Anatomy and Physiology 2

Springfield Technical Community College, Department of Biological Sciences

Anatomy and Physiology 2

BIO 232. E61: Lecture and Lab Syllabus Spring 2019

Professor: Reena Randhir, Ph.D. 


Office/hours: Building 2 room 615/ by appointment.

Telephone #: 413-755-5606

Lecture: Mon 4:30-7:30 pm (#2/503)

Lab: Wed 4:30- 7:30 pm (#2/500)                                                                                                                                                                 


Course Description: A comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body, to serve as a background for the application of scientific principles in both everyday life and the work of various health disciplines. A continuation of Anatomy & Physiology 1 concentrating on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Laboratory sessions are included. Emphasis is placed on association, correlation, critical thinking and overview of the body as a whole.

Prerequisites: BIO-231 (minimum grade C-)

Co-requisites: BIO 232L

Course Organization: This course will be composed of lecture and laboratory material.  The topics in both lecture and lab will be coordinated to reinforce student understanding of the material. The lecture content mainly covers the physiology of the body, while the lab component is geared more toward understanding the anatomy of the body. 

Methods of instruction will include lecture presentations, power point, classroom discussions, small group seminars, case-studies, activities, question-answer sessions, video clips and problem-based learning tools focused on enhancing student critical thinking and problem solving skills. Online materials will be available through the course Black Board site.  In addition, the laboratory portion of this course will reinforce concepts by allowing hands on exploration of materials presented in lecture. 

Student Learning Outcomes: By the conclusion of the course, students will:

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the human body.
  • Examine the function and importance of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Describe how sensory information is translated into nervous system activity via specific sensory organs.
  • Analyze the endocrine system:  how hormones affect the body and each other, and glands responsible for secreting them.
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the digestive, cardiovascular system, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. 

Requirements and Policies

Attendance Policy:  Lecture and Laboratory attendance is mandatory. A student who misses more than two lectures or two labs will be withdrawn from/fail the course. This absence allowance includes medical emergencies. When absent it is the student’s responsibility to acquire all missed assignments and notes from their classmates. Arriving late or leaving the class early will be considered as an absence. There is no excuse for tardiness (except for real emergency) since it disrupts the learning of your classmates.  In order to maintain an ideal learning environment please turn off cell-phones and other electronic devices and keep out of sight while in class. Students using cell phones, surfing the web, listening to music or sleeping during class will be marked absent.  Please respect your instructor and class-mates by not talking/interrupting them during class discussions. 

Eating and drinking are not permitted in lecture or lab classes. Students are expected to follow the code of conduct outlined in the college catalogue. Any student persisting in unsafe, distracting or disrespectful behavior may be asked to leave the classroom and will be considered absent.

Grading Policy: The biology department policy on grading is to calculate a combined grade for lecture and lab so that the same grade is given for both parts of this course.  Lecture grade is comprised of 3 exams, 1 cumulative final exam, weekly assignments, oral presentation and attendance. The lab grade will be comprised of weekly lab quizzes, weekly assignments, and 2 lab practicals. There are no individual extra credit assignments. Students must pass both portions of the class in order to pass the course.

Lecture (70% of combined grade) 

4 Exams = 50% (12.5 % each)

Homework Assignments/attendance = 10% 

Oral Presentation = 5%

Participation/Good learning attitude= 5%

Laboratory (30% of combined grade)

Lab Quizzes/assignments = 15% 

Lab Practical 1 = 7.5% 

Lab Practical 2 = 7.5% 

Exams: There will be 4 exams during the semester. Format for the exams will be multiple choice questions/short answers. Each exam will be 50 min long with 50 questions. There will be one exam given at the end of each unit and the final exam will be cumulative and will be given during the designated final exam period. There are no make-up exams, unless in the case of a real emergency with proper documentation (within a week of the missed exam in short answers format). Students should bring their own pencils and erasers. 

Homework: Homework on the read-ahead chapters will be collected on the day of the assigned lecture and must be submitted before lecture begins. Late submissions will not be accepted. This part of the grade is for attendance and for showing up prepared.

Oral Presentation: Research the assigned topic from current scientific journals. The 10 min oral presentation can be in any format the student chooses (PPT- maximum of 8 slides, poster etc.) and must be presented on the day assigned for full credit. The assessment rubric and will be given in class. 

Interaction Plan/Participation in Small Group Seminars/ Class Discussions: Every lecture class includes student directed discussions on the concepts investigated in that class. Active participation is expected in these student debates. Reading ahead is vital for ideal participation. In addition, students will form small groups to discuss the lecture concepts and case studies.

Lab Quizzes/Review sheets:  The weekly quizzes comprising of 20 short answer questions (20 min) will be on the previous lab exercise. The quiz is given at the beginning of the lab and students who come late will not be given extra time to complete. Twenty percent of the quiz grade will be allotted for completing the previous lab’s review sheets. Two lowest quiz grades (including any zero for absences) will be dropped during final grade calculation. There are no make-up quizzes. Students are expected to participate in all assigned lab activities to receive credit for the lab quiz.

Lab Practical: There will be 2 lab practical given. This assessment requires the students to move from station to station (model, specimen etc.) to identify structures or name function. There will be 20 stations with a total of 50 short answer/multiple choice questions. Time limit is 60 minutes. There are no make-ups. Detailed information regarding practical will be given in class.     

