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Dual Credit Anatomy and Physiology Syllabus

BIOL 2401.650

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Fall 2022


Instructor: Ryan Skidmore                                       Meeting Location: Science 1

Office: Science 1                                                        Meeting Days: Monday - Friday

Phone: 903.737.2800                                                 Meeting Times: 9:37am – 10:24am


Office Hours: 7:55am – 8:42am



Paris Junior College will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 impact on the communities served. Per CDC guidelines:

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Anyone on PJC campus/property will be expected to govern themselves by the CDC's cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.


Masks are no longer required on a PJC campus.  However, if you have not been vaccinated, you should consider wearing a mask to protect your own health.


Course Description:

This course is a study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and special senses. Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. The lab provides a hands-on learning experience for exploration of human system components and basic physiology. Systems to be studied include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and special senses. 
Credits: SCH = 3 lecture and 1 laboratory hours per week


Required Textbook(s) and Materials:

Hole’s Human Anatomy and Physiology 15th Edition ISBN-10: 1259864561


Course Goals and Objectives:

Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information

Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication

Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions

Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal

Student Learning Outcomes (Biological Science Program-Level):

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the processes of science, the scientific method and established scientific knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic terminology and understanding of major biological concepts.
  3. Use appropriate laboratory techniques and equipment safely and proficiently.

ACGM Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Use anatomical terminology to identify and describe locations of major organs of each system covered.
  2. Explain interrelationships among molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ functions in each system.
  3. Describe the interdependency and interactions of the systems.
  4. Explain contributions of organs and systems to the maintenance of homeostasis.
  5. Identify causes and effects of homeostatic imbalances.
  6. Describe modern technology and tools used to study anatomy and physiology.


  1. Apply appropriate safety and ethical standards.
  2. Locate and identify anatomical structures.
  3. Appropriately utilize laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, dissection tools, general labware, physiology data acquisition systems, and virtual simulations.
  4. Work collaboratively to perform experiments.
  5. Demonstrate the steps involved in the scientific method.
  6. Communicate results of scientific investigations, analyze data and formulate conclusions.
  7. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving skills, including, but not limited to, inferring, integrating, synthesizing, and summarizing to make decisions, recommendations, and predictions.

Course Schedule:

Week 1- Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology | Lab: Using Anatomical Terminology
Week 2- Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology | Lab: Regions and Quadrants
Week 3- Chemical Basis of Life | Lab: Metric System
Week 4- Cells | Lab: Diffusion and Osmosis
Week 5- Cells & Cellular Metabolism | Lab: Introduce Microscopy
     Exam #1: Chapters 1-3
Week 6- Cellular Metabolism | Lab: Begin Histology Lab
Week 7- Tissues | Lab: Complete Histology Lab
Week 8- Integumentary System | Lab: Histology Practical
     Exam #2: Chapters 4-6
Week 9- Skeletal System | Lab: Bone Identification
Week 10- Skeletal System & Joints | Lab: Bone Practical
Week 11- Muscular System | Lab: Begin Cat Dissection (Muscles)
     Exam #3: Chapters 7-9
Week 12- Nervous System I | Lab: Continue Cat Dissection (Muscles)
Week 13- Nervous System I & Nervous System II | Lab: Sheep Brain Dissection
Week 14- Nervous System II & Nervous System III | Lab: Cow Eye Dissection
Week 15- Nervous System III Cont'd | Lab: Vision, Hearing, and Equilibrium Tests
     Exam #4: Chapters 10-12
Week 16- Final Exam (Dec. 13 – 16)          


Course Requirements and Evaluation:
Grades will be calculated based on two categories:

A. Test (50%) – Short answer and essay items covering lecture material

B. Daily Grades (50%) – Includes daily quizzes, participation, and lab practical


Course Policies
Procedures: Students are expected to be in their seats with notes and writing utensils out before the tardy bell rings. With few exceptions, every class will begin with a lecture. The lecture will either be interspersed or concluded with independent, partner, or class activities: calculations, case studies, problem sets, etc. Each six-week period will include three (3) participation grades, recorded biweekly. Participation grades will be based upon how diligently students answer questions in class and work on the classroom activities. Any student that fails to answer questions or give honest effort to classroom activities will receive a 0 for their participation grade. These must be earned; they are not given as a free grade or a buffer to poor grades.

