– SUMMER 2017 (sections 2637, 2638) –


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54.00 Lecture Hours, 54.00 Lab Hours

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of ANAT 125 and CHEM 143)

Study of physiological principles, function, and homeostasis of the human body in health and disease; at the biochemical, cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive. Includes cellular communication, sensory reception, and neural and hormonal control: body movement, oxygen and nutrient delivery, immunity, fluid and electrolyte balance, metabolism and reproductive function.
Intended primarily for Nursing, Allied Health, Kinesiology, and other health related majors. Field trips are not required. (A-F or P/NP)
Transfer: (CSU, UC) (CC: BIOL 60; BIOL 60 + BIO 10 = PHYSO 101 + ANAT 125) General Education: (MJC-GE: A) (CSU-GE: B2, B3) (IGETC: 5B, 5C)

Instructor David G. Ward, Ph.D.
Office: Science Community Center Rm. 236 Phone: Office 575-6752

Office Hours:






2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.


Textbooks / Material Required:

Ward, D. G. (2016) Synopsis of Physiology for Allied Health. Available free from my website:

Ward, D. G. (2016) Laboratory Exercises for Human Physiology. Available free from my website:

Expected Learning Outcomes:

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student should be prepared to

  1. Explain how cells communicate with and control each other, using neural, humoral, and immunological signaling.
  2. Describe key functions of the major organ systems and explain how they are integrated and regulated.
  3. Define homeostasis, and explain how homeostasis is maintained in cells, in organs, and in the body.
  4. Explain how disease states critically involve abnormal cellular communication, homeostatic control, and metabolism in organ systems.
  5. Apply the scientific method, analyze experimental data, and interpret biomedical literature, to solve problems in physiology and medicine.

Grading: Grades are assigned based on points earned in written exams, laboratory exercises, summaries of current research, and a final exam, as follows:

  1. 630 points – Exams 1-7 (90 points total for each exam: 70 matching questions [Scantron® 882 required], 70 points; 20 fill-in questions, 20 points.)
  2. 200 points – Completion of the laboratory exercises, including objectives and discussion questions for each lab meeting (8 points for each of 25 lab meetings). Each student must sign-off, and turn in answers to objectives and discussion questions, at end of lab meeting to obtain full points.
  3. 20 points – Completion of two (2) typed summaries of two (2) peer reviewed journal articles, located using PubMed at the National Library of Medicine. The link to PubMed is on my website and is also listed here:

Each summary must be two (2) pages long, double spaced. The first two (2) pages of the article summarized must be attached to the summary. Summaries with attachments are due the last lab meeting of the semester. Students will share their two (2) summaries orally at that meeting.  Each student is given 90 sec maximum for each summary. Each written summary with attachment is worth 10 points.  The assignment is described more the first day of class.

  1. 150 points – Comprehensive Final exam (150 points – I cut and paste 30 of the Scantron® questions from each exam (1-5); There are no fill-in questions. [Scantron® 884 required]
  2. Exams cannot be made up.
  3. grade distribution:

A: 89.5 -

100 %



895 -

1000 points

B: 79.5 -

89.4 %



795 -

894 points

C: 69.5 -

79.4 %



695 -

794 points

D: 59.5 -

69.4 %



595 -

694 points

F: 00.0 -

59.4 %



000 -

594 points

Academic Integrity: The academic senate at MJC shares the original jurisdiction for conduct violations in the area of academic integrity.

"The grading of a student’s work rests on the fundamental idea that an instructor is evaluating a student’s own work, so cheating or plagiarism demonstrates a failure to complete this most basic requirement of any course. Thus a faculty member may administer academic consequences for violating the Academic Integrity Policy ranging from partial credit to an F on the assignment or exam. The instructor may also consider that a student’s violation of academic integrity should be a consideration for disciplinary measures. Disciplinary action for violating academic integrity is administered by the Student Discipline Officer under Board Policy 5500 Standards of Conduct.“

Classroom environment: Students are entitled to and deserve a classroom environment that is safe and conducive to learning.  Accordingly, students are required to obey generally accepted protocols for handling sharps and biohazardous fluids and materials.  In addition, disruptive behaviors are not permitted; this includes, but is not limited to, talking and using cell phones when not integral to the class, or challenging biohazard protocols.

Cell phones: Turn off and do not use cell phones unless their use is integral to the class. In addition, use of a cell phone for any reason during an exam will result in zero (0) points for that exam (SME Policy).

Eating and drinking are not permitted in the classrooms especially in the lab rooms.

Attendance: It is the responsibility of the student to drop a course that she/he are no longer attending. However, the instructor may drop a student after two consecutive days of non-attendance unless arrangements are made in advance. Avoid absences and leaving early.

Suggestions for success:

  1. Complete all laboratory exercises and questions, and take advantage of the laboratory time.
  2. Answer all Quiz Yourself questions for each chapter in the Synopsis of Physiology.
  3. Answer all Supplemental Practice questions for each section.
  4. Visualize physiological processes by drawing diagrams.
  5. Study a small amount of material at a time.
  6. Establish study groups.