Elementary Anatomy and Physiology (AP 50)
(Hybrid Version)


Instructor: Dr. Robert Droual
Office: Science Community Center 246
Phone: 575-6834
Email: droualb@mjc.edu
Course Description:
     Elementary anatomy and physiology is a course designed to introduce students to the structure and functions of the human body. It is primarily designed as a foundation course for the allied health student.
Course Learning Objectives:
  1.  Identify the major structures of cells and tissues and explain their role in cellular transport and communication.
  2.    Identify the major bones of the skeleton and muscles of the body and explain their structure and role in movement.
  3.    Identify the major features of the nervous and endocrine system; explain how neurons and hormones communicate and explain their role in control of movement and the functioning of internal organs.
  4.    Identify the major structures of the cardiovascular organs and explain their role in control of blood movement, hemostasis, and immunity.
  5.    Identify the major structures of the respiratory, digestive and renal organs and explain their role in control of blood oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nutrient levels, acid-base, and fluid-electrolyte balance.

  Text: Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, EN Marieb, 10th edition, 2012, Pearson/Benjamin Cummings.
Computer Skills/Internet Access:
   All students are expected to have adequate computer skills to access resources made available online. It is advisable to have a fast internet connection at home or at some other convenient location.

Homework Assignments (online tests)
  For each unit there is an online test assignment each worth 50 points. The format of these tests will be multiple choice and will be similar to the in class exams. These online tests can be taken more than once and the high scores will be used for the grade. There will also be an online final worth 50 points.


  There are five exams each worth 50 points. One low score exam from the first four exams will be dropped from the final grade calculation. The fifth exam will be part of the final (an online review final will be the other part) and cannot be dropped. The exams will cover only the lecture material after the preceding exam and will not be cumulative. 
  Make-up exams will be permitted only if notification is timely, in other words, as soon as possible. Make-up exams may follow a different format, such as short essay.

Exam Rules:
  Once an examination has begun you will not be permitted to leave the room until you have completed the exam or the exam is over. In other words, once you have left the room (including bathroom breaks) it will be assumed that you have completed the examination. Exceptions to this rule will be granted only if a medical necessity is adequately proven (e.g. doctor's note). An accommodation will then be arranged.
  The use of pagers, translators, calculators or cell phones during the exam is not permitted!
  Talking during an exam is only by permission of the instructor or proctor.
  Any infraction of exam rules including any behavior that the instructor deems disruptive will be penalized by point deductions in 5-point increments and/or expulsion from the exam.
  Grades are assigned based on the homework assignments (5 x 50 pts = 250 pts); on the 3 best of 4 exams during the semester (3 x 50 pts = 150 pts); the fifth exam (50 pts) and the online final (50 pts).
  Grades will be assigned as follows:
  A - 90 - 100 % (450 - 500)
  B - 80 - 89 % (400 - 449)
  C -70 - 79 % (350 - 399)
  D -60 - 69 % (300 - 349)
  F -00 - 59 % (000 - 299)
  I reserve the right to alter this grading scale to benefit the student.


  You are expected to attend all lectures for the entire class period. There are NO excused absences except as defined in the MJC catalog. Any student missing two consecutive lectures without notification may be dropped. If you are absent more than four lectures (6 hours) during the semester, you may be dropped from the class. However, read the following paragraph!
  If you plan to drop the class, remember that it is up to YOU (not me) to see that you are dropped. It is possible that I may fail to drop you and then be forced to give you an F grade at the end of the semester.
  You are responsible for making up anything covered in class during an absence.


It is also important that students respect the desire of other students for quiet in order to concentrate. Students who talk to neighbors during discussions and lectures disturb other students. Disruptive or rude behavior, such as but not limited to excessive talking, may result in expulsion from the lecture and exclusion from the following lecture. Continued hostile behavior is grounds for dropping.
  The use of any electronic device, including cell phones or laptops, during class is prohibited. Permission to use an electronic device may be granted under special circumstances or urgent need. 


  All students will be expected to display the utmost integrity. Any dishonesty no matter how slight will be considered a serious breach of integrity.