Case Study - Celiac Disease (KEY)

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In this case, students learn about celiac disease . The goal is for students to understand how digestion works and how an autoimmune disease (celiac) interferes with the process. I focused on specific details of the system, like villi and absorption of nutrients across the mucosa.

This case is used as part of a larger unit on the digestive system which includes a dissection of a model specimen.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. Emphasis is on functions at the organism system level such as nutrient uptake, water delivery, and organism movement in response to neural stimuli. An example of an interacting system could be an artery depending on the proper function of elastic tissue and smooth muscle to regulate and deliver the proper amount of blood within the circulatory system. Assessment does not include interactions and functions at the molecular or chemical reaction level.


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