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									                                PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
                                              COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Title: Human Anatomy and Physiology
Textbook: Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Teacher: Dr. John Murphy
Phone: (732) 981-0700 Ext: 7150
E-mail: jmurphy@pway.org (preferred)
Extra help available after school Tuesday-Thursday and by appointment

Course description
Human Anatomy & Physiology is a 5 credit, full year course for students in grades 11 and 12 who have
successfully completed biology. This exciting course is a combination lab and lecture course that examines the
anatomy and physiology of the human body. The structure of human body systems will be studied and the
function of each system will be explored. This is an interesting and relevant course where students will have the
opportunity to study about themselves. Students considering a career in nursing, medicine, teaching, public
health, dentistry, or veterinary medicine will enjoy this course. During the course of study, students will develop
the following skills: organization, the use of Cornell Notes, utilization of content specific vocabulary, and the
ability to understand and properly answer a question.

Course Schedule: Scope and Sequence
     Approximate Time Frame                                           Topic
First Semester:
Marking Period One                   Topics: Introduction to human anatomy, chemical basis of life, cells,
September through November           cellular metabolism

                                     Specific Content:
                                     Characteristics of life
                                     Maintenance of life
                                     Levels of organization
                                     Organization of the human body
                                     Anatomical terminology
                                     Structure of matter
                                     Organic and inorganic components of cells
                                     Cell membrane and organelles
                                     Movement through the cell membrane
                                     The cell cycle
                                     Metabolic reactions
                                     Metabolic Pathways
                                     Nucleic acids and protein synthesis
                                     Clinical applications of the above
Marking Period Two                   Topics: Tissues, Support and Movement
November through January
                                     Specific Content:
                                     Types of tissues
                                     - Structure and function of epithelial tissues
                                     - Structure and function of connective tissues
                                     - Structure and function of muscle tissues
                                     - Structure and function of nervous tissues
                                     The integumentary system and skin
                                     - Layers of the skin
                                     - Accessory organs
                                     - Regulation of body temperature
                                     - Healing of wounds
                         The skeletal system
                         - Bone structure and function
                         - Bone development
                         - Organization of the skeletons
                         - Bones and bony landmarks
                         - Joints and movement
                         Clinical applications of the above
Second Semester
Marking Period Three     Topics: Support and movement, integration and coordination
February through April
                         Specific Content:
                         The muscular system structure and function
                         - Structure and function of skeletal muscle
                         - Skeletal muscle contraction
                         - Energy sources for muscle contraction
                         - Major skeletal muscles location and function
                         The nervous system structure and function
                         - Neuron structure and types
                         - The action potential and the nervous impulse
                         - The synapse and neurotransmitters
                         - Nerve pathways
                         - Structure and function of meninges
                         - Structure and function of the spinal cord
                         - Structure and function of parts of the brain
                         - Organization of the nervous system
                         Clinical applications of the above
Marking Period Four      Topics: Integration and coordination, transport, absorption and
April through June       excretion

                         Specific Content:
                         Somatic and special senses
                         - Types of receptors
                         - Sensory adaptation
                         - Structure and function of the somatic senses – touch, pressure and
                         - Structure and function of the special senses – smell, sight, taste,
                             sound, equilibrium
                         - Structure and function of blood
                         - Blood volume and composition
                         - Production of red blood cells
                         - Types of white blood cells – structure and function
                         - Blood plasma
                         - Hemostasis
                         - Blood groups and transfusions
                         Student presentations
                         - Endocrine system
                         - Digestive system
                         - Respiratory system
                         - Cardiovascular system
                         - Urinary system
                         Immune system
                         - Specific and non-specific defenses
                         - Infectious disease
                         Clinical applications of the above
Materials Needed:
   Notebook and folder or binder and three-hole punch (recommended)
   Pens and pencils
   Colored pencils
   Textbook

Grading Distribution
Every assignment given (tests, quizzes, homework, classwork, labs, projects) will be assigned a point value.
Your grade for the marking period can be determined by adding up all the points you received and dividing that
total by the maximum number of possible points. There will be approximately 3-4 tests and 3-4 quizzes per
marking period. Homework will be given on a regular basis and will be checked daily and will count for no
more than 10% of the total points possible in each marking period. Participation will count for approximately
5% of the total points possible. There will be also be at least one project per marking period.

