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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL-2401

  • Summer I 2014
  • Section SECTION_B01 CRN-30408
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/02/2014 to 08/05/2014
  • Modified 05/30/2014

Meeting Times


  • Saturday, 8:00 AM to 12:50 PM, H123 Bryan Campus

Meet June 14, June 18, Jul 19, Aug 2. 

Contact Information

Professor: Ellen Ott-Reeves

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: H251, only on campus lab days
  • Phone: 209-8604
  • Website:

Office Hours

  • Monday, 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM, ecampus Elluminate

Access via course home page or under Communications tab. 

I am only on campus for Lab days during the summer. 


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.



Textbook: Anatomy Physiology-The Unity of Form and Function, 6th Edition, 2012, Saladin, McGraw-Hill. With access to Connect web site. 

No lab book required for Blended Sections


Course Requirements

All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will include:

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. A minimum of two laboratory exams
  3. A comprehensive final exam


The following are required components of a students grade:

  1. Major Exams: At least three major exams covering the lecture material evenly distributed throughout the semester.  Information from the laboratory experiments may be included on major exams. Major exams will account for at least 30% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory Exams: At least two laboratory examinations on knowledge and skills acquired through laboratory activities, covering histological slides, models, dissections, and any other lab work deemed appropriate by the instructor. Laboratory  exams will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
  3. Minor Exams/Quizzes/Homework: Given at the discretion of the instructor.
    Additional Reports or projects: Assigned at the discretion of the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
  4. Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The final  exams will account for at least 20% of the final grade.


Cumulative Final Exam 20%

Average 4 lecture exams 30%

Lab Practicals 20%

Lab Work 15%

Online class work (Connect Required, A&P Revealed) 15%

Bonus LearnSmart Average 3%

>89.5 = A >79.5 = B > 69.5 = C > 59.5 = D 

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

Lecture Exams cover material presented in both lecture and lab, generally in a multiple choice, true/false, matching format. Exams must be taken in a proctored setting, such as Blinn's Learning Center. If arrangements are made well in advance, you might be able to take exams at a different testing center. You will log in to ecampus, go to lessons, open the exam and the proctor will enter the code for you to access the test.  

Lab practicals cover material presented in both lecture and lab, presented as slides, dissected specimens, models, test results, images, etc. You will take 4 lab practicals at the end of the lab meeting we cover the material for that unit. The lab practicals are multiple choice. I will provide you the answer sheets. Ecampus has lab reviews under the chapters. In addition, you may be able to come into lab to study at other times, as long as instructor teaching at the time is agreeable.

Final Exam is cumulative, over the entire course content. Students will need to take final in proctored setting such as Blinn's Learning Center All finals for 10 week courses and Summer II are the same day, so there may well be a long wait for a computer in the testing center. I suggest using Assess your learning outcomes in back of each chapter as study guide for final.

Lab work includes worksheets I give you at the lab meeting, as well as showing me parts of slides, models, dissections. Work must be complete and have your name on it when turned in to get credit. If you have an unexcused absence for that day your grade will be zero for the activity. If your absence is excused as described above or illness with acceptable documentation, the grade will remain blank in the grade book. I must have documentation within 48 hours of missing class to be an excused absence. 

Online Classwork includes required Connect Required Assignments for each Chapter as well as A&P Revealed Modules which you access via the connect assignment screen. I suggest reviewing the APR Modules dissection, microscopy, videos, etc. before taking the Assessment in Connect. 

  • My lecture notes are available in under content, unit and chapter designation. From the ecampus course home page, you can access Tegrity, which has recordings of my lectures. Ecampus also contains lab reviews for each unit. For each chapter, ecampus has “what should I know” review questions over the material. I suggest reading a page or two of the text, then answering the questions, then read some more and answer the questions. What  should I know reviews are not turned in for credit.
  • Ecampus course home page contains a link to McGraw Hill Campus, which will take you to connect, is an online review site for the text. Alternately, here is the URL for your section
  • With your text, you should have a student access code. If you have a used book, you can purchase access from McGraw Hill. You can use the free 3 week preview. When you register with the purchased code, your work will link to the new account.
    • SmartBook lets you read some of the chapter, then work review questions, then continue on.
    • Each chapter has optional assignments to review and also required assignments which have a firm deadline.
    • From the connect web site, you can follow the link to LearnSmart, which is another type of review for the course material. Students have told me time and again that LearnSmart has really helped them process the material for the course. Some exam questions come directly from LearnSmart. 3% Bonus will be added to your grade from the average across all 15 chapters’ LearnSmart. The schedule lists when LearnSmarts are due, generally by 11PM the day of the exam over that material


