Georgia Highlands College




SEMESTER/YEAR: Spring 2013

This is a full session course beginning January 8th, 2013 extending through May 7th, 2013

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm TR (CRN:  20511 and 20513)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm T (CRN: 20511 taught by Mrs. Devin Rediger)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm R (CRN:  20513 taught by Mr. Jeffrey Rice)

CREDIT HOURS: 4 Credit Hours


NAME: Mrs. C. Sharryse Henderson, MS
TITLE: Associate Professor of Biology
PHONE: (678) 872-8112
OFFICE LOCATION: Cartersville Campus, Room 333


  • Tuesday and Thursday 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Monday and Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm AND 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

*Although I make every effort to be in my office during my office hours, I reserve the right to change these hours without prior notice.  To ensure my presence and availability, please make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.


            Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2121)

            Prerequisite: High school biology and satisfactory placement scores/READ 0099, MATH 0097

            Biology 2121 and 2122 constitute a sequence in which the students are reviewed in basic concepts of biology biochemistry (cell theory, cell structure, cell metabolism, and cell reproduction) 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 student’s bodies by EEG and ECG.

            The purpose of the sequence is to provide the students with a basic overview of vocabulary, theory, principles, and hands-on experience in the subject matter in order to support the practical, clinical and technical requirements of the programs, which include BIOL 2121 and 2122 in the curriculum. [Georgia Highlands Catalog 2010-2011]


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:    Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of at least one scientific discipline, and an understanding of the interplay between theory and experimentation and observations undergirding those concepts.


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


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


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


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


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


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:


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


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


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


Identify, describe, and explain tissue structures and functions.


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


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


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


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


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


             The currently required lecture text for success in the BIOL 2121 is Visual Anatomy and Physiology, Martini et. Al. Benjamin Cummings, 2011.  This text is marketed with CD-ROM and Internet support, which will be invaluable to you as a study aid and may be purchased at an additional cost.  For this course, the text will provide many terms, images, tables and charts useful to summarize the information presented in class.  For on-line tutorial materials, access the following textbook related website:

              Although the instructor provides detailed lecture notes, they are meant only to be a supplement to the above required texts.  Regularly reading your textbook is HIGHLY encouraged!!  In addition, the library has a designated room equipped with numerous A&P models for student use.

              Course Fee:  $35.00


         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 individual page to sign each date you attend.  It is the student’s sole responsibility for obtaining all materials or announcements that were missed as a result of an absence.

          Lab:  Weekly attendance to the laboratory is required.  Failure to attend laboratory during your normally scheduled lab time will result in the loss of all points associated with that particular lab.  Due to the nature of the typical lab setting, there will be no make-up opportunities to earn lab points lost due to failure to attend!!

          Extended Absence PolicyStudents, 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.)


In the event of weather related cancellation of classes, the schedule will pick up the sequence of lectures herein described as classes resume.  The semester may then be extended, or double lectures designed as we go.  If we have covered all material for a test, the test will be given on the first day back to class.  If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements on  Cancellation notices for Floyd or Cartersville locations will be reported to radio stations and WXIA-TV in Atlanta.  However, please be advised that station regulations may not allow for clarity in location-specific announcements such as “Georgia Highlands, Cartersville only.”  Generally speaking, stations simply broadcast something like “Georgia Highlands is closed.” Classes in Paulding, Douglasville, or Marietta will be cancelled when, respectively, North Metro Technical College, University of West Georgia, or Southern Polytechnic State University close.


Course grades will be computed on the following:


Five announced lecture tests, grade based on % correct; a typical test contains 100-150 objective questions

Test I__________

Test II _________

Test III  ________

Test IV ________

Test V ________

Highest lecture test grade twice

Highest ________

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

Lab Average ____

Lab Average  ____

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

Final exam ______

Final exam ______

Total of all the above grades divided by ten.

