BIO 210: Human Anatomy
Course Syllabus
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” Confucius
Course Schedule
Days: Section 2170 Mondays & Wednesdays
Hours: Lecture 8:00-8:50am in OC 3606
Section 2193 Tuesdays & Thursdays
Lab in OC 4514: 9:00-11:50am
Instructor Information, Julie Haugsness-White
MW Section 2170 TTh Section 2193
Office location: OC 4520
Email address: [email protected]
Voicemail: 760-757-2121 ext. 6461
Office hours: Mondays and Thursdays 1-2 pm & by appointment & for 1-2 hrs of select open labs.
Open laboratories: Tuesday evenings, 4-9 pm in OC 4523; & Fridays, 9am–3pm in OC 4514.
Blackboard course website: http://blackboard.miracosta.edu
Course Description
This course provides a survey of the fundamental gross & microscopic anatomy of the human body
through the systemic approach. The topics covered include: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous,
digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems, as well
as articulations and special senses. The laboratory includes dissection of the cat, sheep heart & brain,
cow eye and the study of human cadavers.
4 units credit
Course Prerequisite
BIO 101 or NURS 151 or equivalent, passed with a grade of C or better.
Biological Sciences Mission
Students in the life sciences will become scientific thinkers who are curious and knowledgeable about
biological systems and who rely on experimentation, logic, evidence, objective reasoning and healthy
skepticism to explain natural phenomena.
Course-level Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon conclusion of the course, successful students will have achieved the following outcomes:
 Given a histological section of an organ (microscopic view), students will distinguish which tissue
types are present and justify the organization of those tissues based upon their functional roles.
 Students will demonstrate appropriate dissection techniques on preserved specimens, applying a
systemic approach.
 Students will evaluate how the differences among people affect the structure and function of the
human body.
Course Objectives
In order to achieve the outcomes listed above, students enrolled in this course will learn to:
 Identify major bone features, muscles, organs, nerves and vessels of the human body; describe
their structure and basic function; and explain how they integrate with other body systems.
 Prepare a mammalian dissection plan following the systemic approach; and summarize dissection
 Display fundamental skills in microscope use; and interpret microscope slides of vertebrate tissue
sections, relating tissue microstructure to organ macrostructure.
 Compare and contrast the structures of the mammalian body at the cellular, tissue, organ and
system levels of organization.
 Analyze and solve problems in hypothetical clinical situations.
Required Texts (2)
1. Human Anatomy, 6th ed. by F. Martini, M. Timmons & R. Tallitsch (2009)
Notes: If you purchase a new text in the bookstore, it will be bundled with Practice Anatomy Lab 2.0
and the Clinical Issues Supplement. Old editions are acceptable but chapters/pages may differ from
those noted in my handouts.
2. A Photographic Atlas for the Anatomy & Physiology Lab, 6th ed. by Van de Graff (2007), Morton Pub.
Suggested Supplements
Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms, by D.J. Borror (1988), Mayfield Pub. Co.
Practice Anatomy Lab 2.0 (otherwise known as the “PAL CD”), Pearson Pub.
Optional References
Important Note: I suggest you wait to purchase optional materials until we discuss them in class.
Bowden,B.S. & J.Bowden, 2005, An Illustrated Atlas of the Skeletal Muscles, 2nd ed., Morton Pub.
Hansen, J.T. (2006), Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards Box, 2nd Ed.
Krieger, Paul A., 2005, A Visual Analogy Guide to Human Anatomy, Morton Pub.
LeBoffe, M.J. (2003), Photographic Atlas of Histology, 1st ed., Morton Pub.
Sebastiani, P.B. (2005), Mammalian Anatomy: The Cat, 2nd ed., Morton Pub.
Strete, D. (1995), A Color Atlas of Histology, 1st Ed,. Benjamin Cummings Pub.
Attendance and Withdrawal Policy
You are expected to attend all class meetings, and to stay for the entire scheduled class-time. If you
should miss class, it is your responsibility to acquire the material covered from a classmate, including
any schedule changes. If you miss 3 classes, you may be dropped from the course (prior to November
20th). Missed quizzes/in-class assignments cannot be made up at a later date.
I encourage you to consult with me frequently about your progress. If you decide to withdraw from this
course, it will be your responsibility to initiate the drop by completing the required forms and meeting
the school deadlines.
Important Dates:
Sept. 1:
Holiday (Labor Day), all college facilities are closed.
Sept. 6:
Last day to drop classes with no grade placed on your permanent transcript
Nov. 20: Last day to withdraw from classes and receive a W on your permanent transcript
Nov. 27-30: Holiday (Thanksgiving), all college facilities are closed
Student Responsiblities
You have both rights and responsibilities as a student at MiraCosta College. Please refer to the 2008-09
MCC College Catalog, pages 264 & 267 to read more about your student responsibilities.
