The aim of the activity is for students to consolidate their knowledge of homeostatic feedback loops through application and interpretation of an altered feedback loop during the pathophysiological state of pyrexia.
Students will benefit from the review of the components of a feedback loop, application of the concept of signs versus symptoms, constructing the timeline of the homeostasis of thermoregulation and the accompanying clinical manifestations of fever and the critical understanding of the benefits of fever to a patient who has an infection.
By working in groups, students will be able to discuss and debate, allowing for knowledge building. This activity is typically used in the first class session of a second-year course, allowing for a targeted review of the knowledge acquired in their first-year anatomy and physiology courses.
After completing the pre-readings, the worksheet and resultant group discussion allow students to consolidate their knowledge, correct any errors in understanding and apply a basic physiological principle to a novel disease state. The instructor is able to facilitate the learning of the students and focus the time spent together on correcting misconceptions and filling in knowledge gaps.
This activity is used early in the semester for a second-year Biology course, as a review of content they have learned in prior courses. It could be used in a course as a review of recently learned material
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