Classroom Procedures:
Regarding safety in the laboratory:
    When asked, you must wear safety goggles
    Personal apparel should be appropriate for lab work
    Know what you are doing
    Know the proper fire drill procedures and the locations of the fire exits and the emergency equipment
    Report all accidents to the instructor, no matter how minor
    Do not perform unauthorized experiments or use equipment and apparatus in a manner not specified by
       the instructor
    Stay alert in the lab
    Food and beverages are never allowed in the lab
    Use extra caution when working with hot plates or other heating devices
    Use extra caution when working with electrical equipment
    Keep the work area clean and neat
    Soap and water are available
    Observation of all Piscataway High School rules and regulations as noted in the official student
Classroom Rules:
        Respect yourself, each other, and authority.
        Be prepared for class each day.
        Always follow classroom procedures and safety guidelines.
        Put forth your best effort at all times! Always come to class ready to work!

Classroom procedures:
    A pen or a pencil and a notebook must be brought to class everyday. No student will be allowed to go to his or
       her locker for these items. Do not ask. You do not need to bring your textbook to class unless I tell you to do so.
    When the bell rings:
           o All students must sit in their assigned seat. Any student not in their seat will be marked absent.
           o Homework will be out to be checked.
           o Students must begin working quietly on the DO NOW activity. Occasionally, these will be collected
               without warning for a grade (complete/incomplete).
    Bathroom breaks may be taken only in case of an emergency. Only one student, with the designated pass, may
       use the restroom at a time, after asking for permission.
    Do not call out answers. Please make sure to raise your hand. This allows every student a chance to think about
       and answer a question.
    The ringing of the bell does NOT dismiss class. I will tell you when you are permitted to pack up materials and

Homework Policy: Homework will be assigned and checked on a regular basis. Periodically, a “homework quiz” may be
given to check your progress. Late assignments will receive a grade of zero. An assignment that is collected for a grade
(such as a lab write-up or take-home test) will lose 10 percent of the total points possible for each day it is late. Any
assignment that is over one week late will receive a maximum grade of 50 percent.

Extra help: If you have a question, ask for an explanation during class. Please do not hesitate to come for extra help. I
will be available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays by request for anyone who wishes to come. If for any reason,
you cannot make it after school, I will make every effort to set up a time before school.

If You Are Absent:
     If an assignment was handed out or any papers were returned, it is your responsibility to check the file on the side
        of the room. Check here automatically upon your return.
     You will have one day for each day absent to complete any make-up assignments.
     If you miss a test or a quiz, you will be expected to make it up before or after school, no later than the day after
        you return. No make-up exams will be administered during class unless absolutely necessary. There is no
        guarantee that the make-up exam will be exactly the same as the one given originally.
     If you miss a laboratory activity, you will be expected to make it up after school, as soon as possible within the
        following week. Please try not to be absent for required labs, as they are very difficult to make up.
     If you cut during a class period in which a test or a quiz is given, or a laboratory activity is completed, you will
        receive a zero for that exam or lab.

Extra credit: Will be available on some tests and is possible at the end of the marking period for only those students who
have completed ALL the required assignments.

Please read these guidelines, sign and detach at the dotted line. Keep these guidelines for future
reference and return the bottom portion to Dr. Murphy. Should you have any questions, please feel
free to contact me at any time. Thank you.


I have read, understood, and will abide by the above classroom guidelines and procedures.

Student Name: ___________________ Student Signature: __________________________

I have read and understood above the classroom guidelines.

Parent Name: ____________________ Parent Signature: ___________________________

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