BIOL 2400 Section M-04
Fall 2011 Syllabus
4 hours of lecture per week
2 hours of lab per week
Course Description and Objectives:
General Anatomy & Physiology is an introductory course which assumes no prior knowledge
of the subject from the student. It will start with the introduction of the basic principles in
science and A & P. Then it will survey the major systems of the human body from both
structural and functional viewpoints. To emphasize the normal physiological concepts,
whenever possible (or necessary) the pathological aspects will be pointed out. In addition,
homeostasis of different life processes will be discussed in detail. Most of the anatomical
details and some of the physiology will be reinforced in the lab. Upon successful completion
of the course students are expected to know the basic anatomy of the human body, its
systems and how these systems work to maintain homeostasis. BIOL 2400 is a prerequisite
for BIOL 2410.
Lecture Instructor: Mesfin S. Negia
Office: Old Main Rm. 400; Telephone 651-690-7748 x 4
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00-8:45 PM
Thursdays 5:15-5:45 PM
Lecture Location: Room 750, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00-7:50 PM.
Lecture Text: Anatomy & Physiology, The Unity of Form and Function by Kenneth S.
Saladin (5th edition)
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by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, educates students in
associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs and in
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TENTATIVE COURSE CONTENT BIOL 2400 Fall 2011
Date Topic Chapter
Thurs 9/8 Introduction to A&P, and 1 Reading Assign. Pg 15-16
Introduction to Chemistry & 29-31
Tues 9/13 Introduction to Chemistry 2
Thurs 9/15 Cells 3
Tue 9/20 Tissues 5
Thurs 9/22 Integumentary System 6
Tues 9/27 Skeletal System 7 &8
Thurs 9/9 EXAM 1
Tues 10/4 Skeletal System/ Articulation 8 & 9. Reading Assign.
Thurs 10/6 Muscle System 10 & 11
Tues10/11 Muscle System 10 & 11
Thurs 10/13 Nervous System 12
Tues 10/18 Nervous System 12
Thurs 10/20 EXAM 2
Tues 10/25 NO CLASS – CIL WEEK
Thurs 10/27 NO CLASS – CIL WEEK
Tues 11/1 Blood and Heart 18, 19
Thurs 11/3 Cardiovascular System 20
Tues 11/8 Respiratory System 22
Thurs 11/10 Respiratory 22 Reading Assign. Pg 881-
Quiz 3 882
Tues 11/15 Digestive System 25
Thurs 11/17 Digestive System 25
Tues 11/22 Exam 3
Thurs 11/24 NO CLASS – Thanksgiving
Tues 11/29 Urinary System 23
Thurs 12/1 Urinary System 23
Tues 12/6 Endocrine System 17 Reading Assign. Pg.
Quiz 4 671-675
Thurs 12//8 Instructor’s Evaluation: Computer Lab
Male Reproductive 27
Tues 12/13 Male Reproductive 27/28
Thurs 12/15 Male/Female Reproductive 27/28 Reading Assign. Pg.
Tues 12/20 Final Exam Last day of class
Lectures will be held two times each week and each lecture will be approximately 2 hours in
length. Lecture topics will change daily. The material presented in lecture will be the
primary course content. It is your responsibility to attend and make the most of the learning
opportunity. If you wish to be successful in this course, you must attend lectures. Lectures
will start promptly on the hour. Please be on time for lectures. All lecture materials will be
posted on the course website. You might need to make a print out of multiple pages of the
PDF lecture notes and bring it lecture time. However, don’t sit passively during lecture. Be
alert and take important notes. We will cover quite a bit of information during each lecture;
nevertheless there will be sufficient time for questions, clarifications, & discussions.
This course serves as a prerequisite for BIOL 2410. The material that we will cover in
BIOL 2400 will be built upon in the next course of the series. It will be crucial that you
have a solid working knowledge of the basic information that we cover in BIOL 2400. This
material will also be important for future professional classes and also everyday life.
Your hard work and effort in BIOL 2400 will be rewarded in your future as a professional.