Grades and required Numerical score:

A = 93-100

A- = 90-92

B+ = 87-89

B = 83-86

B- = 80-82

C+ = 77-79

C = 73-76

C- = 70-72

D+ = 67-69

D = 63-66

D- = 60-62

F = 59 and below 

No Incompletes

How to excel in this class:

  • Attend all lecture classes. Study hard. Repeatedly write down terminology and say it aloud.
  • Read the lecture material prior to the class. This speeds your learning process and helps you to participate in class discussions. Do your assigned homework.
  • Pay attention in class and take clear lecture notes. Anatomy coloring books work for some.
  • Participate actively in classroom discussions and small groups. Ask questions and clarify doubts. 
  • Form a study group to compare notes and learn from each other. 
  • Read well in advance for exams and quiz yourself. Watch suggested videos.
  • Use room 511 our student AP study lab with models, microscopes and slides. 

Equipment Policy: Please handle our expensive lab equipment and models with utmost care.  Any student caught willfully defacing or destroying any lab equipment will be reported to the Dean of Students and may be removed from the course. Students are expected to return equipment/models used to the proper place and clean their entire work area before leaving lab. Please do not use permanent markings/labels on the models.

Policy on academic dishonesty: Students are required to perform all exams, home works and assignments with integrity and honesty. In cases of suspected violation of academic integrity, proper action will be taken following the college policy on academic honesty. 

Class Cancellation Policy: When there is severe weather alert, please check the college website for class cancellation information. If there is a class cancellation, then the scheduled lecture including exams or homework will be postponed to the next class.  

If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please contact the Office of Disability Services. They are in Building 27/2nd Floor. Phone 755-4785 and inform me during the first week of classes. All students should be aware of exit procedures in case of fire or any other emergency. Safety goggles and gloves should be worn in lab whenever needed. Students must follow all lab safety protocols, procedures and correct disposal of biohazards materials always. The instructor reserves all rights to make changes in the syllabus during the semester and the students will be notified of the changes. It is my goal to help everyone succeed in this course, so please do not hesitate to ask me for extra help. Best Wishes.

BIO 232 E61 AP2 Lecture/Lab Spring 2019 Tentative Schedule

Week of 

Lecture Topic


Assignments, Exams

Lab Topic


Lab Read-ahead/Quiz

Jan 20 

1. Chapter 15. The Autonomic Nervous System

Meet and Greet, Syllabus

Lab 1 Autonomic Nervous System

Complete Handout

Jan 27

2. Chapter 14. The Special Senses: Eyes, Olfaction & Gustation

Homework Ch 15 and 14-Eye due

Lab 2: General Sensation: Eye


Quiz on lab 1 

Complete Lab 1 homework

Feb 3

3. Chapter 14: Special Senses: Audition & Balance 

Homework Ch 14-Ear due

Lab 3: General Sensation: Ear

Quiz on lab 2 

Complete Lab 2 homework

Feb 10

5. Chapter 17. The Endocrine System

Feb 11 Exam 1 (Chapters 14, 15)

Homework Ch 17 due

Lab 4: Endocrine System

Quiz on lab 3 

Complete Lab 3 homework

Feb 17 

Feb 19-No class

Tues follows Mon schedule Chapter 18. The Cardiovascular System: Blood

Homework Ch 18 due

Lab 5: Blood

Quiz on lab 4 

Complete Lab 4 homework

Feb 24

Chapter 19. The Cardiovascular System: The Heart

Homework Ch 19 due

Lab 6: Heart

Quiz on lab 5 

Complete Lab 5 homework

Mar 3

Lab Review after exam

March 4 Exam 2 (Chapters 17-19)

Lab Exam 5.30 pm.

Lab Practical 1 (on Labs 1-6)

Mar 10 -16


Mar 17

Chapter 20. The Cardiovascular System: Blood Vessels and Circulation

Homework Ch 20 due

Lab 7: Blood Vessels & Blood Pressure

Quiz on lab 6 

Complete Lab 6 homework

Mar 24

Chapter 21. The Lymphatic and Immune System

Homework Ch 21 due

Lab 8: Lymphatic

Quiz on lab 7 

Complete Lab 7 homework

Mar 31

Chapter 22. The Respiratory System

Homework Ch 22 due

Lab 9:  Respiratory System

Quiz on lab 8

Complete Lab 8 homework

April 7

Chapter 23. The Digestive System

Homework Ch 23 due

Lab 10: Digestive System Anatomy

Quiz on lab 9 

Complete Lab 9 homework

April 14

Chapter 25. The Urinary System

Exam 3 (Chapters 9-11) 

Homework Ch 25 due

Lab 11: Urinary System Anatomy:  Urinalysis

Quiz on lab 10 

Complete Lab 10 homework

April 21

Chapter 27. The Reproductive System 

Homework Ch 27 due

Lab 12: Reproductive System

Quiz on lab 11 

Complete Lab 11


April 28

Chapter 26. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

Homework Ch 26 due


Student presentations

Quiz on lab 12 

Complete Lab 12


May 5

Chapter 24. Metabolism and Nutrition: Class Celebration!

Homework Ch 24 due

Lab Exam 5.30 pm.

Lab Practical 2 (on Labs 7-12)

May 13

Comprehensive Finals

May 13 FINALS 

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