Human Physiology - Biology 48
Home Page - Spring 2018

Instructor : Christine Peters-Stanton (Biology Department)          Biology Department Home Page
Office : SM 55G                                                                                    Instructor Home Page
Phone : (408) 741 - 2626
email :

Lab Schedule
Lecture Schedule Lecture Outlines
Due May 24

AM Lab
PM Lab

Lab Information

Down Loadable Documents:
Course Syllabus
Lab Safety Sheet
Syllabus Quiz (due Feb. 8th)
Student information / time management worksheet 1/21/18
Chemistry Worksheet (optional)
Chemistry Worksheet Answers
Oral Presentation Guidelines
Oral Presentation Grading Rubric
Using PubMed Instructions

Date  Message
Final Grades Posted Above:

Overall Course Grade: 84%
Final Exam Grade: 78.5%

Finals week office hours:
Monday 12 - 1:30pm
Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30am
Final Exam : Thursday 5/24
Morning class: 9:40 - 12:40
Afternoon class: 12:50 - 3:50

65% - 70% Covers Lecs 17 - 24; Labs : 18 - 21  : 30 - 35% review material
Fluid Balance Data - Lab 20b
5/15/18 Grades Posted above:
Average Course Grade: 85%
Grades Posted above:
Average Course Grade: 84.5%

Note: Grades are either our of 325pts (without homework and labs) or 395 with all assignments.  Quizzes, HW, and Labs are scaled to reflect overall percentage weighting.
Exam 3:
Covers lectures 11 - 16 (just through cardiac pacemaker potentials); Labs 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17
Lab 18 Cardiovascular Pharmacology due date moved from 4/26 to 5/15
This lab will not be included on Exam 3
Exam 2:
Covers lectures: 5 - 10 Cellular respiration through muscle
Labs: 9,10,11 and 13
Homework 2 assigned above: Due day of exam II (April 3rd)

Note: Lab 12 Action Potential will not be due April 3rd. NEW due date is Tuesday April 10th
Current Grades posted above:
Exam 1 course average: 81.5%
Course Average: 82%
Note: Grades reflect Exam1, Quizzes 1 - 3 and syllabus quiz
Reminder: Exam 1
Lectures covered: 1 - 5 (Not including cellular respiration)
Labs covered: 1 - 6

AM lab exam starts at 9:40am and the PM lab starts at 1:00pm.
Please bring a pencil, scantron, calculator and homework and lab work (if turning in for a grade)
Lab 5: Enzyme Kinetics Lab Data (Pdf)
Lab 5: Enzyme Kinetics Lab Data (Excel)
Lab 4 Bioenergetics lab data

Please remember to :
1. Purchase your lab manual
2. Complete the Syllabus Quiz (due Feb. 8th)
3. Look at the Chemistry Pretest to determine if you need to review further general chemistry concepts.  If you do, please read chapter 1 in your text book.
4. Review Lectures 1 and 2 and labs 1 & 2
5. Be ready for a quiz on Tuesday - please bring a scantron (815 15 question sheet)
6. Down load lecture 3 outline

Lab data from Lab 1 : Homeostasis (student ppm)

Welcome to Human Physiology Biology 48
5 units
Lecture 3 hours; Laboratory 6 hours, 2 lab hours by arrangement
Prerequisite: Completion of Human anatomy (bio47) and college chemistry course. 
Recommended preparation: Math 103 & 103R
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course will cover principles and concepts of physiology through comprehensive study of the regulation, cellular function, and integration of the major body systems of the human body.

1/22/18 Class starts Jan. 30th  Be sure to show up the first day of lecture on Jan. 30th at 7:45am in SM36 followed by lab at 9:20am or 12:50pm in SM52. Anyone that misses the first day will be automatically dropped to allow students eager to add to have that opportunity.  ALL ADDS will be done in lab the following week.

Please purchase the lab manual from the Campus Bookstore before the second class meeting, Feb. 1st or download Lab 2

Things to do to get a head start :

1. Ready over Syllabus : You can down load a printable version of the Syllabus(pdf).

2. Take the Syllabus Quiz : Down load the quiz (SyllabusQuiz pdf.  )and answer the questions after reading.  You will be turning this in Feb 8th.

