Georgia Highlands College

Anatomy and Physiology I

Biology 2121K

Fall Semester 2010


Note to All Students

The contents contained with in this syllabus are subject to change during the course of the semester.  Please view the syllabus on a regular basis.  When the syllabus is changed you will be notified by the instructor (announcement on the index page or verbally).  It is your responsibility to check this syllabus often for changes to the contents. 


Course Description

Biology 2121K and 2122K constitute a anatomy and physiology sequence which teach students the basic concepts of biology which includes biochemistry, cell structure and function, transport processes, cell reproduction and division.  Students will also be exposed to basic histology, gross anatomy and physiology of the skin, muscular system and skeletal systems.  The gross anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and special senses are also covered. 

The purpose of this sequence is to provide each student with an introduction and overview of the basic vocabulary, theory , principles and practical experience in the subject matter.  These support the practical, clinical and technical requirements of the program. 

Emphasis during the course of study will be placed on structure and function, homeostatic mechanisms as they relate to health and disease, and terminology associated with each. 

During the laboratory part of the course students will examine life size models, prepare tissue samples and examine prepared tissue samples, and examine preserved specimens.


Instructor Information


 Mr. Andrew D. Dawson


 Instructor of Biology


Office Hours B335 (Rome) -  Link


Course Information


Spring Semester - 2010

Lecture Time/Location

20587 and 20588(MW Lecture-9:30)

20589 and 20590 (MW Lecture - 11:00)

Lab Time/Location

All 2121 Labs - Room W-311




High School Biology or consent by instructor; satisfactory completion of READ 0099 and MATH 0097

Informational Competency Assignment Links Research Topics

IC Project Assignment Instructions

Student Instructions and Rubric for Evaluation

Guidelines/Rules/Examples for Writing Bibliography APA Style

(Good resource for completing your bibliography APA Style.)

APA Webstite- APA Style Essentials - Vanguard University of Southern California

Perdue University - APA Website





Lecture and Lab Schedules



(Schedules and Supplement Materials


 Lecture Materials
Weekly Schedule

Lab Instruction

Lab Schedules Link 


Websites of Interest


Overview of the Integumentary System Integumentary System


Histology Overview - nice compilation of histology pictures, organized by organ type Histoweb

Blue Histology


Skeletal System- various sites to help you in both lecture and lab Skull Review; Vertebrae Review; Appendicular Skeleton

AxialComplete Skeleton


Muscular System- Tutorial which includes models similiar to what we use in the lab Muscle Tutorial
Nervous System Nervous System Anatomy


McGraw-Hill's Holes Anatomy Site Hole's Anatomy


Marieb's Antatomy and Physiology Activities - interactive activites and animations that cover all areas of API Anatomy Activities
Wiley's Anatomy Page- Series of tutorials includes good animations- Click on the link to the Essential Study Partner!  

Wiley's Anatomy Page


Study Questions Online- General questions in multiple choice form covering most areas- go to Bio202 and click on Study Q link. AP I Study Questions


Dissections Sheep's Brain; Cat Dissection






School and Course Objectives

Course Objectives

  1. Identify and describe the levels of organization of the human body.

2.                  Identify, describe and apply basic principles of chemistry as they relate to human anatomy and physiology.

3.                  Identify, describe, and explain cell structures and functions.

4.                  Identify, describe, and explain tissue structure and functions.

5.                  Identify, describe, and explain integumentary structure and functions.

6.                  Identify, describe, and explain structure and functions of the skeletal system.

7.                  Identify, describe and explain structure and functions of the muscular system.

8.                  Identify, describe and explain structure and functions of the nervous system.

9.                  Identify, describe and explain structure and functions of the special senses.


General Science Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of at least on scientific discipline, and an understanding of the interplay between theory and experimentation/observation under girding those concepts (Transfer only)

Students will demonstrate:

1.                  Competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its informational content.

2.                  Competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its terminology

3.                  Competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of commonly used  units of measurements.

4.                  The ability to operate basic instrumentation, gather and analyze data, and generate conclusions in a laboratory or observational setting.

5.                  The ability to apply discipline content to problem solving.






Lecture Information

 Textbook Information

Lecture Text

Human Anatomy and Physiology


Marieb and Hoehn 9th Edition

Person Benjamin Cummins 2007

Supplementary Materials

9-Suite System CDROM; Course Compass website

Old Text Website

Marieb A & P 



Attendance Policy

In any biological science course there is a direct correlation between classroom attendance and academic performance.  Students are highly encouraged to attend class on a regular basis.  During lecture, many specific details are given about the information being covered.  This may be difficult to obtain by second-hand means from other students.  Also, when you regularly attend class you will learn not only from me, but your fellow students. 


At the beginning of each class I will send around an attendance book.  Each student will have a personal page they should sign in the appropriate space.  This is done for record keeping and advisory purposes only. 

