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Introduction to Human Biology

Human Biology (Year 11) - Cells and Tissues

Ben Whitten

What is Human Biology?

Human Biology is the scientific study of the human body and its various systems, functions, and interactions. It's an exciting field that helps us understand the intricate mechanisms that keep our bodies functioning, and it plays a crucial role in advancing medical science and healthcare.

Why Study Human Biology?

Studying Human Biology is not only fascinating but also essential for several reasons:

  1. Health and Well-being: Understanding how the human body works allows us to make informed decisions about our health and well-being, helping us lead healthier lives.

  2. Medical Advances: Human Biology forms the foundation of medical research and healthcare, leading to breakthroughs in disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

  3. Career Opportunities: A strong foundation in Human Biology opens doors to various careers in healthcare, research, pharmaceuticals, and more.

Units 1 and 2 Overview

Unit 1: The functioning human body

Topics include:

  • Cells and tissues

  • Metabolism

  • Respiratory system

  • Circulatory system

  • Digestive system

  • Musculoskeletal system

  • Excretory System

Unit 2: Reproduction and inheritance

Key topics include:

  • DNA

  • Cell reproduction

  • Human reproduction

  • Types of inheritance

Course Objectives

By the end of Units 1 and 2, you will:

  • Have a solid understanding of the basic principles of biology and how they apply to the human body.

  • Be able to explain the structure and function of major biological molecules and cells.

  • Understand the role of genetics and inheritance in human biology.

  • Comprehend the importance of various body systems and how they work together to maintain life.

  • Develop critical thinking skills to analyse and solve biological problems.

How to Succeed in Human Biology

  • Stay curious: Human Biology is a dynamic field, so stay curious and ask questions.

  • Study regularly: Consistent study habits will help you grasp complex concepts.

  • Engage actively: Participate in class discussions, labs, and practical exercises.

  • Seek help: Don't hesitate to ask your teachers or classmates for assistance when needed.

  • Practice, practice, practice: Practice problems and quizzes to reinforce your understanding.


As you embark on your journey through Year 11 Human Biology, remember that you are entering a world of discovery and exploration. By the end of these units, you will have gained valuable insights into the remarkable complexity of the human body and its biology. Enjoy the learning process, and let your curiosity drive your understanding of the fascinating world of Human Biology!

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