3. Complete the CHEMISTRY WORKSHEET contained in your lab manual appendix (or Download Chemistry Work Sheet (pdf.)): If you do not feel comfortable with the material you can review chapter 2 and 6 in your text book.  In addition many students have found helpful the optional text (An Introduction to Chemistry for Biology Students by  George Sackhein ; ISBN # 0-8053-3075-5).  The review sheet is designed to allow you to judge whether you have a basic knowledge of general chemistry.  If the review seems difficult or the terms seem completely foreign, I would suggest retaking a general chemistry course BEFORE attempting Physiology.  Make sure you are setting yourself up for success!

4. Read Lab ONE: You can down load a printable version of Lab ONE (pdf.)

5. Read Lab TWO: You can down load a printable version of Lab TWO(pdf.)

6. Read Lab Two a (2a) : Metric Supplement : Lab 2a (pdf)

7. Read Lab Two b (2b) : Microscope :Lab 2b (pdf)

1/22/18 ADDING:

The sections are both capped at 28.  Because we offered a summer section of Bio48 and we currently offering a night section, the afternoon section has plenty of space to accommodate student adds.  If you would like to add, please come to the afternoon lab starting at 12:50 in SM52.  Please be sure to also attend the morning lecture.   I will be adding to each section up to 30 students.  Students will be added strictly off of the waitlist first and then students if they are present the first week.   

1/21/18 Things to do the first week: 
1. Down load the Syllabus Quiz ; Due Thursday Feb 8th 2. Down load the Lecture Handout; Look in the lecture outline page (link above) , begin answering the study questions.
3. Complete the Student information / time management worksheet (Due Feb 8th) handed out in class
3. Complete the Chemistry Work sheet  ; in lab manual appendix
4. Complete the Metric Supplement: In lab manual (Lab 2a (pdf))or you can down load by clicking the link
Purchasing Course Books: Several options are available to you: 

1. Viking Bookstore : West Valley Campus Bookstore: You can Purchase all of the books listed in the syllabus directly from the bookstore located  on West Valley campus. The bookstore also provides an online service ( so that you can reserve books & pick them up later or make arrangements for home delivery.   Unfortunately the laboratory manual can only be ordered from the campus bookstore.  It should be available one week before classes start.
Text Book: Human Physiology, 14th Edition, Stuart I. Fox, McGraw Hill, ISBN  #9780073403625                                                         teximage

Lab Manual : BIOLOGY 48 - Human Physiology Course Manual, WEST VALLEY COLLEGE, 
                        Biology Department; C. Peters-StantonBIo48F11_Cover

 Note: You may choose to use an alternate edition, but there will be differences in the graphics, tables, and clinical notes

2. Online Ordering : For ordering all materials except the laboratory manual.  Since the prices of texts books is definitely a concern you may want to look into purchasing textbooks from a less expensive internet vendor.  The only concern is how long it will take to deliver the text.  If you choose to order from an internet site and your text does not arrive when classes start you can keep up with the required reading by using the text on reserve in the library.   or or
 If you have knowledge of any other sources please let me know (email: Christine Peters-Stanton)

3. WVC Library (Reserve Desk) : The Library's reserve desk will have one copy of the current text book which can be checked out for 2 hour blocks of time.  Do not wait until the last minute to do your reading since others may also be relying on the reserve text for their reading.  The library is open M - Th 8:00am - 7:30pm , F 8:00 - 12 noon, S noon - 4:00   (408) 741-2028


1/22/18 Tutoring: Two choices

1. Free tutoring is available in the tutorial services at WVC.  Visit their web page to learn more.
2. If you would like to tutor Anatomy with tutorial services, please come see me.


Lab Data Acquisition Program: ADinstruments (LabChart)

This semester you will be using a data acquisition system to collect and analyze lab data on the classroom Macbooks.  You will be able to save your data for further analysis by copying the data onto a USB flash drive (you must provide) during lab and taking the data home to reveiw on your computer.  You must be sure to save your data in both Mac and PC formats (from the drop down menu in the save dialog box). 

You will need to download the FREE LabChart Reader software onto your computer available from ADinstruments:

Click on the link above navigate to the ADInstrument web site, down load either the MAC or PC(windows) versions.   To find out if your computer is able to use LabChart Reader, visit the ADInstruments Software system requirements page.

Remember to bring a USB flash drive to class if you want to take your data home and analyze it further.
Downloadable instructions (pdf) for saving data on the classroom computers

You will need Adobe Reader to view and print PDF documents.

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