Syllabus, BIO 2310, Fall 2017 Mon/Wed Lectures

Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Lectures Monday and Wednesday

Welcome: Welcome to Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 2310. This course combines two sections for lecture, then half of the class meets for lab on Monday and the other half meets for lab on Wednesday.  Labs are in SI 2087. The laboratories are traditional laboratory sessions which allow the seeing, touching and feeling of body structures.


seeleys 11ed

1. Seeley’s Anatomy & Physiology, 11th Ed., by Van Putte, Regan and Russo  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Manual, 12th Ed. – Cat version, Abbreviated Edition Volume I at Auraria Bookstore, by Elaine Marieb


REQUIRED LABORATORY SUPPLIES: 1. Dissecting tools including a scalpel with replaceable blades, a blunt probe, and small scissors, 2. Not required, but strongly recommended, are disposable gloves and a lab coat or an old shirt to protect your clothing. Respirators with filters and eye goggles are available upon request.

Instructor:  Dr. Clare Hays. Office SI 2032; Phone 303-556-8485; Fax 303-556-6426; [email protected]

Office hours:    8:30-11:00 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, or by appointment.

Website: Here you will find class outlines, lecture objectives (study guides), objective answers, syllabus, lab objectives and PowerPoint slides.

University Catalog Description

BIO 2310-4 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3+3)

Prerequisite: BIO 1080/1090 or permission of Instructor

This is the first of two courses addressing the structure and function of the human body. Topics include tissues, anatomy, the musculoskeletal system, and neurophysiology. Course content and level are designed for allied health science students and for human performance, sport or recreation professions majors.


Aug. 21 Introduction/Anatomical Terminology Chapter 1, Review Chapters 2&3
Aug. 23 Membranes & Tissues Chapter 4
Aug. 28 Skeletal Tissues Chapter 6
Aug. 30 Skeletal System Chapter 7
Sept. 6 Skeletal System
Sept 11 Skeletal System
Sept. 13 Articulations Chapter 8
Sept. 18 Articulations/Review
Sept. 25 Muscle Physiology Chapter 9
Sept. 27 Muscle Physiology
Oct 2 Muscular System Chapter 10
Oct. 4 Muscular System
Oct. 9 Muscular System
Oct. 11 Muscular System
Oct. 16 Muscular System/Review
Oct. 23 Nervous System  Chapter 11
Oct. 25 Nervous System Chapter 12
Oct. 30 Nervous System Chapter 13
Nov. 1 Nervous System
Nov. 6 Nervous System Chapter 14
Nov. 8 Nervous System/Review
Nov. 15 Autonomic Nervous System Chapter 16
Nov. 27 Sensory Physiology Chapter 15 & 471-479
Nov. 29 Special Senses
Dec. 4 Special Senses
 Dec. 6  Special Senses/Review
Dec. 11 EXAM FOUR tentatively scheduled 11-1 Monday

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  • 1. LECTURE EXAMS: There will be 4 lecture exams for a total of 450 points. All exams are cumulative. Exams 1,2,3 are each worth 100 points- with about 10-15% of exams 2 & 3 covering “old” material. The final is worth 150 points-with 100 points new material and 50 points cumulative. Lecture exams consist of objective, short answer, and essay questions.
  • 2. LAB EXAMS: There will be 3 lab exams each worth 50 points each plus 1 Review Sheets Assignment worth 20 points (170 total). Lab exams will consist of short answer and identification questions. The lab, therefore, will be worth about 1/4 of your course grade. The review sheet assignment consists of completing 1. the Review Sheet in your Marieb Laboratory Manual “Exercise 13 Review Sheet: Gross Anatomy of the Muscular System” PLUS 2. the review sheet on Skeletal Muscle Physiology found here. (Skeletal Muscle Review Sheet)  You may do these review sheets at home. The two review exercises are due on your very next lab period when we dissect the brain.  10 points are possible for complete and accurate answers of each review exercise for a total of 20 points.
  • 3. POINT TOTALS: The total number of points possible for the course is 620. Letter grades will be assigned on a percentage basis, as follows:
    • A= 558-620
    • B = 496-557
    • C = 434-495
    • D = 372-433
    • F = Fewer than 372 points
  • 4. 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. Make-up exams will be essay tests.
  • 5. Lab exam make-ups MUST be taken within one week of scheduled exam date.
  • 6. The room door closes 15 minutes after the start of the class period on exam day. No exam may be started after this time.
  • 7. EXTRA CREDIT – You may earn up to 2 points of EXTRA CREDIT per textbook chapter by submitting multiple choice quiz results to your instructor, for a total of 30 extra credit points. (No credit given for chapter 5.) You may access these quizzes from Seeley’s website ( You do not need any access code. Go to the Online Learning Center, Student Edition. Next choose the chapter that you wish to study and take the Multiple Choice quiz (either quiz 1 OR 2, not both). Take the quiz by clicking on the answer. Submit the quiz and E-mail the results to your instructor. Submit each quiz only once. You may only submit corresponding chapter quizzes before, or on, exam day over those particular chapters. For example, once you have taken Exam 1, you may no longer submit quiz results for Chapters 1-8. (For technical help on Seeley’s website, contact

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d) Cheating of any sort will result in immediate expulsion with a grade of F.

e) Students who disrupt class in any way (which includes whispering to your neighbor) will be asked to leave class.

f) Please turn off cell phones before class.

g) Cell phones and smart watches must be put away during exams and when going over graded exams during class.  Taking photos of exams at any point is considered cheating.

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 BIO 2310 Official Syllabus PDF

Specific (Measurable) Student Behavioral Learning Objectives from Official Syllabus (format: l , a, i, ii, etc.):

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


  1.  Define common anatomical terms and understand the various levels of organization in the body.
  2. Explain the components and functions of the skeletal system.
  3. Explain structure and function of principal joints.
  4. Explain the relationship between bones and muscles in producing movements of the body.
  5. Explain the histological characteristics of neurons.
  6. Describe neuron types and their functions.
  7. Describe structure and function of skeletal muscle fibers, skeletal muscle tissues, and whole muscle.
  8. Describe similarities and differences of smooth, cardiac and skeletal muscle tissues
  9. Describe organization of nervous system.
  10. Describe functions of brain regions.
  11. Describe autonomic controls.
  12. Explain function of the eye.
  13. Describe auditory and vestibular function.
  14. Describe taste, touch, olfactory, pressure and thermosensory mechanisms.


  1. Show skills in dissection procedures.
  2. Identify bones and major surface feature of the human skeleton.
  3. Identify major skeletal muscles by name, attachment and function.
  4. Identify principal parts of central and peripheral nervous systems.