Course Grade     ___________


            The lab grade will be derived as the average of three grades:  two lab practicals each worth 100 points and a participation grade worth 100 points.  Each lab practical will be administered during your normally scheduled lab time.  Lab practicals are fill-in-the-blank style, timed, and require proper spelling.  More details on the lab practical will be provided in the lab syllabus.  The participation grade is derived from the student's performance on weekly quizzes.  Each quiz is worth 10 points.  A total of 11 quizzes will be given and the instructor will take the 10 highest quiz grades to determine the students overall participation grade.  Weekly quizzes can be in any format including:  fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, diagrams, discussion, etc. and always cover the material studied during that week's lab time.   

Lab Practical I worth 100 points


Lab Practical II worth 100 points


Participation Grade worth 100 points


Total of above divided by 3 for overall lab average



90 - 100% = A          80 - 89% = B          70 - 79% = C          60 - 69% = D        < 59% = F

            If a student's average is .50 or higher and they have had less than two absences during the course of the semester, I will round the grade to the next whole number.  If the average is less than .50 or if the student has more than three absences, the grade will not be rounded!  THERE ARE NO BONUS POINTS AVAILABLE IN THIS COURSE.  Absolutely No Exceptions!!

EARLY GRADES:  Georgia Highlands College offers a variety of part-of-term classes to allow our 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 the SCORE (  Transcripts may also be request at any time by logging into the 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 Registrar’s Office for processing (  Please contact the Registrar’s Office at if you need any assistance.

EARLY WARNING PROGRAM:  Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' 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 will provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at check points staggered throughout the semester.  The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

Week 2:  Notification of Non-Attendance

Week 5:  Evidence of Course Pursuit

Week 8:  Mid-term Status



            This message applies only 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".


    Class Term:  Full-session course that runs January 05, 2013 through May 07, 2013

    Drop/Add Period:  January 07 - 09, 2013   

    Non-Attendance:  January 18, 2013

    Martin Luther King Holiday:  College Closed Jaunary 19 - 21, 2013

    Evidence of Course Pursuit:  February 07, 2013

    Mid-Term Date:  Feruary 27, 2013

    Spring Break Holiday:  No Classes March 04 - 10, 2013

    Last day to withdraw with a "W":  March 18, 2013

    Last day of Classes:  April 29, 2013

    College-wide Reading Day:  April 30, 2013

    College-wide Exams:  May 01 - 07, 2013

    Course Exam:  Thursday May 02, 2013 at NOON (CRN 20511 and 20513)

    Grades Due:  May 09, 2013



Students are required to use a #2 pencil for lecture exams and lab practicals.  A pencil and scantron are the only item students are allowed to have at their seat during an exam.  All other possessions (coats, purses, textbooks, bookbags, cell phones, food/drinks, etc.) are to be left in the front or sides of the room prior to the start of the test.    


Exams are typically matching or multiple-choice.  Students must provide their own Scantron Grading Form (Form No. 882-E), which are available at the campus bookstore at a small cost.  For this reason and because Scantron forms can become damaged in use, students are encouraged to be prepared with several forms at every test or exam. Scantron forms must be clean and without creases and must be marked clearly to be read properly.  Running out of forms, using forms that are in poor condition, or marking forms improperly will 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.


Be sure all cell phones are turned OFF prior to starting a test.  If a student's phone rings during a test, the student will be required to turn in their test, leave the room, and not return until the next class meeting.  The student will not be allowed to complete the test and the test will be graded "as is".


After a lecture exam has been completed, both the exam and answer sheet is to be signed and handed in.  Failure to hand in both the exam and the answer sheet will be considered a violation of the academic integrity code.


If a student is late for an exam (15 minutes or more), his/her exam must be handed in with the rest of the class.  If any exam has been handed in prior to the student's arrival, the student may not be allowed to take the exam and may receive a zero for that assignment.


Grades will be posted via Desire2Learn (formerly GAView Vista).  The instructor will not disclose grades via phone or email.