  • A&P Revealed is an online dissection and physiology review site. Access A&P Revealed via the connect site. Please use my Course Content code k2zVA for A&P1’s content edited to highlight your textbook’s information.  When in APR, use the green my button! Review the module: dissections, microscopy, animations, etc. For each module listed on the syllabus, you will have a connect assessment over that module. Some questions on exams and practicals come from APR.

Makeup Policy: If you have an excused absence, the grade will not count against you. I must receive documentation for the excused absence within 48 hours of missing class. Missed online work cannot be made up. Online exercises are open for an extended time. Your schedule should permit you to access the assessment during that time.

Health Concerns: Eating and drinking are not allowed during class or laboratory work. No Open Toed Shoes are permitted in lab for safety reasons. No sandals, no flip flops. 

Problem Resolution:  If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Dean for Science. 


Copyright Notice Some of the materials utilized in this course are copyrighted. They are intended for use only by students enrolled in this course and only for instructional activities associated with and for the duration of the course. They may not be retained in another medium or disseminated.


You have 2 options for scheduling: Fast Track which finishes before Summer II starts, or the typical 10 week schedule. Fast Track is to help those students who are starting A&P2 in July. 

 Summer 2013 A&P1 10 weeks




  • Read Syllabus under lessons tab on ecampus.
  • Take ecampus Quiz over Syllabus: Lessons tab, start here file folder
  • Study Ch 1 Major Themes of A&P.
  • Work What should I know Ch 1 as you read, from ecampus lessons tab.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 1
  • Lectures are available in Tegrity from course home page, Powerpoints are under lessons tab.
  • Study Atlas A
  • Work What should I know Atlas A as you go through it.
  • Work Connect  Optional & Required
  • Work A&P Revealed, my content, Module 1. Body orientation, dissection tab. Access APR from the connect assignment screen. Click the green “my” tab. After studying the module, take APR Module 1 assessment on connect assignment screen.
  • Work Atlas A Lab Review on ecampus, lessons, unit 1, Ch1&Atlas A.


  • Study Ch 2 Chemistry. This should be review from Biology 1406.
  • Work What should I know Ch 2 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 2
  • Ecampus Syllabus Quiz due by 11PM
  • Connect Required Ch1, Atlas A due by 11PM 6/4.
  • APR Module 1 connect quiz dueReview module, then take assessment in Connect Assignments. 
  • Connect Required Ch2 Due 11PM 6/5


  • Study Ch 3 Cells
  • Work What should I know Ch 3 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect  Optional & Required and Learn Smart for Ch 3
  • Work Microscope and Cell Review on ecampus . Ecampus lab reviews are not graded. The reviews reset with each access. You don’t have to print them out, or submit them in any other way.
  • At first lab meeting, you need to know parts of the microscope, their functions, total magnification, and how to determine cell size from given field size.
  • Connect Required Ch3 due by 11PM 6/8


  • Study Ch 4 Genetics and Cell Function
  • Work What should I know Ch 4 as you go through it.
  • Work ecampus cell cycle lab review . In lab, we’ll review slides of cell cycle. Ecampus lab reviews are completion grades. The reviews reset with each access. You don’t have to print them out, or submit them in any other way.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 4
  • Review A&P Revealed Module 2, which spans Ch2,3,4.
  • APR quiz Module 2 due by 11PM via connect assignment screen.
  • Connect Required Ch4 due by 11PM 6/10


  • Study Ch 5: Tissues
  • Work What should I know Ch 5 as you go through it.
  • Work ecampus histology review 1 & 2 . We’ll look at slides in 1st lab. Be able to recognize slides on practical and know features of each tissue slide.  You do not need to submit or print out lab reviews from ecampus.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 5
  • Work A&P Revealed Module 3. Tissues. Do all animations and histology.


    • Connect Required Ch5 & APR Module 3 due by 11PM.


