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Anatomy and Physiology (3-hour version)

Course Details

Course Number
Bolin Hall
Days & Times

Tues/Thurs (8:00-8:50 am)

Kimberly Beck (view Profile)


Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Func
Saladin. (7th edition). McGraw-Hill Education
Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual
Marieb, Elaine N. & Mitchell, Susan J. 10th edition (rat version). Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2011
Course Objectives

General Learning Goals

·         Demonstrate critical thinking skills, including creative and innovative thinking, analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information

·         Effectively develop, interpret and express ideas through written, oral and visual communication

·         Analyze numerical data and observable facts to result in informed conclusions

·         Consider different points of view and work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal

Specific Learning Goals

·         Identify the glands, organs and vessels comprising the body’s several systems (Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive)

·         Describe how the body’s systems are interconnected and how they respond to physiological conditions and hormonal/neuronal regulation

·         Identify hormones produced by the various glands and tissues, describe the function of each hormone, what causes each hormone’s release

·         Describe the chemical characteristics and composition of blood, and the function of the various blood cells

·         Describe what happens when a blood vessel breaks and what the study of blood can tell us about a patient

·         Describe the path that blood takes through the heart and body apply this to the relationship between the cycle and blood pressure, heart sounds and cardiac output

·         Relate the electrical and mechanical events of heart physiology and describe how pumping is regulated

·         Identify the structures and of the lymphatic system and relate the function of lymphatic organs to the immune system

·         Differentiate between innate and adaptive immunity and explain how each works

·         Identify the critical components of each immunological response and the mechanisms of each

·         Explain the relationship between muscle contraction and ventilation

·         Describe the mechanisms for and regulation of gas transport within the body

·         Explain the various mechanisms of digestions and relate mechanisms to anatomical site

·         Describe the major energy-producing catabolic pathways and how metabolism is regulated to maintain homeostasis

·         Relate the structure of the urinary system to its functions, describe the process of making urine and explain how the kidneys regulate urine concentration and volume

·         Describe the mechanisms by which electrolyte, acid-base and water balance is maintained

·         Explain meiosis as the process for producing gametes

·         Describe male and female reproductive physiology, relating the functions of organs and hormones to the process of reproduction

·         Explain how reproductive functions are regulated

·         Describe the process of human development from fertilization through parturition

Grading Standards

Please see attached syllabus.

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Lab attendance:

This class contains both a lecture and lab component. You must be registered in and attend both the lecture and your assigned lab section. More than two unexcused absences in lab will result in an F in the course.


Lecture attendance:

While attendance in lecture will be recorded every day, it will not be used in calculating your grade. However, excessive absences will be used in decisions about dropping students from the course.

You are responsible for all material, announcements, reminders, and changes to the syllabus (should they occur) discussed in class whether or not you were present. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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