Monday, May 2, 2011

Objective 14: Endocrine System

Objective 14: Describe the location, histology, hormones, and functions of the thyroid gland, the parathyroid gland, the adrenal glands, the pancreas, the ovaries, the testes, the pineal gland, and the thymus

WOW! I'd have to say that this is alot of information that is wanted on one objective. I was pretty overwhelmed when I saw it and wondered, 'how on earth am I going to get that one done?' The textbook was a great help (as always) but what really helped our with the location and functions of the endocrine system was our textbook's Interactive Physiology website. I know I have used this site for numerous objectives (like for the respiratory system and alimentary canal), but it has done wonders for me! I really would be kind of lost without it. I had to click under the tab of endocrine system, go to anatomy review, and then just sit back and soak everything in. This interactive lesson not only shows the location of these glands, but also the hormones they secrete and the functions that they perform on the body. Three for one deal? I'll take it! The same site that I used for the histology of the alimentary canal and the respiratory system is the same one that I used for the endocrine system. I wasn't able to take many good pictures of the slides from our labtime (most of the pictures were blurry), so having this site was a great reinforcement. I also found this picture that was helpful, and it shows the location of all the endocrine glands along with their hormones and functions within the body. The endocrine system is a complicated system as it is, so I'm glad that I have sites that can offer me help with multiple objectives.