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Thursday, July 22, 2010

High School Science: Physiology; Blood

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Class dates: Mondays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 25, 2010
Total classes: 6
Starting time: 1:30 pm Eastern (12:30 Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Fee: $90 for the entire 6-week course. Early Registration Discount of $15 off before August 1, 2010.
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
High school credit: This course is worth 1/2 semester of science. For a full semester credit then add Kris Correira's Science: Immunity; In Sickness and in Health (recorded or live Spring 2011).
Course description: You won't faint at the sight of blood in this virtual class! We'll explore what blood is and does, how it is made, how it clots, and blood typing. We'll also look at how blood is tested in a medical laboratory, what the results are when a person is healthy and how it changes in illness. Each student will present their own research into a specific blood disorder of his or her choosing.
Course outline:
Class 1: Function and Composition, Hematopoiesis
Class 2: Blood Clotting
Class 3: Structure and Function of Hemoglobin, Blood Typing
Class 4: CBC
Class 5: Anemia
Class 6: Leukemia and Other Bone Marrow Diseases
Homework: Homework will consist of answering a series of questions relating to what will be covered the following week. Lectures 2 through 6 will have a quiz at the start of class.
Course Materials: Reading materials are available free online. You will be required to order lab supplies that will cost around $20.

Instructor's biography:
Kris Correira is a homeschooling mom of three boys with a special interest in science. Her blog, At Home Science, is a resource for teaching science at home without reliance on textbooks or curricula, but rather by creating individual, flexible science programs through a variety of books and other resources. She also has a unique approach to nature study which she blogs about at A Private Eye Nature.

Kris has a long background in medicine and teaching. She is a physician assistant who worked in a busy emergency department for sixteen years. She has been teaching in the paramedic program at Quinsigamond Community college since 1993, and now also teaches a lab in Human Biology for Non-Majors at Eastern Connecticut State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological Sciences and Computer Science from Wellesley College, and her Physician Assistant Certificate and Masters of Health Professions degree from Northeastern University. She is currently working towards her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education online from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

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