MWF (8:00 - 8:50)
The purpose of this two semester course is to provide an overview of human anatomy and physiology. The lecture will focus on vocabulary and the principles of physiology. The laboratory will focus on anatomy.
Upon the completion of the first semester of this two semester course, students will be able to:
Human Anatomy & Physiology. by Marieb, Elaine N. & Hoehn, Katja. 8th edition. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2010.
Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual. by Marieb, Elaine N. & Mitchell, Susan J. 10th edition (cat version). Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2011.
Each student is required to complete all exams and laboratory assignments.
There will be three midterm exams worth 120 points each, and a cumulative final exam worth 240 points.
The laboratory portion comprises 25% of the total course grade.
Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. In those classes where attendance is considered as part of the grade, the instructor should so inform students of the specifics in writing at the beginning of the semester in a syllabus or separate attendance policy statement. An instructor who has an attendance policy must keep records on a daily basis. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. Instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from a course by the instructor. Any individual faculty member or college has the authority to establish an attendance policy, providing the policy is in accordance with the General University Policies. [MSU Student Handbook, p. 39]
Absences will be excused for:
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain notes or other information covered in class during an absence.
A Final Attendance Policy Note:
Laboratory attendance is required. Unexcused absences for the laboratory midterm or final exams, or more than two (2) unexcused absences for laboratory sessions, will result in a final grade of “F” for the course.
Classroom expectations and policies:
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All exams and assignments count toward your final grade in the course and so it is important to do the best that you can on everything you turn in. If you find yourself having difficulties, please come to me for help early in the semester so that you give yourself time to improve.
Attendance is not a direct component of your course score. However, continual tardiness – and the subsequent class disruption due to coming in late – will be taken into account and may have an effect on your final points awarded.
This course is not graded on a traditional curve, but it is scaled to where the students are. This allows for any adjustments that the instructor deems necessary. The course is worth approximately 1000 points. Grade categories and equivalent percentages are as indicated: A (90-100%); B (80-89%); C (70-79%); D (60-69%); F (59% and below). Passing requires 60% of the points (unadjusted) for the course, or 600. Fractional percentages will be rounded at the end of the semester.
Lecture constitutes approximately 75% of the BIOL 1134 grade. There will be three midterm exams, each worth 120 points. Each exam will focus on what was covered since the previous exam. However, each exam will be cumulative in that each section of the course builds on what came before. The final exam, worth 240 points, will emphasize material covered since the third midterm exam. The final will also be more typically cumulative in that it will cover the entire semester, focusing on material that needs to be reviewed (i.e. the majority of the class got it wrong the first time around).
Lab constitutes approximately 25% of the BIOL 1134 grade. Specifics for lab exercises, assignments and grading will be provided during the first laboratory session.
Note: No regrades will be provided for exams done in pencil. In addition, misspelled words and incorrect taxonomic nomenclature will result in ¼ point deductions for each instance.