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BIOL201 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

Course Details

Course Code: BIOL201 Course ID: 4803 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles associated with the structure and function of the human body. It is intended to prepare students for careers in the health sciences and healthcare systems (medical assisting, medical technology, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, health information management, medical coding, etc.). Lessons and laboratory exercises focus on the organization, microscopic and gross anatomy, and the functions of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body. The basics of chemistry and cell biology are introduced in order to provide the foundation for discussion of the individual organ systems. This course includes a hands-on laboratory component, and students are required to perform dissection of preserved animal specimens. Some of the laboratory activities require the use of glass or sharp laboratory instruments; therefore, students must have a safe work area available to perform laboratory activities. Students must also have room temperature storage available in order to maintain laboratory materials and specimens. Refrigerated storage is not required. In addition, students must be able to document their laboratory work using still pictures and/or video. This is a time and resource-intensive course. Students intending to pursue a career in the health sciences should verify that this course meets the requirements of their intended program prior to enrollment. NOTE: Students may take either BIOL201 or BIOL250/BIOL251 for credit, but not both versions of anatomy & physiology.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 08/25/19 Spring 2019 Session K 16 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 09/22/19 Spring 2019 Session C 16 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 10/20/19 Summer 2019 Session A 16 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 11/24/19 Summer 2019 Session K 16 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1 Explain the principle of homeostasis and its relationship to human health.
CO-2 Explain the principles of basic chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology relevant to human physiology.
CO-3 Describe the functions and general organization of the 11 organ systems of the human body.
CO-4 Identify the gross and microscopic structures of the 11 organ systems of the human body.
CO-5 Explain the normal physiological processes of the 11 organ systems of the human body.

Your final grade in the course will be determined by your performance on five types of assessments:

Discussion Forums (16 forums; 10% of final grade)
During each week of the course, you will provide an initial post to the discussion forum that is relevant to the assigned topic. In addition, you will respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial posts and answer any questions asked about your initial post. The forums are for student interaction, and input should be submitted per the due dates listed in the classroom in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

Initial Post (40 possible points)

  • The post is on topic, clearly related to the thread, and addresses all components of the assignment with significant depth, analysis, and clarity.
  • The post is approximately 250-350 words long and written in your own words.

Reply Posts (30 possible points)

  • Reply to at least two of your classmates’ original posts with responses that are on topic, clearly related to the thread, and further the discussion of the original comment. For example, ask an interesting and related question, or share relevant information on the topic.
  • The post is approximately 100-200 words long and written in your own words.
  • Please reply early enough in the week to allow time for your classmates and instructor to respond.

Creates Conversation and Community (15 possible points)

  • Respond to follow-up questions and comments posted to your initial post by your classmates and instructor during the week.
  • All posts are written in a constructive and respectful tone.

Terminology, Sources, and Attribution (15 possible points)

  • All posts accurately apply scientific concepts and use scientific terminology correctly (including spelling).
  • Posts include background information based on credible sources of scientific information, where applicable, to support discussion. *
  • All sources used are attributed to the original author with a citation or URL so that your classmates and instructor can locate and view the source. *
  • If a post is based on an opinion, the post offers a well phrased and thought out position.

*Please review Academic Honesty Policies.

Quizzes (10 quizzes; 10% of final grade)
In most weeks, you will complete a quiz. Quiz questions will cover the week’s lesson and reading from the textbook. Quizzes are open-book, open-notes and may be submitted multiple times prior to the due date with the highest grade recorded.

Lab Assignments (6 assignments; 30% of final grade)
You will apply the lesson content in six laboratory exercises. You will submit these laboratory assignments based on the related laboratory exercises. Three of these assignments will be written assignments and three will be video-based submissions.

Unit Exams (5 exams; 35% of final grade)
You will complete five unit exams during the course. Each exam will cover approximately 5 chapters of the course textbook. Exam questions cover both new material and relevant material from previous chapters. Unit exams are closed-book, closed-note, and the use of any external resources is prohibited.

Cumulative Final Exam (1 final exam; 15% of final grade)
You will complete one final exam during the course which will cover all course readings completed during the course. The final exam is closed-book, closed-note, and the use of any external resources is prohibited.

Detailed instructions for each of these assessments are provided in the classroom.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 10.00 %
Introduction Forum 0.63 %
Week 2 Forum 0.63 %
Week 3 Forum 0.63 %
Week 4 Forum 0.63 %
Week 5 Forum 0.63 %
Week 6 Forum 0.63 %
Week 7 Forum 0.63 %
Week 8 Forum 0.63 %
Week 9 Forum 0.63 %
Week 10 Forum 0.63 %
Week 11 Forum 0.63 %
Week 12 Forum 0.63 %
Week 13 Forum 0.63 %
Week 14 Forum 0.63 %
Week 15 Forum 0.63 %
Week 16 Forum 0.63 %
Quizzes 10.00 %
Quiz 1 1.00 %
Quiz 2 1.00 %
Quiz 3 1.00 %
Quiz 4 1.00 %
Quiz 5 1.00 %
Quiz 6 1.00 %
Quiz 7 1.00 %
Quiz 8 1.00 %
Quiz 9 1.00 %
Quiz 10 1.00 %
Lab Reports 30.00 %
Assignment 2: Diffusion and Osmosis 5.00 %
Assignment 3: Bones and Muscles 5.00 %
Assignment 4: The Brain 5.00 %
Assignment 5: Blood Typing 5.00 %
Assignment 6: The Heart 5.00 %
Assignment 7: Electrolytes, Water, Acids, and Bases 5.00 %
Unit Exams 35.00 %
Unit Exam 1 7.00 %
Unit Exam 2 7.00 %
Unit Exam 3 7.00 %
Unit Exam 4 7.00 %
Unit Exam 5 7.00 %
Cumulative Final Exam 15.00 %
Comprehensive Final Exam 15.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Quiz 3 - J Thompson 0.00 %
Quiz 4 - J Thompson 0.00 %
Quiz 5 - J Thompson 0.00 %
Unit Exam 2 - J Thompson 0.00 %

In accordance with the Student Handbook (http://www.apus.edu/student-handbook/course-materials/), students who have not received a shipping confirmation email from eScience Labs or UPS by the first Friday of class must drop the course and re-register for a future semester.

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • In addition, students must be able to document their laboratory work using still pictures and/or video.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit http://products.office.com/en-us/student. If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at classroomsupport@apus.edu.
Book Title:Until further notice, eScience kits will ship without any action needed from students. Your shipping address on file must be current - https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/238652
ISBN:eScience Note
Book Title:BIOL201 Custom A&P Lab Kit
ISBN:5024
Publication Info:eScience
Unit Cost:$149.00
Book Title:Anatomy & Physiology - e-book available online, link provided in the classroom Lessons section
Publication Info:OpenStax
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.