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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL-2401

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_310 CRN-21270
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 05/31/2018

Meeting Times

Anatomy and Physiology I – CRN 21270 - BIOL 2401-310

Lecture: T/Th, 7:05– 8:20 pm, Rm H212

Lab: T/Th, 8:30 – 9:45 pm, Rm H123

Contact Information

Name:  Dr. Ghazal Ghahramany                      Email: eCampus mail or [email protected]

Office:  S-117                                      Tel:  (979) 209-8283

Office Hours:  T/Th, 8:00 – 10:00 am



Principles of structure and function of the human body. Anatomy and Physiology I is the first course in a two semester sequence which examines the systems of the human body using an integrated approach. The chemistry of life provides a foundation to investigate the major organ systems of the body. The areas of study include the structure and function of cells, histology, the physiological and anatomical aspects of support and movement systems and the nervous system.


Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 with a grade of "C" or better or approval of the division chair on the relevant campus. CHEM 1407 or 1411 is recommended.


Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


  1. Explain the principle of complementarity of structure and function.
  2. Relate homeostasis to feedback mechanisms.
  3. Use correct anatomical terms to describe the human body.
  4. Explain the major molecular structures basic to life.
  5. Describe the anatomy and physiology of cells.
  6. Compare the structures and functions of major tissue types.
  7. Explain the integumentary system histology and function, including repair, cancer, and thermoregulation.
  8. Describe the formation, anatomy, and physiology of bone and how they facilitate movement.
  9. Explain the sequence of events during muscle contraction and properly identify human muscles.
  10. Describe neural physiology and components of the central and peripheral nervous systems.



1. Textbook: Anatomy Physiology-The Unity of Form and Function, 6th Edition, 2012, Saladin, McGraw-Hill. 

2. McGraw-Hill “connect” access code

3. Lab Manual: Custom Lab Book A&P (BIOL 2401& 2402), 2013 Edition, Martin. McGraw-Hill.

Course Requirements


4 Lecture Exams

You will need 4 Advantage scantrons (#28980), 1 for each of the lecture exams.  The 4 Lecture Exams can include both objective (multiple choice) or short answer questions and labeling of figures.  More will be specified in class as the date approaches.


4 Lab Practicals

You will need 4 Advantage scantrons (#28980), 1 for each of the lab exams.  The 4 lab exams will include identification of microscope specimens & anatomical structures, and questions about their function.  Tissues, cells and structures may be presented in preserved specimens, models, microscope slides, or pictures.  It may also include questions that require you to analyze and interpret scientific data or answer objective questions over experiments performed.  More will be specified in class as the date approaches. 



Quizzes will be announced in class, 1-2 class periods before being given.  No make-up quizzes will be given, but you will be able to drop the 2 lowest quiz grades.  You will need 3 Advantage scantrons (#28980) for “in class” quizzes; each scantron will be used for up to 4 quizzes. 

In class quizzes may be given during the lecture or lab period and will cover material you can study on the “McGraw-Hill Connect” learning platform mentioned in the “Course Policies” Section

Online quiz grades will come from assigned “Learn Smart” homeworks which you can also find on the “McGraw-Hill Connect” website.  Percent completion will be used to determine the LearnSmart grade (90% completion = 9 point out of 10 for that quiz grade).


Lab Work

In-lab assignments will be due at the end of the lab period.  Lab homework will be due the next lab period, unless otherwise specified & can be turned in up to a week late, but a late penalty of 25% will be deducted.  Only those who attend lab and sign the “Lab Attendance Sheet” can turn in either type of lab assignment for a grade.


Final Exam

You will need 1 Advantage scantron (#28980) for the Final Exam.  The comprehensive final will include all chapters covered during the semester and will be given during Final’s Week, as specified in the Final Exam Calendar which can be found at the end of this syllabus, and on the Blinn web page. 


4 Lecture Exams                400 points (40 %)

4 Lab Practicals                  200 points (20%)

10 "Quizzes" (10 highest)    100 points (10%)

10 Labs Works                   100 points (10%)

 Final Exam                        200 points (20%)

Total Points for the semester = 1000                                     

Lecture Exams will be re-taken, open-book, for a maximum of 10 bonus points per exam (40 total)

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

McGraw-Hills Connect

Your textbook’s publisher has an excellent learning platform called McGrawhill Connect, from which you will have assignments which will count for the “Quiz” portion of your grade.  Also, there are other study tools which will not be assigned, but which are great study tool that can help you better your performance on exams. 


