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Course:  Human Physiology (ZOO 2114  2338)

Day & Time



MWF 9:00 AM-9:50 AM

8/14/2013 - 12/13/2013

P oteau Campus, Reed Center, 210

Instructor: Brook Wiersig                                                 Office: RC 308

Email:                                        Phone #: 918-647-1417

Office hours:       Monday: 11:00-2:20

                                Tuesday: 8:20-9:20; 10:00-11:00; 12:20-1:00

                                Wednesday: 11:00-12:00; 12:30-2:00

                                Thursday: 8:20-9:20; 11:15-1:00

                                Friday: 11:00-11:45



This course examines the structure and function of the systems of the human body.  It is 3 hours of theory and 2 hours of laboratory.  Prerequisites include:  Zoology 1114 and Chemistry 1115


Fox, Stuart Ira;  Human Physiology, W. C. Brown, Dubuque, Iowa.

Wynsberghe and Cooley, Case Histories in Human Physiology, W. C. Brown Publishing Co.

Customized Human Physiology Lab Manual, W.C. Brown Publishing Co.

OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS:  notes packet available at bookstore


  1. Think Critically.
  2. Communicate effectively.



1.      Demonstrate knowledge of the homeostatic organization of the body from atoms/molecules to the system itself.

2.      Recognize when the homeostatic changes are being made or need to be made by the body.

3.      Recognize when one system fails, how it can affect any or all of the other systems.

4.      Identify the fact that physiology is a very young science and we end at the beginning at the start of new life.


The general format of the class will be lecture, discussion and student participation, and individual investigation in the lab. The student will be responsible for reading the assigned topics before class and for participation in class discussion and activities.  Students are responsible for all outside assignments made! DO NOT work on your review questions during class!! You will be counted absent for the day if you are working on your review questions during class. AV and research papers will be assigned when appropriate.


Evaluation Techniques:

  1. Exams: A total of six (6) major examinations will be given during the semester for the lecture section of the class. Exams may include multiple choice, matching and true/false. Each exam will be a sectional test covering material that has been lectured over since the previous exam, and the final may be comprehensive. The lowest of the regular lecture exam grades may be dropped (this includes the assignment grade but excludes the final). Lecture tests (including the participation/assignment grade) will make up 75% of the total grade.
  2. Participation and other assignments may count as one overall grade that will be equal to a test grade.
  3. Lab: Lab will make up 25% of the total grade. 

All assignments must be turned in on the due date.  Assignments not received on time will not receive a full score. All students are responsible for making sure assignments are turned in on time.



Average                       Letter Grade                 To Figure Overall Average:

90% and above                        A         (Exam Average)(0.75) + (Lab Average)(0.25) = Final Average

80%-89%                    B                                 

70%-79%                    C                                                         

60%-69%                    D

59% and below                        F


Attendance Policy:

Responsibility for attending class rests upon the student. Attendance in class is expected and will be recorded. Each faculty member will determine his or her attendance policy which may require between 75 - 90 percent attendance for credit in the course.


Punctual and regular class attendance is expected of all students enrolled at Carl Albert State College. A student is expected to attend every class and laboratory for which he or she has registered. Each instructor will make known to the student his or her policy with respect to absences in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of this policy. Being prepared for class in advance and participating on a regular basis is a vitally important ingredient for academic success.


At the beginning of each semester, every instructor will distribute a course syllabus and clearly state his or her attendance policy. It is the student's responsibility to inquire of the instructor if there are questions.


It is also the responsibility of the student to consult with his/her instructors when an absence must be excused. Instructors are given the prerogative of determining the excusableness of student absences except absences for school-sponsored activities and legally required jury duty, which shall be deemed excusable.


A student is also responsible for all class work covered during his/her absence from class, even in classes in which he/she is able to satisfy the instructor that the absence was unavoidable.


Failure to attend class regularly may result in a recommendation for the student to withdraw from class or from College. Students who cease attending a class but do not withdraw from that class will receive a grade of F for the course. Attendance will be taken in each class at Carl Albert State College each time that class meets


Make-up Examinations:

Students are expected to take tests at the time they are scheduled.  A student that cannot make the exam at the time it is scheduled must contact the instructor prior to missing the test to be able to make that exam up.  Arrangements can be made for "special" occasions which are under the discretion of the instructor. All tests must be made up before the week of finals (no make-up tests will be given the week of finals).  There will not be a curve or bonus on any make-up exam.  Lab assignments or other assignments will not be made up.



The following will apply in connection with academic dishonesty:


A. The instructor and his/her Division Chairperson have final authority over the grades given to students or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.

B. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:


1. The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.

2. Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.

3. Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.  The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not

limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished   work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.


If it is established that cheating or plagiarism has more than likely occurred:

C. The instructor may take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include the awarding of an “F” on the particular assignment or in the course.

