in this area:

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This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in how the body’s communication system works. No existing knowledge of biology is required.

Start date
15 April 2019
Cost
Free