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Catalog description: Introduction to human structure and function. Designed as a foundation course for the allied health student, but open to all students.

Instructor David G. Ward, Ph.D.
Office: Science building Rm 230 Phone: Office 575-6752 Home 847-7651
e-mail: wardd@yosemite.cc.ca.us

Hours: by arrangement

Textbooks Required:

Textbook: Martini, F. H., Bartholomew, E F, and Welch, K.  The Human Body in Health and Disease. Prentice Hall, 2000 / ISBN: 0-13-856816-2.
URL http://www.prenhall.com/books/esm_0138568162.html

Ward, D. G. (1999) AP50 - Elementary Anatomy and Physiology [WWW document]. URL http://virtual.yosemite.cc.ca.us/dward/

Ward, D. G. Study Guide for AP 50, 1999 (available at Laser Printing)

Course Objectives: Students in this class will:

1) Use the basic language of anatomy and physiology, as related to body orientation and direction body planes and sections, surface anatomy, body cavities, and homeostatic mechanisms;

2) Describe the basic structure and function of cells

3) List, identify and describe the major categories of tissues in the body;

4) Identify and locate the major organ systems of the body

5) List and describe the basic structure and function of each of the major organ systems;

6) Describe the basic integrative function of each organ system in relation to the other organ systems;

7) Demonstrate the ability to listen carefully to lectures and to record accurate lecture notes; and

8) Demonstrate the ability to supplement lectures through the use of charts, models, and other laboratory materials.

Grading: Grades are assigned based on points earned in written exams, laboratory practicums and in a final exam, as follows:

Grading: Grades are assigned based on points earned in biweekly quizzes and in a final exam, as follows:

  1. 300 points - best 6 of 7 quizzes (about 210 points from lecture material, 90 points from laboratory identification)
  2. 100 points - final exam (quiz # 8 and comprehensive exam)
  3. grade distribution

    A 90 - 100% 360 - 400

    B 80 -  89% 320 - 356

    C 70 -  79% 280 - 316

    D 60 -  69% 240 - 276

    F 00 -  59% 000 - 236

  4. no make up work will be allowed unless arrangements are made in advance. Laboratory practicums cannot be made up. Students not taking the final exam will receive a grade of F for the course.

Attendance: Students not attending two consecutive laboratories will be dropped from the course unless arrangements are made in advance. Avoid absences and leaving early.

Suggestions for success:

  1. Establish study groups in and out of the lab.
  2. Take advantage of the laboratory time.
  3. Draw pictures and diagrams
  4. Use the computer labs and the internet.


David G. Ward, Ph.D.  Last modified by wardd 23 May, 2006