HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 241
                                              SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
                                                      Winter 2013

5 Credit Hours Lecture-MW 1:00 – 2:30 Lab- TTH -12:30-2:30
Office: 216
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Required Text: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 13th Edition, by Gerard J. Tortora and Bryan Derrickson; Wiley, 2012.
Required Atlas: A Guide to Anatomy & Physiology, Second Edition by Rust.
Lab Coat
Optional Materials
Langjahr, S.W. and R. D. Brister, Coloring Atlas of Human Anatomy, 2nd. Ed., Benjamin Cummings.
The Bones (flash cards) and The Muscles (flash cards), Bryan Edwards, pub.
Van DeGraaff, K.M. and J. L. Crawley, A Photographic Atlas for the Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, 4th ed., Morton Pub.
A medical dictionary is optional and recommended
Biology 160 with at least a 2.0.
This is a university-level course that requires certain academic skills. Therefore, you should be able to read at the English 101
level and have appropriate college-level writing and test-taking skills. Although I will not exclude anyone, if you do not have
these skills you may find this course to be overwhelming. Assess your abilities and plan accordingly. Class sessions are
structured to consider basic aspects of anatomy and physiology in order to facilitate student learning. Because of the nature of
the course, students must shoulder considerable personal responsibility for mastering the content of the text outside the
lectures and labs. It is not possible to review all the important material in lectures. Lectures will highlight ideas and concepts
essential to the general topic covered in the text and/or concepts that are particularly difficult to understand. Please do not make
the mistake of assuming that only lecture material will be covered on the exams or that the lecture topics are the only ones of
importance. The course calendar gives important dates: reading topics, assignments, evaluations, etc. I encourage you to
complete the assigned readings before class. If the majority of you do so, class time will be not only instructive but also
enjoyable. I encourage active participation and class discussions.
Human Anatomy and Physiology 241 is the first part of a two quarter course. The class is structured to acquaint the student with
basic structures and functions of the human body, to incorporate the principles of homeostasis, feed back, specificity and
precision with which the body operates from a chemical molecular level to body system’s interrelationships in order to illustrate
the interrelation of biological structure and function. During this term we will study tissues, skin, bones, articulations, muscles,
the nervous system & brain and special senses. As a student in Anatomy & Physiology 241 you are taking a course that is
transferable to WA public four year colleges and universities. This course meets the content level and expectations of a
comparable university course.
This course employs primarily a lecture format; however you will be encouraged to engage in lively discussions, problem solving
assignments, group assignments and in-class demonstrations. There will typically be a lecture at the beginning of each unit in
which the instructor will discuss specific issues that are pertinent to that unit. Study exercises, discussions, etc. will serve to
further emphasis the major areas in the given unit of study. Your comments, questions, and discussion are strongly encouraged.
The primary goal of Anatomy and Physiology is for the student to learn the anatomy and physiology of the normal human body
from tissues through special senses in preparation for health science professional programs. The terminology of anatomy,
physiology, and medicine is an important component of the course, therefore the student will need to learn what things are
called and how the names are spelled and pronounced. Learning this terminology requires a lot of memorization. Please be
aware that this will entail many hours of out of class room work in order to excel. At the end of the course, the student should
understand and be able to describe the parts of the human body and how those parts work separately and as a unit.
The second goal of this course is to foster the student’s critical thinking skills. Physiology is a conceptual science. Much of the
learning requires abstract thinking, understanding new concepts, applying physiological concepts to clinical problems, and
integrating concepts about different parts of the body to understand how the body works as a whole. Learning is a process that
is enriched by active participation and critical thinking. Critical thinking enables you to analyze information and evaluate its
validity and rationality. By critically thinking about and evaluating the information presented in class, you will advance your
knowledge and understanding of the course content. You will be tested on all these types of learning: what things are called,
how names are spelled, concepts of how and why physiological processes work, how different organ systems and processes
are integrated with one another, and how knowledge of anatomy and physiology is used in clinical problem solving.
To create and preserve a classroom atmosphere that optimizes teaching and learning, all participants share a responsibility in
