Welcome to Biology 47! For many of you this will be your first comprehensive introduction to the structure of the human body. In this syllabus you will find descriptions of what you can expect from this course, from me as your instructor, and perhaps most important, what is expected of you. Please read through the following information carefully..
As your instructor I am here to facilitate your education by (1) presenting you with the material that you need to learn, and (2) by assisting you in your learning of the material. I will try to make it fun and I will do everything I can to help you, however, I cannot learn it for you - that is your responsibility. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask. With effort you will learn and be successful - the effort, however, is up to you.
General Course Info | Texts | Objectives | Nature of the Course | Evaluation | Grading | Academic Dishonesty | Attendance | Dropping
Miscellaneous Notes | Tips for Success | Student Resources on Campus
General Course Information (return to top of page)
Biology 47 is a five (5) unit, semester length lecture and laboratory course. It is designed to satisfy the anatomy requirements for degrees in Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Human Performance, Nutrition, Dental Hygiene, and others. It is acceptable for credit by the University of California and the California State Universities (caution: if you plan to transfer it is your responsibility to confirm with the transfer institution/program to which you wish to transfer that this course meets the programs requirements, they have the final say). As a transferable course the academic rigor of the course will be comparable to a university level undergraduate human anatomy course. Although you will be held accountable for meeting this standard, it need not be overwhelming. The material will be presented from the perspective of this being the first college anatomy course you have ever taken.
The study of human anatomy involves the exploration of both microscopic and gross structure of human organ systems. The fundamentals of anatomy will be introduced through lectures and laboratory demonstrations. Students will complete their exploration through hands on examination of laboratory materials using microscopes, models, cadavers and cat dissection. You will find that there is a lot to learn, and it will be difficult, but I hope you will find it as exciting as I do.
Prerequisites: Completion of a high school or college biology course with a grade of C or better. However, students are expected to read and write at the college level and know enough mathematics to use and understand charts and graphs.
Note: If you have a learning or physical need that will require special accommodations in this class you will need to notify me in writing of your accommodation needs. West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students should notify the Disability and Educational Support Program (DESP) at 741-2010 or (TTY 741-2658) of any special needs.
Texts and Support Materials (return to top of page)
Martini, F.H., M.J. Timmons and R. B. Tallitsch. Human Anatomy, Pearson, San Francisco. (http://www.myaandp.com)
Norris, N. Biology 47: Human Anatomy Course Manual, West Valley College Biology Department.
Recommended materials include a medical dictionary, anatomy atlases and coloring books (several are listed below), colored pens & pencils, and a three ring binder to hold and organize all of your materials. A lab coat or protective clothes, latex gloves and safety glasses are suggested for lab dissections. Some students have also found face masks desirable for use in lab.Optional:
Borror, Donald. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. Mayfield Publishing Co. Palo Alto, CA. ISBN: 0-874-84053-8
Gosling, J.A. et al. Human Anatomy: Color Atlas and Text. Mosby-Wolfe Publishing Co., London. ISBN: 0-7234-3195-7
Kapit, W. and L.M. Elison. The Anatomy Coloring Book, Harper Collins Publishing Co., New York, NY. ISBN: 0-8053-5086-1
Goldberg, Steven. Clinical Anatomy Made Ridiculously Simple. MedMaster, Inc. Miami, Fl. ISBN: 0-940780-02-X
Siegfried, Donna Rae. Anatomy & Physiology for Dummies. Wiley Publishing, Inc. New York, NY. ISBN: 0-7645-5422-0
Pack, Phillip. CliffsQuickReview Anatomy and Physiology. Wiley Publishing, Inc. New York, NY. ISBN: 0-7645-6373-4
Note: your best learning resources are the materials in the lab, your textbooks and your instructor, use them all to your advantage and ask questions!
Course Objectives (return to top of page)
This course is intended to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the structure of the human body. Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that the student will be able to: a. demonstrate knowledge of the gross and microscopic structure of the adult human body,
b. explain the interrelationship between structure and function of organs, and organ systems,
c. explain the structural interrelationships between organ systems.
Nature of the Course (return to top of page)
The Human Anatomy class meets for 9 hours each week, 3 hours are scheduled for lecture while 6 hours are devoted to lab activities. The amount of time you spend in and outside of class will, in large part, determine how well you do in the course. In addition to the scheduled class meetings, plan on spending time outside of class studying with a group reviewing course material. To get the most out of this class you should plan on devoting as much as 20-25 hours a week to studying anatomy (in and out of class).
