Syllabus Fall 2024 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

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.

1. LECTURE TEXT (either printed or eText):

Van Putte, Seeley’s Anatomy and Physiology 13th Edition, Loose Leaf with Connect Access, McGraw Hill: 9781265318772, Connect Access required.


Van Putte, Seeley’s Anatomy and Physiology Evergreen Edition, E-Book with Connect Access: McGraw Hill: ISBN: 9781266870095. Connect Access required.

2. LAB MANUAL (either eText or printed):

eText only:

ISBN: 9780137538263  -Pearson+ eText access code in the bookstore


Purchase or Rent direct here for 4 months:

Pearson+ eText of Marieb, Human A+P Lab Manual w/ Cat Dissections, 13e

Printed Lab Manual:

ISBN-13: 9780134632339 for the bookstore


Purchase direct here:

Marieb, Human A+P Lab Manual w/ Cat Dissections, 13e PRINT

Connect Access:  The URL for initial Connect registration into your course is unique for this course. 

You initially go to: URL coming soon

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 (~$130 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 August 12

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).  Now you will find your home page for this class called the Assignments page that has all of the Smart Book Homework assignments for each chapter with their due dates as well as a link to the four exams and their availability dates.  On the left, you will also find a link to your e-book, Anatomy and Physiology Revealed (APR) which is a great cadaver photo resource, and recordings of the lectures listed under Resources.  The calendar option shows due dates but not exam opening dates.

“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.

Optional Course Materials

  1. Free Resource for Cat Anatomy: Swislosky, E. & Roosa, K. (2017). Atlas of Comparative Anatomy. Lumen Learning.
  2. Free Resource through The Auraria Library:   Visible Body 3D Human Anatomy Atlas is a digital collection of anatomy, physiology, and pathology visualizations and animations.

Link on how to use the 3D Human Anatomy Atlas.

Participation Policy

MSU Denver has a new Mandatory Participation Policy for all students. Any student who has not participated in this course by September 4, at noon, will be administratively dropped from the course by the Registrar’s Office. Participation for this course means logging into the course on Canvas, creating an account on McGraw-Hill Connect, or signing the attendance sheet in lab.


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Schedule of Activities

Course Schedule
Week/Day Lecture Fri Lab Reading
Week 1 (8/19-24) Intro, Terminology, Membranes, Tissues Histology Van Putte: Ch 1,Skim 2,3,and 4

Lab Manual: Ex 3 and 6

Week 2 (8/26-31) Skeletal Tissues and System Skeletal Van Putte: Ch 6

Lab Manual: Ex 8 and 9

Week 3 (9/3-7) Skeletal System Skeletal Van Putte: Ch 7 and 8
Week 4 (9/9-14) Skeletal System and Articulations

Exam 1 (9/12-14) pm Connect

Skeletal Connect Homework Due 9/14 Ch 1-4, 6-8
Week 5 (9/16-21) Muscle Physiology Lab Exam (9/19-21) on Canvas Van Putte: Ch 9
Week 6 (9/23-28) Muscle Physiology and System Muscle Lab Manual: Ex 1 cat and Ex 6, Lab Objectives Photos
Week 7 (9/30-10/5) Muscle Muscle Van Putte: Ch 10
Week 8 (10/7-12) Exam 2 (10/10-12) on Connect Muscle Connect Homework Due 10/12 Ch 9-10
Week 9 (10/14-19) Nervous System: Tissues & Physiology Lab Exam (10/17-19) on Canvas Van Putte: Ch 11
Week 10 (10/21-26) Nervous System: Spinal cord & Nerves At Home Muscle Assignments Due 11/2 Van Putte: Ch 12

Lab Manual: Ex 13

Week 11 (10/28-11/2) Nervous System: Brain & Integration Brain, Cranial Nerves Van Putte: Ch 13 and 14

Lab Manual: Ex 15 and 17

Week 12 (11/4-9) Exam 3 (11/7-9) on Connect Nerves and Reflexes Lab Manual: Ex 2 cat and Ex 21

Connect Homework Due 11/9 Ch 11-14

Week 13 (11/11-16) Autonomic Nervous System Sensory Van Putte: Ch 16

Lab Manual: Ex 22,24,25,and26

Week 14 (11/18-23) Sensory Lab Exam (11/21-23) on Canvas Van Putte: Ch 15 plus pp. 469-474
Week 15 (12/2-7) Special Senses
Week 16 (12/9-14) Exam 4 (12/5-14) on Connect Connect Homework Due 12/14 Ch 15-16


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

Office hours: 

Office hours are 7:30-12:30 Mondays  for Teams meetings, in person meetings, email or phone calls.


The entire lecture portion of the course is held online on the McGraw Hill Connect website.  It includes graded chapter homework assignments and 4 exams.  Labs are held weekly (8 am Fridays) on-campus in room SI 2087 or 2089.

