Syllabus BIO 2310 Spring 2021

Virtual Human Anatomy and Physiology I Syllabus

Welcome to Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 2310,  online. Due to the COVID outbreak, the lectures and laboratories are all online through the McGraw Hill Connect site.  This class is NOT a self-paced course. You MUST complete assignments and exams by the dates provided on the McGraw-Hill Connect website and below in  this syllabus.


REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS 1Seeley’s Anatomy & Physiology, 12th Ed., by Van Putte, Regan and Russo  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Manual, 12th Ed. – Main version, by Elaine Marieb & Lori Smith


The URL for initial registration into your course is unique for this course. 
You initially go to:

Once here, enter your email address and set up an account.  Use the code in your book if you purchased it new from the Auraria bookstore for access.  The second option is to purchase a registration ($135 and it comes with e-book), and third is to get temporary access while you are awaiting your financial aid money to arrive – which is only available for 2 weeks starting January 10.

After the initial set up, you will always login to your course through the following URL:  For any technical problems, call McGraw-Hill tech support at 800-331-5094.

On the McGraw-Hill website, click on this class from the menu on the left and then this class (BIO 2310 12th Edition).  Now you will find your home page for this class called the Assignments page that has all of the LearnSmart Homework assignments for each chapter with their due dates as well as a link to the four exams and their availability dates.  Lab materials are located towards the bottom of the homepage.  On the left, you will also find a link to your e-book, Anatomy and Physiology Revealed that you need for lab, and recordings of the lectures listed under Resources.

“Results” tab, which is found on the left menu and looks like an upward graph, is where you will find your homework assignment grades and your exam grades once you have something to report.


Instructor Information:Dr. Clare Hays. Office SI 2032; Phone 303-615-0777;  [email protected]

Office hours:   I am available every Monday/Wednesday at noon via Microsoft Teams to answer questions.  Here is the link to join the Team:

I am also available for course-related questions and advising questions via email or by appointment.

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.

IMPORTANT LINKS for Lecture: (Outlines, Learning Objectives, Recorded Lectures, and PowerPoint Slides all contain the same information, so choose a format that works best for you; you don’t have to look at all four formats.)

1. Detailed Outlines of Course Material including selected video links at the bottom of the outlines:

2. Student Learning Objectives:  These are detailed Learning Objectives written by me.  They are the exact information presented in the Detailed Outlines, but presented in a Study Guide format.  These would serve you well to use as flash cards.  Objectives are found at:  Answers to the learning objectives are found at:

3. Recorded Lectures:  There are recorded lectures on Connect through Tegrity.  You will find the recorded lectures on the left side of the Connect homepage under Resources.  The first time you use Tegrity, you will need to download the app.

4. PowerPoint slides of the course may be found on my homepage as well.  This is the SAME material that is in the outlines and objective, just in a different format.

IMPORTANT LINKS for Lab:  Lab Schedule and Lab Objectives: The syllabus with dates below is for the “lecture” component of the course.  There is a separate schedule for lab called Lab Objectives.



Week 1 Introduction, Anatomy Terminology, Membranes, Tissues Chapter 1, Review Chapter 2, 3,4
Week 2 Skeletal Tissues & System Chapter 6,
Week 3 Skeletal System Chapter 7
Week 3-4 Skeletal System & Articulations Chapter 8
During Week 4 Feb 11-13 EXAM 1
Week 5,6 Muscle Physiology Chapter 9
Week 6,7 Muscular System Chapter 10
During Week 8 Mar 11-13 EXAM 2
Week 9, 10 Nervous System Chapter 11,12
Week 11,12 Nervous System Chapters 13,14
During Week 12 Apr 15-17 EXAM 3
Week 13 Autonomic Nervous System Chapter 16
Week 14 Sensory Physiology Chapter 15, & pp. 469-474
Week 15 Special Senses
During Finals Week May 6-15 EXAM 4




There will be 4 lecture exams, each worth 50 points (50 questions) for a total of 200 points. All exams are online and taken at the McGraw-Hill Connect site.  Exams open at 12 am on Thursday and close at 11:59 pm on Saturday for the dates given above.  Lecture exams consist of multiple choice and true/false questions. A 10% deduction per day will be taken away from your exam scores for any exams taken and submitted after the due date.  No late submissions once the semester is over.  No other make-up opportunities exist. Exams cover the same material that you will be studying in the LearnSmart chapter questions completed for homework and described below.  Exams are not comprehensive.

You will be give one chance to take each exam and a time limit of 50 minutes.   All exams must be taken during the dates listed on the Connect homepage.   To prevent any computer problems during the exams, try the “Practice Exam,” worth zero points, to make sure the format works with your computer.  Any technical problems you experience during exams require that you immediately contact McGraw Hill Tech support (info at the end of this syllabus) AND your instructor.  When you are ready to take your exam, simply click on it and click “Begin.”  Note that answers are automatically saved as you click your answer.  However, you can return to any question, and change the answer, as long as you have not yet submitted it and have not yet run out of time.  The menu to navigate through the questions is at the bottom of your screen.  As you finish the last question and you are done, click submit.  Note:  Depending on your computer settings, you may need to scroll down to see ALL of the multiple choice answers.

