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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL-2401

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_309 CRN-21794
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/15/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, H-212


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, H-123

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Roxanne Brown

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, S-110
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM, S-110


In order to meet your scheduling needs, I am happy to arrange to meet students at other times as well. Please contact me for an appointment.


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.


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

Required Lab Manual: Custom Lab Book A&P (BIOL 2401& 2402), 2012 Edition, Martin. McGraw-Hill.

Reliable Computer Access is Required

Required Connect Registration: Connect is an online learning site related to you lecture textbook. Unless your textbook comes with a free access code (new book from the campus bookstore should…if you buy it new somewhere else make sure it comes with a code), you will need to purchase access online. Whether you use an access code or purchase access, you need to use the web link I provide in eCampus to get to access my Connect class and complete the registration process.

Required eCampus access:  Use of eCampus is free to Blinn students. The eCampus site allows students to communicate via email, access other course resources (such as Powerpoint presentations and audio files containing course lectures), and track grades not posted in Connect. Site address:


Course Requirements

Lab Manual :This is an important part of biology.  You will be expected to complete the labs assigned either during class or finishing on your own time.  In order to enhance your lab time it is imperative that you read and understand the labs before coming to class. Most Lab Worksheets will be taken up for a participation grade (see below). Lab worksheets are due at the end of the lab unless you are specifically given permission to turn them in at the beginning of the next lab period. Your score for these assignments will be based upon the completion of the assignment and correctness of your responses to the questions assigned.

Lab Practicals : There will be 4 lab practicals during the semester. They will cover and test your knowledge of the material we have covered in lab. You will use your lab manual, lab worksheets, and the knowledge that you gain from the labs to prepare for the lab practical. Take these lab exams very seriously. Do not wait until the day before the practical to begin preparation for the exam.

Daily Assignments: In/Out of class work will also be given to students weekly throughout the semester to supplement lecture/lab. Some assignments may be completed during class and others will be given or finished as homework. Most of your daily grades will come from out of class online work. No late daily assignments will be accepted. Announcedand unannounced quizzes may be given periodically throughout the semester. Quizzes will count as part of the daily grade category.

Regarding Online Assignments: Online assignments are given via eCampus (occasionally) and Connect. (often) These assignments must be completed through their respective sites and are due by the times posted on their individual servers. No late assignments are accepted. I will send out a weekly email detailing the due dates for any online work.

Participation: The bulk of your participation score will come from grades received on in class laboratory worksheets and brief participation exercises that may be assigned in either lecture of lab time. Participation exercises do require that the student is present as well as aware of the content that is being covered. Students may not make up participation exercises due to being late to class or being absent from class. You must be present to participate.

Major Exams: There will be four major exams during the semester. These will cover the lectures, readings from your lecture text, material covered in Connect and eCampus, and your notes. The exam questions may consist of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawings/diagrams, matching, and short answer essay (1-2 paragraphs).  Take these exams very seriously. Do not wait until the day before the test to begin preparing for an exam.

Final Exam:  The final exam is comprehensive and required for all students. The exam will consist of both departmental questions and questions selected by the instructor. The final will consist of 100 questions (usually all multiple choice).



Type of Assignments

Total Possible

Major Exams                      


Daily Grades     




Lab Practicals                     


Final Exam   








Letter Grade

90 - 100%


80 – 89%


70 – 79%


60 – 69%


Less than 60%                                   




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

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  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

Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week's worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

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 Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, [email protected].

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

Tuesday/Thursday Classes





Intro/Ch 1 Themes A&P

1: Sci Method & 2: Body Organization


Atlas A: Orientation to Anatomy

3: Chem of Life


Ch 2: Chem of Life

4: Microscope


Ch 2/3: Cell Form & Function

5: Cell Structure & Function


Ch 3/4: Genetics & Cell Function

6 Membranes and 7: Cell Cycle


Ch 4 cont…

Ch 5: Histology/8: Epithelial Tissue





Exam 1 (Ch 1-4)

Ch 5 Histology/9: Connective Tissue


Ch 5: Histology

10: Muscle and Nervous Tissue


Ch 6: Integumentary System

Lab Exam 1


Ch 6 cont…

11: Integumentary System


Ch 7: Bone Tissue

12: Bone Structure


Ch 7 cont…

13: Skeletal Organization


Ch 8: Skeletal System

14: Skull


Exam 2 (Ch 5-7)

15: Verterbral and Thoracic Bones





Ch 8/9: Joints

16: Pectoral and Upper Limb Bones


Ch 9 cont…

17: Pelvic and Lower Limb Bones








Ch 10: Muscular Ststem

Lab Exam 2


Ch 10 cont…

20: Skeletal Muscle & 62: Cat Muscle


Ch 11: Muscular Tissue

22: Head/Neck, 23: Up. Body, 62: Cat


Ch 11 cont…

24: Vertebral,Abd, Pelvic, 25: Lower Body ,62: Cat





Exam 3 (Ch 8-11)

26: Surface Anatomy


Ch 12: Nervous Tissue

Lab Exam 3


Ch 12 cont…

27: Nervous Tissue


Ch 13: Spinal Cord, Nerves, ect…

28: Spinal Cord, Nerves, Meninges


Ch 13 cont…

29: Reflexes & 30: Brain & Cranial Nerves


14: Brain & Cranial Nerves

32: Sheep Brain


Ch 14 cont…

Lab Exam 4


Exam 4 (Ch 12-14)

Ch 15: Autonomic Nervous System


Ch 15: Autonomic Nervous System






Final Exam @ 12:45 pm in lecture room