Hopkinsville Community College

Course Syllabus

BIO 137

Human Anatomy and Physiology I




BIO 137


The interrelationship of structure and function of each body system will be presented in two semesters. The first semester will include basic chemistry, cell structure, cell physiology, tissues, and microscopy as they relate to physiological processes. These interrelationships of body systems will be presented so that the human body is studied as an integrated whole. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.


TEXTBOOKS (Recommended - May be purchased in the HCC bookstore)

Human Anatomy and Physiology 7th. edition

Author: Elaine N. Marieb

Publisher: Benjamin Cummings



Author: Compiled by Walston & Wilson

Publisher: Benjamin Cummings



Upon completion of this course, the student can:


1. explain, basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry as they apply to physiological processes,


2. describe basic cell structure and physiology,


3. describe the structure and function of major tissue type,


4. recognize the complementarity of structure and function,


5. describe basic metabolic processes of organ systems,


6. explain the interrelationships between organ systems and physiological processes,


7. explain the major homeostatic mechanisms utilized in each body system in response to internal and external environmental changes, and


8. explain physiological and anatomical mechanisms of common dysfunctions.



General Education Competencies:



I.   Communicate Effectively

     1.   Read and listen with comprehension.

     2.   Speak and write clearly using standard English.

3.      Interact cooperatively with others using both verbal and non-verbal means.

4.      Demonstrate information processing through basic computer skills.


II.  Think Critically

1.      Make connections in learning across the disciplines and draw logical conclusions.  

2.      Demonstrate problem solving through interpreting, analyzing, summarizing, and/or integrating a variety of materials.

3.      Use mathematics to organize, analyze, and synthesize data to solve a problem.


III. Learn Independently

1.    Use appropriate search strategies and resources to find, evaluate, and use information.

2.    Make choices based upon awareness of ethics and differing perspectives/ideas.

3.    Apply learning in academic, personal, and public


4.    Think creatively to develop new ideas, processes, or products.



IV.              Examine Relationships in Diverse and Complex Environments

1.    Recognize the relationship of the individual to human heritage and culture.

2.    Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship of the individual to the biological and physical


3.    Develop an awareness of self as an individual member of a multicultural global community.






OFFICE: Room 134


OFFICE HOURS: I am available before and after class. Other office hours are posted on my office door.


TELEPHONE: 707 3865


Five exams will be given during the semester. The exams will be multiple choice, short answer, and identification in nature. Each exam will be worth 100 points. The material covered by each test will be from assigned text readings and the lecture material.


A minimum of twelve laboratory exercises will be completed. The "Review Sheet" which corresponds with each exercise, will be due the class meeting each lab activity is completed (unless otherwise specified). All answers must be printed in a legible form using black or blue ink or number 2 pencil. You will receive up to 13 points on each "RS" sheet. Late "RS" sheets will have a 5 point per class meeting penalty. There will be 20 points possible from a subjective "lab technique" component. A key to receiving all 20 points is that you do the activity before you attempt the RS sheets.


The class begins at time listed on your registration slip. You are expected to be in your seat at that time. It is a disruption to have people walk in late, especially if you walk in front of the projector. You will lose ten points each time you are late to class. The instructor's watch has the correct time.



The sum of your five test scores and the laboratory scores will determine your grade for the course (minus behavior points lost).


Your grade will be determined as follows:


608--676 A

540--607 B

472-539 C

404--471 D

0--403 E



Attendance is expected. If you are absent, you are responsible for material covered while you were gone. Make-up exams will be given only if the absence is due to an illness requiring medical attention (a note from a medical professional, obtained on the day of your absence, must accompany your return to class), or the death of an immediate family member. Please notify me prior to your absence if possible. The make-up exams will be taken the week of final exams. Laboratory attendance is mandatory and lab activities cannot be made-up. Review Sheets will not be accepted if you were not in attendance when the corresponding activity was assigned and conducted.




I will not sign a drop slip after midterm.




