BIO210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Fall 2019

Course Syllabus

Instructor: Dr. Barry K. Rhoades

106 Munroe Science Center                                                                     

Office Phone: 757-5238                                                                    


Office  hours:             Monday            9:00 - 10:00 AM

                                    Tuesday           10:00 - 11:00 AM

                                    Wednesday      9:00 - 10:00 AM

                                    Thursday          10:00 - 11:00 AM

                                    Friday               9:00 - 10:00 AM

                                    or by appointment

(I will be in my office during these times.  Feel free to drop in to my office any other time from 9:00 to 5:00 weekdays.  When I am not in my office, I am often in my lab space in MSC 101/103, in the general biology lab MSC 128, or in the Vivarium MSC 102.  If I can meet with you at that time I will, otherwise I will make an appointment for a future time.)


Textbooks:  Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology.  Martini JH, Nath JL, and Bartholomew EF.

                    10th Ed.  (2015) Benjamin Cummings.  ISBN: 978-0-321-90907-7

                     (This is the class text for both semesters - BIO 210 and BIO 211.  Any reasonably current,

                       comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology text may be substituted.)


                     Exploring Anatomy and Physiology in the Laboratory.  Amerman EC. 3rd Ed. (2017)  Morton. 

                     ISBN: 978-161731-620-3                    

                     (This text will be used extensively in the laboratory portion of the course.)


On-line Course Materials:



       lab manual:


Class Meetings: Period 5 (MWF 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM) MSC 101

Laboratory Meetings: Periods 7-9 Wednesday (2:30 - 5:20 PM) MSC 101

Prerequisites: BIO 103 or BIO 110

Course Description and Objectives:  BIO 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the first semester in a two-semester, intermediate-level sequence in human anatomy and physiology (A&P).  This is a four credit-hour laboratory courses designed to introduce you to the the structure and function of the human body.  This course is appropriate for both majors and non-majors.  It serves as an elective course in the Biology Major and a required course in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.  Completion of BIO 103, BIO 110, or an equivalent introductory biology course should be regarded as an absolute prerequisite for this course.  This intermediate-level course assumes a prior, basic, elementary  knowledge of algebra, chemical principles, biomolecular classes, enzyme function, kinetics and metabolism, cell structure and function, and genetics.
Course Content: In this course you will learn the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology on both gross and microscopic levels. You will explore the interrelationships among form, function, development, pathology, and evolution of the human body.  As much as possible, we will take a hands-on approach to learning.  This will involve working extensively with anatomical models, histological slides, and wherever appropriate with actual organ preparations. You will also, on occasion, have the opportunity to dissect preserved organs from other mammals (e.g. sheep brains, cow eyes, etc.).  You will also be exploring general principles of human physiology, illustrated wherever possible with physiological tests and measurements on human subjects (your class mates).


Specific topics included in this first A&P course include metabolism, body organization, cytology, histological tissue types, integument, skeleton, muscles, and the nervous system.  The remaining organ systems are covered in the second sequential course, BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
The nature of the laboratory portion of the course and specific recommendations on how to approach it are detailed in the Laboratory Guide. This, used in conjunction with your laboratory Text (Amerson), will be your primary guide to working through the laboratory portion of the course.


Wesleyan College Statement on Accessibility: Wesleyan College is committed to equal education, full participation and access to facilities for all students. Any student who requires reasonable academic accommodations, use of auxiliary aids or facility access for a class must first register with Disability Resources by contacting Jill Amos, or (478) 757-5219. If reasonable accommodations are established, students should request Accommodation Letters from Disability Resources then schedule an appointment to meet with the professor to determine how the accommodations will be implemented for each class as early in the semester as possible. Accommodations require advance notice to implement and will not be retroactively administered for the semester. Accommodations that decrease the integrity of a course will not be approved.


Wesleyan College Department of Biology Policy on the Honor Code: The Honor Code is the foundation upon which life in the Wesleyan College community is built. Academic violations of the Honor Code include, but are not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, inventing or falsifying information, turning in work for more than one class without authorization, or helping someone else violate the Honor Code. Students must self-report academic violations of the Honor Code to the faculty member teaching the class. If a student knows of an academic violation of the Honor Code by another student, she must report that violation to the faculty member if the student does not self-report.


