Physiology 3 Syllabus, Fall 2012 1
Physiology 3: Human Physiology
Instructor: Christina G. von der Ohe, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences
Phone: (310) 434-4662
OH: MW 7:30-9:00am, 2:30-3:00pm
Meeting Lecture MW 9:30-10:50am SC-159
Times: Lab section 2873: M 11:15-2:20pm SC-201
Lab section 2874: W 11:15-2:20pm SC-201
Student 1. Given a problem or set of conditions, write a hypothesis,
Learning provide an experimental design, and identify dependent and
Objectives: independent variables, and control and experimental groups.
2. Identify the physiological mechanisms that each body system
employs to maintain homeostasis.
3. Students should demonstrate confidence in their
understanding of biological concepts and the scientific
method to evaluate and critique current media or a scientific
Textbook: Human Physiology, S. Fox, 10th, 11th, or 12th ed.
Physiology Laboratory Manual, C. von der Ohe
Required Quad ruled carbonless lab notebook: 8.5 x 11” left spiral bound
Materials: 3 scantrons #882 or #25110 and a #2 pencil
Ruler, Colored pens or pencils, Calculator
Resources: Learning Resource Center and Computer Lab
Textbook resources at aris.mhhe.com
Attendance: Students who are absent for two consecutive meetings or to
the first exam without informing the professor with a valid
excuse will be dropped from the roster.
Drop Dates: Drop dates are listed in your catalog. You are responsible for
your enrollment status and the dates and deadlines on the SMC
admissions website and schedule of classes.
Make-ups: There will be no make-ups for labs or presentations. Only one
lecture exam can be made up under extreme and suitably
documented circumstances, with instructor consent BEFORE
the start of the exam. The make-up exam will be given on the
same day as the final. The final exam cannot be made up.
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Lecture: We will start the lecture with an extra credit opening question.
The lecture will be based on PowerPoint slides that will be
posted to ecompanion before lecture. You are welcome to print
the slides before class and take notes on them.
Opening At the start of every session you will answer a brief extra credit
Question: question based on the previous lecture or current lab. They
must be your own work.
Lab: In lab, you will design, execute, and record experiments in
groups. You are required to read the lab manual before coming
to lab. You will be writing each lab into a notebook that must
remain in the classroom for the entire semester. The lab
reports must be individual and unique work. Bring your
textbook and lab manual to each session. There are no make-
ups for labs, but I will drop your lowest score.
Class I strive to make the classroom a safe and encouraging learning
Environment: environment for everyone. There will be a lot of class
discussion and group work. Please be respectful of each other. I
encourage you to freely ask questions so that everyone can
benefit from the discussion. This class is for you. Please turn
off all beepers and cell phones during class. Food, drink
(including water), and gum are not permitted in any of the
TBA Hour: You are required to spend one hour per week studying in the
Learning Resource Center (LRC): Science Complex 240 & 245.
Presentation: There will be group presentations on a recent scientific
discovery. This assignment will be discussed in more detail
later in the course.
Grading: You will be evaluated based on performance on exams, lab
reports, a group presentation, and attendance and
participation. Points will be totaled and expressed as a
percent. Grades are non-negotiable and must be earned.
3 lecture exams 300 90-100% = A
1 final exam 200 80-89% = B
12 lab reports (1 dropped) 275 70-79% = C
Group presentation 75 60-69% = D
Participation 35 Below 60% = F
TOTAL POINTS 885
At the end, your lecture exam scores will be averaged and
your lowest score will be replaced by the average. Missed
exams do not qualify for this.
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Exams: Lecture exams consist of multiple choice, true/false, and short
answer questions. The correct scantron is required. Lecture
exams are not cumulative. The final exam consists of short
answer questions and is cumulative. All books, notes, and
electronic devices must be put away before each exam. Use
the restroom before the exam; you may not leave the room
until you are finished with your exam.
Exam We will review the exam in lab. The exams are my property,
Viewing: and may not leave the classroom in any form. I will return your
exam to you and post the answers at the side of the classroom.
You will have 15 minutes to review your exam and ask
questions. You may not take notes, photograph, or leave the
room with the exam. Any of these offenses will result in the
filing of an Academic Dishonesty report and a loss of points on
the exam. If you need more time to review the exam, you are
welcome to view it in my office.
To succeed in Physiology 3 is a very rigorous class that requires considerable
this class: discipline, time, and dedication. Tips for success:
1. Arrive to class on time.
2. Be well rested and alert for class.
3. Be prepared for exams.
4. Keep track of your grades.
5. Practice effective study habits:
- study at least 1 hour every day
- recite the material and draw structures from memory
- engage in class and visit my office hours
I value: 1. Interest in the material
2. Hard work
3. Respect for everyone in the classroom
4. Integrity in your work
5. Responsibility for your grade
Academic You must do your own work on all opening questions, exams,
Dishonesty: and lab reports. A first offense of academic dishonesty will
result in a zero on that material and the filing of an Academic
Dishonesty Report. A second offense in the college or an
egregious offense will result in disciplinary action. Please refer
to the SMC policy on academic dishonesty.
Final Word: If you have any questions about course material, computer,
internet, campus resources, future plans, or anything else,
please don’t hesitate to ask. I am here to help you.
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DATE TOPIC FOX CHAPTER LAB
Aug 27 Introduction & Homeostasis 1 Skills Lab
Aug 29 Chemistry 2 Skills Lab
Sept 3 HOLIDAY
Sept 5 Cell Biology 3 No lab
Sept 10 Enzymes 4 Enzymes
Sept 12 Cellular Respiration 5 Enzymes
Sept 17 Transport Mechanisms 6 Osmosis
Sept 19 Muscle 12 Osmosis
Sept 24 Lecture Exam 1 Group Projects
Sept 26 Intro to Neurobiology 7 Group Projects
Oct 1 Autonomic Nervous System 9 Nervous System
Oct 3 Central Nervous System 8 Nervous System
Oct 8 Sensory Physiology 10 Senses
Oct 10 Endocrinology 11 Senses
Oct 15 Reproductive System 1 20 Article Review
Oct 17 Reproductive System 2 20 Article Review
Oct 22 Digestive System 18 Digestive
Oct 24 Growth and Metabolism 19 Digestive
Oct 29 Lecture Exam 2 Blood
Oct 31 Cardiovascular System 1 13 Blood
Nov 5 Cardiovascular System 2 13 Cardiovascular
Nov 7 Cardiovascular System 3 14 Cardiovascular
Nov 12 HOLIDAY
Nov 14 Respiratory System 1 16 Presentations
Nov 19 Respiratory System 2 16 Presentations
Nov 21 Urinary System 1 17 Urinary System
Nov 26 Urinary System 2 17 Urinary System
Nov 28 Immune System 15 Immune
Dec 3 Review Immune
Dec 5 Lecture Exam 3 Discussion
Dec 10 Review Discussion
Dec 17 Final Exam 8-11am