Georgia Highlands College


BIOL 2121K

Instructor:††† Mrs Lisa Branson, MS

Phone:†††† 678-872-8412


Office Location:†††† 256C (Cartersville Campus)


Prerequisites:† Satisfactory placement scores or ENGL 0989 and MATH 0987 or ENGL 0989 and MATH 0989 and one year of high school biology or consent of instructor. Laboratory Fee
Course Description:† Biology 2121 and 2122K are a sequence in which the basic concepts of biology biochemistry (cell theory, cell structure, cell metabolism, and cell reproduction) are reviewed before proceeding to a detailed study of the normal histology, gross anatomy, and physiology of each body system within the human organism. Emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms as they relate to health and disease. Laboratory study includes examination of life-sized models, prepared tissue slides, and preserved specimens with analysis of physiological processes within the studentís body by EEG, ECG, EMG, and other computer-assisted analyses.† [Georgia Highlands Catalog 2014 Ė 2015].


Georgia Highlands College Educational Effectiveness Goal for Science:† Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of at least one scientific discipline, and an understanding of the interplay between theory, experimentation, and observation undergirding those concepts.

Georgia Highlands College Student Learning Outcomes for Science:

  1. Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its informational content.

  2. Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its terminology.

  3. Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its commonly used units of measurement.

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

  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply discipline content to problem solving.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify and describe†the levels of organization of the human body.

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

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

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

  5. Identify, describe, and explain the structures and functions of the integumentary system.

  6. Identify, describe, and explain the structures and functions of the bones and joints.

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

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

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


Lecture:†Visual Anatomy & Physiology. 2nd ed. by Martini, Ober, and Nath from Benjamin Cummings, 2014.

  • The new text (from the GHC bookstore) is bundled with access to MasteringA&P, which will be invaluable to you as a study aid. It includes activities, quizzes, animations and other tools to help you be successful in this course. Access codes can be purchased separately from the GHC bookstore or at

  • This text is a comprehensive resource that will help you for the rest of your health-related career.† For this course, the text will provide definitions of terms, detailed discussions of concepts, tables and charts useful to summarize the information.†

  • Although the instructor makes powerpoint slides and other course materials available, they are meant only to be a SUPPLEMENT to the above required texts.† Regularly reading your textbook is NECESSARY to facilitate comprehension of the material.

Lab: †No required text
  • All laboratory exercises will require additional lab handouts that the student MUST access on-line.† Each section will be posted to the laboratory schedule and students are expected to print them prior to coming to class.

  • The library in Cartersville also has a designated room with Anatomy and Physiology models for the preparation of lab practicals but it is NOT a substitution for attending lab.

Scantrons:† Tests and exams are PRIMARILY multiple choice. Students MUST provide their own Scantron answer forms, which are available at the campus bookstore for a small cost. Scantron forms must be clean, uncreased, and without excess marks to be read properly by the machine. Running out of forms, using forms that are in poor condition, or marking forms improperly may lead to a student receiving no credit for the corresponding test or exam. The answers marked on the Scantron form are the ones graded. NO CREDIT will be given for answers marked correctly on the examination copy which are marked incorrectly on the Scantron form. For these reasons students are encouraged to be prepared with several forms at every exam.


Course grades will be computed on the following basis:

Five announced lecture exams, grade based on % correct; a typical test contains 50-100 objective questions.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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Highest lecture test exam counted twice.

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An average of all laboratory work will count the same as two lecture exams (see lab grade calculations below).**†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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A final comprehensive exam (100 questions drawn from material covered on the five previous tests) count twice.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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Total of all the above grades divided by 10.††††††††††††

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The lab grade will be based on two lab practicals, each worth a maximum of 100 points and daily lab quizzes given at the end of lecture, each worth a maximum of 10 points. Quizzes can NOT be made up in the event of an absence. An average of the three grades will then be taken.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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The letter grade for the course will be determined from the following scale, based on the above described course grade calculation:

A= 100 - 90; B = 89 - 80; C = 79 - 70; D = 69 - 60; F = 59 and below

Notice: If a student's final average is within one half a percentage (ex: 89.5) of the next letter grade the instructor will grant rounding up to the next letter grade if the student has not missed more than 90% of classes (3 days Fall and Spring/ 2 days Summer).


Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their studentís progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP). The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress. In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrarís Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their courses(s) at checkpoints scattered throughout the semester. The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

  • Notification of non-attendance (ATD/NA): August 27th, 2014
  • Course Progress Grade (S/U): September 29th, 2014
  • Withdrawl deadline: October 22nd, 2014


GHC offers a variety of part-of-term classes to allow students to have flexible schedules. However, there are only three semesters each year; Spring, Summer, and Fall. It is only at the end of each semester that grades are rolled to academic history and available on the official transcript. After each part-of-term, as soon as instructors have entered grades, they may be viewed online by logging into SCORE. Transcripts may also be requested at any time by logging into SCORE. Prior to the end of term, should a student need an early grade letter sent to another institution they may complete the request form and submit it to the Registrarís Office for processing ( Please contact the Registrarís Office at if you need any assistance.


Lecture:† In any biological science course, there is a direct correlation between classroom attendance and academic performance.† Attendance will be recorded for advisory purposes and administrative record keeping.† You will be given an attendance sheet to sign each day you attend. It is the studentís SOLE responsibility for obtaining all material, including handouts that were missed as a result of an absence; excused or unexcused.

Lab:† Brief quizzes will be administered at the end of every lab meeting and students must be present to take them. No makeups will be permitted due to absences for any reason, excused or unexcused.

Extended Absence 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 (5 days Fall and Spring/ 3 days Summer), 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.†


  • If a lecture exam is missed for a documentable emergency (i.e. hospitalization, the death of an immediate family member, military deployment, etc.), a makeup exam over the missed material MAY be administered at the discretion of and at a time and location that is convenient to the instructor.

  • Students must contact the professor within 24 hours of the absence to schedule a makeup exam. Failure to contact the instructor within this time frame will result in a loss of all rights to take a makeup exam. It is recommended that you email the instructor as I might not be in my office to check for a phone message. Make sure you include your contact information in the notification.

  • Only one makeup exam is allowed for the entire course. There are no retakes. Makeup exams can be in any format and may include any or all of the following: essay, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and/or matching.


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 and 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 studentís financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawl form.


If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements on the web site.† Cancellation notices will be reported to the local radio stations and WXIA-TV in Atlanta.


  • In order to withdraw, a course withdrawal form or a complete withdrawal form must be obtained from the Admissions and Records Office, filled out by the student, and signed by the instructor (for course withdrawal) or Admissions (for complete withdrawal).† If this paperwork is not done, then you are still considered enrolled in the course and will get an F even if you donít participate at all.† Do not expect a grade change from F to W once it is on the permanent transcript (following the close of the semester).

  • Any withdrawals after mid-semester will result in WF unless the Academic Vice- Presidentís office gives approval for a hardship, non-punitive withdrawal.† Such a decision is made cooperatively between the Academic Vice-Presidentís Office and the instructor.† Having a less-than-desirable grade average is not reason enough for a hardship case.† Make a decision based on your grade before mid-semester. In such a case, inform the instructor of the hardship situation, and then inform the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs (Rome Campus).† With appropriate documentation, the VP will send a letter of permission to the instructor to allow a non-punitive withdrawal.

  • In any withdrawl, forms are available at the Help Desk. It is also important that you check with the Financial Aid Office to see how your withdrawl might impact any financial aid.


Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are located in the GHC ďStudent Guide and PlannerĒ and in the Student Handbook at


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.


"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 the negligence on the part of any individual."

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