Syllabus for Biology 2401 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Instructor: Kerry Walling Office: B240 Hours: before and after class
Office phone: 230-3342 or by appointment.
Home phone Before 10 PM 979-480-0369 Email: email@example.com
Alt. Phone: Office Professional - Connie Davis Office: B-202 Office phone: 230-3225
1. Course Description
Human Anatomy and Physiology I is a study of the cells, tissues, and organ systems of the human body.
Emphasis is on understanding the physiologic mechanisms maintaining homeostasis. The dynamics of
cell membranes as well as the components and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular,
nervous, and endocrine systems will be studied. Laboratory activities are designed to complement
3. Course Goals
The following are the student learning outcomes:
Name the 6 different levels of structural organization that make up the human body (from smallest to
List the 11 organ systems. Identify components of each, as well as the major function.
List the 4 different tissue types and be able to describe and differentiate between them.
Explain how negative feedback mechanisms are involved in maintaining homeostasis.
Identify and describe cellular organelles and the composition of the plasma membrane.
Define and give examples of membrane transport processes.
Define and describe the acute inflammatory response.
Describe the structure and function of the skin.
Describe the structure and function of bone.
Identify the bones in the appendicular and axial skeletons.
Describe and explain the physiology and differences between resting membrane potential, action potential,
and local potential in reference to neurons.
Describe the events that occur at the neuromuscular junction and how these events contribute to skeletal
Identify select muscles of the arm, leg, face and torso. Describe the actions these muscles produce.
Describe and explain the autonomic nervous system in terms of its anatomy, physiology, and
Describe the location and function of the various endocrine glands found in the body. List the major
hormones that each gland produces and the effects of the hormone on the target tissues.
Required: Human Anatomy & Physiology, 8th Ed., 2010, by Elaine Marieb. You will need it
for both lecture and lab for both A&P 1 & 2. Study Guides for each test will be provided as
handouts. These will cover the most important topics but not all of the required information.
Optional & Recommended: Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied
Health, 7th Ed., by Miller-Keane. This is a useful source for terminology definitions as well as
for the causes, signs & symptoms, and treatments of many diseases and disorders.
Web Resources: Lecture material outlines can be found by accessing home page BC college,
under current students, faculty then Kerry Walling
In addition you will need …
3 Ring-notebook at least 2-3inches, lots of notebook paper, flash cards, colored pencils (helpful).
5. Lab Requirements
The required textbook for the course will be used in the laboratory. You will receive a handout at the
beginning of each laboratory to be used as a study guide along with instructor notes and other
activities to provide an opportunity to learn the anatomy and basic function related to various organ
systems. You will be Quizzed over material from the previous days lab. There will be 12 quizzes or
assignments –your final lab grade will incorporate only the top 10 grades. Quizzes or assignments will
be given the 1st 25 minutes of the class day assigned to them and students who are late to class will
have less time to take the quiz—oral quiz questions will not be repeated for students who are late.
6. Students with Disabilities
Brazosport College is committed to providing equal education opportunities to every student.
Brazosport College offers services for individuals with special needs and capabilities including
counseling, tutoring, equipment, and software to assist students with special needs. Please contact
Special Populations Counselor, 979-230-3236 for further information.
7. Academic Honesty
Brazosport College assumes that students eligible to perform on the college level are familiar with the
ordinary rules governing proper conduct including academic honesty. The principle of academic
honesty is that all work presented by you is yours alone. Academic dishonesty including, but not
limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and collusion shall be treated appropriately. Please refer to the
Brazospor College Student Guide for more information, this is available online at
http://www.brazosport.edu, click on the link found on the left side of the homepage.
8. Attendance and Withdrawal Policies
The Brazosport College Life Sciences Department believes attendance in both lecture and lab is
critical for the comprehension of material. I will take attendance in Lecture. The student is
responsible for officially withdrawing from the course. To officially withdraw from the course,
students must complete and sign a withdrawal form, available in the Registrar’s Office.
9. Course Requirements and Grading Policy
Some topics are best addressed in a lecture setting while others are more suited for lab. In general, the
emphasis in lecture is on physiology while the emphasis in lab is on anatomy. But, the two are not
completely separable. My lectures are in Power Point format and are on the college website if you
choose to print them out. They are not all inclusive and I will not cover all of the material in lecture.
You are strongly encouraged to take notes. You must read and study the textbook.
There are 5 lecture exams and 12 lab quizzes and assignments. In general, lecture exams test your
knowledge of the topics covered in lecture while lab quizzes test your knowledge of topics covered in
lab. Grades for the course are based 60% on lecture and 40% on lab quizzes. You must take lab
quizzes and lecture exams during your scheduled lab and lecture time.
10. Exams-You will be given 5 exams in this class, one a week. Each exam will be comprehensive ~ each
exam will contain material from the previous exam as well as information gleamed from laboratory
activities. The final exam is required, it will not harm your grade and will be used to replace a lower
11. Additional assignments: In addition to exams you will be given review sheets, flashcards, and other
On Your Own work assignments to complete. Those that are taken for grade will go either to your class
(60%) or your lab (40%) which ever is more relevant. This class is a fast paced class and so a great
deal of learning needs to take place in a short period of time. You as a student are going to have to take
responsibility for your learning and use a great deal of out of class time to help you learn this material.
12. Make-up policy
There are no make-up exams or lab quizzes. If you miss an exam you must contact the
instructor within 24 hours or drop the course. Drop date is June 25th 2010
13. Student Responsibilities: Students are expected to fully participate in the course. The following
criteria are intended to assist you in being successful in this course.
A. Communicate with your instructor *above all else
B. Complete course work on time *no late assignments accepted
C. Come to class on time *its rude and disrupts the flow of class. Plan for the train. ***
D. NO CELL PHONES IN CLASS-use only when instructor gives a class break.
E. Understand the Syllabus Requirements
F. Use appropriate time management skills
14.Other Student Services Information
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Information about study skills and tutoring for math, reading, writing, biology, chemistry,
and other subjects is available in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), see
www.brazosport.edu/~lac or call 979-230-3253.
To contact the Life Sciences Department call 979-230-3225.
The Student Services provides assistance in the following:
o Counseling and Advising 979-230-3040
o Financial Aid 979-230-3294
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assistance call the helpdesk at 979-230-3266.
I Understand my Responsibilities as a student and all the requirements expected of me to
successfully complete Anatomy and Physiology I.