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BIOL 1611L

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Human Anatomy And Physiology Laboratory I
Prerequisite(s) Same as prerequites for BIOL 1611
Corequisite(s) BIOL 1611
Catalog Description
This is a laboratory covering microscopic survey of animal cells and tissues, osmosis, skeletal, muscular (animal dissection and muscle identification using human models), and nervous systems with emphasis on the brain and sense organs.

Expected Educational Results
As a consequence of completing this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify and determine spatial relationships of anatomical structures being studied in BIOL 1611 through the use of practical examples provided by animal dissection, models and microscope slides, and explain the function of certain aspects of the muscular and nervous systems.  Video, laser disks and computer demonstrations may be used to reinforce this.

2. Perform physiological experiments, gather and interpret data, and draw conclusions based on those data.  

3. Write a coherent description of the methods, results, and conclusions of the experiment and their findings.

4. Demonstrate laboratory skills and techniques to include - reading and following directions, performing experiments and recording data.

General Education Outcomes
I. OUTCOME: "The student should be able to communicate effectively through listening, reading, writing and speaking."

Skill Method

A. Listening: instructions for lab work

B. Reading: following written direction in lab book

C. Writing: laboratory reports

II. OUTCOME: "The student should be able to recognize and apply scientific inquiry in a variety of settings."

Through laboratory experiments the student will demonstrate the ability to apply the scientific
method.  They will be able to form testable hypotheses, explain natural phenomena, interpret
experiments, and make conclusions from data.

Course Content
Introduction  - safety procedures and review of the metric system
Language of anatomy
Cell structures and mitosis
Cellular transport mechanisms and cell permeability
Classification of tissues
Anatomy of the skeletal system, including classification of bones,
individual bone components, and articulations
Muscle cell physiology
Anatomy and physiology of the muscular system
Anatomy of brain and cranial nerves
Anatomy of spinal cord, nerves and autonomic nervous system
Anatomy of special sense organs
Nervous system physiology

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1. Each instructor, according to the guidelines presented in the instructor's course syllabus, will determine student's grades. There will be at least two practical exams, histology drawings of tissues (at least 10% of lab grade), and a lab report (at least 15% of the total lab grade) based on any of the physiological exercises performed in class.  The lab report should emphasize the scientific method.

2. Each student, through a laboratory report, will be expected to demonstrate skills in writing, and knowledge and application of the scientific method.


Each fall and spring semester, college-wide course assessment will be conducted using an instrument designed by the course curriculum committee.  The value of the assessment for the total course grade will be at least 1% of the total points in the course.  The course final examination will consist of at least 20% and no more than 30% of the final grade.


Instructors will consult the assessment results and each other to determine which educational approaches are working well, and which could be improved.  They will continue what works and explore improved approaches to instruction where that is needed.


Feedback from Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Physical Education programs will be addressed by the course curriulum committee.

EFFECTIVE DATE:  November 2000 APPROVED DATE: November 2000
REVIEW DATE:  May 2009

Last Revised: Aug. 04, 2011
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