Project Lead the Way Biomedical

Below, you will find a brief outline of the courses for the Project Lead the Way Biomedical program.  Students will complete three courses over the course of their Career-Related Programme.  All information below is from the Project Lead the Way website.  


Students will take the following courses (click on the link to see the course description and outline):

Principles of Biomedical Science (11th Grade)

Course Description:

From the moment students walk into the Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) classroom, they are immersed in the mysterious death of Anna. They are asked to investigate, document, and analyze evidence to solve the case.

The Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) course provides an introduction to biomedical science through exciting hands-on projects and problems. Students investigate concepts of biology and medicine as they explore health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They will determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional woman as they sequentially piece together evidence found in her medical history and her autopsy report. Students will investigate lifestyle choices
and medical treatments that might have prolonged the woman’s life and demonstrate how the development of disease is related to changes in human body systems.

The activities and projects in PBS introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes and allow students to design experiments to solve problems. Key biological concepts, including
maintenance of homeostasis in the body, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the biomedical science program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.

Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.

Course Outline:

Unit 1:  The Mystery

  • Investigating the Scene
  • DNA Analysis
  • The Findings

Unit 2:  Diabetes

  • What is Diabetes?
  • The Science of Food
  • Life with Diabetes

Unit 3:  Sickle Cell Disease

  • The Disease
  • It's in the Genes
  • Chromosomes
  • Inheritance

Unit 4:  Heart Disease

  • Heart Structure
  • The Heart at Work
  • Heart Dysfunction
  • Heart Intervention

Unit 5:  Infectious Disease

  • Infection

Unit 6:  Post Mortem

  • Analyzing Anna

 

 


Human Body Systems (11th Grade)

 

Course Description:

Step inside the human body and explore the systems that help us move, protect us from disease or injury, and facilitate communication within the body and with the outside world.

Solve a medical mystery. Analyze a medical case file and diagnose disease. Design experiments to explore structure and function of the human body.

How do the systems of the body work together to keep us well?

In the Human Body Systems (HBS) course, students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate
the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build
organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases, and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.

Course Outline:

Unit 1:  Identity

  • Identity--Human
  • Identity--Tissues
  • Identity--Molecules and Cells

Unit 2:  Communication

  • The Brain
  • Electrical Communication
  • Chemical Communication
  • Communication with the Outside World

Unit 3:  Power

  • Introduction to Power
  • Food
  • Oxygen
  • Water

Unit 4:  Movement

  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Blood Flow
  • Energy and Motion--Exercise Physiology

Unit 5:  Protection

  • The Skin
  • Bones
  • Lymph and Blood Cells

Unit 6:  Homeostasis

  • Health and Wellness


Medical Interventions (12th Grade)

Course Description:

Medical Interventions (MI) allows students to investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. A “How-To” manual for maintaining
overall health and homeostasis in the body, the course will explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in our DNA, how to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios students will be exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Each family case scenario will introduce multiple types of interventions, reinforce concepts learned in the previous two
courses, and present new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. These interventions will be showcased across the generations of the family and will
provide a look at the past, present, and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important role that scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.

Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.

Course Outline:

Unit One:  How to Fight Infection

  • The Mystery Infection
  • Antibiotic Treatment
  • The Aftermath--Hearing Loss
  • Vaccination

Unit Two:  How to Screen What is in Your Genes

  • Genetic Testing and Screening
  • Our Genetic Future
  • Genetic Testing and Screening

Unit Three:  How to Conquer Cancer

  • Detecting Cancer
  • Reducing Cancer Risk
  • Treating Cancer
  • Building a Better Cancer Treatment

Unit Four:  How to Prevail When Organs Fail

  • Manufacturing Human Proteins
  • Organ Failure
  • Transplant
  • Building a Better Body