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National Park, AR · General Education · General Education Lab Sci

Anatomy And Physiology I

  • Spring 2021
  • Section
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/15/2021
  • Modified 01/12/2021

Class Information

  • Class Days: Lectures- Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00pmto3:20pm
    • Laboratory Wednesdays noon to 1:50 pm pm
  • Location of Lectures: LS 213
  • Location of Laboratory: LS 220
  • Class Format: Web-Enhanced

Course Description

Designed to study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include introductory biological chemistry, study of cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, and the nervous system.

ACTS Equivalent:  BIOL 2404

Prerequisites:  Eligible for enrollment  in ENG 1113 English Composition I without precollege level corequisite course

Corequisites:  None

Next Course in Sequence:  BIOL 2234, Anatomy and Physiology II


General Education Purpose and Objectives


National Park College (NPC) is committed to its mission statement, "Learning is our focus, student success is our goal."  NPC is dedicated to helping all students develop as communicators, critical thinkers, and professionals who behave ethically and recognize the diversity of the world around them. The General Education Objectives are designed to be an integral component of all courses at NPC.

General Education Objectives (GEO)

It is the expectation that upon successful completion of a certificate or degree program at National Park College, the student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
  2. Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  4. Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.

Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)

Course Equivalent

Course Title:       Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Number:     BIOL 2404

Course Description

A two-semester study of the structure and functions of the organ systems of the human body and how they work together to maintain homeostasis. Designed for majors in health profession programs. Lab required.

For transferability, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, or equivalent must be taken at the same institution.

ACTS Course Objectives (ACO):

The student will explain, describe, discuss, recognize, and/or apply knowledge and understanding of the following:

  1. General body organization and function (CLO 1, 2)
  2. Basic biochemistry (CLO 3)
  3. Cellular structure and function (CLO 4)
  4. Metabolism (A&P II)
  5. Histology (CLO 5)
  6. Integumentary system (CLO 6)
  7. Skeletal system (CLO 7)
  8. Joints (CLO 8)
  9. Muscular system (CLO 9)
  10. Nervous system (CLO 10, 11)
  11. Special senses (CLO 12)
  12. Digestive system (A&P II)
  13. Reproductive system (A&P II)
  14. Blood (A&P II)
  15. Cardiovascular system (A&P II)
  16. Endocrine system (A&P II)
  17. Lymphatic system (A&P II)
  18. Respiratory system (A&P II)
  19. Urinary / excretory system (A&P II)
  20. Proper use of microscope, other lab equipment, and lab techniques (CLO 13)
  21. The student will participate in dissections. (CLO 13)

Course Level Objectives (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify general body organization and function. (GEO 3)
  2. Recognize general anatomical and medical terms used in reference to the human body. (GEO 3)
  3. Apply basic biochemistry principles. (GEO 2, 3)
  4. Identify basic cellular structure, function, and genetics. (GEO 3)
  5. Apply knowledge of histology as it relates to the structure and function of the body (GEO 2, 3)
  6. Identify the structure and functions of the integumentary system. (GEO 3)
  7. Apply knowledge of the structure of the skeletal system and recognize the principles of its function and chemistry. (GEO 2, 3)
  8. Identify the structure/composition and function of articulations (Joints). (GEO 3)
  9. Apply knowledge of the structure, function, and physiology of the muscular system. (GEO 2, 3)
  10. Recognize the overall structure and anatomy of the nervous system and its divisions. (GEO 3)
  11. Apply knowledge of nervous tissue physiology. (GEO 2, 3)
  12. Identify basic structure and function of the sense organs involved in the special senses. (GEO 3)
  13. Perform hands-on science laboratory experiments and dissections, properly caring for and maintaining laboratory equipment. (Laboratory sessions throughout course meet this objective). (GEO 3)
  14. Use computer technology/software to enhance the Anatomy and Physiology learning experience. (GEO 1)
  15. Read, summarize, and make personal conclusions/comments on newspaper, journal and internet articles within the realm of Anatomy and Physiology. (GEO 1, 2, 3)
  16. Collaborate effectively in diverse laboratory or course groups. (GEO 4)

Required and Recommended Materials

Publisher material has been granted Inclusive Access. Please see link in Course Content regarding how to receive course material. If you opt-out of Inclusive Access. You will need the following:


Required Textbooks: 

Title of Textbook:      Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 9th Edition.

