Course Summary
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8 weeks (18 hours a week of inside and outside class time)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory


The course objective is to initiate the application of Human Anatomy and Physiology by having students complete at-home laboratory experiments, guided by online exploration activities, exercises, and evaluations. It is the first part of a two part series. The lab 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. Specific topics covered include anatomical terminology, organization of the body, histology, cell biology, and tissues, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, joints, the muscular system, nervous system, neural integration, special senses and the autonomic nervous system.

Learning Outcomes:

  • apply correct safety standards
  • locate and identify anatomical structures
  • utilize laboratory equipment, such as microscopes (either virtual or in-person), dissection tools, general lab equipment, physiology data acquisition systems, and virtual simulations; communicate results of scientific investigations, analyze data and formulate conclusions
  • explain the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology, and the organizational scheme and standard terminology of the body
  • describe the major chemical reactions, chemical constituents of the body, and the equilibrium state
  • explain the skeletal system, the supporting tissue, tissue physiology, and muscle tissue
  • describe the types, functions, and locations of the classes of joints contained in the human body
  • explain the structure, type, location, and function of the skeletal muscles of the body
  • describe the functional organization of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, cranial and spinal nerves, special senses, and nervous signaling, integration, and control
  • illustrate the role of the autonomic nervous system on homeostasis and normal physiologic control

General Topics:

  • Lab safety, introduction to microscopy, and anatomical orientations
  • Cell structure and function, diffusion and osmosis, tissues and histology
  • The integumentary system, overview of the skeletal system, axial and appendicular skeleton joints
  • Gross anatomy of the muscle system
  • The peripheral nervous system
  • The central nervous system
  • Senses
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Quizzes
  • Submission of lab images

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Supplemental Materials