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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: Science Community Center Rm. 239 (shared office)

e-mail: or


Office Hours:

By arrangement, before or after class

Textbooks / Material Required:

Ward, D. G. (2019) Synopsis of Physiology for Allied Health. Available free from my website:​/pdf_text_physo101.htm

Ward, D. G. (2019) Laboratory Exercises for Human Physiology. Available free from my website:​/pdf_labs_physo101.htm

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 quizzes, written exams, laboratory exercises, summaries of current research, and a final exam as follows (also see course outline):

  1. 630 points – Exams 1-7 (90 points total for each exam: 70 Scantron questions [Scantron®     882 required], 70 points; 20 fill-in questions, 20 points.). Due to CoVid-19, starting with Exam # 5, exams are shifted to Thursday. Starting March 26, 2020, exams will be on Canvas, within the usual "lecture" time.
  2. 110 points – Quizzes in Lecture (except first day) (5 points for each of following 22 full "lecture" meetings, no quizzes on exam days). Due to CoVid-19, starting with Thursday, March 19, 2020, quizzes will be on Canvas, within a wide window each "lecture" day.
  3. 105 points – Completion of the laboratory exercises, and turning in answers to discussion questions for 21 lab exercises (5 points each exercise). Due to CoVid-19, starting with Thursday, March 19, 2020, labs will be on Canvas, within a wide window each week.
  4. 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, and must include the first two pages of the article. Summaries are due via Canvas the week before finals. Each summary is worth 10 points. The assignment is described more the first day of class.

  1. 135 points – Comprehensive Final exam (135 Scantron questions; I will cut and paste 25 from each of exams 1-3 and 20 Scantron questions from each of exams 4-6); There are no fill-in questions on the     final [Scantron® 884 required]. The final exam is on Canvas at the usual final time.
  2. Exams cannot be made up.
Grade distribution:
A: 89.5 - 100. % = 895 - 1000 points Lose up to 105 points
B: 79.5 - 89.4 % = 795 - 894 points Lose up to 205 points
C: 69.5 - 79.4 % = 695 - 794 points Lose up to 305 points
D: 59.5 - 69.4 % = 595 - 694 points Lose up to 405 points
F: 00.0 - 59.4 % = 000 - 594 points Lose over 405 points
Suggestions for success:
Cell phones and wrist devices:
Classroom environment:
Academic Integrity:*

The Academic Senate at MJC shares the original jurisdiction for conduct violationsin the area of academic integrity. The Academic Senate at MJC has defined academi integrity and identified possible means for maintaining academic integrity at the College. The following are violations of academic integrity.

Consequences of Violations:*

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 & Procedure 5500 Standards of Conduct.

*Source: MJC - Student Services​/freedomintegrity.php