Author:           Saladin

Publisher:       McGraw Hill

Additional Required Materials

  • Online Access Code for McGraw Hill Connect for Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 8th Edition with LearnSmart and LearnSmart Labs (sold as a package in the bookstore with the text and lab manual).
  • Disposable gloves
  • A lab coat or long-sleeved button-up shirt
  • Closed-toe shoes

LockDown Browser Requirement
This course requires the use of LockDown Browser for online exams. Watch this video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser:

Download Instructions

  • Select the quiz in the course
  • Under Quiz Requirements you will see "To take this quiz you must use the Respondus LockDown Browser"
  • Below this will appear: "You can use the button below if you have not already downloaded LockDown Browser". Click the button to go to the download page and then follow the instructions
  • Use the link to download Respondus LockDown Browser to your computer; follow the installation instructions
  • Return to the Quiz page in Brightspace (it may still be open in another tab) and select the quiz
  • Select "Launch LockDown Browser"
  • The quiz will now start

Note: LockDown Browser only needs to be installed once to a computer or device. It will start automatically from that point forward when a quiz requires it.

When taking an online quiz, follow these guidelines:

  • Select a location where you won't be interrupted
  • Before starting the test, know how much time is available for it, and also that you've allotted sufficient time to complete it
  • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc. and don't have them within reach
  • Clear your area of all external materials - books, papers, other computers, or devices
  • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test
  • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted

Getting Help
Several resources are available if you encounter problems with LockDown Browser:

  • The Windows and Mac versions of LockDown Browser have a "Help Center" button located on the toolbar. Use the "System & Network Check" to troubleshoot issues. If an exam requires you to use a webcam, also run the "Webcam Check" from this area
  • Respondus has a Knowledge Base available from Select the "Knowledge Base" link and then select "Respondus LockDown Browser" as the product. If your problem is with a webcam, select "Respondus Monitor" as your product
  • If you're still unable to resolve a technical issue with LockDown Browser, go to and select "Submit a Ticket". Provide detailed information about your problem and what steps you took to resolve it

Course Activities

To accommodate different learning styles, I will employ a variety of teaching methods in this course. Instructional methods may include:  lectures, discussion, PowerPoint presentations, peer review/feedback, review quizzes, and self-assessments.

Interactive Activities (Discussions, Group Work, etc.)

Not all students learn by reading material and studying alone. Some students benefit from working in small groups. If you are one of these, you are encouraged to seek class members who have a similar academic needs and form a study group. This will be very important in the laboratory area where concepts may be clear to one student but difficult to grasp by others.

Self-check, Practice, Reflection

There will be a variety of self-assessment activities provided during the semester.  For each chapter covered you have access to a self-assessment examination. These examinations are open and can only be taken up to 5 times. They are not graded nor are they part of your grade determination. They are simply provided so that you can use them to study and check your level of understanding.

Safety Documentation Each student is required to complete the safety documentation. Follow the directions in the Laboratory Safety tab. All safety documents are required BEFORE the first laboratory session. Failure to complete the safety documentation will result in blocked laboratory entrance.

You WILL NEED A LABCOAT or long-sleeved shirt and you MUST wear shoes that cover your entire foot (NO SANDALS)! You must also provide for yourself several pairs of gloves for use in certain lab exercises. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN GLOVES!  These policy begins at the first laboratory session!

Grading Policy

Your grade this semester will come from a variety of activities as shown in the table below.  A brief description of each is provided here:

For Testing Purposes 

You are required to use Respondus Lockdown Browser with Monitor. A webcam is required. 