D. The instructor will make a report of the incident and of action taken to the Vice President for Academic  Affairs.

E. The student will receive a copy of the report if s/he desires and may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Academic Affairs Committee.

F. The student and instructor may meet individually with the Academic Affairs Committee to present documentation pertinent to the appeal. Once the Academic Affairs Committee renders its decision, the appeal process is concluded.



The use of cell phones for the duration of the class is not acceptable. Use of cellular phones or any other electronic communication devices such as headphones, iPods, Bluetooth, etc.  for any purpose during a class or exam session is strictly prohibited. A student may face a zero and/or failure in the class if an electronic device is used for cheating during an exam or quiz. All such devices must be turned off or put in a silent (vibrate) mode, put away, and ordinarily should not be taken out during class. This includes using a mobile phone for sending out text messages, connecting to the internet, or any other application. At the instructor’s discretion, electronic devices utilized in a learning context, such as laptops and language interpreters, in class should be used by students for course specific work only, not for social networking or any other activities. The instructor reserves the right to ban the use of cell phones or any other electronic communication device at any time.



1.      Tardiness: Tardiness (being late for the beginning of class) is severely frowned upon.  Class officially begins at the posted time (and according to instructor's clock).  If a student is not present at roll (which is taken at every class meeting), that student is counted absent. Students are expected to arrive in class on time. 

2.      Class Materials: Students are responsible for bringing notes to class. Do not ask me to provide you with notes if you forget them. You are also responsible for bringing something to write with, extra paper, etc., and scantrons and pencils on test days.

3.      Cell Phones:  Phones will not need to be out during class unless otherwise indicated by the instructor. Silence phones before class and put them away. I do not want to see your cell phone! Keep it in your pocket, purse, backpack, car, etc. If you have your phone out during a test, I will assume you are using it to cheat and you will receive a zero for that test.

5.    Laptops, Ipads, Headphones, Ipods, etc: Should not be used or out during class.

6.    RESPECT!! Please show respect for your instructor, fellow students and your college.

a.      Do not talk while the instructor or another student is speaking.

b.      Do not distract other students while they are trying to listen and learn.

c.       Put trash in the trash can. DO NOT put trash in the sinks, drawers, or cabinets of the desks.

d.      Do not write on or vandalize desks, chairs or any other school property.




Check with the "Student Support Services" for available tutors and with the learning resource center for computer assisted instruction. Videos may be available in the library.


Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way:

*        Talk with your instructor after class or during hours about your disability or special needs related to work in class.




*    Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the ADA Coordinator located in the Student Disability/Student Counseling Services office in the Ollie Center in office OC1203.



A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Vice President of Academic Affairs.



Students may appeal a final grade, provided a solution cannot be reached through proper academic channels. Students should first contact their instructor and then the Division Chair if resolution is not satisfactory. Appeals for the purpose of challenging a final grade must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee within 90 days after the grade in question appears on the permanent record. Committee decisions are final. Information concerning procedures to be followed is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. (CASC Catalog, p. 74)




 An Administrative Withdrawal  (AW) may be assigned by the instructor or the Office of Academic Affairs to indicate that a student has been "involuntarily" withdrawn from class(es) after CASC’s Add/Drop Period for a special reason (i.e. disciplinary action, financial issue, or health issue) excluding non-attendance.  Administrative withdrawals are GPA neutral but do affect a student’s financial aid.


TENTATIVE Physiology Weekly Schedule





Ch. 1, 2


Ch. 2, 3

1.1,1.2-microscope, tissues, & mitosis


Ch. 3, 5

1.1,1.2 Due-Test 1- Microscope, tissues and mitosis


Ch. 5, Test 1

3.6 - 4.1


Ch. 6,10

3.6 - 4.1 Due


Ch. 11, 12

3.3,3.5-brain & spinal cord, case studies


Test 2, Ch.. 7

3.3,3.5 Due-Test 2- brain & spinal cord


Ch. 8, 9

5.3,7.5,7.6-heart & kidney, case studies


Ch. 9, Test 3

5.3,7.5,7.6 Due-Test 3- heart & kidney, case studies


Ch. 13, 14

7.7, 8.1, 8.2-Physical Fitness and Pulmonary Function, case studies


Ch. 14, Test 4

7.7, 8.1, 8.2 Due


Ch. 16, 17


Ch. 17, 18

10.1, 11.1-Histology,Reproduction and endocrine, case studies


10.1, 11.1-Due ; Genetics-Handouts- case study assignments


Ch. 20

Lecture and /or group presentations over assigned Case Studies


Thanksgiving break


Ch. 20, 15

Make-up lecture exams


Final Test

No Lab

* short week (9/2 Labor day- no class; 10/17-18 Fall break- no class)                      

Brook Wiersig,
Aug 12, 2013, 11:50 AM