Human Physiology is an open textbook featured on the Wikibooks website. This online textbook is an introduction to human physiology. It is a comprehensive book covering the following topics: homeostasis, cell physiology, integumentary system, nervous system, senses, muscular system, blood physiology, cardiovascular system, immune system, urinary system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, nutrition, endocrine system, male reproductive system, female reproductive system, pregnancy and birth, genetics and inheritance, and development. In addition to the physiology content, there are many applications to clinical events. In addition, most sections have review questions at the end of the chapter and suggested readings. The site was created by pre-nursing students and is targeted toward the college general education students.
It is a featured book in the Wikibooks repository; however, it is unprotected from editing at this point. There are limited links to outside sources. It is very text-heavy, creating a major drawback for diverse learners.
Type of Material:
This site could function as a Physiology textbook.
This site could supplement a current textbook in use.
This site could be used as a reference material.
This site also provides questions that could be used for review.
This site could be used for homework.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students will develop a basic understanding of human physiology.
Students will be able to apply physiology to basic clinical situations.
Target Student Population:
College general education.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Efficient Reading Skills
The content is accurate.
The site provides a general physiology background and explains core concepts.
The site is clear and concise and explains things well.
The site has a limited number of animations and pictures.
A section on peripheral plexuses, such as the brachial plexus, could be expanded.
The site is text dense and could use more pictures, images, animations, etc.
It is on a wiki site which means that anyone could alter information.
The site is lacking coverage of the skeletal system.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site is well organized.
The site includes clinical problems and case studies to reinforce concepts.
The site can supplement a current textbook.
The site contains a glossary of terms that could be useful to students.
The site contains lots of information
Some topics include questions at the end to further students understanding of the topic.
More pictures would be useful.
The multiple choice questions do not have answers provided or feedback for incorrect answers.
No objectives listed.
A summary at the end of the section highlighting the key points would be useful.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to navigate.
The site is easy to use.
The site is well organized.
Links are given throughout the site to go to other various areas.
A PDF version and a printable version are both available to users.
Many of the Reference Links do not work, or link to pages that are no longer available.
Other Issues and Comments:
This textbook is posted on a wiki site which allows others to edit the contents of the book. While this is also helpful in order to insert new material it also allows for erroneous information to slip into the material. Other than that, this site is informative about numerous topics on human physiology. The questions are helpful to gauge understanding; however, the answers for the multiple choice questions are not given.
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