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Digestion Lab Report

Digestion Lab Report


  • Complete an interactive lab on the digestive system.


    All body systems need energy to function. The body fuels cells with the nutrients and gases necessary to function properly. Our body takes in oxygen and circulates it through the bloodstream. Many chemical reactions in the body require cellular energy and need oxygen to drive these reactions. Some of these reactions are used to break down food and metabolize what we eat, which are a part of the digestive system.SHOW LESSAs Tanya ages, her metabolism decreases. The food she eats impacts the energy she needs to function. Not enough food or too much food can also impact her body functions. What can she do to get the proper nutrients but not gain weight? Let us take a closer look at the digestive and respiratory systems to learn about how they function in Tanya’s body and how Tanya gets energy.The body needs energy to live. The digestive and respiratory systems work to provide this energy with nutrients and oxygen. We eat food to provide energy to our cells. The digestive system breaks the food down into smaller macromolecules that the cells can process for energy. In order for the cells to utilize the nutrients, oxygen from the respiratory system is needed. The respiratory system takes in oxygen from the air and helps to expel the carbon dioxide we generate.

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    View the Human Body Systems Organization infographic by selecting a system to learn how these two systems work.Watch the Digestion presentation on the human digestive system that focuses on the gut, mouth, pharynx, esophagus, epiglottis, small intestine, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and large intestine.Complete the interactive media activity to learn more about the digestive system for your assessment, Digestive System.You may also want to read the following:

    Ireland, K. A. (2018). Visualizing human biology (5th ed.). John Wiley and Sons. Available in the courseroom via the VitalSource Bookshelf link

    • Chapter 14, “The Respiratory System: Movement to Air.” In this chapter, you will learn more about the air we breathe. How often do you take a breath? Do you ever think about breathing?
    • Chapter 15, “Nutrition: You Are What You Eat.” In this chapter, you will learn how the digestive system breaks down these molecules into usable units of energy. “You are what you eat,” is a popular phrase. But it is true?
    • Chapter 16, “The Digestive System.” In this chapter, you will learn more about the process of digestion. We eat three to five pounds of food each day to provide us with energy.
  • Assessment Instructions


    In this lab, you will be looking at food labels. Food labels provide important information about the nutrient content of packaged food. You will analyze a food label from your own kitchen and discuss whether the food item is a healthy choice. Try to find a food item you eat often to see whether or not this is a healthy choice.


    For this assessment, you will complete a series of responses within the lab, complete an assessment at the end of the lab, and write a brief summary of your conclusion about the lab. To complete this assessment:

    1. Fill out the items requested in the lab.
    2. Complete the assessment at the end of the lab.
    3. Save a pdf of your responses and download it to your computer. You will have an option to download a pdf within the lab.
    4. Write a one-paragraph summary detailing new knowledge acquired in the lab.
    5. Attach both documents when submitting the assessment.

    Make sure that you read the Homework: Digestion Lab Scoring Guide prior to submitting your assessments to ensure you have met all of the expectations for this assessment.It is recommended that you review the scoring guide prior to completing the la as most work will be completed within the lab.


    Your summary should meet the following requirements:

    • Length: Submit one double-spaced page.
    • Written communication: Ensure written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
    • Standard formatting: Include one-inch margins, appropriate headers, and a title page.
    • Font and font size: Use Times New Roman, 12-point font.
    • Note: If you use assistive technology or any alternative communication methods to participate in this activity, please contact DisabilityServices@Capella.edu with any access-related questions or to request accommodations.


    By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

    • Competency 2: Apply concepts of human biology to the social sciences.
      • Estimate daily caloric need.
      • Calculate percentage of daily calories of the food item.
      • List serving size and calories in a serving, and calories from fats.
      • List the sodium content, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, vitamins, and minerals found in the food item.
      • Analyze the food item based on label.
      • Analyze if packaging is misleading.


Digestion Lab Report