Course Summary
Credit Type:
9 weeks (16 hours a week of inside and outside class time).
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Anatomy & Physiology II


The course objective is to review basic concepts and principles related to the function of the human body, and then continue the application of this established conceptual framework set up in the first session of Human Anatomy and Physiology, by providing a comprehensive overview of the integrative mechanisms that contribute to the function of the human body not covered in the first session of the course. The course places emphasis on organization and overview of the human body, chemical reactions, maintenance of the body, integration, regulatory mechanisms and the dynamics of support and motion, as they pertain to topics not covered in the first session of the course. Specific topics covered include a review of A&P fundamentals from A&P I, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the vasculature and respiratory system, the lymphatic and immune systems, the digestive system, the urinary system, fluid and electrolyte balance, and the reproductive system.

Learning Outcomes:

  • explain the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology, and the organizational scheme and standard terminology of the body
  • describe the endocrine system, as well as its structure and function in the chemical communication pathways of the human body
  • explain the many aspects of the cardiovascular system, including the function and composition of blood, its exchange of gasses and nutrients with the other systems of the body, including the structure, function, and control of the heart; describe and explain the function and structure of the respiratory system, including its interactions with the cardiovascular system, as well as its role in acid-base balance
  • explain the functions of the digestive system and the mechanisms of nutrient absorption and regulation of metabolism
  • explain the urinary system and its role in acid-base balance and fluid compartment maintenance
  • explain the function of the human reproductive system and its principal components and describe prenatal development and process of labor and delivery

General Topics:

  • Homeostasis, active and passive transport, cellular activity
  • Slow-speed communication: endocrine system and glands
  • The cardiovascular system - blood and the heart
  • The vasculature and respiratory system
  • The lymphatic and immune systems
  • The digestive system, nutrition, metabolism, and homeostatic regulation
  • The urinary system, fluid and electrolyte balance
  • The reproductive system, growth, development, and aging
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Discussion Boards

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials