Syllabus BIO 3360

  • Spring 2020
  • Prerequisite is BIO 3200 or 3260, and CHE 1810, or permission of instructor

Instructor: Dr. C. Hays Lecture: 10-11:50 MW

Office: Science 2032
Phone: (303)615-0777.
Office hours: 8-10 MW; 12-12:30 MW, or by appointment
E-Mail: [email protected]
Hays Home Page:

TEXT:  Introduction to Animal Physiology  by Sanja Hinic-Frlog and last edited in 2019.  The content in this open textbook was adapted from other open textbooks (cc by 4.0) resources or created/written by Sanja Hinic-Frlog and collaborators. Collaborators include: Jessica Hanley, Simone Laughton, and invited undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

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Required:  Lecture Outlines, Objectives, PowerPoint slides from Hays website.


January 22 Introduction Chapter 1
January 27 Plasma Membranes & Cell Signaling Chapter 9.2
January 29 Membrane Transport
February 3 Membrane Potentials Chapter 7.1
February 5 Epithelial Transport
February 10 Review
February 12 Neural Function Not on Exam 1 Chapter 7
February 12-17 ONLINE EXAM 1
February 17 EXAM 1
February 19 Synaptic Transmission
February 24 Nervous System Organization Chapter 8.1, 8.2
February 26 Muscular System Chapter 6
March 2 Muscular System
March 4 Muscular System
March 9 Review
March 11 Sensory Physiology Not on Exam 2 Chapter 8.3
March 11-16 ONLINE EXAM 2
March 16 EXAM 2
March 18 Sensory Physiology
March 23-28 NO CLASS Spring Break
March 30 Sensory Physiology
April 1 Circulation Chapter 3
April 6 Circulation
April 8 Circulation
April 13 Review
April 15 Respiration Not on Exam 3 Chapter 2
April 15-20 ONLINE EXAM 3
April 20 EXAM 3
April 22 Respiration
April 27 Respiration & Acid-Base
April 29 Ionic/Osmotic Balance/Nitrogen & Kidney  Chapter 4
May 4 Kidney
May 6 Review
May 6-13 ONLINE EXAM 4
May 13- Finals week EXAM 4 Wednesday, 9:30-11:30

Students are responsible for full knowledge of the provisions and regulations pertaining to all aspects of their attendance at MSU Denver, and should familiarize themselves with the policies found on the following web site:


  • For information on drop dates, see academic calendar or your student detailed schedule


  • 1. LECTURE EXAMS – There will be 4 lecture exams, each worth 100 points, for a total of 400 points. Lecture exams consist of objective, short answer, and essay questions. The best way to prepare for the exams is to answer the learning objectives for each exam. Exams are not comprehensive.
  • 2. ONLINE EXAMS – There will be 4 online exams that you take at home, each worth 50 points, for a total of 200 points. These are open-note, open-book exams that are primarily multiple choice format. However, you may not collaborate with your classmantes. You can access the exams through Canvas and then click Quizzes. You will have 3 hours to complete each exam but only one chance to complete it. Online exams open at 5 p.m. on the date listed above and close at 8 a.m. on the date listed above. If you miss the due date for an online exam, notify your instructor. Late online exams will have an automatic deduction of 10 percent per day late. These at-home exams are designed to help you prepare for the in-class exams. When you are ready to take the quiz, click on the quiz link, read the instructions, and then begin.  After you have answered all of the questions, click “Submit Quiz” at the bottom.  You will see your score immediately, but will have to wait two days after the due-date to see the correct answers.  At any time, click on the “Grades” icon on the left menu of Canvas to see your gradebook for this course.  There is a practice test that you may try at any time to make sure your web browser is compatible with Canvas and to get familiar with the format. No points are awarded nor deducted for results on the practice test.
  • 3. POINT TOTALS – The total number of points possible for the course is 600. Letter grades will be assigned on a percentage basis, as follows:
      • A= 540-600
      • B = 480-539
      • C = 420-479
      • D = 360-419
      • F = Fewer than 360 points
  • 4. There will not be any in-class exam make-ups allowed excepting for extenuating circumstances. If this occurs, I must be notified in person or by phone message BEFORE the exam begins. Make-up exams will be essay tests.
  • 5. The room door closes 15 minutes after the start of the class period on exam day. No exam may be started after this time.


  • 1. There will not be any exam make-ups allowed excepting for extenuating circumstances. If this occurs, I must be notified in person or by phone message BEFORE the exam begins.
  • 2. The room door closes 15 minutes after the start of the class period on exam day. No exam may be started after this time.
  • 3. Student Behavior: a) The student assumes certain obligations of performance and behavior while attending MSUD. Refer to the student standards of conduct in your Student Handbook. b) Cheating of any sort will result in immediate expulsion with a grade of F. c) Students who disrupt class in any way (which includes whispering to your neighbor) will be asked to leave class. d) Please turn off cell phones before class.


Campus Closure for snow days: Call 1-877-556-3637 for a recording to find out if the campus is closed.

Student Support:

Access Center for Disability Accommodations and Adaptive Technology; 303-556-8387; Plaza 122.

Counseling Center (provides help with test anxiety) 303-556-3132; Tivoli 651.

Tutoring Center 303-556-4048, Student Success Bldg 230



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The Administrative Withdrawal (AW) notation is assigned when a student, or representative, requests to be withdrawn from a course due to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. When the “AW” notation is assigned, no academic credit is awarded. The course remains on the student’s academic record with an “AW” notation and counts toward the student’s attempted hours. The course is not calculated in the student’s GPA or quality points.  Students may request an administrative withdrawal from the Office of the Registrar after the drop deadline (census date) posted in the Academic Calendar.  Deadlines differ proportionally for courses offered during part of a semester, including late-start and weekend courses. Students should refer to the Student Detail Schedule via the Student Hub to review drop deadlines for individual courses.  For more information see “AW-Administrative Withdrawal” in the current Catalog under “Grades and Notations.”

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Please use the following to familiarize yourself with these guidelines:

  • Please familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures and Quick Reference Sheet located in each classroom as well as at this website:
  • MSU Denver will communicate an emergency event through RAVE notifications (text, email, voicemail). Please visit the RAVE webpage to register, review, and/or update your information:
  • If you need to report an emergency, you can:
    • dial 911 from a campus phone
    • Dial 303-556-5000 from a cell phone
    • Text-a-Tip to 720-593-8477
  • Attend campus-wide trainings and/or consult with your instructor if you have any other questions about what to do in an emergency


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From Official BIO 3360 Syllabus

Course Description:

Specific (Measurable) Student Behavioral Learning Objectives :

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Portray the nature and importance of homeostatic mechanisms, in general, in animals.
  2. Examine the fundamental physical and chemical phenomena characteristic of living systems.
  3. Outline the general role and nature of enzymes in living systems.
  4. Describe general mechanisms of membrane permeability and transport of molecules through membranes.
  5. Analyze electrical potentials and the generation and propagation of membrane impulses.
  6. Compare types of neurons and their functions in impulse reception, generation, and transmission.
  7. Examine the general concepts of sensory function.
  8. Differentiate the mechanisms involved in vision, hearing, mechanoreception, and chemoreception.
  9. Theorize the general evolutionary pattern of the development of nervous systems and the general organization of nervous systems.
  10. Analyze general mechanisms in neural procession of information and consequent behavioral effects.
  11. Describe the fundamental and major aspects of the organization and function of the mammalian nervous system.
  12. Examine the molecular structure and function of contractile mechanisms in muscle cells.
  13. Compare and contrast the structure and function of vertebrate skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle fibers, as related to overall tissue and organ function.
  14. Analyze the major intracellular chemical messengers and their role in cell function.
  15. Describe the general importance and functions of hormones in animals.
  16. Analyze the significance of various specific hormonal control systems of vertebrates.
  17. Based on knowledge of the nervous and endocrine systems, theorize some hormonal control systems that would be present in invertebrates.
  18. Compare and contrast osmoregulation, ionoregulation, and excretion/nitrogen wasters. (etc.; remainder of list available upon request.)