NAT280 - The Body: Bits and Bites

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Subject Title
The Body: Bits and Bites

Subject Description

This course will give students an inside look into their bodies. Students will learn about the body's main internal systems and organs, including the heart, brain, digestive system, respiratory system and sexual organs. Common myths and misconceptions about the human body will be debunked.  Students will also learn about some common diseases that affect the body, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Through this course, students will understand how to make the body healthier and stronger.


Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Note:   Students in the Esthetician program are not permitted to take NAT280 for credit.
Students who have taken NAT112, NAT160 or NAT150 as a general education elective cannot take NAT280.
Students in the following programs cannot take NAT280 as a general education elective credit: BTA, CHY, CLP, CLT, and PND.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the body's main internal systems to reveal the interdependence of organs.
  2. Identify myths about the body and human health to dispel common misunderstandings.
  3. Explain the role of nutrition and exercise to optimize health and control weight.
  4. List lifestyle behaviours and preventative actions to minimize the risk of various diseases, disorders and illnesses.
  5. Identify ways to reverse biological aging to live a longer, more vibrant life.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.