You can expect me both to protect your student rights, and to enforce academic integrity at all times in
my classroom. Be advised that academic dishonesty includes cheating (e.g. bringing answers, copying or
supplying answers) on a quiz or exam, plagiarizing a writing assignment (e.g. copying another’s work
without citation), and unauthorized removal of equipment/supplies (e.g. microscopes, microscope slides,
bones, cadaver parts, models, references) from a classroom, office, or the info hub) Consequences for all
parties involved may include any or all of the following actions: a.) a verbal warning, b.) a lowered
assignment grade or a score of 0 on an exam (that can not be made up), c.) a lowered grade for the course,
&/or d.) a recommendation for dismissal from the course made to the Vice President of Student
Let’s work together to build a classroom-learning environment that meets everyone’s needs, and is
based upon trust. Once we develop our own set of classroom policies, I will publish them on
Emergency Information
If you wish to provide an emergency-contact, phone number for you when you are in classes it is the
Campus Police @ 757-2121 ext. 7899. In case of a personal emergency they have the ability to locate you
in class. In case of a classroom emergency, there is an emergency telephone in every classroom with a
red emergency button. Given a campus or community emergency that requires immediate response,
instructions will be broadcast to us over this telephone.
Students with Disabilities
A student with a verified disability may qualify for appropriate academic accommodations. Please
identify your needs to the Disabled Students Programs & Services Office (795-6658), or the Office of the
ADA Coordinator (795-6866) within the first two weeks of class. Please be aware that lab practicals
cannot be taken outside of the anatomy lab nor rescheduled to another time. Special arrangements
require advance notification of one week (7 days) for each exam and lab practicum (including extended
test time).
Lab Procedures
It is every student's responsibility to clean up after each lab session. This means returning all equipment
and supplies in good condition to their storage places, putting all tissue waste into the proper receptacle
(as per classroom instructions), properly stowing preserved specimens, and wiping down all work
surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner. Please pay attention to protocol every time you return your
microscope to the cabinet.
Recommended Lab Materials
The biology department supplies essential dissection tools, plastic aprons, and goggles. You must
supply your own protective gloves, and closed-toe shoes. Nitrile gloves are best, latex are the most
economical, and Playtex living gloves are reusable. The most important point is to buy gloves sized to fit
your hands well. You will use them extensively in Units 2-4, so buy them in bulk. There is a secure class
cabinet to store your personal items.
Open Laboratories
Open labs provide the opportunity to review lab materials outside of class-time alongside students from
all sections of anatomy. Please be courteous and share materials equitably.
Open labs at Oceanside will be supported with lab assistants this fall, and are scheduled for:
Tuesdays: 4-9pm, in room 4523
Fridays: 10–3 pm, in room 4514
At the San Elijo Campus open labs are generally held Friday afternoons in room 402.
Library Resources
In addition, several resources (see web listing) will be available for your use in both libraries. For their
schedule of operation call x6717 @ Oceanside or x7850 @ SEC; or check online at
www.miracosta.edu/library). You must have a current MiraCosta student ID in order to check these
materials out. Bone boxes and histology slides are on 2-hour reserve status at the checkout desk(s)
during the appropriate unit of study. There are also 1 or 2 microscopes available for your use in each
info hub (inquire at the front desk for their location). Please limit your time &/or share the microscope if
others are waiting.
Tutoring and Academic Support Center
Free, peer tutoring for this class is available at both campuses in the Library and Information HUB. You
may request an appointment online or by phone (call ext. 6682 @ OC or ext. 7748 @ SEC) at least 24 hrs.
prior to the desired time.
You are invited to join a learning community scheduled specifically for this class, and facilitated by a
successful, former student of anatomy. Refer to Blackboard for the details.
Your performance in this class will be evaluated by a combination of homework assignments, scheduled
quizzes, a lab demonstration, 4 lecture exams and 4 laboratory practica, or the equivalent thereof. (I
reserve the right to divide any given exam or practicum into 2 smaller tests). There will be an
opportunity to take a final exam in order to replace one low exam score.
Homework assignments (75 points total)
Homework will be assigned (at our Blackboard course website) for each of the 4 units of study and will
be valued at 25 pts. per unit. The lowest of the 4 homework scores will be dropped.
Homework for a given unit may be turned in NO LATER THAN class-time on exam day for each unit.
Laboratory demonstration (25 points)
Each student will be asked to orally demonstrate one of the testable laboratory resources (bones, model,
cat, cadaver, sheep/cow organ) to the class. A minimum of 15 features must be included in each demo.
To earn full credit the student will present with accuracy and confidence.
Lecture exams & quizzes (425 points total)
Written exams will evaluate your understanding of the material covered in both lecture and lab. They
will contain a combination of multiple choice, matching and short answer/essay questions. Exam
questions will focus on the lecture and laboratory learning objectives for each unit of study, and will test
your ability to think critically, to integrate concepts, and to apply them in novel scenarios. You will
need to purchase 4-5 Scantron answer sheets for exams.
Laboratory practica & quizzes (450-475 points total)
Lab practica are hands-on exams that will evaluate your ability to identify specific anatomical structures
from memory on human bones/skeletons, cadavers/prosections, dissected cats, human models, sheep
organs and microscope slides. Note that you will be graded on spelling, since correct spelling (and
pronunciation) of anatomical terms is critical for effective communication. Prior to the first practical
exam I will set up a practice test to familiarize you with the format.