If you should miss a lecture, it is your sole responsibility to obtain any announcements or assignments missed.  Any material covered in class you are responsible for.  You may meet with me after class to discuss any issues related to missing in class or make an appointment with me. 


Extended Absence Attendance Policy :  “Students who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.  If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”  (Note:  If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails)




Lecture Rules and Regulations

  1. Lecture will start on time.  Please be seated and ready to start. 
  2. You will be required to bring your text to class.  During the lecture, I will refer to the textbook often.
  3. Some form of note-taking is required during lecture.  This can be done in many ways (use PowerPoint   handouts, free-notes, etc.).  Students will be required to be 'involved' during lectures and encouraged not only to take notes, but ask appropriate questions. 
  4. When seated for lecture, please do not leave the lecture room unless that is a good reason to leave (bathroom, etc.).  Coming and going during lecture is a distraction to both the instructor and your fellow students.  If you must leave lecture early, it is a common curtsey to inform me before the lecture begins, as to the reason for you having to leave.
  5. At times I will ask for questions comments and you will also have time to interject information during the lecture.  You are expected to ask questions that are Germaine to the subject being covered, and questions that are appropriate.
  6.  Lecture Supplements will be available for you to use during and after class.  These supplements include notes, handouts, power point presentations, objectives, ect.  You will find them in later sections of this syllabus.  They are uploaded prior to lectures, but there will be times when they will be available after the lecture (due to problems with uploading, revisions, etc.)
  7. Lecture tests will be given during a specific set time during class.  For lecture tests you are given a class period to complete it (1 hour and 15 minutes).  Students are expected to show up on time and be prepared (must bring a #2 pencil).  The format of the tests will be multiple choice, true-false, application and matching.  Tests may contain all or any one of the previous question-types.  If you show up late for an exam, you will only have the time remaining to complete the exam.
  8. Lecture test make-ups are only given under very specific guidelines and criteria.  If you miss a test you should contact me via email 24 hours prior to or after the test is given.  If you do not have access to email you should call my office number and leave a message.  Tests can only be made up in cases of emergencies or extenuating circumstances (death in the family, hospitalization, person emergency, etc).  The instructor reserves the right to determine if the excuse is valid.  It is best to discuss with the instructor prior to the exam why an exam must be missed. 
  9. In case of a missed lecture test, you must provide documentation that supports your reason for missing the test.  This should be given to me when you return to class after the test day.
  10. Make-up tests are given at the END of the semester.  They may be given in any format type (objective and or subjective).  Make-up dates will be announced towards the end of the semester.  You will make up the test material that you missed (for example test 1 chapters 1-4)
  11. If an exam must be cancelled due to an emergency (closing of the school, instructor illness, etc.), please refer to the online syllabus/index page for announcements.  The instructor will advise students of these changes as soon as possible.  If a class is cancelled, be prepared to take the test when you come back for the next class. 
  12. Cheating is not tolerated for any reasons.  If you are caught cheating on lecture tests, you will automatically receive a 'zero' for that test.  You may appeal this decision by first discussing the situation with me and accepting a mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made between the student and instructor, you may appeal your case to the chair of the department. 
  13. Please turn off cell phones and other electronic devices during lecture.  If you must have a phone on due to an emergency, please let me know your reasons and inform me of your situation. Please refrain from texting, internet surfing, use of a lap top, etc. during lecture.  If you wish to use your laptop to take notes during lecture please see me.  Electronic devises, computers and other devises may be destracting to other around you. 
  14. You may record the lecture, but please check with me before you do so.
  15. Absolutely no 'independent' conversations during the lecture.  If you have questions please ask them during the appropriate question and answer time.  If students cannot comply to this regulation, you will be asked to leave the classroom.
  16. No children during lecture. 
  17. Extra credit is not given in this class.
  19. PLEASE NOTE-Scantrons: Students are now required to purchase scantron forms for testing in the bookstore.  There will be 5 lecture tests plus the final exam.  A total of 6 scantrons.  It is recommended that you purchase a few extra backup scantrons in case of something happening to the scantrons that you use during testing (torn, mistakes, etc). Scantrons need to be kept intact, do not fold or mark anything on them until instructed. No scantron that is damaged and cannot be 'scanned' by the instructor will be accepted.  It is the students responsibility to turn in a scantron that can be properly run through the scantron machine for analysis purposes.  We use SCANTRON form No. 882-ES.