Tips for success on the exams: Completing the LearnSmart homework questions AND glancing at my outlines or learning objectives for each exam from my homepage at  (Note, look for a link to the answers to those lecture objectives at the bottom of my “sites” course homepage at this site too.)

You may see your exam score through  “RESULTS” from your Connect homepage (it looks like an upward trend on a graph).


You will be required to  complete a set of LearnSmart chapter questions from the Connect site for EACH chapter that is covered in this course.  The maximum points you can earn for completing these modules is 400 total points for the entire course.  Exam One covers chapters  1, 2,3,4,6,7,8 and the corresponding homework questions for these chapters will be 100 points if you complete all of the questions.  Yes, your score is based on COMPLETION, not whether or not you got the questions right.  Then, Exam Two covers chapters 9,10 and the corresponding homework questions for these chapters will also be 100 points if you complete all of the questions… and so on through the Exam Three and Four chapters.    Note that there are due dates for these LearnSmart  homework assignments.  If you don’t complete a homework chapter by the due date, a score will automatically be recorded for your work up until the due date. Since you have access to the LearnSmart homework questions from the first day of class, there are no due date extensions for the homework assignments (start early!)

You can access the LearnSmart homework questions by clicking the Smart Book arrow on the right of each listed homework assignment and then click “Begin.”  This brings you to the correct e-book chapter and then you should start with reading the chapter, especially the highlighted sections. (Note:  The yellow highlights mean you need to focus on the material and blue highlights are meant for just perusing the major concepts. If the highlights annoy you,  you can access the e-text directly from the menu on your homepage and avoid the highlighting.) Whenever you feel ready, go to Questions.  Each question requires you to click on the answer as well as your confidence level for your answer.  If, at anytime you need to switch back to your textbook, just click on the Reading icon.  You can then return to the Questions at anytime.

You will have the full amount of points with 100% completion of each chapter because your grade is based on completion, not the number of questions you get right.  However, if you miss a question, the system will ask you that question again and again, to make sure you know it.  Please note, that these chapter questions are time-consuming and should not be done at the last minute!   You may do the LearnSmart homework questions more, even if you have 100% completion, as this completion percent will not change.   You do this by clicking on “recharge” from the Assignments page. For more details, read the FAQs below.


There are 3 lab exams each worth 50 points. (Lab exams will consist of short answer and identification questions taken through Connect online.)  There are also 3 different virtual laboratory assignments completed through Connect, worth a total of 50 points.  There are due dates for the assignments on Connect and in your  LABORATORY OBJECTIVES.

The total number of points possible for the course is 800. Letter grades will be assigned on a percentage basis, as follows:

A 720-800
B 640-719
C 560-639
D 480-559
F Fewer than 480

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Students with a diagnosed condition/disability which may impact their access,
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located in the Plaza Building, Suite 122, 303-615-0200.
The Access Center is the designated department responsible for coordinating
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provide an Accommodation Notification Letter obtained from the Access Center to their
faculty to activate their accommodations. Information pertaining to a student’s
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May I post messages on McGraw Hill Connect?  Only your instructor may post messages, if you need to get a message to me, use my email.

What are my grades on LearnSmart homework questions and how much do I have left to complete?  You will only receive a grade (points) on the LearnSmart homework questions if, either you complete the entire chapter, OR the due date has passed.  The assignments homepage shows the due date for all LearnSmart homework chapter questions as well as the dates during which you must take the four exams.  The “Results” tab  on your left shows (looks like an upward graph) your points/percentage only if you have finished 100% of the chapter questions.  (You may need to log out and then log back in to update the results page.) You can find out how far you are in any non-completed (“in progress”) LearnSmart homework assignments by looking at the progress bar.  Once you have completed a chapter you will have a  “see report” icon that shows your grade.

Can I still practice on the homework questions even if I have already completed that chapter? Yes!  Just click on “recharge” as from the SB arrow.     This won’t affect the fact that you already have 100% completion.

I have completed all chapter questions and now it says recharge.  Do I have to do that? No.  Periodically, the computer system will have you repeat some of the questions as a refresher.  This is optional.

How do I exit the Questions or E Book? Just click on the Exit Assignment whenever you are done reading or answering questions and then you can sign out.

How do I continue working on the LearnSmart chapter questions even though the computer thinks I should take a break? You can re-enter the questions at any time from the course assignments homepage.

These modules are taking SO LONG to complete, how can I speed them up?Read your BOOK!!  The LearnSmart homework system remediates you based on the type and number of questions you miss.  The more you get correct, the quicker you will be done.  So, obviously looking at the corresponding chapter on the eBook or your textbook BEFORE you start the questions will increase your success in the questions and get you out of the quicker.  If you are fed up with any certain chapter questions, you may go on and accept the grade you get once the due date has passed, but incomplete modules will not receive a 100%.

The textbook covers so much information.  How do I know what material is most important to study for the exams? My Lecture Objectives help you to prioritize the most important material.  Note there is a link to the Answers to the objectives at the bottom of the page.

How do I navigate the SmartBook?  From the Assignments homepage, click on the e-book.  The menu bar is at the top next to the page changing arrows.

How do I get technical help  from McGraw Hill?; or contact Support – 800-331-5094

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.