BIOL 2402
Anatomy & Physiology II

Western Texas College

Please Note:  The material in this syllabus is timely and accurate in as far as is possible at the beginning of a course.  However, this document and the assignment schedule may be altered or amended at any time at the discretion of the instructor.


  1. Course Information:
    1. ourse title and number--Anatomy and Physiology - BIOL 2402
    2. Prerequisites--There are no prerequisite courses for BIOL 2402 although background in high school biology and general chemistry would help insure greater success in this course. Most students will have taken BIOL 2401 prior to this course but, that is not a requirement.  In addition, because of the nature of the text and lecture material, the student should possess college level competency in both reading and writing.
    3. Credit hours--4 semester hours
    4. This course is designed for the student who is preparing to go into the field of nursing. It covers chapters 16-28 in the text which deal with the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymph, respiratory, digestive, immune, urinary and reproductive systems of the body.  In addition, material relating to topics such as heredity, human development, nutrition, and electrolyte balance (homeostasis) will also be covered.  

      Perhaps a note to the student is needed here. Science, by its very nature, is considered difficult for many. It involves not only tangible things such as microscopes and dissection specimens but also intangible ideas such as and chemical reactions. For this reason, a good rule of thumb for studying any college course, but especially science, is to spend two hours outside of class per week for every credit hour the course is worth. For example, this A&P class is worth four credit hours including the lab. Therefore, a student should spend about eight hours a week (or about an hour a day – we'll give you Sunday off!) reading and studying for this class. Anyone who commits to this regimen should do well in the course.

      On-line classes are truly a different sort of beast and if you are the type of person who has a smattering of self discipline and doesn't mind applying yourself to a task without someone standing over you, you will enjoy this type of learning. However, if you are the type of individual who really enjoys face-to-face situations where all conversation is audible, on-line may prove to be more challenging.

      Don't back out, though. We all need to have our cocoons stretched in order to grow and this could be just the ticket to teach yourself a new skill as well as new subject matter. You aren't required to meet class at a particular time, you can take all tests whenever you like (within a given time frame) and your time remains more your own than it would with a typical college on campus class. Most people who apply themselves and who have the proper computer hardware find that they actually prefer the on-line modality to other types. This is especially true for those of us who already have jobs, spouses, kids and mortgages.

      However, a brief word of caution should be mentioned. If you take this class during the Spring Opportunity Session (SOS), you are committing to an entire semester of college science work in 5 weeks time. This will be difficult and will test your resolve, patience, dedication and emotions to the limit. Please do not go into this expecting the course to be shortened or watered down. It will not be. All assignments, labs, quizzes and tests will be due at a specific time and will not be reset for any reason. If you can commit to this regimen, we welcome you into the course.
  2. Information on Sections and Labs - This class, including the laboratory portion, is taught entirely online through the Moodle platform at Western Texas College. Moodle is a learning management system. Students must have computer capability to access material through Moodle.
  3. Student Learning Outcomes - These are somewhat different from learning objectives in that they vary from discipline to discipline and even from course to course within a particular discipline. Outcomes not only state the desired learning outcome but, also the method of assessing the learning be it a test or other instrument. Basically these are some the things you will do while in this course.
    1. Use anatomical terminology to identify and describe locations of major organs of each system covered.
    2. Explain interrelationships among molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ functions in each system.
    3. Describe the interdependency and interactions of the systems.
    4. Explain contributions of organs and systems to the maintenance of homeostasis.
    5. Identify causes and effects of homeostatic imbalances.
    6. Describe modern technology and tools used to study anatomy and physiology.  
    7. Apply appropriate safety and ethical standards.
    8. Locate and identify anatomical structures.
    9. Appropriately utilize laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, dissection tools, general lab ware, physiology data acquisition systems, and virtual simulations.
    10. Work collaboratively to perform experiments.
    11. Demonstrate the steps involved in the scientific method.
    12. Communicate results of scientific investigations, analyze data and formulate conclusions.
    13. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving skills, including, but not limited to, inferring, integrating, synthesizing, and summarizing, to make decisions, recommendations, and predictions
  4. Course Coverage and Objectives
    1. Course description—The course will begin with chapter 16 in the text. It covers the endocrine, cardiovascular, blood, immune, lymph, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems as well as topics related to nutrition, pregnancy and development and other areas pertinent to our study of the body.
  5. Information on textbook and other readings
    1. Required books
      1. Human Anatomy and Physiology Plus Mastering A&P with eText – Access Card Package 9e – by Marieb and Hohen ISBN: 10: 0321696395. (This comes with a hardback text but, the eText is also available if you wish to use it.)
      2. Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual, Fetal Pig Version, Update 10e - by Marieb & Mitchell
© 2013 | ISBN-10: 0321918894 | Spiralbound w/ CD Rom