creating a civil and non-disruptive forum. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in this classroom in a manner
that does not disrupt learning or teaching. I will take steps as necessary when behavior disrupts normal classroom procedures-
students may be removed from the classroom and/or serious disciplinary measures may be taken (See Student Code of
Conduct or Vice President of Enrollment Services and Student Development). Violations of the disciplinary code may result in
serious sanctions such as suspension or dismissal. It is not the intention to limit classroom discussions. I encourage each and
everyone to have their say. Examples of disruptive classroom behavior: 1-monopolizing class discussion, 2-rude, disrespectful,
contemptuous or offensive language, posturing or gestures, 3-aggressive, hostile, or confrontative language, posturing or
gestures, 4-sleeping, 5-chattering, 6-excessive or disruptful lateness, 7-engaging in unrelated tasks, 8-interruptions caused by
pagers, beepers, or other electrical devices and 9-unexcused exiting or premature preparing to exit class.
Attendance is required. Whereas regular attendance will not be taken, there will be classroom assignments given each class
meeting. These assignments cannot be made up-no exceptions. These assignments will be exercises relevant to the material
being discussed. They might include a quiz, a question to answer, a group project or a handout.
There will be 5 lecture assessments to be held during the term, and a comprehensive final. Assessments will be worth 100
points and cover an entire unit. All assessments will be in class and closed book. The assessments will include multiple choice,
true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions. The final assessment will be longer-100 questions and cumulative-
covering material from the entire course. It will consist only of multiple choice questions. It will be worth 200 points. For each
assessment the student will need a scantron form and a number 2 pencil.
Students are expected to take all lecture and laboratory exams on the scheduled day. No make-up assessments will be given-
exceptions may be made under extreme circumstances and with documentation. All late exams will be assessed 10% -10 points
regardless of the reason for the absence. There are no make up lab exams –no exceptions & no make up lab quizzes-no
exceptions. There are no make up finals.
Opportunities for extra credit will be provided several times during the course. Extra credit will not be given on an individual basis
to students wishing to improve their grades.
Cheating will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating, in any way, a zero will be assigned for that assignment. Please be
aware that cheating includes both the giving and the taking of information. If you are caught cheating a second time a zero will
be assigned for the course. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged on all take home assignments and is in fact
expected. You will find it very helpful to form study groups to facilitate out of class learning of materials.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is designed to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to access
academic programs and successfully complete their educational goals. Spokane Community College is committed to providing
accessibility to all students. Any students with disabilities who have accommodations needs should contact SCC Disability
Support Services located in building 15 or call 533-7169 to make an appointment to complete the intake process. This
information will remain confidential.
Your course grade is determined entirely by the total points you earn. The lab and lecture points will be combined to calculate
the final grade. The student is encouraged to keep track of his or her grade at all times. If for any reason you feel that you are
not doing well in the course, it is best to officially withdraw. The deadline for withdrawal is February 19. Only under the most
unusual of circumstances will a Z grade be given; when a student cannot complete the class and not to avoid a low score.
Please know that there can be potential Loss of Financial Aid: Because of new federal regulations, it’s important for you to
understand how your course grade, including a W, Z or I, impacts your financial aid. If you have questions about the Pace of
Progression policy, which you were given at the time of enrollment, please contact Financial Aid at 509.533.7017.

The breakdown of grades is as follows:

95% = 4.0              94% = 3.9               93% = 3.8               92% = 3.7               91% = 3.6
90% = 3.5              89% = 3.4               88% = 3.3               87% = 3.2               86% = 3.1
84.5% = 3.0            83% = 2.9               82% = 2.8               81% = 2.7               80% = 2.6
78.5% = 2.5            77% = 2.4               75.5% = 2.3             74% = 2.2               72.5% = 2.1
71% = 2.0              69.5% = 1.9             68% = 1.8               66.5% = 1.7             65% = 1.6
63.3% = 1.5            61.7% = 1.4             60% = 1.3               58.3% = 1.2             56.7% = 1.1
55% = 1.0              <54% = 0

If you are having any difficulties with the course or you have any questions regarding your progress, please see me as early as
possible. Early intervention and help will have the best chances of success. Above all, don't be embarrassed to admit that there
may be a problem or to ask for help and advice.

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