BIOL-2010: Anatomy & Physiology I ( Split | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Dr. Juliann Waits

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office

UM 308

Office Hours

Maxine Smith Campus (SA-308)

Tuesday 8:30-9:10am

Online every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday throughout the day.


Instructor Phone


Department Phone


Course Information
Course Description

4 Credit Hours, 3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours This is the first course in a two-semester laboratory science sequence. Students will receive an overview of cell biology. They will study the organization of the human body, tissues, and the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, and the special senses. Students with a weak biology background should consider taking BIOL 1300 or BIOL 1010.

Student Learning Objectives

This course meets the outcomes 1-5 as issued by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). It provides scientific information equipping students for informed decision-making and analytical thinking on topics related to the human body. These topics are important to the general education of students based on the idea that knowledge of one’s own body will forever be a critical factor in the quality, length, informed decision-making processes, and analysis of factors affecting human life. The course also guides students towards becoming scientifically literate about topics that have global economic and cultural importance. Their ability to define and process such issues will be enhanced, and their knowledge will enable them to reason critically and creatively with an open mind on various topics associated with the human body.

TBR General Education Outcome: Students will learn to think critically.

Course Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to . . .

  1. Conduct an experiment, collect and analyze data, and interpret results in a laboratory setting.
  2. Analyze, evaluate and test a scientific hypothesis.
  3. Use basic scientific language and processes, and be able to distinguish between scientific and non-scientific explanations.
  4. Identify unifying principles and repeatable patterns in nature, the values of natural diversity, and apply them to problems or issues of a scientific nature.
  5. Analyze and discuss the impact of scientific discovery on human thought and behaviour.

Prerequisites: ENGL 0800, READ 0800

Instructional / Learning Methods

Lectures, discussion, audiovisual instruction, individual and collaborative hands-on laboratory exercises, short writing assignments, and computer technology may be utilized.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Required Text

Text: Shier, Hole's Human Anatomy and Physiology, 14th ed., McGraw-Hill.

Lab Manual: Carpenter and Younger, Anatomy and Physiology I, Blue Door Publ. 

Supplementary Materials

Students will need to be able to access the Distance Education website (PAWS-D2L). This will require a STCC student account and password. 

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

I feel the most important part of active learning is communication. Therefore, I encourage class discussion and group student interaction in lab. I expect you to read the assigned chapters prior to each class so you can ask questions if needed and participate in discussions.

Twelve online quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Quizzes may consist of multiple choice, fill in the blank, and matching. Additionally, two practical lab exams will be given during the semester.

All homework assignments will be turned in during lab and practical exams will take place during lab. Quizzes will be online. There are NO make-up practical exams. I will drop the lowest quiz grade of the 12 quizzes.

Because repetition reinforces learning, several pages will be assigned from the lab book for each chapter covered and the student will recieve a completion grade at the end of the semester. 

Quizzes 25 points each x 11 = 275 points

Homework assignments 10 points each x 4 = 40 points

Lab Book Assignments = 50 points

Lab practical 50 points each x 2 = 100 points 

Grading Scale

90-100 = A

80-89.99 = B

70-79.99 = C

60-69.99 = D

below 60 = F 

Testing Procedure / Policy

THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP LAB EXAMS or QUIZZES. A student who arrives late for a lab exam risks being counted absent for that exam. It is not the responsibility of the instructor to let you take a quiz more than once if you have a technology problem off campus (lost wireless signal, ran out of time, computer broke down, etc). Homework assignments must be turned in on time in lab and/or from your lab manual for full credit (no copies from another lab book). 


Students with a special learning need are encouraged to let their instructor know at the beginning of the course. Reasonable accommodations (such as extended time for exams, readers, scribes, and interpreters) are provided on an individual basis as determined by documented need. It is the student’s responsibility to provide authorized documentation from Student Disability Services to the instructor.

Participation / Attendance Policy

The student is expected to attend all laboratories regularly and punctually. No class cuts are authorized.

Regardless of the nature of an absence, the student is responsible for all work covered by the instructor in lecture and lab. Repeated tardiness and early departures may be addressed as an absence. Attendance will be taken and records of non-attendance will be reported to the appropriate college office.

Absences may result in students losing financial aid. Veterans should refer to the STCC catalogue for special attendance requirements. 

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

Children and friends of students are not permitted in the classroom or lab.

Students are not permitted to leave the room during an exam.

No beepers/pagers, cellphones, headphones, weapons, profanity or cheating will be allowed in the classroom at any time. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to actively take online exams with other class members or receive aid from other class members during online testing - this is cheating.

Computers located in classrooms and laboratories are for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. 

Additional Policies

Policies on recording and photography:

1) At no point during the course is the student permitted to make video recordings of the instructor.

2) Audio recordings of instructional material only may be permitted if the student signs a document agreeing to the instructor’s conditions for audio recording.

3) Photography of instructional material only may be permitted if the student signs a document agreeing to the instructor’s conditions for photography or discusses this in class with the instructor.

Failure to adhere to these policies may be considered a breach of the Southwest Honor Code. If you would like to use a camera or audio recording device in class, speak with your instructor. 


Students should be aware that information disclosed to faculty (whether through assignments or as a personal disclosure) that indicate experiencing sexual harassment, abuse, or violence while a student at Southwest, requires that your instructor as a “mandatory reporter” disclose this information to the Southwest Title IX Representative to ensure students’ safety and welfare are addressed. The Title IX staff will contact you, and/or those involved, to make you aware of accommodations, remedies, and resources available at Southwest.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please 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 class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Please see online calendar in your PAWS/D2L website for lecture quiz dates and homework assignment due dates.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

Withdrawal: A student is responsible for withdrawing from the course in order to ensure receiving a W instead of an unsatisfactory grade. A student who is physically unable to come to campus to withdraw should contact the Academic Advising Center at 333-5084. The last date for withdrawal is posted in the current academic calendar. It is the responsibility of the student to know the withdrawal timetable and to contact the records office to ensure that withdrawal was processed.

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates 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.