TR (9:30 - 10:50 am)
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 this 2nd semester of this two semester course, students will be able to:
recognize Anatomy and Physiology as the science explaining the human body and its functions
understand the organization of the human body
understand the molecular and cellular basis for the structure and function of the human body
appreciate the complementarity of structure and function
understand the different tissues involved in the organization of the human body
understand the regulation and integration systems of the human body
understand the interrelationships of the body organ systems
understand the nature, role & importance of homeostasis in body function
Human Anatomy & Physiology. by Marieb, Elaine N. & Hoehn, Katja. 8th edition. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2007.
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 3 midterm exams worth 120 points each.
There will be a comprehensive final exam worth 240 points.
As stated below, the laboratory portion of the course is worth 25% of the 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:
a. Death of an immediate family member. An immediate family member is considered to be a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, in-law, aunt, uncle, or child.
b. Summons to appear in court or jury duty. A copy of the summons is required.
c. Call to military service. A copy of your orders to report is required.
d. University sponsored event. Members of athletic teams, college bowl participants, etc. will be excused with proper notification.
e. Debilitating illness or disability. Illnesses will be addressed on an individual basis. If a student is affected by an illness that is not debilitating, (i.e. flu, virus infection) which may result in the student missing one or more consecutive class sessions, that student will be marked as unexcused for the amount of days missed unless a doctor’s note is provided.
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:
• Students are expected to be prepared for lecture and lab by: 1) reading the text, lab manual and handouts prior to coming to class; 2) having paper and pen at hand
• Students are expected to arrive a few minutes early in order to mentally prepare. If late arrival is unavoidable, the student should enter the class in a manner that creates as little disruption as possible.
• Personal electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, etc.) are to be turned off/silenced and stowed out of sight for the duration of class or lab.
• Points will be deducted from assignments turned in late.
• Food and beverages are prohibited in the lab (see the Laboratory Safety section in the Laboratory Manual for additional safety issues).
• Student Conduct: Please refer to the MSU Student Handbook for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights and activities. For example, see page 41 for valid grounds for an instructor drop (excessive absence, indifferent attitude, disruptive conduct, failure to meet class assignments), page 70 for the university's policy on classroom conduct, and page 71 for definitions of academic dishonesty that may be subject to disciplinary action (cheating, plagiarism, and collusion).
• Students with disabilities: It is the responsibility of the student to first contact Disability Support Services and then the instructor to determine what accommodations might be made for a disability. It will be the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to acquire notes. Any requests for accommodations must be made 2 weeks prior to the first exam.
If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.
I will respond to e-mail during regular school hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm M-F). I will make every effort to respond to e-mail sent during the week within 24 hours. Those sent over the weekend will be attended to on Monday.
Always include a subject line in your e-mail messages. Include your first initial, last name, course number & section (i.e. BIOL 1234).
Exam Make-Up Policy:
Makeup exams will be given in case of excused absences only (see above). You must notify the instructor of problems prior to the start of the exam. Midterms allowed will be essay exams taken in the final week of the semester. The grade earned will be substituted for the one exam missed. There will be no makeup for final exams.
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 800 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 480. Fractional percentages will be rounded at the end of the semester.
Lecture constitutes approximately 75% of the BIOL 1234 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 1234 grade. Specifics for lab exercises, assignments and grading will be provided during the first laboratory session.
1) For exam questions requiring a written answer. No regrades will be provided for exams done in pencil.
2) Misspelled words and incorrect nomenclature will result in ¼ point deductions for each instance.