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The Integumentary System

Skin, or the integumentary system, is a great place to begin a tour through the human body systems. There are a lot of connections that can be made between this unit and the histology and cells units. The vocabulary and number of structures in this unit is not as overwhelming as some of the later body systems. Finally, skin is something that students can easily see. The content covered here is usually pretty high interest.


The Integumentary System Lecture Powerpoint

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Integumentary System Lecture Powerpoint

Purpose: This Powerpoint lecture begins by going through each of the layers of human skin, beginning with the epidermis, then the dermis, and finally the subcutaneous layer. The structure and function of each layer is given, along with any accessory structures present like hair and glands. Finally, the lecture ends with a section on some of the pathologies of the integumentary system -- human skin disorders and what causes them.

Essential Concepts: Skin, integumentary system, epidermis, stratum, dermis, hypodermis, subcutaneous, hair, arrector pili, apocrine glands, eccrine glands, skin cancer, skin burns.


Integumentary System Student Notes Outline

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Integumentary System Student Notes Outline

Purpose: Taking efficient notes can be a big challenge for many students, especially when working from a Powerpoint lecture. This outline gives students a means to take notes that guides them toward important concepts and avoids the pitfalls of writing word-for-word or simply not taking notes at all. The outline lays out each of the key concepts, ideas, and blank diagrams that students are expected to learn. They fill in the missing details as the lecture proceeds.

Essential Concepts: Skin, integumentary system, epidermis, stratum, dermis, hypodermis, subcutaneous, hair, arrector pili, apocrine glands, eccrine glands, skin cancer, skin burns.


Sweat Gland Distribution Lab

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Sweat Gland Distribution Lab

Purpose: This is a short lab where students use Lugol's Iodine and bond paper (not regular paper) to detect the number of sweat glands on a square centimeter surface of their skin. The lab is designed to compare the palm of the hand and the skin of the forearm.

Essential Concepts: Skin, integumentary system, epidermis, dermis, sweat glands, pores.


Integumentary System Study Guide

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Integumentary System Study Guide

Purpose: This study guide is a condensed listing of the major vocabulary words from this chapter, along with a set of practice questions and diagrams similar to what might be on a written test. The questions and vocabulary are roughly written in the same order as they appear in the lecture.

Essential Concepts: Skin, integumentary system, epidermis, stratum, dermis, hypodermis, subcutaneous, hair, arrector pili, apocrine glands, eccrine glands, skin cancer, skin burns.


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