In-class, on-line exams

There will be a total of five major exams. Each exam will consist of primarily higher-level multiple choice questions but they will also include a number of other question styles such as labeling and open responses. I will be looking for a place to take those exams on campus.  You must take the exams at the scheduled times in the designated areas with the group. Exams not taken with the group are not graded and result in a 0 being recorded. The lowest exam score is not used in grade determination.

If In-class on-line exams are taken with Lockdown Browser with Monitor the faculty will review the monitored information. If the monitor information indicates a breach in rules the score on that exam may be recorded as a 0 and the student must have a meeting to discuss the issue.

Comprehensive final exam

This will be the same format as the lecture exams and be comprehensive.

Assignments assigned at McGraw-Hill Connect

These are items assigned in McGraw-Hill connect. All connect assignments are due on specific days. These due dates are always Sundays and they close at midnight. If you have trouble viewing videos please try updating your Flash Player. It is difficult to get 100% on these assignments the first couple times you take them. Be aware of this and provide time to complete the assignments at a level that you find acceptable.  There are 16 chapter assignments and 3 laboratory assignments in McGraw Hill. The lowest 2 chapter assignments are not used in grade determination.

Laboratory Practicals

These examinations focus on specific material. Stations are set-up in the laboratory and students rotate to different stations and answer a variety of open ended questions. There are 4 laboratory practicals: 1) Gross Anatomy and Histology, 2) Bones and Joints, 3) Muscles, and 4) Nervous System. There is NO make-up for Lab Practicals. The laboratory meetings are vital to your success in this course. Exercises are to be filled in as much as possible before coming to the lab meeting.  This will help you understand the concepts behind each exercise. Laboratory attendance will be taken at various times during the lab time and if you are not present when role is taken, you will be counted absent. Generally, you may not make up the lab. Lab scores are an integrated part of all other scores for calculating your final grade.  To facilitate setting up the practical exam plan on the lab being closed, (NOT AVAILABLE FOR STUDY) the evening before the day of the practical.

ATTENDANCE: Participation in class is critical to learning. Interacting with other students and participating is discussions is very helpful in fine tuning your understanding of key topics. Attendance will be taken at or near the beginning of class. Attendance is only taken once. You must be present to be counted. The attendance logged into the LMS will serve as the record.  Here is a breakdown on the attendance grading scale:


Number of Absences                          Points                          Grade

0-2                                                       50                                100%

3-4                                                       45                                90%

4-5                                                       40                                80%

6-7                                                       35                                70%

8-9                                                       30                                60%

>9                                                        0                                  0


Students missing more than 9 absences can be administratively dropped by the instructor. This grade will not be entered until the final week of class.  Attendance is taken once, usually at the beginning of class or laboratory. LMS attendance will serve as the course attendance.

If you are planning to attend any classes by ZOOM a webcam is required. Here are the rules for attending by ZOOM-

  • A webcam is required.
  • You are required to sign in to the ZOOM session with your college legal name. This will be used to take your attendance.
  • Students must be logged into the Zoom classroom five minutes before class is scheduled to begin. At the end of class, faculty will take attendance again. If you are not present at the end of the class meeting, you will be considered absent. If you must leave the classroom early, you need to notify the course coordinator by course messages in D2L. Please do not ‘leave the meeting’ before class has ended.
  • Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class. You must log into the class using a webcam to be considered ‘present’.
  • Faculty must see your face for attendance.
  • Classroom etiquette rules apply while in the “ZOOM” classroom (on campus or remotely)
  • All students should have their audio muted during lecture to minimize background noise.
  • Cell phones should be on silent and no texting or web surfing during class.
  • Faculty will provide break times during class. You will not need to log off. You can step away from the computer but please be back and ready at the time given.

Grading Policy (subject to adjustments)

Grade Breakdown

Points Distribution



In Class Exams (5 and the lowest is not used in grade determination, 100 points each)



McGraw-Hill Smartbook Assignments (16 and the lowest 2 are not used in grade determination, 10 points each









Final Exam






Percentage of total







McGraw Hill Virtual Labs (24 and the lowest 4 are not used in grade determination, 10 points each)



Lab Practicals (4 and the lowest is not used in grade determination, 35 points each)






Percentage of total



Total Points


At the end of the course, the overall numerical grade will be converted to a letter grade using the standard NPC grading scale.


