This site is part of a series of five modules on "Topics: Circulatory System." This particular website describes the anatomy and physiology of blood vessels including arteries, veins and capillaries. Characteristic histological features are described and correlated with the functions of these vessels. Physiological mechanisms and factors responsible for the flow of blood to and from the tissues are discussed. Risk factors, progression and consequences of atherosclerosis are discussed. Coronary heart disease is highlighted.
Type of Material:
Most of this material can be used as reference and some of the diagrams can be used in lecture.
This material can be used in class and as homework / supplementary materials, particularly for a hybrid class that includes lecture and Internet learning.
This site can be viewed with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
After completing this presentation, the learner would be able to:
Compare and contrast the components of the blood vessels
Diagram the anatomy of the microcirculation and relate it to its physiology
Discuss the factors responsible for the return of venous blood to the heart
Describe the risk factors and progression of atherosclerosis
Use the facts learned to describe the coronary artery disease
Target Student Population:
The target population includes middle school, high school, and undergraduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some familiarity of terminology and basic biology would help users learn more from the material as it is presented.
Evaluation and Observation
Logical presentation of hte concepts makes it easy to follow
Very professionally done with help from a publisher
Concise and relevant
Content cover core curriculum within the discipline
Includes an adequate amount of material
Provides useful and accurate information
Integrates the concept very well
Does not summarize the concept
Images, though clear, are rather small
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Very efficient; could learn a lot in a short time
Builds up on prior concepts
Demonstrates relationship between concepts
Excellent source for review
Presentation of salient information on the blood vessels will provide students with an easy reference when first studying the materials and when reviewing the materials in the future
Does not provide additional resources
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The content is accurately presented and the professionally produced illustrations help in communicating the information
Easy to use
Information presented in ways that are familiar to students
No external plug-ins is needed in order to access the materials
Other Issues and Comments:
The material is not interactive but the content is accurate. For students seeking interactivity, this website may not be very appealing.