Exams are graded by hand or by machine. Although rare, errors can and do occur during grading.  Students are responsible for checking the accuracy of all grades.   Appointments to review tests must be made within two weeks of the test date.  Students are not allowed to contest grades after the two weeks has expired.  Students are encouraged to regularly review their exams as the questions from the old exams will be used to design new questions for the comprehensive final exam.


If a lecture test is missed for a documented emergency (i.e. hospitalization, the death of an immediate family member, military deployment, etc.), a make-up test over the material missed may be administered at the discretion of the instructor and at a time and location that is convenient to the instructor.  Students must present documentation of the emergency upon returning to school.  Proper documentation includes:  doctor’s statement, hospital record, court appearance letter, police report of a traffic accident, funeral program, letter from employer, tow truck bill, etc.  A letter from your mother does not constitute proper documentation.


Students must contact the professor within 24 hours of the absence to schedule a make-up test.  All make-up tests must be taken within two days of the absence.  Failure to contact the instructor within 24 hours of the absence will result in a loss of all rights to take a make-up test.  If you choose to leave a voicemail or email message for the instructor, you must leave a phone number or email address where you can be contacted.  Failure to check your email or voicemail does not constitute an excuse for missing a make-up date and will not extend the amount of time to take the makeup. The instructor will schedule all make-ups within two days of missing a test.


Only one make-up test is allowed for the entire course!  There will be no “re-takes”.  Make-up tests can be in any format and may include any or all of the following:  essay, multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching.


Due to the nature of the typical lab setting, there will be no make-up opportunities to earn lab points lost due to failure to attend.  If a documented emergency (see definition of emergency above) causes you to miss a lab, the student is solely responsible for learning any missed material from your  lab-mates.  If the emergency causes you to miss a lab practical, contact the instructor within 24 hours of the absence to reschedule the lab practical.  If you fail to call or email with 24 hours to schedule a make-up, it cannot be made up!!  All make-up lab practicals must be taken during the week of lab practical examination and within 2 days of the absence.  Failure to take the lab practical on the week it is administered, forfeits the student's rights to take the lab practical.



Lecture tests and lab practicals will not be returned to the student to keep.  Students must make an appointment with the instructor to review any or all old test.  Students are encouraged to review tests and lab practicals to ensure accuracy of grading.


No tentative averages will be calculated by the instructor.  The instructor provides detailed instructions on how to calculate the course grade in the syllabus (see above).  Students are encouraged to use this information to make their own calculations.  The instructor will provide an S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) at mid-term to help you determine if you are making adequate progress in the course to reasonably pass the class.


Cheating will not be tolerated.  Any evidence of cheating or collaboration in cheating will result in a grade of zero for that exam/assignment.  All of the academic integrity policies and procedures adopted by Georgia Highlands College will be strictly enforced in the course.  See Academic Integrity below.


Your GHC email is the official means of communication used by the college.  If a student experiences technical difficulties with their Georgia Highlands College email, they should contact the IT Office immediately.   The Cartersville IT Office is located in Room 171a.  The instructor is not responsible for technical difficulties that arise with email (especially if the student is using an email account other than the provided Georgia Highlands College email account).  You may opt to have your GHC email forwarded to your personal email account however, the instructor will not respond to emails coming from personal email accounts.  To log onto GHC email click here:  GHC student email.


Email is always the best way to get in touch with me ( I check my email multiple times during a typical weekday from the hours of 8 am – 5 pm, and respond as quickly as possible. Emails sent after 5 p.m. may not be read until the next day (keep this in mind as you have last minute questions). My response time on the weekends is slower, but I do check email on most Saturdays and Sundays, and will respond as quickly as I can.


You should treat every email as a chance to practice professional written communication skills, so please adhere to standard conventions of grammar, spelling, and language when writing emails to me and other instructors at GHC. It is not acceptable to contact potential employers, bosses, or other professionals with sloppy emails! (In other words: i am ur teacher, not ur friend. dont send me emails that look like txt msgs, even if u used ur iphone 2 send them. kthx).