I have set up a website specific to your class for which you will need to register.  The access code which allows you to register is included in the price of each new textbook, but a 6 month access code can also be purchased online for $25.  Please register for your connect classroom as soon as possible by going to the following website and clicking “register now”.

Sec 310:



Section 310


Schedule: Tue/THu






Tue, Jan, 14

Intro &  Ch 1: Themes

Safety, Lab 1: Sci Method   (Lab 2: Body Organization)


Thu, Jan, 16

Ch 2: Chem of Life

Lab 3: Chemistry of Life


Tue, Jan, 21

Ch 2: Chem of Life

Lab 4: Microscope


Thu, Jan, 23

Ch 3: Cell Form & Function

Lab 5: Cell Structure & Function


Tue , Jan, 28

Ch 3: Cell Form & Function

Lab 6: Membranes & Lab 7: Cell Cycle


Thu , Feb 30

Ch 4: Genetics

Lab 8: Epithelial Tissue


Tue , Feb 4

Exam 1 (Ch 1-4)



Thu , Feb 6

Ch 5: Histology

Lab 9 & 10: Connective, Muscle & Nervous Tissue


Tue , Feb 11

Ch 6: Integumentary Syst

LAB EXAM I (Labs 1-10)


Thu, Feb 13

Ch 6: Integumentary Syst

Lab 11: Integumentary Syst


Tue , Feb 18

Ch 7: Bone Tissue

Lab 12: Bone Structure  & Lab 13: Skeletal Org


Thu ,  Feb 20

Ch 7: Bone Tissue

Lab 14: Skull &  Lab 15: Vertebral & Thoracic Bones  eart StructureH


Tue ,  Feb 25

Ch 8: Skeletal System

Lab 16: Pec & Upper Limb & Lab 17: Pely & Lower Limb


Thu ,  Feb 27

Exam 2 (Ch 5-8)

Lab 19: Joints


Tue ,  Mar 4

Ch 9: Joints

LAB EXAM II (Labs 11-17, 19)


Thu ,  Mar 6

Ch 10:  Muscular System

Lab 20: Skeletal Muscle     Assign CAT


Tue ,  Mar 11*




Thu ,  Mar 13*




Tue ,  Mar 18

Ch 10:  Muscular System

Lab 22: Head, Lab 23: Upper    CAT-neck/thorax/abs


Thu , Mar 20

Ch 11: Muscular Tissue

Lab 24: Vert, Lab 25: Lower    CAT- shoulder/back/fore 


Tue ,  Mar 25

Ch 11: Muscular Tissue



Thu , Mar 27

Exam 3 (Ch 9-11)

Lab 26: Surface Anatomy; Finish CAT, review muscles


Tue , Apr 1

Ch 12:  Nervous Tissue

LAB EXAM III (Labs 20, 22-26 + CAT muscles)


Thu, Apr 3

Ch 12: Nervous Tissue

Lab 27: Nervous tissue & Nerves


Tue , Apr 8

Ch 13:  Spinal Cord/S. Reflex

Lab 28: Spinal Cord, Nerves, Meninges


Thu  Apr  10

Ch 13: Spinal; Somatic

Lab 29: Reflex Arc & Reflexes




Fri Apr  11th


Last Day to drop with a “Q”


Tue , Apr 15

Ch 14: Brain & Cranial Nerves

Lab 30: Brain & Cranial Nerves


Thu, Apr 17

Ch 14: Brain & Cranial Nerves

Lab 32: Sheep Brain


Tue , Apr 22

Exam 4 (Ch 12-14)



Thu, Apr 24

Ch 15: Autonomic S/V. Reflex

LAB EXAM IV (Labs 27-30, 32)


Tue , Apr 29

Review (Ch 15 Quiz over LS)




May 1-6



Final Exam

Section 310

Thursday, May 1st         from 5:30-7:30 pm