In this class,  cheating (giving or receiving any unauthorized information or supplying information from any source other than your memory) on any exam will result in a course semester grade of  F.  Plagiarism and/or improper citation on any assignment will be dealt with on a case by case basis, but also may result in an F grade for the assignment or the course. If a student is unclear about violation of the Honor Code for any assignment, she should contact the instructor before handing in the assignment. . All academic violations of the Honor Code will also be reported to the Provost, who may impose additional penalties for repeat offenders, including expulsion from school.  Repeat offenders will be sent to Honor Council by the Provost, who may impose additional social penalties. For more information on how the Honor Code works, including the appeals process, refer to The Wesleyanne: Student Handbook

Students further agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the site.


Attendance:   You are expected to attend classes and laboratory sessions regularly.  Excessive unexcused absences (more than 4) from class and/or lab will be reported to the Dean in accordance with college policy and may result in a penalty of one full grade point.


Class Preparation and Participation:   It is essential that you come to class each day having carefully read through the assigned text readings, including lab preparatory readings and manual guides.  The more preparation you bring into class, the more we will have to discuss. 


Time Expenditure:  There is a general expectation at Wesleyan that you will spend at least two-three hours working outside of class for every hour you spend in class. The course materials and course room are available to you precisely so that you can spend much of this time working directly with them to prepare for the exams and complete the worksheets.


Wesleyan College Statement on Civility in the Classroom: Students, faculty, and staff are expected to treat each other with respect in all interactions.  Int the classroom, rude, disruptive, and/or disrespectful behaviors as determined by the faculty member interfere other students’ rights and with the instructor’s ability to teach. Therefore, anyone exhibiting unacceptable behaviors during the class will be asked to leave and will be counted absent for that class period. Failure to cooperate with this process will result in disciplinary action that may include withdrawal from the class or dismissal from the College.  Violations will be reproted to the Provost.


Cell Phones:  Please do your classmates the courtesy of turning off your cell phones during class and lab periods.  If you must answer your cell phone, please leave the room to do so.  If you leave the room, please do not come back.  If you feel that you must monitor your cell phone during class or lab, please get permission from the instructor.  Absolutely no cell phones will be allowed during examinations.


Wesleyan College Statement on Educational Privacy: In order to promote an environment in which ideas may be freely expressed, the interior office and classroom spaces at Wesleyan are private spaces. The unauthorized creation of photographic images, audio or video recordings of students or faculty in these spaces is considered to be disruptive behavior which may result in a student's removal from class according to the instructor’s discretion. The distribution of any such recordings of students or faculty without the express written permission of the College is strictly prohibited and is subject to disciplinary action by the Provost of the College.

All novel materials developed and presented in this course are the academic and intellectual property of the course instructor, course students, and/or Wesleyan College.  Unauthorized photography, recording, electronic monitoring, and/or web dissemination of any portions of class or laboratory materials or sessions potentially violates the legitimate expectations of privacy of your classmates and the course instructor.  Please obtain the explicit permission of the instructor before making any video or audio recordings in this course.  Please do not, under any circumstances, post recordings from this class to electronic or social media.


Grading: The semester grade will be computed against a 600 point total on the following basis:





Points %
Quizzes 3 @ 20 points each 60 12%
Midterms (class& lab) 2 @ 100 points each 200 40%
Final Exam (class & lab) 150 points 150 30%
Worksheets 9 @ 10 pts each 90 18%
TOTAL   500 100%


        Grades will be based on the following scale:
        ≥90%+ = A, ≥80%+ = B, ≥70%+ = C, ≥60% = D, <60% = F.

Lab Periods: You will be responsible for working through the laboratory guides and the materials on demonstration during each lab period. Most materials will be available for additional study on your own or in small groups at other times, whenever the lab room is available.  Learning anatomical terminology and identification takes TIME and PRACTICE.  The lab room will be accessible to you weekdays from 6AM to 10PM, whenever another class (BIO 340) is not meeting in the room.  You should count on spending at least one additional 2-3 hour session in the lab most weeks.  It would be best to schedule this time with at least one laboratory partner.  Every effort will be made to keep the laboratory materials available and organized for your use between scheduled lab sessions.