IMPORTANT LINKS for Virtual Lecture: You may read the Van Putte chapters for all of your information, but if you wish to streamline the material into what will be on the lecture exams, refer to the Hays website as described below, or the recorded lectures.(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 a link at the bottom of the course homepage. The lectures follow the detailed outlines (#1) in order and show the PowerPoint slides (#4).
  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   There is a separate schedule for lab called Lab Objectives. This document covers what we do each week in lab, plus you will only be tested in lab on structures and activities found on this document.


Assignment/Assessment Points
  Smartbook Homework Ch 1 10
  Smartbook Homework Ch 2 5
  Smartbook Homework Ch 3 5
  Smartbook Homework Ch 4 10
  Smartbook Homework Ch 6 20
  Smartbook Homework Ch 7 30
  Smartbook Homework Ch 8 20
  Smartbook Homework Ch 9 50
  Smartbook Homework Ch 10 50
  Smartbook Homework Ch 11 30
  Smartbook Homework Ch 12 25
  Smartbook Homework Ch 13 25
  Smartbook Homework Ch 14 20
  Smartbook Homework Ch 15 50
  Smartbook Homework Ch 16 50
  Lecture Exam One 50
  Lecture Exam Two 50
  Lecture Exam Three 50
  Lecture Exam Four 50
  Lab Exam One 50
  Lab Exam Two 50
  Lab Exam Three 50
  Lab Muscle Homework Assignments 20
  Student Feedback Survey 10


Late Work Policy:

  1. No late work accepted for Smartbook Chapter homework assignments since they are open for completion on the first day of class. Don’t procrastinate.
  2. Lecture and Lab Exams may be taken late at a 10% deduction per day late. No exams may be taken late once the semester ends on 12/14.
  3. Late Lab Muscle Assignments have a 5 point deduction per day late.


Grading Scale: The total number of points possible for the course is 780. Letter grades will be assigned on a percentage basis, as follows:

A 702-780
B 624-701
C 546-623
D 468-545
F Fewer than 468



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 Smart Book chapter questions completed for homework and described below.  Exams are not comprehensive.

You will be given 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 Smart Book 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 menu (it looks like an upward trend on a graph).


You will be required to  complete a set of Smart Book 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 Smart Book  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 Smart Book homework questions from the first day of class, there are no due date extensions for the homework assignments (start early!)

You can access the Smart Book 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 Smart Book 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 from the bottom of this syllabus.


You must attend traditional on-campus laboratories each week. They will follow the laboratory objectives.  There will be 3 lab exams each worth 50 points plus a muscle assignment  (consisting of 2 review sheets) worth 20 points (170 total). Lab exams will consist of short answer and identification questions and will only test on material from the laboratory objectives.

Lab exams are online on Canvas instead of in class.  Lab tests only cover material from the lab objectives and none of the tests are comprehensive.   The online lab test is primarily fill in the blank questions randomly selected from a test bank and opens Thursday and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm according to the Schedule of Activities.  The online lab tests have 25 questions at 2 points each, 30 minutes.  There is a practice online lab test on Canvas if you wish to check it out. I do put my eyes on every completed exam to double check the computer grading. Lab exams submitted late will have a 10% deduction per day late.

The muscle assignment is described in your laboratory objectives. and is completed in October and 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  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  when we dissect the brain the following week, by Nov 2 at 11:59 pm at the latest.  10 points are possible for complete and accurate answers of each review exercise for a total of 20 points. You will lose 5 points per day that they are submitted late.


STUDENT FEEDBACK SURVEY: After watching the introductory recording found under Announcements and Overview of the Course Module (read me first), there are questions to answer to make sure you understand course expectations.  The Student Feedback Survey may be found by clicking Quizzes or Assignments on the left Canvas menu.  Due date is August 31 by 11:59 pm. 10 points total are possible.

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Attending lab is essential to success in the class, as it provides visual and tactile input to the structures you need to know as well as relationships of one structure to another.  You may earn extra credit points for attending labs throughout the semester as follows, provided that you are not more than 20 minutes late to any given lab:

Attending fewer than 3 labs: 0 points extra credit

Attending 3-4 labs: 5 points extra credit

Attending 5 labs: 10 points extra credit

Attending 6-7 labs: 15 points extra credit

Attending 8-9 labs: 20 points extra credit

Attending all 10 in-person labs: 25 points extra credit

FAQs for Connect:

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 Smart Book homework questions and how much do I have left to complete?  You will only receive a grade (points) on the Smart Book homework questions if, either you complete the entire chapter, OR the due date has passed.  The assignments homepage shows the due date for all Smart Book 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”) Smart Book 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.

Where do I find my grade in the class so far?  On the left side of Connect, there is an icon that looks like an upward-trending graph called “Results.”  There, you can add up your total points earned and divide it by the total points possible.  You will only have scores after the due date has passed.  Know that your teacher’s end only shows BEST scores on work (such as the virtual labs) that has multiple attempts.

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 Smart Book 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 Smart Book 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.