Laboratory Information

Laboratory Manual

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Cat Version)


Marieb and Mitchell

Person Benjamin Cummins




Laboratory Regulations and Procedures

  1. All information, schedules, and instructors for each lab can be found on Mr. McCauley's website (lab coordinator).  The link can be found in the lecture and lab section table at the beginning of this document.  You are expected to be fully prepared for each lab.  This means bringing your lab manual and the instructions for each lab. 
  2.  Each lab will begin with a 'quiz' which covers the information covered in the previous lab and any assignment given during the previous lab.  The exact nature of the quiz will be discussed during the first lab meeting.  Any quiz missed for any reason cannot be made-up. 
  3. Assignments given in a previous lab (lab manual assignment) will be checked as a part of your participation grade. Your participation grade will be determined by evaluation of assignments completed before the lab, and various activities being completed during lab.
  4. You will be assigned a pre- and post-lab assignment from your lab manual. 
  5. Students will be expected to sign an attendance sheet at the end of the lab period. 
  6. During the first lab you will be given safety instructions and procedures to follow.  All Safety procedures are to be strictly followed for your own safety as well as your fellow students safety. 
  7. You and other members of your lab class which occupy the same lab space, are responsible for keeping this area orderly and clean.  All microscopes must be put up, lab area cleaned and any models used must be returned to their proper storage place.
  8. Two lab practical's will be given during the course of the lab.  There are no make-up lab practical's given except under very extreme situations. 
  9. Should a lab practical be cancelled, it will be given during the following lab period.
  10. No drinks and foods in the lab please.  Water is an exception.
  11. If you should incur an injury during the lab, please notify the instructor immediately and fill out an injury form.

Lab Science Courses Safety Statement:  “Since this course involves a laboratory component, there are specific safety issues that students need to be aware of (such as use of lab coats and/or safety goggles, or any other such example specifically related to that course).  It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all such issues and act in an extremely cautious manner to avoid any potential causes for accidents in the laboratory.  GHC is not liable for any accident in the lab due to negligence on the part of any individual”.






Lecture Tests

There will be (5) lecture tests given.  Each test is worth 100 points and count equally.  Your highest test grade will count twice*. A comprehensive final exam will be given.  The final will count twice. Remember to purchase scantrons for testing at the bookstore.


Please Refer to the IC assessment at the end concerning the doubling of the highest grade.


 Lab Assessments

There will be (2) lab practical's given.  Each counts for 100 points.  Another 100 points may be earned from the combination of lab quizzes and participation.  (At the discretion of the instructor).  All grades are averaged by dividing by '3' and this average will count twice as a part of your overall lab grade. 


Final Grade Calculation



Tests 1-5




(Determined by completion of IC assignment)

Lab Average


Final Exam







Letter Grades/Rounding Policy

Letter grades are assigned according to the numerical average.  A (100-90); B (89-80); C (79-70); D (69-60); F (59 and below).

Grades are rounded at the 0.5 level.  89.5 is rounded to 90. 


Grading Information

  1. No grades will be given out over the phone or by email. 
  2. You need to keep your lecture test scantrons and all lab assignments for your record keeping.  At the end of the semester the student and instructor will verify all grades. 
  3. I do not project grades for students.  You should be familiar with how you are graded and will be able to assess where you are 'grade-wise' at any point during the semester.
  4. Any scantron mistake must be checked by the student and returned to me with in (7) days for corrections to be made.


Student Information

Withdrawal Policy

If you withdraw from any course, you must go to the Admissions and Records Office to fill out the appropriate forms.  It is your responsibility to complete all forms to be able to withdraw and receive a 'W' for the course.  If you withdraw after the mid-semester date, you will receive a 'WF' or an F. 

Students are allowed to file for 'hardship' if circumstances occur after the mid-semester date which require them to withdraw.  You required to fill out specific paperwork and present this to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.  Your information will be reviewed, and if approved, you will be given a WF or F depending on the instructor's input.  If all conditions are met, then with the approval of the instructor, you will be able to withdraw without being penalized.

It is also wise to check with the Financial Aid Office to see how a hardship withdrawal may affect your financial aid. 


Academic Integrity

In this course, students caught cheating will receive a zero on the assessment, or can be dismissed from the course.  Any appearance of cheating will be regarded as cheating, so students should keep themselves 'beyond reproach' during any assessment situations.  Please go to the following site to view your rights and responsibilities concerning academic integrity.  (Student Conduct and Academic integrity Information)

Academic Integrity:

Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are located in the GHC “Student Guide and Planner” and in the Student Handbook at .



  Financial Aid Statement



This message only applies to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 


Disability Statement:

If you feel that you need accommodation(s) due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with me early in the semester.* Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) may be made through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact 706-295-6336.

Financial Aid:


Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any students receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing course requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.

Important Class Dates:

    Midterm Date:          October 12
    Final Exam Dates:     December 8-14



                 IC @ GHC.  


The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.



Grades are determined by proficiency on lecture and lab exams and lab quizzes. There are no extra credit or bonus opportunities. Your grade is determined by the percentage of points earned. Approximately 1000 points will be possible during the semester. The breakdown is as follows:


            Five lecture exams @ 100pts each =                          500pts

            Highest lecture exam counted again* =                      100pts

            Final lecture exam =                                                    200pts

            Lab x2 =                                                                      200pts


            Total =                                                                         1000pts


* The doubling of the highest exam grade is contingent on the student scoring 2 or above on each of the four outcomes standards outlined in the IC project. Failure to do so will result in the highest grade not being doubled and the student’s grade will be calculated out of 900 points