Classes will be conducted primarily in a lecture/discussion format. Discussion will require your participation in class; therefore, you should read the material in your text which is applicable to the topics being covered in class. Audio/visuals, group interactions, as well as student directed instruction might be utilized.




No use of Tobacco is allowed.


Appropriate drinks may be brought to lecture (not lab) as long as problems do not arise because of this policy. Be sure and throw your drink container away as you leave class.


The instructor prior to their attendance must approve visitors to class. (This means children as well.)


Cellular phones/pagers are not allowed in class. Cellular phones/pagers are not to be in view. If your phone/pager is used in any manner in the classroom, you will lose 25 points.


Recording devises are not allowed in the classroom. Lectures may not be recorded by any electronic means.


The computers in the room are to be used only at the instruction of the instructor. There is not to be any computers used during class without the expressed permission of the instructor.


Cheating will result in a mark of "0" on the relevant work. A subsequent episode will result in an "E" and referral to the Chief Academic Officer.


Appropriate dress is expected.


HCC complies with the American with Disabilities Act. To initiate the process you must present yourself to the ADA officer. The ADA office is located in room 115 of the administration building.


Student Code of Conduct can be obtained at www.kctcs.edu/student/code.htm



In case of inclement weather listen to the radio stations or TV43 or call the college weather line at (270) 707-3701 to see if the college has cancelled classes. You may also access www.cancellations.com, fill in the information, our institution should to be posted.





I. Physiological chemistry

A. inorganic molecules important in physiological processes

B. basic atomic structure using biologically important atoms

C. ion formation

D. chemical bonding

1. ionic

2. covalent

3. hydrogen

E. pH and buffering

1. sodium bicarbonate/carbonic acid

2. sodium monohydrogen/dihydrogen phosphates

3. proteins

4. hemoglobin

F. organic functional groups

G. organic compounds

1. carbohydrates

2. lipids

3. proteins

4. nucleic acids

5. ATP

H. hydrolysis and dehydration synthesis

I. solutions


II. Descriptive terminology

A. directional terminology

B. body systems

C. body planes

D. body cavities

E. abdominal regions


III. The cell and cellular physiology

A. cellular organelles and their functions

B. cell membrane structure

C. transport

D. DNA, RNA and protein synthesis

E. enzymes

F. cell division

1. mitosis

2. meiosis


IV. Metabolism

A. the function of ATP

B. Oxidation/reduction reactions

C. ATP formation

1. glycolysis

2. krebs cycle

3. ETS

D. role of glycerol, fatty acids and amino acids in the metabolic mill


V. Tissues

A. epithelial

B. muscular

C. connective

D. nerve


VI. Integumentary system

A. function of the skin

B. layers of the skin

C. accessory structures

D. membranes


VII. The skeletal system

A. functions of bones

B. basic macroscopic anatomy of bones

C. basic microscopic anatomy of bone tissue

D. intramembranous bone formation

E. endochondral bone formation

F. growth and repair

G. articulations

1. three classes of joints

2. synovial joint structure

H. identification of major bones and markings


VIII. The muscular system

A. functions of muscles

B. general characteristics of muscles

C. microscopic structure of muscle tissue

1. muscle fibers

2. myofibrils

D. physiology of muscle contraction

E. energy sources for muscle contraction

F. types of muscle contractions

G. body movements

H. identification of major muscles


IX. The nervous system

A. divisions of the nervous system

B. basic anatomy of nerve tissue

1. neurons

2 neuroglial cells

C. spinal reflexes

D. physiology of the nerve impulses

E. synapses and neurotransmitters

F. spinal cord

1. gray and white matter

2. ascending and descending tracts

3. spinal nerves

G. brain

1. cerebral cortex

2. brain stem

3. cerebellum

4. cranial nerves


H. autonomic nervous system

1. sympathetic

2. parasympathetic

I. sensory receptors and organs

1. skin and muscles

2. ear

3. eye

4. nose

5. tongue