Principles of Biomedical Science
the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program,
students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors
that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the
case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and
explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.
The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology,
basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to
design their own experiments to solve problems.
Human Body Systems 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.
Medical Interventions Description
In the Medical
Interventions course, students will investigate the variety of
interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of
disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. A “How-To”
manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body, the
course will explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen
and evaluate the code in our 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 will be exposed to the wide range of
interventions related to Immunology, Surgery, Genetics, Pharmacology,
Medical Devices, and Diagnostics. Each family case scenario will
introduce multiple types of interventions and will reinforce concepts
learned in the previous two courses, as well as present new content.
Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of
complex diseases and disorders. These interventions will be showcased
across the generations of the family and will provide a look at the
past, present and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and
preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the
important role scientific thinking and engineering design play in the
development of interventions of the future.
MPA Research Internship
In this capstone course, under the direction of a science advisor
from the community, students will complete an in-depth study of a scientific research topic.