Policy for missed exams
A single missed lecture exam may be made up only if I have received prior notice in writing of an
excusable absence; or if I receive an emergency phone call (for unforeseeable and justifiable reasons)
within 24 hours of the scheduled exam. You must be prepared to take the lecture exam on the day that
you return to class. All makeup exams may consist entirely of essay questions. Additional missed lecture
exams cannot be made up and will be scored @ zero points each.
Due to the nature of lab exams, a missed lab practicum or lab quiz cannot be made up. You must
therefore attend class on the scheduled exam day or take a score of 0 points on the missed prac/lab quiz.
You may substitute the final exam for one missed 100 point lecture or lab exam. In this case, you lose
the option of dropping your lowest score & all other exam scores will be counted towards your final
Grading Policy
Your final course grade will be based on the total number of points that you accumulate throughout the
semester. Please note that if your total points end up near a grade boundary, you will be assigned the
grade that you earned, not the grade that you got ‘really close to’. Your grade is not negotiable.
Assessment Opportunities
Point Totals
4 Lecture Exams (100 pts. each)
400 pts.
1 Lecture Quiz
25 pts.
4 Lab Practica (100 pts. each)
400 pts.
2-3 Lab Quizzes (25 pts. each)
50-75 pts.
3 Unit Homework Assignments (25 pts.)
75 pts.
1 Laboratory Demonstration
25 pts.
Total Points Possible
975-1000 pts.
Letter grades will be assigned on a straight percentage basis as follows:
A = 90% - 100%
B = 78% - 89.9%
C = 65% - 77.9%
D = 55% - 64.9%
F = 0% - 54.9%
Other Grading Options
The pass/no pass grade option is available by petition before Sept. 26th. A grade of C or better is
required to pass.
An incomplete is available by petition for “unforeseeable, emergency & justifiable reasons” only.
Extra Credit Opportunities
Limited extra credit points can be earned for approved, enrichment activities only. Watch for detailed
information to be announced in class and posted on Blackboard.
 A maximum of 10 extra credit points will be allowed for the entire semester. A cutoff date of
Dec. 1st to submit extra credit work will be enforced.
 Ten additional points can be used to backfill for missing homework or a missed quiz. These
backfill points should be earned within 2 weeks of the missed work.
Directions for Student Access to Blackboard (BB)
This course will be managed extensively online using the Blackboard Course Management System.
You will retrieve all lecture and lab study guides here & I may hold online lectures or office hours at this
site. If I must be absent, one class session may be delivered online in lieu of meeting on campus (you
would be given advance notice, where possible). You are therefore required to visit BB at least three
times each week. I will assume that you read all posted announcements (be fore-warned: I may
announce a pop quiz here.) It is therefore important that you establish your blackboard account now.
Here’s how:
1. Go to: http://blackboard.miracosta.edu
2. Click on the Login button on the upper left of the webpage and login according to the directions given.
3. Go to the Student Tools button on the left of your first screen. Click on Personal Info/Change Password
4. Choose Edit Personal Information and make sure that your email address is correctly entered into the
email field. Also make sure that your name is listed according to the name that you wish to use in
class (it need not be your formal given name, however, please do not use a made-up “screen name”
5. Lastly, go to Change my SURF password button, if this is your first MiraCosta Blackboard class. All
students are issued a default password, but you may elect to enter a personal password, that can be
unique from your SURF password if you wish. Changing your password here in Blackboard, will not
affect your password for SURF (nor for Turnitin.com). Remember, your Blackboard user ID will be the
same as your SURF user ID.
CLASS CONTACTS (otherwise known as ‘my new, best friends’)
It will be useful to record the names and contact information for each of your lab group members. For
your information please be advised that you also have email access to your classmates via Blackboard.
1. __________________________________________
2. __________________________________________
3. __________________________________________
4. __________________________________________
Grade Tracking
First, set a realistic goal for the grade you want to achieve this semester. MY GOAL IS _____________
Then follow your progress by entering your grade for each completed assignment, adding it to the
previous row's cumulative points total and using the total to update your midterm letter grade.
By tracking your progress throughout the semester, you can continue to adjust your study habits &/or
your expectations in order to achieve your goal this semester in anatomy.
Turn page for the grade tracking form.
Lab Quiz 1
Lec Quiz 1
Practicum 1
Lec Exam 1
Unit 1 Homework__________/25
Practicum 2
Lec Exam 2
Unit 2 Homework__________/25
Lab Quiz 2
Practicum 3
Lec Exam 3
Unit 3 Homework__________/25
Lab Quiz 3
Practicum 4
Lec Exam 4
Unit 4 Homework__________/25
Extra Credit (enter points here as you earn them) ___________________________________/10
Backfill Extra Credit (you can add it here or back with the missed work)_______________/(0-10)
* Optional Final __________/100
* Subtract lowest exam score only if
you take final exam.
Total Points ____________ My Final Grade_____________
Your current course grade can be determined by dividing your cumulative point total by the total points
possible to date, and multiplying by 100. Use the following scale to calculate your course grade:
90% - 100% = A
78% - 89.9% = B
65% - 77.9% = C
55% - 64.9% = D
< 54.9%
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