Expectations: I have tremendously high expectations for all my students and refuse to accept sub-par work, disruptions, or idleness.  The standards will be set and remain high all year long. You will be expected to work hard from bell-to-bell each and every day in this classroom. Students should also be prepared to study intensely and frequently for quizzes and tests. This is an Honors class so you can anticipate difficult assignments, complex labs, and rigorous assessments.


I want to provide an enjoyable class for all students and any motivations contrary to this goal will not be tolerated.  My professional responsibility is to ensure that all students are able to learn in a safe, focused academic environment. My aim is for all students to master the content of this course to insure success and competence in future medical programs. 


Absences: When you are absent, it is your responsibility to come see me and get your work made up.  You have as much extra time to make up your work as you were absent.  For example, if you were absent one day, you have one extra day to make it up. 

If you are absent on a test day, you will take the test the day you come back.  If you know in advance you will miss a test because of an extracurricular activity, please plan to take the test the day before the scheduled test. Also, you will only be allowed to miss one test without penalty. After you miss a test once, each test thereafter will have 10 points (increasingly) deducted; E-days will not count against this, but any other reason will. There are only six tests per semester, so the likelihood of multiple absences occurring specifically on test days is very unlikely.  I do not allow for retests. 


Labs: Because of safety issues, I am extremely particular about students’ knowledge in this area. We will go into detail about proper procedures. These must be followed with great care. A lab safety exam will be administered at the beginning of the year and a score of 80 or better is required to participate in labs.

Any student not focusing on the laboratory procedure during laboratory exercises (e.g. talking with students in another group, playing on cell phone, etc.) will be removed from the lab and receive a zero; the same goes for any students that are being disruptive or not following proper lab safety procedures. Additionally, a grade can only be assigned to students that participate during labs, thus standing idly for the period will also result in a grade of zero.


Miscellanea: Personal business should be attended to in between classes. Students will not be allowed to leave the class unless called by the office or another teacher. All assignments must be turned in before the tardy bell of the due date; late assignments will receive a 20% deduction and will not be accepted 24 hours after the due date. 

Cell phones should be kept put away at all times. I have a no-tolerance policy for their use in my class; studies have shown that the distraction provided by a cell phone causes students to perform 20% worse on assessments – that’s two whole letter grades! Anytime I see a cell phone (or you staring down at your seat for an inappropriate amount of time) I will make note of it and deduct 5 points from your next assessment. If a cell phone is visible during a test or quiz, this will be considered cheating and you will receive a grade of zero.

While Chromebooks will be used in relevant class activities, they must remain closed in class unless otherwise instructed. Notes must be taken with pen and paper. 

Class Attendance:

Class attendance is critical for the successful completion of this course.  For online courses, students must complete work in a timely manner and follow due dates.  Withdrawals must be initiated by the student.  The last day for a student to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” is Thursday, November 17th.


Class Conduct:

Please turn off or silence and put away all cell phones, pagers, IPods, headphones, etc. before entering the classroom/laboratory.  No obscene/vulgar language will be permitted in the classroom/laboratory.  Faculty reserve the right to drop a student for violations of the Student Conduct Policy as listed in the Student Handbook.


Academic Honesty:

In the pursuit of learning, it is expected that students will engage in honest academic endeavor to the highest degree of honor and integrity.  Students who are found to engage in academic dishonesty through such activities as cheating on exams, plagiarism, or collusion with others will be referred to the Vice President of Student Access and Success for disciplinary action such as dismissal from the college.  These students will immediately receive a score of zero on the exam/assignment in question with no possibility of makeup work and will forego the right to receive any bonus points for the remainder of the semester.  Students who are suspected of cheating due to questionable activities may be required to prove their innocence.


ADA Statement

It is the policy of Paris Junior College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are students with disabilities.  This College will adhere to all applicable federal, State and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrange an appointment with a College Success Coach in the Advising & Counseling Center to obtain a Request for Accommodations form.  For more information, please refer to the Paris Junior College Catalog or Student Handbook.