There will be four exams this semester. The first three exams will be worth 12, 14, and 15%
of your grade, respectively (see grade breakdown below). These exams will be fifty questions
in length. The first forty questions on each of these exams will be in multiple choice format
and will be completed using SCANTRON answer sheets. The remaining ten questions on
these exams will require written answers. You will be given one hour to complete these
exams. A lecture or exam review will follow the exam.
If you are struggling with the course material, it is good I know about it sooner than
later so that I can devise a way to help you. If you do not receive a 70% (35/50) on the
first exam, you must see me prior to taking the second exam.
The final exam will be COMPREHENSIVE and will contain 100 questions. The first fifty
questions will cover all but the most recent content. All of the questions on the
comprehensive portion of the final exam will be multiple choice and will be completed using
SCANTRON answer sheets. The remaining fifty questions will cover the last few weeks of
lecture. There will be no lecture or exam review following the final exam.
Accommodations for disability:
Students with disabilities who believe they many need an accommodation in this class are
encouraged to contact Deb Gottfried-Coordinator of Student Disability Services as soon as
possible to ensure accommodations are implemented. Deb's office is located on the third
floor of the Education Building, #369. She can be reached by telephone at 651-690-8160
In addition to the exams, you will take four quizzes this semester. Each quiz will be worth
3% of your grade and contain nine questions. All quiz questions will be in multiple choice
format and will be completed using SCANTRON answer sheets. You will be given ten
minutes to complete the quiz individually. Then you will do the same quiz within a group of
students. Your final grade for the quizzes will be the average of the two scores, i.e., the
individual & the group score. I won’t average it if your individual score is higher than the
group’s score..you will keep your higher score as final grade for that quiz.
Quiz 1 3% 9 questions
Exam 1 12% 50 questions
Quiz 2 3% 9 questions
Exam 2 14% 50 questions
Quiz 3 3% 9 questions
Exam 3 15% 50 questions
Quiz 4 3% 9 questions
Final Exam 22% 100 questions (COMPREHENSIVE)
Lab 25% See Lab Syllabus for details
Your lab instructor will elaborate on expectations. The BIOL 2400 lab is designed with two
goals in mind. The first goal of the lab is to reinforce material that is learned in lecture. The
second goal of lab is to present material that is not suitable for lecture coverage. The lab is
designed to give you a “hands on” experience and allows you to work at your own pace
within labs. In BIOL 2400, you will be presented with material in lab that is not covered in
lecture. This material is, however, extremely valuable and will allow you to be a more
competent professional. The lab will be worth 25% of your grade. This portion will be
determined based upon lab quizzes and exams. There will be three lab exams.
If you miss more than five lectures, you will not be allowed to take the exams and must
withdraw. Points will be deducted from your total grade for absence: 4 missed
classes=4% deducted, 3 classes missed=3%, 2 classes missed=2%, 1=no deduction).
Tardiness is not tolerated and results in point deduction: 2 tardiness=1 absence.
Tardiness is defined as a student being late 10 minutes or more. If you will be missing
an exam, you MUST notify be BEFORE the start of the class. All make up tests are
given at my discretion. If you miss and have to reschedule an exam, I take 3% off the final
score the first time, 10% off the second time, and 50% off the third time. Please be advised
that make-up exams are composed of different questions but the same level of difficulty
on the same topics. If you do not notify me ahead of time, you will not be able to make up
the exam. You are all adults and you are in training to be professionals. You must act in
a professional manner. If you notify me beforehand that you will not be able to attend, I
will go out of my way to make life easy for you. Keep my office phone number handy. It is
your responsibility to know it. Just you know I prefer email communications.
Cell phone usage (Calls or Texting) is not allowed
in class. Please make sure they are off and in your
bag. If I see a cell phone out, you will be asked to
leave the class.
Using other electronic gadgets like iPad & laptop
in not allowed during lecture.
Please do not bring noisy food into class
If you arrive at class after it has started, please
take a seat in the back of the room
If you must move about during class, be
considerate of your classmates