Biomedical (PLTW)

Course Descriptions

  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nationally recognized biomedical curriculum being offered in the Blue Springs School District.  Ask your guidance counselor for more information or go to www.pltw.org regarding Project Lead the Way.


    Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PLTW)
    Course #: HS6695
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art/Elective

    Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia and infectious diseases.  They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.  The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics.  Key biological concepts including homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum.  Engineering principles including the design process, feedback loops and relationship of structure to function are also incorporated.  This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.  Membership and participation in HOSA, a student organization promoting careers in the health sciences area, will be encouraged.


    Human Body Systems (PLTW)
    Course #: HS6696
    Grade: 10
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art/Elective/Technology*
    Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Sciences

    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 mannequin, work through interesting real-world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.  Membership and participation in HOSA, a student organization promoting careers in the health sciences area, will be encouraged.


     

    Medical Interventions **(PLTW)
    Course #: HS6697
    Grade: 11
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art/Elective/Speech
    Dual Credit: Dual credit by examination is available from S & T, if requirements are met
    Prerequisite: Human Body Systems

    Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family.  The course is a “how-to” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore how to prevent and fight infection; how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail.  These scenarios expose students to a wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery genetics, pharmacology and medical devices and diagnostics.  Each family scenario introduces multiple types of interventions and reinforces concepts learned in the previous two courses, as well as presenting new content.  Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders.  The interventions are showcased across generations of a family and provide a look at the past, present and future of the biomedical sciences.  Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as are the important roles in scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of intervention of the future.  Membership and participation in HOSA, a student organization promoting careers in health sciences area, will be encouraged. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Biomedical Innovations **(PLTW)
    Course #: HS6698
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art/Elective/Speech
    Dual Credit: Dual credit by examination is available from S & T, if requirements are met
    Prerequisite: Medical Interventions

    This capstone course provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences.  Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering and public health.  They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry.  Membership and participation in HOSA, a student organization promoting careers in the health sciences area, will be encouraged. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


     

  • *This course is closely aligned with the Missouri Health Standards, but not taught by a health teacher.  A student may take a competency based assessment at the end of the course.  If he/she passes the assessment earning an 80% or higher, this class may fulfill their health requirement and will be noted on the student’s transcript

    ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.