The instructor is not responsible for technical difficulties that arise with Desire2Learn.  If a student experiences technical difficulties with D2L, they should contact the IT Office immediately.  The Cartersville IT Office is located near the bookstore in Room 171a.  A "Getting Started Tutorial with D2L" is available at:  Students can also go to the Online 24 Hour Support Center at  Students can also retrieve their D2L login credentials from the GHC ID Lookup link at:


Although the instructor does not discourage questions during lecture, all questions must be limited to the topic at hand.  Furthermore, questions pertaining to the diagnosis of medical conditions based on a list of symptoms that you present in class are not appropriate. The instructor is not a physician and is therefore not licensed to diagnose the medical conditions of students or the family and friends of students.  Such questions or concerns should be discussed with your doctor or other healthcare professional!   At no time should a student misconstrue the opinions of the instructor as medical advice.


Turn off all cell phones, pagers, and computers BEFORE class begins.  I do not mind the use of voice tape recorders unless they become a distraction.  Please be courteous and mindful of your fellow classmates.


Make other arrangements for your children during class and lab times.


No independent conversation while the lecture is in progress.  If a student is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.


It is disruptive and rude to arrive late day after day.  Not only do you miss announcements and introductory material, but you also disrupt the concentration of others.  It is to everyone’s benefit that you arrive on time.


Once you enter the classroom please do not get up to leave.  Make arrangements for bathroom visits before or after class...NOT DURING!  Also, it is not acceptable to leave the class to make phone calls.  Once class begins, if you have to leave, do not come back until the next class meeting.


Board of Regents policy regarding DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR - "Any student, faculty member, administrator, or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, or public service activity, or any other activity authorized to be discharged or held on any campus of the University System is considered by the Board to have committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly resulting in dismissal or termination of employment" (BR Minutes, 1968-69, pp. 166-168; 1970-71, p. 98) source: USG Manual


Lab 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 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 accidents in the lab due to negligence on the part of any individual.  Specific safety issues are discussed in the lab manual and laboratory safety lecture. It is also recommended that if you are pregnant or intend on becoming pregnant during the course, that you not take the course at this time.


            In order to withdrawal, 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 don’t 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-President’s office gives approval for a hardship non-punitive withdrawal.  Such a decision is made cooperatively between the Academic Vice-President’s Office and the instructor.  Having a less-than-desirable grade average is not reason enough for a hardship case.  Make a decision based on 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 withdrawal, forms are available at the Help Desk.  It is also important that you check with the Financial Aid Office to see how your withdrawal might impact any financial aid.


            "If any student in the class feels that he or she needs accommodation due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with the instructor early in the term. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations may be made (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) through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact: Cartersville 678-872-8004; Douglasville and Floyd 706-368-7536; Marietta 678-915-5021; Paulding 678-946-1029.”


            In this course, students caught cheating will receive a zero on the assigned materials and/or failure in the course. Cheating will not be tolerated!!!  Behavior that may be perceived as cheating includes but is not limited to:

  • talking immediately before, after, and/or during the administration of an exam
  • looking in the direction of another student's exam or towards notes, textbook, etc.
  • fumbling through a book-bag, knapsack, purse, etc.
  • use of scrap paper that is not blank during the administration of an exam
  • use of a cell phone or other electronics during an exam
  • having anything other than a pencil and the test at your desk during the exam
  • using a graphing calculator or cell phone calculator during an exam

Any appearance of cheating will be regarded as cheating so students should avoid any and all behaviors that could even be construed as cheating.  Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are located in the GHC “Student Guide and Planner” and in the Student Handbook at

GOOD LUCK!  HAVE FUN!  And remember, I am here to help you succeed in this course.  Please do not hesitate to ask questions if you need assistance.

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