During lecture the concepts of Human Anatomy presented in the textbook will be discussed, and expanded on where appropriate. Although this portion of the course will follow a lecture format, questions and class participation are encouraged. If, during the lecture you have a question raise your hand and I will try to get to you (If you don't understand something it is likely that others don't also). Asking questions not only ensures that you get the information you need, it can also help create a more dynamic and interesting lecture. Your participation, in effect, can enhance your interest in the course.LABORATORY FORMAT:
The lab is an extremely integral and important part of this course. The principle reason for laboratory work in anatomy, as in other disciplines, is to become personally involved in the subject through hands on experience. Just as it is important to prepare ahead of time for each lecture, it is equally if not more important to prepare for each lab. It is expected that you read through the lab activities and any assigned reading prior to the lab. This will enable you to get the most out of the lab. The activities and materials presented in lab are intended to enhance your understanding of important principles so it is to your advantage to be as thorough as possible. You will need to bring your lab manual to every class.ANATOMY COORDINATED ENRICHMENT: Additional opportunities are available to students enrolled in Bio 47 to examine anatomic structures and specimens during Bio 47A. This is an optional Friday class that is intended to be taken in conjunction with Bio 47. During this lab course supervision/instruction is available, however it is structured primarily for self-guided review and study. It is highly recommended. See Bio 47A in the schedule of classes.
Evaluation (return to top of page)
There will be twelve (12) quizzes given (usually at the start of lecture) covering all material (lecture and lab) since the previous quiz. Tentative quiz dates are indicated on the schedule. Quizzes will include true/false, multiple choice, fill-in, short essay, and identification questions. Be sure to attend regularly, quizzes cannot be made up under any circumstances, however only the top ten quiz scores are counted towards your grade (the lowest two quizzes are automatically dropped).PRACTICAL EXAMS:
MISCELLANEOUS ASSIGNMENTS: Several short activities will be assigned at random times throughout the semester. These activities will vary in format but will rarely be worth more than 5-10 points. Some assignments will be completed during class while others will be take home activities. Missed and/or late assignments cannot be made up. EXTRA CREDIT: Extra credit assignments are not offered. If you are not performing as well as you would like, increasing your workload with extra credit assignments will not help. If you are having trouble please come see me and we can discuss possible alterations in your current study practices that may help. PARTICIPATION: Participation shall be evaluated through attendance records and periodic checks of lab activities. Some ways in which to lose participation points are 1) violation of lab procedures, 2) leaving the lab work area in disarray or dirty, 3) demonstration of continued lack of preparation for lab, 4) failure to complete lab activities, and 5) poor attendance. Note: gross lack of participation may result in additional point loss (see attendance section).
Grading (return to top of page)
Your grade will be determined by the number of points you earn, not on how hard you work. Effort is expected, not rewarded. However, you are not in competition with other students, your course grade will be based on the total number of points you earn from the following:
Your final course grade will be based on the following scale:
Periodically I will post your grades. This gives you the opportunity to confirm where you stand in the course, if you are missing any work or if I have made any errors recording your grades. Be sure to look it over. If you have any questions regarding any grade you receive and/or the grading method please feel free to talk to me. Note: you will need to provide a "secret identity" for posting of your grade.
Remember, you will be graded based on how well you do, not on how hard you work. Effort is expected, not rewarded.
Note: Because of the importance of the lab, credit by examination is not possible. If unforeseen circumstances (other than poor performance) prevent your completion of the course an incomplete grade may be given by arrangement with the instructor (be aware that this often means repeating the entire course). In accordance with school policy, the incomplete must be made up by the end of one year following the semester in which the incomplete is given. This course may be taken again if the final grade is a D or an F.
Academic Dishonesty (return to top of page)
The college policy on cheating is clearly spelled out in the college catalogue and will be strictly enforced. Use of any method other than your knowledge and memory (such as notes, looking on other students papers, communication between students etc...) to answer questions on an exam or quiz constitutes cheating and will result in failure of that exam or quiz and probable failure of the course. Such behavior is disrespectful of other students and more importantly, of yourself. No dictionaries of any kind may be used during the exams or quizzes.
Attendance (return to top of page)
It is your responsibility to attend ALL class meetings. Class will start on time and last the entire time. It is expected that you are present at the start of class and attend the entire period. Your success depends on your attending regularly, taking good notes and studying. Please do not schedule appointments during scheduled class time or plan on leaving early. Unexcused absences may result in a loss of points. Failure to attend the equivalent of 10% (approx. 6 class meetings) of class for ANY reason may result in disqualification from the course (i.e. failure of the course).
