Course Policies

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Hybrid (Biol 2212)


Instructor: Dr. Andrew Meyer:   218 A Sequoya Hall

Phone: 272-2581 (272-4440- secretary)                  email:

Office hours will be posted on my door.


Student learning outcomes for Biol 2212: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

·        Accurately use basic anatomical and directional terminology

·        Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and principles of biochemistry, cell biology and histology.

·        Identify the basic cell types and structures of the following systems: Integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, special senses, and endocrine.

·        Demonstrate understanding of how the above systems function in a healthy human body.

·        Demonstrate understanding the concept of homeostasis and the role each of these systems plays in maintaining homeostasis in a healthy human body.


Hi, Welcome to Anatomy and Physiology I as a Hybrid course!  Now, what the hybrid part means to you is that we will not have traditional lectures where I stand and give you the material  you need to understand.  All your lecture material will be delivered online as Learning Modules.  We will meet 1 time a week for a combined Lecture/Lab period. In this meeting we will devote an hour or so to clarifying complex issues in the material, discussing, and thinking about how things work in our body. This is one of your chances to ask for clarifications and other questions. The rest of the time will be spent doing the normal lab activities. We will take our tests in class.  We will also use Vista extensively for lab assignments, test reviews, quizzes, and any other course related material.


Now, in terms of what you need to do in order to be successful in this format.  First of all, you better LIKE using the computer. You need to be comfortable emailing, posting to discussions, chatting, and just generally interacting with others online. If you have ANY questions about the material, you should be comfortable ASKING online for help. I will also be happy to meet at other times to help you if you need so just let me know!  I really do expect each of you to be active participants- logging in once a week to download the material is NOT a good approach to doing well in the course.  Ok. Enough of the format- it will be obvious to me who is participating and who is not, so don’t try to hide!  J


Anatomy and Physiology I is the first course in a two part series of courses designed to give you a working overview of how our bodies function.  One of the major concepts you will need to understand along the way is that all of our body systems contribute significantly to a healthy condition we call homeostasis.  Once you get acquainted with that idea, you will begin to see how all of our systems work together.


What we will do this semester is start small and look at the chemicals and molecules that make up our bodies. This should be review for most of you, but it does introduce some things we will need to know later... even next semester.  My best tip to you is to do your best to REMEMBER EVERYTHING.  Our bodies are not organized in chapters and tests... what is on Test 1 does NOT disappear after you take the test. We use and build on things we learn.  The more you can make and keep the connections as we build the better you will do. We will then build our molecules into cells, and discuss how cells work and function as tissues.  Our tissues come together to make organs and systems- the interesting part of anatomy and physiology!


As we approach each system, we will generally spend our lab time learning about the anatomy of that system. We dissect brains, eyes, cats, and other things to SEE how things are put together. We learn the names and structures of things, and have weekly quizzes over what we see and do in lab. Lectures are used to discuss HOW these things work. We will find out all sorts of interesting things like how drugs work on our brains, why we get tan, what happens when good eyes go bad, and why strychnine is bad for you. 


At the end of the semester, we will have a comprehensive final. Most people are stressed by this concept, but if you work on REMEMBERING things and making connections as we build a body, you will find it to be an enjoyable and pleasurable experience.  I am here to help you learn and build and make connections in the material covered.  Please ask for any and all assistance you may need. Studying in GROUPS is also helpful.  I highly recommend small study groups as a way of improving your understanding.  I will have a web site available to you with helpful hints, tips, and other information that will help you learn (I hope).  So, Enjoy and get smart and ask for help!




Course Policies


Attendance: You are expected to attend all class and lab periods. If you miss a class or a lab, YOU are the one responsible for finding out about missed assignments, announcements, and any material covered in your absence. If you must miss a lecture exam or quiz, please notify me the day of the exam or sooner. Under extreme circumstances, an essay/short answer  make up exam may be given.  There will be NO make up exams for missed lab quizzes. Late assignments may not be accepted.  Please do not bring children/guests to lab or class.


Vista access:  Vista is a supplement to the course and is NOT meant to be a substitute for class and lab attendance and participation.  If I feel that you are not actively participating and attending class and labs on a regular basis your Vista access may be restricted. 


Academic Integrity: You will be expected to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. Cheating of any sort will result in an “F” for the course. This includes giving information as well as receiving information. Plagiarism is a serious offense, and if you are not sure if what you are doing is ok, please ask. Ignorance is no excuse.


Cell Phones:  Please turn off your cell phone during BOTH CLASS and LAB periods.  This includes TEXT MESSAGING and GAMES.   If you feel the need to play games/text message with your phone during class periods please get up and excuse yourself.  If you have an emergency situation brewing, just let me know beforehand your cell phone may ring during class.



Grading: Your grade will be based upon the following: there are 1000 points total possible. See the web site for a comprehensive explanation of how to figure your grades.


5 lecture exams: 100 points each                                                                           90-100%=A

1 comprehensive final: 200 points                                                                          80-89%=B

Lab grade (effort, assignments, quizzes, etc) : 200 points                               70-79%=C


                                                                                                                                    Below 60=F



Disability Support Statement


Students with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services in Academic Resources.  In order to make an appointment to obtain information on the process for qualifying for accommodations, the student must contact the Disability Support Specialist. 

Contact information:            

Andrea Roberson

Pope Student Center, lower level



Workforce Development Statement

“If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Add-Drop/Withdrawal form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office first.  The office is located in the Technical Education Building, Room 140 and their hours are 9:00a.m. - 12:15p.m. and 1:30p.m. - 3:00p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8:30a.m. - 12:00noon on Friday. Their phone number is 272-2635.”

Drop/Withdrawal Statement

“The last day to drop this class without penalty is October 27, 2006.  You will be assigned a grade of W.  After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued. Students who wish to drop this class or withdraw from all classes should go to the Enrollment Services Office in Westcott Hall to complete the necessary form.  Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F.    Withdrawal from class is a student responsibility.  Before dropping any class, the college strongly advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact of a withdrawal on their graduation plans.  The college also strongly advises students who are receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid Office in Pope Student Center to discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial aid status.  The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.”





















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