Health Sciences 1

Christine Mattingly, RN, BSN, M.Ed. NBCT

[email protected]

Friday Smart Lunch A  Tutoring   

Announcement Method:  CANVAS

828-686-3852 ext. 3200 (w)


Course Description: This course is developed to focus on human anatomy, physiology and human body diseases and disorders, and recognizing and responding to first aid emergencies. Students will learn about healthcare careers within the context of human body systems. Projects, teamwork, and demonstrations serve as instructional strategies that reinforce the curriculum content. English language arts and science are reinforced in this course.

INTRO WEEK:  Welcome, virtual learning plan, course overview and expectations, forms, Honors Contract option.


CONTENT TOPIC 1: Human body organization and tissues (cells, types of tissues, organization of organ systems, homeostasis and feedback loops – how the body  maintains balance); Body planes/regions/directional terms (explore the way the body is viewed anatomically); Medical Terminology (explore the origins of medical terms and how they are applied); Early Response/Recognition (expectations and overview of providing first aid). 

CONTENT TOPIC 2: Skeletal system – understand the characteristics, interactions, and functions of bone, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Know bone types, bone names; disorders of the skeletal system. Activities include:

CONTENT TOPIC 3: Muscular system – understand the basic units/proteins, functions, types of muscle, insertion and origin, contraction and relaxation,  disorders and conditions affecting the muscle. Activities include

CONTENT TOPIC 4: The Lymph and Immune system – learn the components (organs/tissues, cells) of the systems and their role in protecting the body from infection and invasion.


CONTENT TOPIC 5:   Digestive system – learn the parts and functions of the digestive system. Compare role of exocrine vs endocrine glands, GI organs vs accessory organs. Learn the main roles of the various digestive system parts. Know conditions affecting the GI system. 

CONTENT TOPIC 6:  The Nervous system – learn the parts, function and disorders associated with the nervous system (including the brain, peripheral nerves and spinal cord).

CONTENT TOPIC 7:  The Sensory system. Learn the functions of these tissues/organs involved in this system and the conditions that can affect these organs/tissues.

CONTENT TOPIC 8:  The Integumentary system. Learn the components and the role of the skin and related structures and conditions/disorders affecting them. 

CONTENT TOPIC 9: The Renal/Urinary system. Learn the organs/tissues involved in excretion, absorption and secretion. Know the disorders and conditions that affect this system.

CONTENT TOPIC 10: The Endocrine system. Learn the organs and glands that make up this system and the critical role their hormones play in regulating body functions.

CONTENT TOPIC 11: The Reproductive system. Learn the male/female reproductive components. Understand how conception and contraception work. Know the conditions that affect this system – including STI’s.


Grading Philosophy of Owen High:  The focus of grading at Owen High School is to give students accurate and meaningful feedback that supports and encourages student learning.  Student grades are based on mastery of course content. The purpose of daily practice and homework is to learn, receive feedback, and have the opportunity to clarify or correct errors in thinking or understanding.

The state of North Carolina requires that final grades be reported as a number grade on a 10 point scale for all students.

A = 90 - 100 B = 80 - 89 C = 70 - 79 D = 60 - 69  F = below 60

Quizzes/Tests - 70%       Homework - 30%

SMART Lunch Tutoring Expectations: Students with a grade below 70 at any time in the 9 week grading period or who are directed by a teacher are expected to attend virtual tutoring and will receive an administrative referral if they do not attend.

Behavioral Expectations:

Owen High School has adopted a Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support. Our school promotes these characteristics for all students in all situations:  

I - Integrity A - Attitude M - Maturity

Teachers recognize students for their positive behaviors and try to redirect students from negative behaviors both through modeling and establishing consequences and rewards.

Mature and cooperative behaviors interface with the demands for a healthcare industry employee - this is desirable for letters of recommendation for internships and employment.

Refer to a rubric found in Canvas that scores your daily participation. This grade will be calculated in the homework percentage.

Attendance Policy:  Buncombe County School Board policy states that a student may only have a total of five absences per semester per class. (A student must be in class for two thirds of the class period to be counted present.)  Once a student misses more than 5 days, the student is required to make up the days through After-School Attendance Makeup, Saturday School or Summer Attendance School.  

Course Specific Expectations:  

Most assignments will be accessed and completed on Canvas, a learning management system that gives students control over their pace.  Keeping organized and completing assignments on time is essential to your success.

As you plan your high school course of study, I strongly recommend taking anatomy and chemistry in high school as you prepare for a health care program of study in college.  University programs have communicated how important AP courses are for their programs of study.  It will help you tackle the rigor of college and give you an advantage.

Preparing for Nursing Fundamentals where you have the opportunity to achieve your CNA starts with taking Health Science 1 & 2.  Having your CNA as you enter your program of study in college has many advantages and you are able to work in the industry while continuing your education.

Participation in Healthcare Careers Club is a great idea! - we take several field trips each year to enhance the student direction toward career and college readiness. If Covid allows us, we will be taking our field trip to Fairfax, VA again this year to observe open heart surgery.  Plan to go to get a bird’s eye view of state of the art technology and see real world applications close up - it’s an opportunity that can be career boosting. The date scheduled for this is April 23, 2021.