  • 1st Lab meeting 8:00A – 12:25 in H123A on Bryan campus. Please be on time! I will give you worksheets over microscopy, cell cycle, histology to complete and turn in. The materials are covered in Ch 1-5.You likely want to bring your text and/or powerpoints with you as well as paper and pencil. Please use pencil to draw cells! Last, we’ll take the multiple choice practical, which can also include images from your book, A&P Revealed. All work must be completed and have your name on it when turned in to receive credit.


  • Exam 1 Ch 1-5. Exam must be taken in proctored setting like Blinn Learning Center.
  • See instructions under student info @
  • Learn Smart due by 11PM for Ch 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Access LearnSmart via connect assignment screen. LearnSmart average across 15 chapters is bonus 3% for class.


  • Study Ch 6 Integument
  • Work What should I know Ch 6 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 6
  • Work A&P Revealed Module 4. Integumentary.Work all dissection and histology. s.
  • Work ecampus Integument lab review.


  • Connect Required  Ch 6 and APR Module 4 due by 11PM


  • Study Ch 7 Bone Tissue
  • Work What should I know Ch 7 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 7
  • Work A&P Revealed Module 5. Skeletal, specifically all histology, animation for appositional bone growth.
  • Work Bone Tissue Lab Review on ecampus . Lab Reviews do not need to be submitted or printed out.


  • Connect Required Ch 7 due by 11PM


  • Study Ch 8 Skeletal System
  • Work What should I know Ch 8 as you go through it. Try “chunking” info into 1) skull; 2) vertebrae & thoracic cage; 3) arm &  leg. Spend 1 day on each topic.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 8
  • Work lab reviews on ecampus .: Skull, Cranial, Facial, vertebrae & thoracic, Appendicular.
  • Ecampus lessons tab has lists of bones and markings you will identify in lab on models, pictures, actual bones. Any of these can be on the practical on bones or figures.
  • Bryan Learning Center has a complete skeleton and disarticulated skull you can review prior to our lab day. You will show me markings and bones on the skeleton ..
  • Work  A&P Revealed Skeletal System, specifically animations for skull & scapula, all dissection, all imaging.


  • Connect Required Ch 8 due by 11PM
  • APR skeletal system due by 11PM. Access via connect assignment screen.


  • 2nd Lab Meeting. 8:00A – 12:25 in H123A on Bryan campus. You will review slides & models for integumentary & skeletal system. You will ID the bone markings listed on ecampus using bones. Remember practical is about 25% integument, 25% bone physiology, 25% ID bones, 25% ID markings and on multiple choice lab practical. Images from your book and APR (A&P Revealed) will also be included for skin, bones.


  • Exam 2: Ch 6-8. Must be taken in proctored setting like Blinn Learning Center.
  • Learn Smart Ch 6,7,8,  due by 11PM


  • Study Ch 9 Joints
  • Work What should I know Ch 9 as you go through it.
  • Work lab review joints on ecampus .
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 9
  • Work A&P Revealed Finish Module 5. Skeleton. Email me percentage results for myquiz, my structures, all structures, multiple choice, 25 Questions. Remember some test questions can come from quizzes over the APR animations as well.


  • Connect Req Ch9 and APR Articulations due by 11PM.


  • Study Ch 10 Muscular. Chunk info into 1) Head and Neck; 2) body trunk; 3) appendages. Spend 1 day on each. You should be able to visually identify the muscle, as well as demonstrate knowledge of its location, action, origin and insertion.
  • Work What should I know Ch 10 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 10
  • Work  A&P Revealed Module 6. Muscular, specifically all dissection, animations for specific muscles.
  • Work ecampus lab reviews: Human muscle,  arm, leg,  .. Ecampus also has list of muscles you will be expected to show me in lab.
  • Read and Review Atlas B. Complete Connect Requried Atlas B.


  • Connect Required Ch 10 & Atlas B due by 11PM
  • You will identify the ecampus muscle list on models in lab. The practical will be 1/3 human muscles from models & figures.


  • Study Ch 11 Muscle Tissue
  • Work What should I know Ch 11 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 11
  • Work A&P Revealed Module 6. Muscular, specifically, animations for cross bridge cycle, excitation-contraction coupling, neuromuscular junction, skeletal muscle, sliding filament..


  • Review cat muscles with ecampus lab review .. We will dissect cat muscles in lab.
  • Practical will be ¼ Joints, ¼  Muscle ID, action, origin, insertion. 1/4 Muscle Physiology. 1/4 cat muscles.


