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BIOL 2010 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

BIOL 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (formerly Human Anatomy and Physiology I)

4 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to study  the structure and function of the human body with laboratory experiences.

The topics studied in this course include:

  • a general introduction to anatomy and physiology
  • cells
  • tissues
  • basic chemistry
  • mitosis
  • osmosis
  • diffusion
  • the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system
  • the integumentary system
  • the muscular system
  • introduction to the nervous system
  • the central nervous system
Course Outcomes:

A study of the structure and function of the human body with laboratory experiences. The topics studied include a general introduction to anatomy and physiology, cells, tissues, basic chemistry, mitosis, osmosis, diffusion, the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system, the integumentary system, the muscular system, introduction to the nervous system, and the central nervous system.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Have learned basic chemical concepts and apply them to a better understanding of physiological phenomena.
  • Be able to describe the growth, development, anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system.
  • Be able to explain the anatomical structures and physiological actions of the human muscular system.
  • Be able to explain the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
  • Be able to demonstrate and understand cell structure and function.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

None; may not be taken in the same semester as BIOL 2020.

Course Topics:
  • The Human Body: An Orientation
  • Chemistry
  • Cells
  • Metabolism
  • Bones and the Bone Tissue
  • Muscles and Muscle Tissue
  • Fundamentals of the Nervous System
  • The Central Nervous System
  • The Peripheral Nervous System
  • The Autonomic Nervous System
Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

You are encouraged to work at your own pace. However, deadlines are placed on threaded discussions, quizzes and tests. You should become familiar with the Class Calendar to determine when materials are due and adjust your study schedule accordingly. Once a deadline has passed you will be "locked out" of the material. other requirements include the following: 

  1. ALL exams are to be taken at times scheduled by the instructor. Exact dates for each assignment are posted on the course calendar. It is essential that you do all assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. in a timely manner. Late assignments will lose 10 points per calendar day that they are overdue. 
  2. No make ups of proctored exams are allowed. The only exceptions allowed would be serious illness involving hospitalization. Students should choose a TBR testing center for proctoring if possible.

    ​A proctor at a site other than a testing center must meet the following criteria:

    The request and proctor information must be submitted to your instructor 3 weeks before the beginning of the proctoring period. Absolutely No approval of proctors will occur during the test week unless there is an emergency or some unusual circumstance such as inclement weather. 

    The proctor must be approved by your instructor. 

    The proctor must be associated with an accredited college or professional school and cannot be your instructor for another class, your coach, tutor, or a family member or friend.

  3. Make-up exams will be given for excused absences only (excused absences include illness, death in immediate family, and military or jury duty). Makeup exams will be different from exams taken at scheduled times and will require documentation of the problem causing the missed test. 
  4. Should a makeup be allowed, tests must be taken before the next scheduled test. If you fail to make up a test before the next scheduled test, you must obtain permission from the Walters State Academic Dean in order to make up the test. 
  5.  No make-up tests may be taken or assignments submitted after the last day of class. 


Grading Procedures:


Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
1674 - 1860 PointsA
1488 - 1673 PointsB
1302 - 1487 PointsC
1116 - 1301 PointsD
under 1116 PointsF

Graded Items: 

6 Module Lecture Tests @ 100 points each600
3 Laboratory Tests 100 points each 1 @ 200 (Proctored)500
7 Dropbox Assignments 1 @ 40 points 6 @ 5 points each70
1 Final Examination @ 300 points300
Connect LearnSmart and lab activities330
Discussion Questions 6 @ 10 points each60
Total Points1860


Assignments and Projects:
Class Participation:

You are expected to participate in all interactive aspects of the course. For example, you must communicate with other students via emails and discussion board exchanges. You are expected to communicate with your instructor once each week and check the course each day for announcements. You must actively participate in threaded discussion events by posting a 50 word response. Students are expected to work at a pace conducive to collaborative learning - that is, don't work too far ahead or too far behind the group. The class is designed to support student interaction. You will be responsible for meeting all deadlines.

Late Policy:


Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


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Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 27, 2018