– FALL 2020 ARR Lec –
T Lab (sec 0588) / TH Lab (sec 0589)

Synopsis of Physiology (PDF)

Synopsis of Physiology (MOBILE)

Laboratory Exercises (PDF)

Course Outline


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)


David G. Ward, Ph.D.

Office: via Canvas / Zoom

e-mail: or


Office Hours:

By arrangement, before or after class

Textbooks / Material Required:

Ward, D. G. (2020) Synopsis of Physiology for Allied Health. Available free from my website:  (pdf version)  (mobile version)

Ward, D. G. (2020) Laboratory Exercises for Human Physiology. Available free from my website:  (pdf version)

Expected Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Define homeostasis, and explain how homeostasis is maintained in cells, in organs, and in the body.
  2. Explain how cells communicate with and control each other, using neural, humoral, and cellular signaling.
  3. Describe key functions of the major organ systems and explain how they are integrated and regulated.
  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.

Grades are assigned based on points earned in exams, chapter quizzes and discussions, laboratory activities, summaries of current research, and a final exam as follows (also see course outline):

  1. 420 points – Exams. 60 points for each of 7 exams. Each exam includes 12 sets of matching / put-in-order questions. All exams will be on Canvas, during scheduled laboratory time as indicated on the course outline.
  2. 120 points – Chapter quizzes or discussion assignments. 5 points for each of 24 chapters (chapters 9 and 10 are omitted; chapters 14 and 17 are spread over 2 days). All quizzes and assignments will be on Canvas, with end of week due dates.
  3. 225 points – Laboratory activities, discussion, or reports. 5 points for each of 44 labs (lab 14a gets double points). All labs will be on Canvas, with end of week due dates.
  4. 25 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, and must include a complete reference to the article and the PubMed ID number. Summaries are due via Canvas the week before finals. Each summary is worth 12.5 points.

  1. 110 points – Comprehensive Final exam. I will cut and paste 20 questions from each of exams 1-4 and 15 questions from each of exams 5-6. The final exam will be on Canvas during scheduled finals time as indicated on the course outline.
  2. Exams cannot be made up.
Grade distribution:
A: 89.5 - 100. % = 805 - 900 points Lose up to   95 points
B: 79.5 - 89.4 % = 715 - 804 points Lose up to 185 points
C: 69.5 - 79.4 % = 625 - 714 points Lose up to 275 points
D: 59.5 - 69.4 % = 535 - 624 points Lose up to 365 points
F: 00.0 - 59.4 % = 000 - 534 points Lose over  365 points
Suggestions for success:
Cell phones and wrist devices (as relevant):
Classroom environment (as relevant):
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