HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS PROJECT
You are a medical student at New York University. Your medical internship will take place at
New York University (NYU) Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Erin Dwyer, the Chief of
A team of medical students will research one of the 11 systems of the human body. These
systems include: nervous, integumentary, respiratory, digestive, excretory, skeletal, muscular,
circulatory, endocrine, reproductive, lymphatic, and immune (previously by Ms. Dwyer).
Dr. Dwyer will choose teams. At least two, but not more than four, medical students will make
up each team.
Each team will be expected to present their findings to their superiors and their colleagues at the
New York Medical Symposium. Guidelines for the presentation are outlined below.
You and your medical team will produce the following information in order to be prepared for
your presentation to the symposium.
Presentation or lecture with visual aid (Project Grade) 100 points
2-page paper summarizing your findings (Classwork/Lab) 75 points
A silhouette of the body (Classwork/Lab) 75 points
Handout or worksheet (Classwork/Lab) 50 points
Project 100 points
Class/Lab + 200 points
TOTAL 300 points
Research your assigned organ system using the Internet, videos, books, and other credible
sources of information. You may use the sources listed above or any other credible resources for
Find your organ system(s) listed on the following page(s). You are responsible for addressing the
questions/objectives listed under your organ system(s).
Group 1: Skeletal System
o State the 5 functions of the skeletal system.
o Distinguish between the bones of the axial and appendicular skeletons.
o Describe how new bone is formed.
o Describe the 5 major types of joints.
Group 2: Muscular System
o Describe the 3 types of muscle tissue: smooth, cardiac, skeletal
o Explain muscle contraction.
o Compare the structure and function of 3 muscles and give examples of where
these muscles would be found in the body.
o Describe the interdependence of the skeletal and muscular systems
Group 3: Circulatory System
o Identify the main functions of the circulatory system.
o Describe the structure and function of three types of blood vessels.
o List and describe the four components of human blood.
o Trace the flow of blood through the heart and body, distinguishing pulmonary
circulation from systemic circulation. Be sure to include the parts of the heart and
their functions as you work through the circulatory process.
Group 4: Respiratory System
o Identify the main functions of the respiratory system.
o Identify and state the function of the organs of the respiratory system.
o Name (in order) the respiratory structures through which air passes through when a
person is breathing.
o Describe the interdependence of the respiratory and circulatory systems.
o Describe a respiratory disorder.
Group 5: Digestive & Excretory Systems
o Describe how food travels through the human body.
o Describe the function of each organ in the digestive system (make a chart).
o Distinguish between mechanical and chemical digestion.
o Identify where digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids begins in the digestive
o Describe the process of absorption.
o State the function of the excretory system.
o List the parts of the excretory system.
o Summarize the function of the kidneys in the body.
Group 6: Endocrine & Reproductive Systems
o Define gland & hormone.
o Identify and describe the function of the glands that make up the endocrine system.
o Explain how hormones regulate the male and female reproductive systems.
o Explain the events that take place during a menstrual cycle.
o List the stages of human development after fertilization, from infancy to adulthood.
Group 7: Nervous System
o Distinguish between the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous
System (PNS). List the functions of each and how they are connected.
o Identify the major parts of a neuron and describe the function of each.
o Explain how a nerve impulse is similar to an electrical signal, and how it moves along
o Describe the functions of the organs of each of the senses; identify the different
sensory structures and what each is able to detect.
Group 8: Integumentary System
o List the four tissue types that are found in the integumentary system.
o Explain the functions of the integumentary system.
o Describe the composition of the two layers of skin.
o Summarize the events that occur when skin is repaired.
Group 9: Lymphatic System (aka Miss Dwyer)
o Summarize the structure and function of the lymphatic system.
You will present your findings to your fellow medical students and superiors at the New York
Medical Symposium. The presentation must be a minimum of 15 minutes (maximum of 20
minutes) long and involve the members of your audience. Your presentation will be stopped at
20 minutes; you will not be given additional time. The use of Power Point as a visual aid to
supplement your presentation is required.
At the start of your presentation you will provide the attendees with a 2-page (no more or less)
paper of your findings. This paper will follow the guidelines below.
1. Introductory paragraph with a lead and thesis statement.
2. Main idea paragraph that provides information on the role of the system in the body.
3. Paragraph that lists the organs of the system and explains how they interact to perform its
4. A fourth paragraph that describes one disorder associated with the system. Provide the
symptoms and consequences.
5. Concluding paragraph.
o 12 point font (Times New Roman)
o 1 in. margins
o 1.5 line spacing
o Minimum 2 pages of writing
o Typed final draft
Be sure to use correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. You and your medical staff must
include your names on the copy that is handed in to your teacher.
You are also required to submit references for your project. All references you used to complete
this assignment must be handed in with your paper. Follow APA format. You need a minimum
of 3 resources in addition to your school textbook.
You must display a life-size silhouette of a body illustrating your body system to the class. You
will trace your body in class and include the following things on your silhouette.
o Color pictures of organs involved in your system, positioned anatomically correct
o Labels of organs explaining their function (Labels must be typed; font larger than 26)
o Labeled pathway that something would travel in that system (i.e. blood, food, oxygen,
o Project should be neat, colorful, creative, and factual
Extra credit is available for 3-D organs and organs that mechanically demonstrate their function.
3 points (not DNA $) will be awarded for EACH organ that meets the above requirements.
Worksheet or Handout
At the close of your presentation you must provide a handout, worksheet, or other activity that
will assess the audience understanding of the material you presented. The activity may be in the
form of a game but can be no longer than 5 minutes and will be included in the time permitted
for your presentation. An answer sheet must be provided to the teacher.
After the Presentation…
Medical students in the audience will be given the opportunity to ask you and your colleagues’
questions. Be prepared to answer any questions that may arise, as this will contribute to your
Attendees, be sure to pay attention and ask questions. You will have worksheets to fill out as
your colleagues present their findings on each of the body systems. As noted, part of this project
will count as your test grade on Human Body Systems.
Your presentation (Power Point), paper and worksheet/handout must be e-mailed to Miss Dwyer
on JUNE 2nd by MIDNIGHT. Each group can send only ONE e-mail. Use the following
formats for the e-mail:
Subject of the e-mail: HBS Section ___, Group ____.
Body of the e-mail: (1) Members of Group – List Names
The silhouette is due the day of your presentation. The schedule will be posted on June 2nd. All
students should be prepared to present on June 3rd.
You will be evaluated by the use of rubrics created by your teacher. They will be provided to you
in a separate packet.