Course Policies

Attendance will be taken daily. The instructor's record, in D2L,  of attendance, will serve as the record of attendance.  Only enrolled students are allowed into the lectures and laboratories. On a limited and none recurring basis, children can be present as long as: 1) they DO NOT interfere with normal classroom activity, 2) are of good health, 3) it only on a limited basis. No children are allowed into the laboratory

Late work is not accepted. All in-class exams must be taken with the group in the designated areas, Lab practicals are only provided on the specific days as stated on the course schedule. There is no make-up for lab practicals.

Achieving success

No bonus points are available, however, both Attendance and McGraw-Hill Assignment provide an opportunity for the student to obtain very near, if not the full points values, in these areas. You can miss up to 2 classes and still receive 100% of the attendance grade. Regarding the McGraw-Hill assignments, these assignments can be taken as often as you need within the allotted dates. Many students receive 100% on these activities.  Self-Assessment provide that student with feedback on their comprehension of the material. DO THE SELF-ASSESSMENTS!!

The key to success in this class is persistent effort.  You should carefully consider your time obligations before committing to this course.  The general suggestion for all college courses of 2-3 hours work per week outside class for every hour credited applies to this course. (You should expect 8-12 hours of homework a week for a 4-credit course) plus the 5 hours you would normally be attending class for a total of 13-17 hours.

Come to class prepared! Review the PowerPoint slides BEFORE we discuss them in class. Complete the McGraw Hill assignments BEFORE we discuss the material in class.  That allows the class to reinforce important concepts.

Inclement Weather / LMS Downtime

When NPC is out of class due to weather, or in the case of an unplanned LMS downtime, any assignments that are due during that time will be reopened for one day after the college re-opens. LMS down time that is announced by the NPC Online office will need to be observed by the learner and assignment submission modified by the learner if it interferes with a final due date/time for any assignment.

Communication Policy

I am here to help you understand the material.  I will closely monitor all online communications.  My aim is to have a learning community where we can all share knowledge, ideas, and experiences – and thus learn from one another.  I may give you information periodically through the learning management system, announcements, or discussion.  For your own benefit, please learn how to use these resources and monitor them closely to keep informed. You will be held responsible for all the information I provide. Below is a guide for how you can get your questions answered quickly.


Use Course Messages for private discussion between the two of us.  We will use this instead of email.  This keeps all communication within the course and provides me with a notification when you have posted something and vice-versa.

Written Assignments

All written assignments should be completed using APA format or the format of your discipline.  This is a class of professionals so the assumption is you can spell and use proper grammar and punctuation.  Formatting, grammar, punctuation and spelling are a component of all assessments in this class. I will provide you with an example of how to site work within a paper.

I will typically respond within:

  • 24 hours, Monday-Friday, to messages or emails.
  • Please keep all course communications within D2L.
  • 48 hours, Monday-Friday, with grades and feedback for graded work that is submitted on time.  Papers generally take several weeks to grade.
  • Regarding late Friday or weekend messages, there is no guarantee that these messages will be responded before Monday.

NPC Policies

Board Policy 6.600 -- NPC Attendance Policy

Instructions to Students regarding attendance:

