This course will focus on a basic study of the functioning of human body organ systems, their disorders, and diseases. This includes symptoms, causes, diagnosis, diagnostic tests, treatment and management, and invasive and non-invasive surgical techniques. Other topics include pharmacology and commonly used drugs, the genetic basis of diseases and disorders, and the use of gene therapy in curing them. The role of nutrition as a cause and treatment of diseases is also highlighted. (3 credits)
- BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe appropriate medical terminology and discuss pathophysiological concepts.
- Analyze the association between normal human physiology and pathophysiological alterations.
- Describe mechanisms, in which normal physiological functions are altered in disease states.
- Describe the etiology, risk factors, population at risk, clinical and diagnostic manifestations, treatment modalities and prognosis of selected diseases.
- Evaluate current research findings with the knowledge base of selected acute and chronic diseases.
- Compare and contrast a case study format to describe most common diseases.
- Identify common drugs used for treatment of common diseases for each body system.
- Research brand names/generic names, uses and side effects of common drugs.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion / Case Studies (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)
Short Papers (Weeks 2, 4 & 6)
Pharmacology Project (Week 7)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore)
- Story, Lachel. (2018). Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach - with Access Code. 3rd ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. ISBN-10: 1-284-12019-8 or ISBN-13: 978-1-284-12019-6
- Note: This text may be purchased Used. The Access code provides supplementary materials, none of which are required for assignments.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Cellular Function and Genetics
Topic: Hemopoietic System and Body Defenses
Topic: Cardiovascular System
Topic: Respiratory and Urinary Systems
Topic: Nervous System and Sensory Function
Topic: Musculoskeletal and Gastrointestinal Systems
Topic: Endocrine Function and Reproduction
Topic: Integument System
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.