Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Details

Course Number: 1134  Section Number: 202

Spring 2013

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 213

Days & Times:

This course consists of lecture TR 1-2:20pm and lab (various times).

Course Attachments

Syllabus  Spring 2013 AandPI Syllabus-20130109-093723.docx


Human Anatomy and Physiology 9th edition
Marieb and Hoehn
Anatomy and Physiology Lab Manual 10th edition rat
Marieb and Mitchell
MSU Faculty Member
Elizabeth Ann Machunis-Masuoka PhD   
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Course Objectives

By the end of this first semester course, students should be able to:

  1. Define anatomy & physiology
  2. Explain the meaning and importance of homeostasis in human physiology
  3. Correctly use proper anatomical terminology to locate body directions, regions, planes, and sections
  4. Identify the tissues and organs comprising the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems
  5. Describe how tissue and organ structure relates to function within human physiology
  6. Identify the molecules and macromolecules that make up the human body and describe the functions they play in human physiology
  7. Identify the structures that comprise a eukaryotic cells and describe the roles each plays in cellular function
  8. Differentiate between the various tissue types based on microscopic anatomy
  9. Describe the types of movement allowed by the various joint types and how each movement is defined by the structure of the joint
  10. Describe the mechanism and regulation of muscle contraction
  11. Explain what occur at the neuromuscular junction and relate this to muscle contraction
  12. Explain the mechanism and regulation of nervous impulse generation and propagation
  13. Describe how the nervous system regulates sensory input and body functions

Course Expectations

College Realities 101: What is TRULY Expected of the Student

  1. YOU are responsible for YOU. As adults, college students are expected to take full responsibility for their choices, actions, and the results of those choices and actions. You must choose what your priorities are, and if college is not your priority, then you must accept that your college career will suffer.
  2. CLASS ATTENDANCE is expected. You may choose to attend or not, I cannot make you, but if you choose not to attend, remember that it has consequences.
  3. Taking notes means writing something down; studying means more than just reading what you wrote. To be successful in college, you should take notes in class, rewrite those notes at least once a week, and prepare study notes for exams. Highlighting, skimming notes, etc. do not work in the long term and will hurt you in the short term.
  4. Strive for GOOD grades rather than MINIMAL grades. This should be obvious, but often students enter a classroom (particularly in a subject they don’t like) with the attitude of just getting by. If you want to “just get by”, chances are you will shoot so low you will miss a passing grade entirely.
  5. THE BEST STUDENTS STUDY EVERY DAY. As a rule, for every 1 hour you spend in class you should be spending 3 hours outside of class studying for it. You MUST do more work in college than you did in high school!!!
  6.  “Cramming” for exams DOES NOT WORK. If you cram, you will most likely fail, but at the very least, you will short-change your own education. If you choose to cram and you do not do well, do not complain about your poor grade.
  7. YOU are responsible for the grade you earn. I am a facilitator; I help make the material approachable and understandable, but I do not work in a vacuum. The work you turn in is the product of YOUR knowledge. If you do not like the grades you earn, the only way to change them is to change the knowledge inside of you.

Grading Standards

Final Grade Assessment

Final grades will be calculated as follows:


            Lecture portion of the course:             75% of final grade

            Lab portion of the course:                   25% of final grade



Lecture points are distributed as follows:

            Exams (60%)

Two (2) 100 point Midterms (scantron + essay)

One (1) 200 point comprehensive Final (scantron)

            Quizzes (15%)


Grade ranges are based on points. Final grades will be based on the following scale: A (90% or higher); B (80-89.9%); C (70-79.9%); D (60-69.9%); F (59.9% or less). An A percentage-wise in the lecture and an A percentage-wise in the lab will give you an A in the course.


NOTE: For student-athletes, students on scholarship, or students who need specific grades to enter a student organization or academic program, you must start earning your minimum grade requirement to keep yourself on the team, on scholarship, or get into your program starting on the first day of class. Those students whose academic career is dependent on a minimum GPA should be even more motivated than the general student population to earn the grades that will keep them in school. Grades cannot and will not be adjusted at the end of the semester to help you “make” the needed grade just to keep you in school. If you wish to continue at MSU or any other school, you must earn the right to do so, just as every other student must do so. Do NOT dig yourself a hole with poor grades and then expect someone to save you

Final Exam5/9/2013  1:00-3:00pm

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policies

Lecture attendance is required. Class will begin promptly at 1:00pm and you must be in your seat, ready to begin. A seating chart will be made and attendance will be taken on a regular, if not daily, basis. If you are not in your seat by 1:00pm, you will be counted absent even if you show up late. If you leave class early without prior permission, you will also be counted absent. Exams are based specifically on what is discussed in lecture, but if you do not hear the lecture, you will not do well on the exams. Students with poor attendance generally receive poor grades. It is strongly recommended that you read the assigned chapters before coming to class.


Lab attendance is required. Excused lab absences must be for dire situations or because of university sanctioned events and you must notify your TA immediately (within 48 hours) of the absence in order to be eligible for make-ups, if make-ups are available. It is your responsibility to contact your TA. Excused absences must be accompanied by written verification of the reason for the absence. If you fail to meet these requirements, the absence will be declared un-excused. Students with TWO or more un-excused lab absences will fail the lab portion of the course.


