from your mind the thought that an understanding of the human body in every
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 is
to provide you with the base of knowledge necessary for further education
in health-related fields. Specific content objectives are available here.
These objectives are based on national standards for introductory anatomy
courses as determined by HAPS. This course does not satisfy general education requirements.
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
.Human Anatomy, 4th Edition; Saladin, Kenneth S. (2014)
- Anatomy & Physiology Revealed 3.0 DVD or online/app
Human Anatomy Lab
Manual by Ron Gaines (available at the Cameron Bookstore)
and Grading System
You will need Latex/nitrile gloves:
available in sized/powder/non-powdered from any pharmacy. You may want to share
the expense of a box with some classmates.
Dry erase markers and sheet protectors
are also a very useful way of relabeling the many Figures for which you will be
- Many students find it
helpful to color code drawings, so a set of colored pencils/highlighters/pens is very useful.
There will be five ~100-point exams. You will need to bring two #2 sharpened
pencils with erasers and a Scantron answer card to each exam. Exams will
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 homework.
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 EXAMS ARE
THE MAJOR DETERMINATE OF YOUR COURSE GRADE.
course grade is a simple percentage of your total points (lecture
+ lab) divided by the total points possible (~1430). Because
the lab exams are weighted, lab will be ~55% and lecture ~45% of your total
grade. Grading scale is the standard 90/80/70/60%.
expected to take all exams as scheduled. If you must miss an exam,
make-ups will only be given if you notify me in advance. Lecture make-ups
will be purely essay, i.e., 5 or 6 sheets of blank paper with one or two
questions on each sheet. Lab make-ups are extremely difficult to
schedule and administer, and will mean that you are studying for two exams
at the same time (not a good idea considering how much information is covered
on each exam.).
|You Are The Key
"What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves"
- Carter G. Woodson, 1933
All of 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 advice.
There is simply too much material covered too rapidly to catch up if you get
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 session.
--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.
- You are expected to be in class and in lab on time. Tardiness
and absences will be noted and will have an adverse effect on your grade.
major complaint from your clinical programs is lack of professional
behavior from students. This is the time to start acting like a health
Step 3: 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.
Step 5: 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 questions
my sample exams (posted on this website).
Use your VARK analysis for
appropriate active learning activities for your particular learning style.
- You should expect to be in the lab at least 3 times a week,studying over the actual lab
- Set up sample practical exams with a classmate to quiz yourself.
Step 6: Manage your time well. You should expect to devote 15-20 hours/week (that
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 their
success to a reliable lab partner. This is supported by educational research
which confirms that students who study with other students usually perform
better on exams. This is particularly true with a course like anatomy where
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 anatomy in
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 prescribe
based on your individual learning style.
for all this effort will be much more than simply acquiring the anatomical
information necessary for further education. Success in this course will
give you the study skills, perseverance, and confidence needed to complete
a rigorous professional health curriculum.
It 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 University Catalog.
Attendance & Withdrawal
You are expected
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).
Please turn your
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 penalty).
If a true emergency exists that necessitates you being in constant contact
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, pursuant
to federal and state law. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations
must make their requests by contacting the Office of Student Development
at 581-2209, North Shepler Room 314.