        If you are purchasing them from another store, be sure you have the correct editions. They will be used extensively in the course. No extra time will be given on assignments if you purchase your books online and are sent the wrong ones.
  6. Course requirements and grading standards
    1. Grading system--Semester grades are based on major tests, quizzes and lab assignments. A grade of W is given if a student withdraws from school. A grade of Q is given to the student who drops the course. A grade of I is temporarily given to the student who meets requirements for the course but needs extra time past the semester end date to finish the course. However, please note that this option is only offered in rare and exceptional circumstances.
      Grades will be assigned as follows:
      90 and above = A
      80 to 89 = B
      70 to 79 = C
      60 to 69 = D
      59 and below = F
    2. Grading policy – Dates and times for major exams and quizzes can be found on the class Moodle page at the link entitled – Lecture Assignments.

      Quizzes will be given weekly over the chapter for that week. Quizzes count 10% of your final grade and may not be made up if missed nor taken more than once.

      Four major exams will be given. (See the Assignment Schedule on the Moodle page) These will be open for five days. You will be allowed to use your notes and your text on these but there will be a time limit of 90 minutes for each test. If the test is not submitted within the time limit, the test will automatically close and a zero will be recorded. The test may be taken one time only and will not be reset for any reason. However, at the end of the semester, the lowest of the four exam grades will be dropped. Questions on these will be mainly of the objective type but may also include some short answer/critical thinking type questions as well. Exams count 30% of your grade.

      Below are the particulars for the final exam in the course.
      1. Will be comprehensive and will count 20% of your grade.
      2. May be taken only once and will not be reset for any reason.
      3. You will have two hours to finish once you begin the exam.
      4. The exam requires you have a proctor. Information on this will come later in the semester.
      5. No books or other resources will be allowed on the exam.

      Lab grades will be handled by Mr. Brumbelow and will be given at his discretion. These grades will count 40% of your final grade.  Be sure and read his links on the class Moodle page.
  7. See the lab syllabus for information on dates and times for lab exams.
  8. Other pertinent information - As registration finishes, you will receive, via email, the instructions for getting a WTC address and a Moodle account. WTC addresses are not absolutely necessary but, Moodle does not recognize some providers - AOL in particular and Explorer is not a good one either. Stay with Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari if you use a Mac. Since email communication is vital to this course, students must provide an email address that functions all the time.
  9. Technology Requirements and Suggestions for This Course

    PC Hardware

    1. Dual Core CPU
    2. At least 1 GB of RAM, preferably 2 GB or more
    3. 80 GB hard drive
    4. DVD +/- RW optical drive
    5. Microphone (internal or external)
    6. High-speed Internet
    7. Access to a printer

    MAC Hardware

    1. Intel-based CPU
    2. At least 1 GB of RAM, preferably 2 GB or more
    3. 80 GB hard drive
    4. DVD +/- RW optical drive
    5. Microphone (internal or external)
    6. High-speed Internet
    7. Access to a printer

    PC Software

    1. Windows XP or higher
    2. Adobe Reader
    3. Microsoft Office 2003 or newer
    4. Mozilla Firefox
    5. Adobe Flash Player

    MAC Software

    1. OS 10.4 or higher
    2. Adobe Reader
    3. Microsoft Office 2004 or newer (or other comparable software such as iWork)
    4. Mozilla Firefox
    5. Adobe Flash Player

    Please Note: The material in this syllabus is timely and accurate as far as possible at the beginning of a course. However, this document and the assignment schedule may be altered or amended at any time at the discretion of the instructor.



Last Modified: January 20, 2015