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Anatomy: Cardiovascular, Urinary, and Respiratory Systems (edX)

Learn the multifaceted structures and functions of the cardiovascular, urinary, and respiratory systems. This course is a primer for the cardiovascular, respiratory, and urinary systems in which students learn the pertinent details of the structures and functions through a combination of lectures, videos, labeling activities and quizzes.

In this anatomy course, part of the Anatomy XSeries, you will explore the interactive relationships of the cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems, and the roles they play in your body.

What you’ll learn

– Learn the basic structure and function of the cardiovascular system

– Learn the basic structure and function of the respiratory system

– Learn the basic structure and function of the urinary system

Course Syllabus

CVS I: Blood & Lymphatics

Intro to the cardiovascular system

Blood as a solution

Formed elements

Erythrocyte structure, development, function, and pathologies

Leukocyte types, functions, development, and pathologies

Thrombocyte function

Lymphatic system and circulation

Lymphocytes, cellular immunity, and humoral immunity

Distribution of lymph nodes and routes

CVS II: Heart & Vasculature

Heart layers

External and internal heart failures

Heart cycles and function

Blood flow and structures


Aorta and vena cava branches

Vascular pathologies

Urinary System

Relationship of urinary system and CVS

Urinary anatomy

Kidney structure

Renal vasculature


Bladder and urethra

Respiratory System

Intro to the respiratory system

Relationship of respiratory system and CVS

Nose and nasal cavity



Bronchial tree and alveoli

Gross features of lungs

Muscle and neural control of respiration