  1. Students are responsible to know and comply with syllabus attendance and coursework guidelines in each of their courses.
  2. Students are expected to meet all attendance requirements and engage in coursework as outlined in the course syllabus. Failure to maintain satisfactory course participation is the equivalent of excessive absenteeism and may result in the student being dropped. To maintain good-standing in online courses, students are expected to submit assigned coursework in a timely manner per instructor requirements.
  3. Students participating in athletics or a college-sponsored extracurricular activity are required to communicate scheduled absences ahead of time and to make arrangements with their instructors regarding missed coursework, including exams. The instructor determines how academic work associated with a college-sponsored absence(s) can be completed by the student.
  4. Failure to meet a course’s attendance policy does not mean a student will be automatically withdrawn from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from a course should do so either online through the student’s account or in person by visiting Student Affairs.
  5. Students who do not withdraw from a course by the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date will receive an earned grade.
  6. A faculty member may administratively withdraw a student from a course, including online courses, any time during the semester up to the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date if attendance does not meet syllabus guidelines.
  7. Students will not be administratively withdrawn by faculty after the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date except in life-changing circumstances or as a result of military orders.
  8. The withdrawal of a student from all courses may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received as calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with government grant guidelines.
  9. Only in extraordinary circumstances may a student earn a grade of IP (In Progress) to defer course completion. Please see the Incomplete Grades policy in the Student Handbook located at

The full attendance policy is available by clicking on this link to the Board Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

National Park College considers honesty and integrity as essential qualities of any learning institution. The faculty and staff strive to live up to these qualities in all aspects of their lives and encourage their students to do the same. Integrity and moral values will carry over in to their professional lives and careers. NPC’s goal is to successfully prepare all students for their futures and equip them to handle whatever challenges they may face; therefore, NPC considers academic dishonesty as unacceptable.

Any NPC students who display dishonesty in their behavior while attending classes at NPC will be subject to disciplinary action to help the student first and foremost, but to also protect the rights, dignity, and property of others while maintaining an environment that fosters success and learning.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations may range from receiving an “F” on the assignment in question up to permanent removal from the College.

  1. Technology manipulation
  2. Collusion
  3. Deception
  4. Misrepresentation and Lying
  5. Cheating
  6. Plagiarism
  7. Fabrication and Falsification
  8. Stealing, Defacing, and Destruction of Property

Please take time to read the entire policy, which can be found by clicking on this link to the Academic Honesty Policy.

LMS Policy

Brightspace by Desire to Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system (LMS) for the College. All students are expected to complete the LMS Student Training prior to the first day of class during their first semester here. Below you will find various policies relating to the LMS.

Privacy Policy:  Links to the privacy policies for all external tools used in the course are provided in the LMS. You can find the various privacy policies by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Accessibility Statement:  Links to the accessibility statements for all technologies required in the course are provided in LMS. You can find the various accessibility statements by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Netiquette Policy:  The netiquette policy for this course is located in your course in the LMS. You can find the Netiquette policies by clicking on the Netiquette Link by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Flexibility Clause:  The aforementioned requirements, assignments, policies, evaluation procedures, etc., are subject to change. Learners’ experiences and needs, as well as emerging knowledge, will be considered in modifying this course syllabus.

ADA Statement

National Park College (NPC) believes in providing equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. It is our goal to ensure equal and comprehensive access to College programs, services, and campus facilities. It is the policy of NPC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College. National Park College’s ADA statement may be accessed by clicking on this link to ADA statement.

The Disability Services office is located in Room 225 of the Student Commons Building. You are also welcome to call us at (501) 760-4227 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Students with disabilities should visit our website using this link to disability services for more information.

Student Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides tutoring and other resources to help students succeed. Visit our webpage at this link to the Academic Success Center.

Computer Services Department

The Computer Services Department provides computing resources for students including password resets. Visit our webpage at this link to the Computer Services Department.

NPC Library

The NPC Library provides a wide variety of services to students. Visit the NPC Library website.

LMS Support

Support for the LMS is available through NPC Online by email to [email protected], phone at 501-760-4292, or visit Charlotte Phelps Room 204.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides test support for students and faculty. To learn more about the testing center visit our webpage at Testing Center.

Class Schedule

The schedule for this course will be made available in the LMS.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as the semester progresses.

Course Evaluations

Students will be asked to evaluate their instructor and course near the end of the semester. These student evaluations are very important to the improvement in the quality of instruction and course materials. All results are anonymous and shared with the faculty only after the semester is over and grades have been posted.

Legal Disclaimer

The schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. The instructor will always inform the students of any changes in a timely manner.

In the event of a community crisis the college reserves the right to change the mode of instruction for any or all classes.