Anatomy & Physiology I

Course Details

Course Number: 1134  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 127

Days & Times:

MWF (10:00 - 10:50 am)

Course Attachments

BIOL 1134 Sp14 ScheduleTentative lecture and exam schedule for A&P I (BIOL 1134), Spring 2014   1134 Sp14 Schedule-20140116-135725.pdf


Human Anatomy & Physiology
9th Edition
  ISBN: 978-0-321-74326-8

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual
10th Edition, rat version
  ISBN: 978-0-321-76561-1

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. James Masuoka   
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Course Objectives

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:

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

Course Expectations


Human Anatomy & Physiology. by Marieb, Elaine N.  & Hoehn, Katja. 9th edition. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2013.

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual. by Marieb, Elaine N. & Mitchell, Susan J. 10th edition (rat version). Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2011.


Each student is required to complete all exams, quizzes, and lecture and laboratory assignments.

There will be three midterm exams worth 100 points each, and a cumulative final exam worth 200 points.

Students will be expected to complete weekly lecture quizzes and three progress evaluations throughout the term.

The laboratory portion comprises 25% of the total course grade.

Grading Standards

Final Exam5/7/2014  10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Submission Format Policy

Note: 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.

Late Paper Policy

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

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. 45]

Absences will be excused for:

  1. 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.
  2. Summons to appear in court or jury duty. A copy of the summons is required.
  3. Call to military service.  A copy of your orders to report is required.
  4. University sponsored event. Members of athletic teams, college bowl participants, etc. will be excused with proper notification.
  5. 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.

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.

Other Policies

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.
  • 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 49 for valid grounds for an instructor drop (excessive absence, indifferent attitude, disruptive conduct, failure to meet class assignments), page 85 for the university's policy on classroom conduct, and page 120 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.
  • CELL PHONES (and other electronic devices): (READ THIS TWICE, PLEASE) There are NO cell phones permitted to be out in this class. This class, as well as your other classes, requires your engagement, and cell phones serve to detract from that engagement. Additionally, your phone should be not only put away, but on “silent” (NOTE: vibrate is NOT silent). If your phone is out and/or in sight, you will be asked to put it away.
  • The instructor reserves the right to amend these rules as needed throughout the term.

E-mail Policy:

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. It would be particularly helpful to include in the subject line the course number & section (i.e. BIOL 1134).

Exam Policies:

  • No make-up exams will be given in this course. If you must miss class during a midterm exam period, and it is an excusable absence (see above), then the cumulative portion of the final exam will be used to determine the missed midterm score. You must notify the instructor of problems prior to the start of the exam, and provide the appropriate documentation as soon as possible. Only one midterm exam will be substituted for in this manner.
  • Exams are not moved for congested midterm schedules.
  • All electronic devices, including cell phones, must be completely turned off during exam periods. I will keep track of time and relay the information to the class. If you must keep track of time yourself, invest in a wristwatch.


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.

            The course is worth 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 510. 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 100 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 200 points, will consist of two parts. Roughly one half of the final will cover material since the third midterm exam. The other half will cover the entire semester, but will focus on material that needs to be reviewed (i.e. the majority of the class got it wrong the first time around). The last 100 points are divided equally between lecture quizzes and progress evaluations. We will have a quiz each week. Instructions for the quizzes will be provided the first day of class. The total included in the course grade is 50 points. Any points above 50 may be applied towards an exam score. Finally, there will be three course progress reflections/evaluations during the semester. Specific instructions will be provided the first day of class. Satisfactory completion of all three segments is required for these points. These evaluations are independent of the university evaluations done at the end of the semester.

            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.

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.