  • Connect Required Ch 11 and APR Module 6 due by 11PM
  • Q drop date for 10 week session


  • 3rd Lab Meeting 8:00A – 12:25 in H123A on Bryan campus. ID joints and articulations, do cat dissection, ID muscles on models in lab. Multiple choice lab practical will also include images from your book, APR.


  • Exam 3: Ch 9,10,11.  Must be taken in proctored setting like Blinn Learning Center.
  • LearnSmart Ch 9, 10 & 11 due by 11PM


  • Study Ch 12 Nervous Tissue
  • Work What should I know Ch 12 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 12
  • Work  A&P Revealed Module 7. Nervous animations for action potential generation & propagation, chemical synapse. Some test questions come from these animation quizzes.
  • Complete Neuron lab review on ecampus .


  • Connect Required Ch 12 due by 11PM


  • Study Ch 13 Spinal cord
  • Work What should I know Ch 13 as you go through it.
  • Work  A&P revealed. Module 7 animations for reflex arc and typical spinal nerve, dissections for spinal cord and peripheral nerves.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 13
  • Work Nervous System Lab Review and PNS Lab Review on ecampus .. We’ll do somatic reflex testing in lab, too.


  • Connect  Required Ch 13 due by 11PM


  • Study Ch 14 Brain
  • Work What should I know Ch 14 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 14
  • Work A&P Revealed. Animations Divisions of brain, ventricles, meninges, CSF flow, Dural sinus blood flow. Work dissections for brain, cranial nerves, sympathetic & parasympathetic topics.
  • Work ecampus lab reviews .. In lab, we’ll dissect sheep brains.


  • Connect Required Ch 14and APR Module 7 due by 11PM


  • Study Ch 15: Autonomic Nervous System
  • Work What should I know Ch 15 as you go through it.
  • Work Connect Optional & Required and LearnSmart for Chapter 15


  • Connect Required Ch 15 due by 11PM.


  • 4th lab meeting, 8:00A – 12:30 in H123A on Bryan campus. We will dissect sheep brains, do reflex testing, review models.  Multiple choice lab practical will also include images from your book, APR.


  • Exam 4 Ch 12, 13, 14. 15. Must be taken in proctored setting like Blinn’s Learning Center.
  • LearnSmart Ch 12, 13, 14, 15 due by 11PM


  • Final Exam due by 9PM. Must be taken in proctored setting like Blinn’s Learning Center.


A&P1 Fast track for Summer 14.

This is to finish July 2nd.



June 2

Syllabus + quiz

Study Chapter 1 and Atlas A

Complete in Connect Ch1 Atlas A and APR Module 1


Study Chapter 2 Chemistry

Complete in Connect Ch2


Study Chapter 3 Cell Anatomy

Complete in Connect Ch 3


Study Chapter 4 Genetics Inheritance

Complete in Connect Ch4 + Apr Module 2


Study Chapter 5

Complete in Connect Ch5 + APR Module 3


Lab + Exam1 in Learning Center. LearnSmart due Ch 1-5


Study Ch 6 Skin

Complete in Connect Ch6 + APR Module 4


Study Ch7 Bone Physiology

Complete in Connect Ch 7


Study Ch8 Bone Anatomy

Complete in Connect Ch 8 + APR Module 5 skeleton


Study Ch9 Articulations

Complete in Connect Ch 9 + APR module 5 joints


Lab and exam 2. Learn Smart due Ch 6-9


Study Ch 10 Muscle Anatomy

Complete in Connect ch 10 and Atlas B


Study Ch 11 Muscle Physiology

Complete in Connect Ch 11 + APR Module 6

Sudy Cat dissection, lab reviews ecampus


Lab and Exam 3. Learnsmart due Ch 10&11


Study Ch 12 Nerve Physiology

Complete in Connect Ch 12


Study Ch 13 Spinal Cord and nerves

Complete in Connect Ch 13


Study Ch 14 Brain anatomy

Complete in Connect Ch 14

June 27

Study Ch 15 Autonomic Nervous System

Complete in Connect Ch15 + APR module 7

June 29

Lab and Exam 4. LearnSmart due Ch 12-15

Jun 30, Jul1

Final Exam in Learning Center. No lab material.

Jul 18

Q drop date for 10 week summer session