from your mind the thought that an understanding of the human body in
aspect of its structure can be given in words; the more thoroughly you
describe, the more you will confuse... I advise you not to trouble with
words unless you are speaking to blind men."
-- Leonardo da Vinci
(You may download
a copy of this course syllabus from the Lecture Notes page.)
a sophomore level, pre-professional lecture/lab course that provides
an introduction to histology (the study of tissues) and human
anatomy (study of organs and organ systems), with an emphasis on laboratory
experience. Human plastinated prosections and
organs, along with
models and animal organs, will be used to
acheive an understanding of human structure. The overall goal
to provide you with the base of knowledge necessary for further
in health-related fields. Specific content objectives are available here.
These objectives are based on national standards for introductory
courses as determined by HAPS. This course does not satisfy general
Human Biology (BIOL 1214) is preferred, but General
Biology (BIOL 1004) or another freshman-level biology course is
acceptable. You must be concurrently
enrolled in both lecture (BIOL 2034) and lab (BIOL 2034L).
Text & Ancillaries
- Borror, Donald J. (1988) Dictionary of Word Roots & Combining Forms [ISBN 9780874840537]
will need Latex/nitrile gloves; available from any pharmacy. You may
want to share the expense of a box with some classmates.
students find it helpful to make colored sketches in lab or to color
code drewings in the lab manual or from the text, so a set of colored pencils/highlighters/pens is very useful.
erase markers and sheet protectors are also a very useful way of
relabeling the many Figures for which you will be responsible.
and Grading System
There will be five ~100-point
exams. You will need to bring two #2
pencils with erasers and a Scantron answer card to each exam. Exams
be 60-80% multiple-choice and 40-20% labeling and short answer. A
Review Worksheet (20 points) is also due on the day of
each exam, along with some anatomical-variation
There will be four exams (120-240 points each), three pre-lab
assignments, and some anatomical-variation homework.
Each lab exam will be approximately 80% practical (identifying
structures on slides, models, human organs and torsos) and 20% written
(muscle functions, for example). LAB
THE MAJOR DETERMINATE OF YOUR COURSE GRADE.
course grade is a simple percentage of your total points
+ lab) divided by the total points possible (~1450). Because
the lab exams are weighted, lab will be ~55% and lecture ~45% of your
grade. Grading scale is the standard 90/80/70/60%.
- You are
expected to take all exams as scheduled. If you must miss
make-ups will only be given if you notify me in advance. Lecture
will be purely essay, i.e., 5 or 6 sheets of blank paper with one or
questions on each sheet. Lab make-ups are extremely difficult
schedule and administer, and will mean that you are studying for two
at the same time (not a good idea considering how much information is
on each exam.).
Are The Key
"What we are merely taught seldom nourishes
the mind like that which we teach ourselves"
- Carter G. Woodson, 1933
you can do well in this course if you're willing
to put in the effort. The material covered is not difficult, but there
is a huge body
of facts that you must learn. My job is to help you
learn anatomy in any way possible.
Rules for Success: Time
Management and Cooperative
"Now, here, you
see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If
you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as
Step 1: Don’t
miss a lecture or lab.
This is the first thing students from previous semesters offer for
There is simply too much material covered too rapidly to catch up if
behind. Skipping class and relying on the web-posted lecture notes is a
guaranteed recipe for failure. Skipping
a lab is equivalent to missing an entire week of class. If
you must miss a
lab, get in there and cover the material before the next scheduled
--Red Queen in "Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll
Step 2: Recopy
your lecture notes, while reading
the text, before the next lecture.
are expected to be in class and in lab on
and absences will be noted and will have an adverse effect on
major complaint from your clinical programs is lack of professional
behavior from students. This is the time to start acting like a health
Label your figures first.
Step 4: Make flash cards. Don’t put too much
information on each card. Review these until you know the information.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
For lecture, after learning your
notes, put yourself in a test situation by answering
- Review Worksheet questions
- my objectives for each
each chapter’s review
exams (posted on this website).
your VARK analysis for
appropriate active learning activities for your particular learning
- You should expect to be in the
lab at least 3 times a week,studying
over the actual lab
up sample practical exams with a classmate to quiz yourself.
your time well. You should expect to devote 15-20
means 2-3 hours every day)
if you wish to succeed. Schedule
your life with a weekly template (available here).
Step 7: Get
a "Study Buddy":
Cooperative learning works! Most students swear that they owe
success to a reliable lab partner. This is supported by educational
which confirms that students who study with other students usually
better on exams. This is particularly true with a course like anatomy
drill and repetition are important. Interaction with another student is
the best way to review material and catch your mistakes.
- If you are having
difficulty, get help early. My job is to help you learn
any way possible. The sooner you seek help, the more options we have to
improve your learning. I have many specific activities that I can
based on your individual learning style.
for all this effort will be much more than simply acquiring the
information necessary for further education. Success in this course
give you the study skills, perseverance, and confidence needed to
a rigorous professional health curriculum.
should be self
evident that you are expected to do your own work, relying only on your
brain and trusty lucky pencil during exams. Cheating will be dealt with
harshly, as described in the Cameron
to be in class and in lab on time. Tardiness and
absences will be
noted and will have an adverse effect on your grade. If you are late to
an exam, you will be required to take an essay make-up exam.
follow the University-mandated withdrawal dates and policies
(available on the Cameron website Academic Calendar page).
cell phones off before class and remove all ear
buds. If your phone rings or I see you texting,
you will lose all extra credit points for the semester (~50 point
If a true emergency exists that necessitates you being in constant
with the outside world, let me know before class.
children are allowed in lecture nor in lab.
It is the policy
of Cameron University to accommodate students with disabilities,
to federal and state law. Students with disabilities who need special
must make their requests by contacting the Office of Student
at 581-2209, North Shepler Room 314.