Subject Area: Biology

Course Title: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Number: BIOL  2010

Course Semester Credit Hours: Four

Instructor’s Name: Kenneth H. Jones

Lecture Hours: Three hours lecture per week

Laboratory Hours: Two hours laboratory per week

Meetings:  See DSCC schedule


Gross anatomical structure and physiology of the human body pertaining to cells, tissues, organs and the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, and nervous systems.

(Prerequisites: DSPM 0700, DSPW 0800, DSPR 0800, DSPS 0800 or equivalent documented skill levels)

Required Texts:

Hole’s Human Anatomy and Physiology, Shier, Butler & Lewis, 10th edition, 2004 or later

Laboratory Manual Fetal Pig Dissection, Terry R. Martin, 2001or later


Objectives and Goals:

To introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of human anatomy and physiology.

To share with beginning students our sense of excitement about the modern life sciences.

To impart an understanding and appreciation of the human body and the intricate processes that constitute the miracle of life.

To emphasize the recent advances in modern medicine and resulting improvement in the quality of life.

To promote critical thinking by requiring students to evaluate a body of evidence, separate assumptions from observations, and reach some conclusion based on evidence.

To have laboratories that emphasize observation and hands-on, discovery based activities that lead to formulating and testing hypotheses.

To initiate each class by explaining the relevance of the day’s topic. This should build learning connections to student experiences and stimulate curiosity.

To present and teach information as a constant state of flux rather than dogma and stress current knowledge could be challenged tomorrow.

To present theoretical concepts as well as accepted facts by requiring students to read material on ethical probes that have no easy answers.

To promote problem solving by requiring students to use the scientific method in solving some problem of their choice and prepare a written report on the outcome.

Major Emphases:

As the syllabus indicates, a hierarchical approach is used proceeding from the chemistry of the cell up to the organization and functioning of the human body. Some of the material is covered in the lecture format while other material is dealt with in "hands on" laboratory sessions. Preserved specimens and life-like models will be utilized during laboratory investigations. Also experiments in physiology will demonstrate temperature regulation, muscle response, sensory perception and other life processes. Technological instruction aids will include the use of the A.D.A.M. instructional software that provides multi-media material for use in lecture, in the lab, LRC or anywhere PC’s are available. The text is supported on the Internet. The publisher provides resources for and help with studying the chapters at: http://www.pbg.mcgraw-hill.com. The instructors website (http://www.jonesken.com)  also provides materials and links to materials significant to the course. Critical thinking will be stressed in dealing with questions concerning disease, diagnosis, treatment, gene therapy and other rapidly developing areas in medical research. A term paper is an option for students wishing to augment their grade for the course.



Method of Evaluation:

Four one-hour tests will be given in lecture. Two comprehensive laboratory practical examinations will also be given. The grading system will be:


4 - 1 hour tests (lecture) 80%

2- 2-hour laboratory practical 20%

Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

90 – 100 - A

80 – 89 - B

70 – 79 - C

60 – 69 - D

< 60 - F


Optional (extra credit) Assignments:

A term paper, skeletal preparation, or other work pre-approved by the instructor may be turned in by the last day of class for up to, but not exceeding, 10 points added to the final grade. Details will be made available on the first day of class.

Office and Hours:

Room # 245, Glover Building, Dyersburg State Comm. College main campus

Office phone: Dyersburg 731-286-3367   

Email: kjones@dscc.edu

Attendance: See DSCC catalogue, page 43

Makeup Work:

Major tests that are missed can be made-up only with prior permission of the instructor and will be more stringent (difficult) than the original test given. Quizzes may NOT be made-up.


Both required texts are available on reserve at the Covington and Dyersburg LRC’s. These materials may NOT be removed from the library.

Student Services:

Tutorial aids and other resources are available through the Student Success Center (Rm 151, Glover) and Student Support Services (Ms. Connie High, Rm 215, Glover). For students with special disabilities guidance and assistance may be procured from the ADA office (Ms. Pam Dahl).

Important College Policies:

For information on such topics as harassment, non-discrimination, drugs and weapons policies (see pp. 6-7 of catalog and p. 3,4,5 of fall schedule).