Course Syllabus

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Course Description:

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Study of the physiological principles, function, integration and homeostasis of the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ, organ system and organism level: integumentary system, bone, skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscles, nervous system, sensory organs, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system, endocrine system, and reproductive system. This course is primarily intended for Nursing, Allied Health, Kinesiology, and other health-related majors.


Student Learning Outcomes:

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and distinguish various roles of major classes of biomolecules in living cells.
  • Describe key functional features of different types of human cells and how they communicate.
  • Identify key functions of major organ systems and the physiological mechanisms underlying their operation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how organ systems of the body are integrated and regulated.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how homeostasis is maintained in the body.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of metabolic and physiological disorders of the major organ systems.
  • Analyze experimental data to demonstrate physiological principles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method, experimental design, and the philosophy of science. Apply the scientific method and philosophy of science by designing components of and carrying out physiological experiments.

Course Content:

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  • The chemistry of life
  • Homeostasis and feedback systems
  • Cell membrane, and cell-cell communication
  • Major body control systems
  • Functions of the integumentary system
  • Role of bone tissue in homeostasis
  • Skeletal muscle structure and function
  • Membrane potential and action potentials
  • Nervous system and integration
  • Sense organ function
  • Heart and cardiac cycle
  • Cardiovascular system function and regulation
  • Lymphatic system functions and immunity
  • Respiratory system function and regulation
  • Urinary system function and regulation
  • Water, electrolyte and acid-base balance
  • Digestion and nutrition
  • Metabolism
  • Thermoregulation
  • Endocrine functions and regulation
  • Reproductive functions and regulation
  • Clinical applications


Great newsyour textbook for this class is available for free online!
Anatomy and Physiology from OpenStax, ISBN 1-947172-04-2

You have several options to obtain this book:

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Important Notes:

  • All first week assignments need to be completed and submitted by the due date to avoid possibly being dropped from the class.
  • Any student needing accommodations should inform the instructor. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) [link to your college's DSPS website] early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact the DRC by visiting the Center (located in room A205) or by phone (541-4660 ext. 249 voice or 542-1870 TTY for deaf students). All information will remain confidential.
  • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Using someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. "Ideas or phrasing" includes written or spoken material, from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences, and, indeed, phrases but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc.  Please see the YourCollegeName handbook for policies regarding plagiarism, harassment, etc. [link to your college's academic honesty policies]

Course Summary:

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