All members of in-season sports teams or other campus organizations who will be missing class because of university sanctioned events MUST present to me a written statement on university letterhead and signed by a university official indicating those dates that will be missed because of travel or participation in the university event. Athletics documentation must be presented to me within the first 2 weeks of the beginning of the semester. Other documentation (such as for theater, etc.) must be presented to me at least one week prior to the time that will be missed.

Other Policies

Course Policies Regarding Disruptive Behavior

Out of general courtesy, please observe the following course policies:

  1. Do not walk through the classroom or leave once class has begun (exception: if you are ill you may leave)
  2. Do not talk during lectures or exams except during discussion periods or to ask questions of the instructor
  3. Do not engage in disruptive or disrespectful behavior
  4. Do not cheat on exams or assignments (see Student Handbook)
  5. Do not play games on your electronic devices or play with your social media sites, do homework for other classes, read books or newspapers, sleep, listen to music, text your friends and distant relations, etc.
  6. Do not be rude or disrespectful to your TA or fellow lab students


Disruptive students will be given one verbal warning to improve their behavior. Second offenders will be asked to leave the classroom and will be referred to the Dean of Students. Abusive students will be dismissed from the class permanently. The instructor reserves the right to amend these rules as necessary throughout the term.


Policy on Electronic Devices [READ THIS TWICE]

Turn off or silence (note: vibrate is not the same as silent) all cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices that make noise or have the potential to disrupt the class before you walk into class. Class should never be disrupted because of someone’s cell phone going off. If you want to play with your cell phone rather than listen to lecture, then do not come to class. NO cell phones are permitted to be out and/or in my (or your) sight in this class. If you want to use your phone to record the lecture, it must be placed at the front of the room. Laptops may only be used to take notes. If your phone is out and/or in sight, you will be asked to put it away and you will lose 2 points off of your final grade for each offense. If you are caught doing anything other than taking notes on your laptop, you will be asked to turn your laptop off and you will lose 2 points off of your final grade for each offense. Should your phone ring/vibrate during class, or your laptop sound incoming mail, etc., you are dismissed for the day. You are to silence your device immediately and quietly leave. You will be counted absent for the day. Continued abuse of the electronics policy will result in referral to the Dean of Students.


University Policies

Students with disabilities are required to register with Disability Support Services (DSS) before classroom accommodations can be provided. The instructor then needs to be notified by the student of the nature of these accommodations. This notification will take the form of an official letter obtained from DSS by the student and given to the instructor. Every effort should be made to provide me with this documentation within the first 2 weeks of the semester to avoid losing accommodations because you failed to provide proper notification in a timely manner. It is always the responsibility of the student to arrange accommodations with DSS. Students with disabilities must still take their exams on the same day as the rest of the class.


For university standards of conduct please refer to the MSU Student Handbook. In general, students are to attend all meetings of all classes; instructors may drop students for excessive absences, indifference, disruptive behavior, or failure to complete class assignments; students are prohibited from cheating, plagiarizing, or colluding. The Student Handbook is also a contract, and it really is expected that you have actually read the document.


Lecture Exams

Dates for the lecture exams are listed on the Lecture Schedule and will NOT be moved. There will be no make-up exams given to any student for any reason. However, if you have a legitimate, excusable reason for missing one of the midterm exams, a substitute score based on the portion of the comprehensive final corresponding to the missed exam will be used to replace the zero received. Students are NOT allowed to miss the final exam; failure to take the final exam results in a failing grade for the course.


Excusable reasons for missing an exam include the following:

  1. Extreme and verifiable illness (colds don’t count and you must have a doctor’s note)
  2. Accident or injury (must present verification, e.g., tow slip)
  3. MSU sanctioned event (you must be an active participant, not support staff)
  4. Extreme family emergency (e.g., funeral the day of the exam; must show proof)

In all cases, students MUST notify me, the instructor, PRIOR to the start of the exam to receive consideration for an excused absence. If you are physically unable to notify me, then have a friend or family member notify me. Notifying me after the fact will result in an unexcused absence and a zero for the exam.


Inexcusable reasons for missing an exam include the following:

  1. Scheduling doctor/dentist, therapy or other appointments for the day/time of the exam (possible exception: court dates). Note: you can control when your appointments are even if you are told “this is the only time you can come in”, so scheduling conflicts are not an excuse to miss the exam.
  2. Failure to show up (missed bus, forgot, slept in, car problems, etc.)
  3. Weather: If the MSU campus is open, you need to be here, so if bad weather is forecast, prepare for it. It is your responsibility to check the MSU website for information on weather closures or delays.
  4. Congested exam schedule or overlapping classes
  5. Failure to obtain babysitter or caregiver
  6. Work schedule conflict

In general, none of these excuses will be accepted for missed exams as all of them stem from a lack of responsibility on the part of the student to maintain control over their own schedules. You know exactly when your exams are scheduled and you should make every effort to take them.


Absolutely no electronic devices of any kind may be used during exams. All exams are closed book and will be monitored for cheating. If you are caught doing anything suspicious, your exam will be taken away from you and you will receive an automatic zero for the exam.



Policy on Daily Quizzes

There will be NO make-up quizzes for any student for any reason. This is a non-negotiable policy. If you are absent, you forfeit the points for that quiz regardless of why you were not there. If you come in late, you will NOT be allowed to take the quiz and you forfeit the points for that quiz. If you appear to be cheating off of another student, you and that student will both receive zeros for that quiz.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.