Course Materials and Resources: Most of the materials for this course are located in room MSC 101, stored on the back shelves.  Please try to keep these neat and organized so that other students can use them as well.  These materials include the models and organ preparations which we will be working with, microscopes, collections of microscope slides, gross anatomy and histology atlases and charts, and a set of anatomy textbooks. You are free to use these materials at any time during which there is not another class or lab meeting in MSC 101, including evenings and weekends. However, all of these materials MUST REMAIN IN MSC 101.
Quizzes:  Dates for the three quizzes are specified in the schedule below.  These will occur during class periods and cover material presented and discussed in class, examined in the laboratory, and/or contained in the assigned text readings.

Midterms and Final Exams: Dates for the two midterms and the final exam are specified in the schedule below.  Midterm exams will occur during the specified laboratory periods.  Each of these will have a written portion covering primarily materials discussed in class and a "practical" component with individual stations set up. For the lab practical part of each exam you will rotate through the stations, with a fixed amount of time for each station. Each station will typically involve 3-4 related questions on identification, characteristic features/structures, and/or basic functional relationships.


Worksheets: Twelve worksheets, corresponding to sections of the course, will be posted online and in the back of the Laboratory Guide. These worksheets will combine exercises from the laboratory text with short "essay style" answers to more general and diverse anatomical questions. Your total grade on the worksheets will be based on your best 9 individual worksheet grades.
Each worksheet should be turned in for the first time no later than 5:00 PM on the Friday following completion of that week's laboratory. You may resubmit each worksheet once, with corrections and additions, no later than 5 PM on Reading Day, December 12.  Please note that this time frame will be necessarily compressed as the end ofthe course approaches.
We will be discussing some of the topics on the worksheets in class. Some of the necessary information can be found in the Extended Syllabus. The remainder of the information can be generally be found in your text, in the online resources of the web resources page, and/or the supplemental anatomy texts kept in Room 101.


Class and Laboratory Schedule (subject to revision):


Dates Class and Laboratory Topics Text Chs. Lab#
Aug 19, 21, 23 Course Introduction, Metabolism, Anatomical Terms 1, 2, 17

no lab

Aug 26, 28, 30 Body Organization; Cytology; TIssue Types; CT Proper 1, 3 1
Sept 2

no class - Labor Day

Sept 4 Diffusion 4 2
Sept 6 Quiz I - during class period    
Sept 9, 11, 13 Integument; Epithelium; Membrane Transport 5 3*
Sept 16, 18, 20 Axial Skeleton; Cartilage and Bone 6 4
Sept 23, 25, 27 Muscle Physiology 7  
September 25 Midterm I - during lab period    
Sept 30, Oct 2, 4 Axial Musculature; Muscle Histology; Muscle Mechanics 7 5
Oct 7, 9 The Skull; The Head 6, 7 6
October 11 Quiz II - during class period    
Oct 14 no class, no lab - Fall Break
Oct 16, 18 Upper Appendages; Arthrology   7
Oct 21, 23, 25 Lower Appendages 6, 7 8
Oct 28, 30, Nov 1 The Neuron; Neurophysiology 8  
October 30 Midterm II - during lab period    
Nov 4, 6, 8 Central Nervous System 8 9
Nov 11, 13, 15 Peripheral and Visceral Nervous Systems; Reflexes 8 10
Nov 18, 20 Sensory Systems, Sensorimotor Control 8 11
November 22 Quiz III, during class period    
Nov 25-29 no classes, no lab - Thanksgiving Break    
Dec 2, 4, 6 EEG; Evoked Potentials; Review 9 12
Dec 9, 11 Review   no lab
December 12 Reading Day - all written materials due by 5:00PM    

Monday Dec 16

5:00 PM

Class and Laboratory Exams


*some  lab 3 exercises will take place during class periods