It is critical to your success that you come to class prepared, having read the assigned material ahead of time, and that you take good notes. Failure to attend lecture or lab will result in missing announcements and valuable information that may not be covered in the text. Reading the text alone will not substitute for attendance. Students who attend, take good notes and study, have a good chance of doing well in this course.
Dropping (return to top of page)
If you decide to drop the course it is up to you to fill out the appropriate paperwork and inform the instructor. Do not assume that if you stop coming to class that you will automatically be dropped. Students who fail to attend but do not inform the instructor may receive a failing grade.
Miscellaneous Notes (return to top of page)
CELL PHONES: Due to the disruptive nature of cell phones and pagers all cell phones and pagers should be turned off while in class. If for some reason you must leave your cell phone on please switch it to silent mode and leave the room before answering it. Note: ringing cell phones and/or pagers may result in failure of quizzes or exams. Cell phones must be off during quizzes and exams. If, for any reason, you answer a cell phone during a quiz or exam you must turn in your quiz and forfeit your remaining time.
NON-SMOKING POLICY: It is the policy of the District to provide a safe learning and working environment for students and employees. It is the intent of the District to provide a smoke-free environment to the greatest extent possible. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor locations within the District. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the Mission and West Valley campuses except in parking lot areas that are at least twenty five (25) feet away from buildings and pathways.
UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION / SEXUAL HARASSMENT: If you have a complaint or someone has shared information with you as a student or employee that is unlawful discrimination or sexual harassment, contact the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at West Valley-Mission Community College District, Human Resources Department, (408-741-2060). If the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources is not available, contact the President of the college in which you attend or are employed. For West Valley College, contact the office of Dr. Lori Gaskin at 408-741-2668.
Tips For Success (return to top of page)
There is a lot of information to be learned in this class and how you utilize your time will greatly influence how much you learn. Everyone can succeed in this course. However, to do so you must make the effort. You must be willing to work hard. This includes attending regularly, coming to class prepared, asking questions when you don't understand, taking good notes... in general, developing good study habits. These skills can be developed. If you don't have these skills the instructor may be able to help.
Be aware that there is a lot of information to be learned in this class and how you utilize your time will greatly influence how well you do. Plan on spending an average of 20-25 hours per week on this class (Note: For an average class you can expect 2 hours of study outside of class for each unit the class is worth each week.) Stay on top of the material by reading your assignments prior to class so that you may get the most out of the time you have in class.
It is just as important, if not more so, to be well prepared for lab ahead of time by reading through your lab assignments. Take advantage of the materials available during the lab (i.e. read the book at home so that you may get the most out of the time you have in lab), attend the lab time regularly, and take advantage of the entire lab period. Many specimens that you must know will only be available for review in the lab.
Forming study groups to review the material is strongly encouraged, however, it is important to learn the material on your own first (i.e. study the material on your own then form study groups to review the material you have learned). Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Once you feel comfortable with the material get together with your study group and go over it (the library has rooms available for group study). Answer the questions in the lab manual using your text and notes as a reference when needed. If you can apply the facts and concepts presented in the lecture, identify and describe the structures presented in lab, and learn the language (you will learn lots of new terminology) you should be well prepared for the exams.
Don't forget, the lecture and the lab make up one course thus they support each other. Also, please do not hesitate to talk to me if you have any questions or comments. I am here to help. I want you to be successful in this course.
Note: This is a challenging class. Those of you who put in the effort to study hard, attend class regularly and get thoroughly involved in the study of anatomy are more likely to pass. You are responsible for meeting the requirements of the course and therefore for your own success. You must take ownership of your learning. Remember, as your instructor I am here to assist you with your understanding. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask and I will do my best to help you, however, I cannot learn it for you - that is your responsibility. With effort you will learn and be successful - the effort, however, is up to you. Remember, learning is work!
For more information on study skills click here.
Student Resources on Campus (return to top of page)
As a registered student you have a host of resources on campus that are available to you, many free of charge. The following is a partial list (for a complete list please refer to the college catalogue or the student services section of the college web page).
Health Services (408) 741-2027
Tutorial Services (408) 741-2038
Financial Aid (408) 741-2024
Counseling Center (408) 741-2009
Disability & Educational Support Program (DESP) (408) 741-2010
Educational Transition (ET) for Women and Men (408) 741-2022
Extended opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) (408) 741-2023
Technology Center (408) 741-2666
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updated: 17 July 2012