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 Wenatchee Valley College                                                                  Wenatchi Hall 2332

 Rob Fitch, Biology Professor                                                      682-6755                    




COURSE & TITLE:  BIOL& 241 - Human Anatomy & Physiology 1


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The first quarter of a two-quarter sequence investigating the structure & function of the human body systematically.  The first quarter includes study of cells & tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular & nervous systems.  THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE MAJORS AND FOR TRANSFER TO MOST 4-YEAR COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES.   The course is also offered to general studies students.  Includes laboratory.


PREREQUISITES:  BIOL& 211 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.  Recent college-level chemistry (CHEM& 121 or higher) is strongly recommended.


CREDIT & HOURS:  5 credit hours.  Three 1-hour, 15 minute lectures & one 2-hour



TEXTBOOKS:       1. Seeley's Anatomy and Physiology 11th edition, Vanputte, et al.

                                              ISBN  978-0-07-773622-4

                               2. Laboratory Manual for Seeley's Anatomy & Physiology 11th edition, Wise.

                                              ISBN  978-1-259-67129-6


TEACHING METHODS:  Lectures, discussions, assigned readings and question & answer sessions will all be utilized.  Laboratory exercises are designed to familiarize students with techniques and emphasize major concepts in a hands-on fashion.  Occasional use of various audio-visual media will be utilized as appropriate.


OFFICE HOURS:  Office hours are posted outside of my office in Wenatchi Hall 2332.  I am usually available Monday - Thursday from 7:00AM to 5:00PM unless I am in lecture or lab.  Please feel free to come in at any time & ask questions.



          1.  An understanding of the levels of organization of the human body.

          2. A firm grasp of the form and function of the various organ systems.

          3. An appreciation of the interrelatedness of structure & function and of the

                      interdependence of the systems.

          4. A competency in the terminology, concepts and techniques of anatomy and

                      physiology enabling the student to be successful in the allied health

                      sciences or in other medical fields where such competency is required.

          5. A working concept of homeostasis and the understanding that disease

                      is a perturbation of the homeostatic condition.

          6. The enjoyment & fulfillment that comes from having a large body of

                   knowledge about, and an understanding of any organism; particularly



EVALUATION:  Exams of 100 points each will be given in both the lecture & the lab.  In addition, quizzes of 25 points each will be given.  There is no extra credit given.  If you know you have a scheduling conflict with an exam, I will be happy to make arrangements with you in advance of the exam.  If you miss an exam & do not notify me in advance, there will be no makeup given and you will receive a score of “0” for that exam.  Communicate with me as you would an employer and I'll work something out for you.  Grades for the course are then earned according to the following % scale:


          93 è 100 = A            83 è 87 = B              70 è 77 = C              60 è 65 = D

          90 è 92   = A-           80 è 82 = B-             68 è 69 = C-            <59 = F

          88 è 89   = B+          78 è 79 = C+           66 è 67 = D+      


CHEATING:  Cheating will not be tolerated.  If you are caught cheating, you will be given an “F” for the course.  Cheating includes (but is not limited to): copying someone’s answers on a test or quiz, letting someone copy answers from your test or quiz, copying someone’s assignment & calling it your own, letting someone copy your assignment, informing other students of quiz or test material, using assignments/reports/papers for this course which have been or will be used for this or other courses, and plagiarism (copying information from a written or electronic source--such as the Internet--without giving credit to the author).


OTHER POLICIES:  Regular attendance in both the lecture and laboratory is necessary for the student to accomplish the goals of the course.  If you do not complete the laboratory work to your satisfaction during your laboratory section, it is strongly recommended that you attend another laboratory section or come in when the lab is open to master the material.  A complete lecture and laboratory schedule is attached for your convenience.  It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you read the material for the day before coming to class.  This is an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY if you expect to get through the laboratory material in the time allowed.


The successful completion of this course will require most students to spend at least 3 hours of home work and study for every hour of class (lecture and laboratory) time. 


As a courtesy to your classmates, all cell phones and portable electronic communication devices MUST be shut off and securely stowed during lecture and laboratory.  Repeated failure to comply with this policy may result in dismissal from the class or laboratory for the day.  



          The Disability Support Services Office has been designated by the college as the primary office to guide, coach and assist students with disabilities.  If you receive services (or think you should) through that office and require accommodations for this class, make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss your approved accommodation needs.  Bring your Instructor Notification and Request form provided by the Special Populations Coordinator to the appointment.  I will hold any information you share with me in strictest confidence unless you give me written permission to do otherwise.  If you need a referral to that office or have further questions, I will be available to assist you.  The Special Populations Coordinator will require appropriate documentation of disability.  The use of that office is voluntary.