Syllabus - Fundamentals of Physiology

Biology 260: Fundamentals of Physiology
Section 921, Summer Session I, 2013
Dr. Santokh Singh:
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Dr. Mandy Banet:
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Teaching Assistant:
Amanda Moreira:
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1. Students will be able to apply the principles of biochemistry and physics to explain
physiological processes in both animals and plants.
2. Students will be able to understand and predict how a physiological system will respond to
internal and external changes (e.g. environmental change) and explain the reasoning behind
their prediction.
3. Students will be able to relate structure and function in animal and plant systems.
4. Students will have an integrative understanding of the strategies used by plants and animals to
face the following physiological challenges.
• Long distance transport
• Acquiring nutrition
• Internal communication
• Environmental stressors
5. Students will develop the skills to work collaboratively to solve problems.
Pre-reading assignments
Discussion Board
Practice questions & Class activities
Term Essay
Midterm (Tuesday, June 4)
Final Exam (Date TBA)
5% (participation marks)
10% (4% participation, 6% graded)
1. Textbook
Each week there are assigned pre-readings from the textbook, followed by online questions. You
must purchase or have access to a copy of the book to complete these assignments.
Fundamentals of Physiology - a custom book made up of chapters extracted from Freeman, S.,
Harrington, M., and Sharp, J. (2011) Biological science, Canadian Edition. Pearson Education
Inc., San Francisco, CA)
Other Alternatives:
• If you still have the complete set of custom books from Biology 112 and 121, most of the chapters
you need will be in volume 3
• Purchase a new or used copy of Freeman, S., Harrington, M., and Sharp, J. Biological science,
Canadian Edition. Either the 2011 or 2008 edition is fine (older copies are also mostly fine)
• Purchase a new or used copy of Freeman, S. Biological science, (US edition)
For the pre-readings, we will give page numbers ONLY from the custom edition (the same as in
the complete edition). We will not give page numbers from other editions. We will also provide
the topic headings, so you will be able to figure out what pages to read if you choose to buy (or
already have) a different edition.
2. iClicker
You must have an iClicker for this course. Please register it on the class Connect website.
1. Post your question to the discussion board on the course connect site.
2. The TA and profs will monitor the board regularly and make sure that correct answers are
available for all questions.
3. Speak to the profs or TAs during breaks or after class.
4. Come to office hours.
5. Please only email the profs or TA if you have a personal issue that needs to be discussed
privately. All questions about course content questions should be posted to the discussion
board so all students can benefit from the conversation.
Week Day 1 T 1 Th 2 T 2 Th 3 T 3 Th 4 T 4 Th 5 T 5 Th 6 T 6 Th T Date 14-­‐May 16-­‐May 21-­‐May 23-­‐May 28-­‐May 30-­‐May 4-­‐June 6-­‐June 11-­‐June 13-­‐June 18-­‐June 20-­‐June 25-­‐June Topic Course Introduction and Review of Cellular Functions Transport in Animals Transport in Plants Nutrition in Animals (May start Plant Nutrition) Nutrition in Plants Internal Communication in Plants Midterm (covers material through Plant Nutrition) Internal Communication in Animals Midterm Follow-­‐up, Communication in Plants and Animals Environmental Stressors in Plants Environmental Stressors in Animals Course Wrap-­‐Up and Review for Final Exam Final Exam – Irving K. Barber Learning Center, Room 182, 7 p.m. DETAILS ABOUT COURSE ACTIVITIES:
Pre-reading and online assignments (5% of course grade)
Ø Each class we will assign a specific set of readings from the textbook, which you will use
to answer a set of questions on the course Connect site. The questions are not designed to
be difficult, but instead are intended to point out the most important parts of the reading.
Ø You need to do the reading to get the most out of the upcoming lectures. Some of the inclass activities will be very difficult if you have not done your reading.
Online Discussion Board (3% of course grade)
Ø 3% of your course grade will be determined by discussion board participation. Post your
questions to the discussion board on the course connect site. You are encouraged to help
to answer questions on the discussion board as well. Actively explaining answers to other
students will help you recognize whether you full understand the concepts.
Clicker questions (5% of course grade)
Ø We use clicker questions to probe your level of knowledge of background material, to
poll the class for their opinions, to detect conceptual misunderstandings, and to illuminate
particularly challenging topics in the course. Because the clicker questions may have
more than one correct answer, or may ask you to go outside your "comfort zone", we do
not assign points for correct answers. Instead, your clicker grade is determined based on
participation. It is important to take the clicker questions seriously and to try your best to
answer the questions, because that will help the teaching team determine the areas where
we need to provide you with extra help.
Ø To get 100% on this part of the course, you must answer questions in at least 75% of the
lectures (so you can miss two classes due to illness without losing any participation
Practice Questions and Class Activities (10% of course grade)
Ø You will be assigned a group to work with for the duration of the term. Several times
throughout the term we will post exam-style practice questions on the course website,
with each group being asked to focus on a specific question.
Ø Prior to class you are responsible for submitting an answer (individually) to the practice
question (4% participation points) through the course website.
Ø During class, your group will compare answers and create a composite answer that you
feel includes all relevant points needed to answer the question, and no superfluous
information. Groups will be asked to present these answers in class, and answers will be
collected and graded for credit (6% of course grade).
Term Essay (7%)
Ø Students will write a one-page essay chosen from a set of topics related to the course.
More detail will be available on this later in the term.
Midterm and final examination (70% of course grade)
Ø Midterm and the final are closed book
Ø You are allowed one 8½ x11 page (both sides) with your own hand written notes on it as
a memory aid. You will be required to turn this in after the exam.
Ø You are allowed (and encouraged) to bring a calculator. You may not use your cellphone
or a calculator that connects to the internet or other external network.
Ø Most questions on the exams will be short answer questions or calculations (similar to the
practice questions done in class).
1. Do the pre-reading. The pre-reading is designed to help you get the most out of lecture
2. Come to class and engage actively. Data consistently show that class attendance and
grades are highly correlated. The most important thing you can do to maximize your
chances of doing well in the course is to show up for class and engage with the material
while you are there.
3. Form a study group. It often helps to form a study group to review the material from
class each week. You can also use your study group to review vocabulary and your notes.
(Make flash cards of the vocabulary words and test each other)
4. Use active methods for review. Don't just read and re-read the book. Apply the
information you read about in the book and APPLY it to novel situations. This will give
you a better idea whether you fully understand the material.
5. Participate in group discussions. There will be opportunities to do so in class and
1. Don't wait to the last minute to meet with one of your Professors. Come and see us in
office hours as soon as you think there is a problem. We can help you!
2. Check out the Faculty of Science teaching and learning resources
3. If English is not your first language, you may find the amount of writing in this course
challenging. UBC offers free courses for students who want some help and support with
their academic English:
1. Cell phones and similar devices should be turned to on silent prior to the start of class.
2. You are expected to be actively engaged in learning while in the classroom. Please
reserve your use of technology (Laptop computers and iPads etc.) for activities that
supplement your learning!
3. Please respect the learning environment of your fellow students. Do not talk while the
professor is talking. Get actively involved in the class discussions when appropriate.
4. Academic integrity is important. Cheating and plagiarism in any form will not be
tolerated. See the following resources for details: