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BIOL 2020 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

A study of the structure and function of the human body. The topics studied include fluid and electrolyte balance, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the lymphatic and immune systems, reproduction and development, and the endocrine system. 

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • learn the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system.
  • learn the origin, composition and function of the human blood.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the cardiovascular system.
  • become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the human respiratory system and explain the activities involved in a single respiratory cycle.
  • be able to successfully explain acid-base, electrolytes and fluid balance problems.
  • learn the anatomy and physiology of the urinary system.
  •  learn the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive and developmental system.
  •  learn the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic and immune systems.
  • learn the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Passing BIOL 2010 with a D or better.

The following guidelines should be used when signing up for these courses. Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020):

  • BIOL 2010 has no prerequisites.
  • BIOL 2010 and 2020 should not be taken in the same semester, unless the 7-week BIOL 2010 is successfully completed before BIOL 2020 since passing BIOL 2010 with a grade of D or better is required for taking BIOL 2020.
Course Topics:
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • Pregnancy and Human Development
  • Blood
  • Cardiovascular System: The Heart
  • Cardiovascular System: Blood Vessels
  • The Lymphatic System
  • Nonspecific Body Defenses and the Immune System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Fluid, Electrolyte, Acid-Base Balance 
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

Grading Procedures:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.

Point RangeGrade
1215 - 1350 pointsA
1080 - 1214 pointsB
945 - 1079 pointsC
810 - 944 pointsD
under 810 pointsF

Graded Items

6 Module Lecture Exams @ 100 points600
3 Laboratory Exams @ 100 points300
2 High Impact Practice (HIP) Opportunities @ 10 points each20
6 Module Lecture Homework Assignments @ 10 points60
6 Module Lecture Post Quizzes @ 10 points each60
5 Laboratory Assignments @ 10 points each50
3 Laboratory Homework Assignments @ 10 points each30
3 Laboratory Post Quizzes @ 10 points each30
Comprehensive Final Exam200
Total Points1350

*There are also 10 bonus points available from completing a pre-course and post-course survey on OER.

Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:

Each Lecture Exam Module will have multiple "Additional Resources" and "Practice Opportunities" that you are encouraged to use in preparing for the graded assignments for that particular module. Each Lecture Exam Module will also have "Activities and Assignments" that are graded. For each Lecture Exam Module there is a: 1) module homework, 2) module post quiz, and 3) module lecture exam that count directly toward the overall course grade.

Each Laboratory Module will have multiple "Additional Resources" and "Practice Opportunities" that you are encouraged to use in preparing for the graded assignments for that particular lab exam. Each Lab Module will also have "Activities and Assignments" that are graded. For each Laboratory Module, there is: 1) laboratory homework, 2) 1-2 lab assignment, 3) laboratory post quiz, 4) laboratory exam.

There is also a module regarding two (2) High Impact Practice (HIP) Opportunities that are required and account for 20 points (10 each) for the total possible points earned.

While all graded assignments do have specific due dates/times all graded assignments (except the Comprehensive Final) are open from the beginning of the course. This allows each student to have more flexibility in completing their requirements while staying on a schedule that will allow them to complete the course in a timely manner. However, because of the flexibility of scheduling, extensions or makeup opportunities will not be allowed except for those excused situations listed in the Assignment and Exam Policy section of the syllabus below. 

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 on a regular basis and check the course frequently for announcements. You must actively participate in threaded discussion events. 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:

You are encouraged to work at your own pace. However, deadlines are placed on all graded assignments. 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.

Assignment and Exam Policy

  1. ALL exams are to be taken at times scheduled by the instructor. Exact dates for each assignment are posted on the course calendar, course home page, in Content, and in Quizzes. It is essential that you do all assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. in a timely manner.
  2. Because of the flexibility of the schedule, makeup assignments or exams will be given for excused absences only and only when formal verified documentation is provided (excused absences include illness, death in immediate family, and military or jury duty and documentation includes physician note, military or jury duty/court paperwork). Makeup exams may be different from exams taken at scheduled times. Alternative to virtual proctoring must meet the following criteria: (1.)The request and proctor information must be submitted to your instructor 3 weeks before the beginning of the proctoring period for approval; (2.) Absolutely NO approval of proctors will occur during the test week unless there is an emergency or some unusual circumstance such as inclement weather; (3.) The proctor must be approved by your instructor and the course developer; (4.) 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. Should a makeup of an exam 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 BIOL 2020 Course Developer in order to make up the test.
  4. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures that pertain to Academic and Classroom Misconduct. These policies include plagiarism (including self-plagiarism), cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty. fro further clarification see the TN eCampus Statement of Academic Honesty.
  5. You are responsible for having a computer adequate for taking an online course. A penalty will be assessed if a test is reset due to a computer malfunction. 
  6. You are required to be in view at all times while taking exams using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor. If cheating is suspected or resulting recorded session is not viewable due to technical malfunction, this could result in instructor action which could result in retaking an exam and/or student receiving grade of zero for the exam. 
  7. No makeup tests may be taken or assignments submitted after the last day of class. 

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.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

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 September 25, 2020