Finding the Body’s Balance: Understanding Homeostasis

Explore the role of homeostasis in maintaining life and investigate the factors that impact the body’s ability to sustain balance.


Key course information


Duration: 4 weeks

Weekly study: 3 hours

Finding the Body’s Balance: Understanding Homeostasis | Course |  Whitireia and Te Pukenga | Study With New Zealand Online

Discover the body’s self regulation processes

Homeostasis is a state of balance between all body systems that allows the body to function correctly. On this four-week course from Whitireia, you’ll delve into the mechanisms of homeostatic control, from regulating respiratory gases to maintaining constant body temperature.

Identify the factors that affect our internal environment

You’ll explore environmental factors including exposure to pathogens, stress, and temperature, and how they impact the body. You’ll then learn how the key components of a homeostatic control system respond to such changes. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to explain how multiple systems work together within the body to deliver effective responses.

Examine the body systems that contribute to homeostasis

On this course, you’ll discover how positive and negative feedback systems help the body address various environmental changes. You’ll learn how body systems regulate water, chemicals, gases, temperature, and blood pH to ensure the internal parameters of your body are kept constant. Using this understanding, you’ll be able to identify a range of responses the body produces to react to different factors, both internal and external.

Explore the connection between blood glucose regulation, diabetes, and homeostasis

Certain diseases, such as diabetes, impact the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis without assistance. You’ll investigate the body’s typical response to blood glucose regulation and learn how this differs in people with diabetes, understanding how a lack of equilibrium can lead to severe health problems or death. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to explain homeostatic processes, identifying body systems that help maintain homeostasis and the internal and external factors that affect homeostatic control.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what homeostasis is and its importance to life

  • Identify what factors influence homeostasis

  • Explain negative and positive feedback

  • Identify examples of homeostasis

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those considering a career or further study in health sciences, as well as those already studying who want to further their understanding of homeostasis.It is also suitable for anyone with a general interest in learning to maintain homeostasis or understanding the body’s processes in more detail.

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