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What Is the Body?

University of Aberdeen via FutureLearn

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Explore how your body works through the study of body anatomy

How does the body work? What is it made of? What are the different parts of the human body and what are their functions?

From cells to organ systems, this course will introduce you to the basic components that make up the human body.

You’ll discover what molecular structures are, and classify different types within the body.

As you learn more about cell structure, you’ll find out about human tissue and its function, and explore the different organs systems within the body and what they do.

You’ll also gain basic physiological knowledge and learn how your body works, and how to influence it.

This course is aimed at anyone interested in what the body is made up of. No existing knowledge of biology or chemistry is required.


  • Micro structures of the body
    • Course Introduction
    • Molecules
    • Cells
  • Cells working together
    • Tissues
    • Organ Systems
  • The body's building blocks
    • Proteins
    • Fats
    • Carbohydrates
    • Fluids
    • Summary and the end of the course
    • Final assessment for the course

Taught by

Lynsey Christie


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4.6 rating at FutureLearn based on 52 ratings

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  • A very nice class. Simple to understand, still complete in detail. I enjoyed learning about various aspects of the human body. It starts with the periodic table of elements, how those form molecules, important biomolecules, cells, tissues, organs, various systems in our body, macromolecules, and fluids in our body. So much detail sparks our curiosity to learn more and go deeper. Now, I am looking forward to the next part about DNA as the blueprint!

    I will recommend this class to any curious learner of any age, profession, or gender. It is for everyone.

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