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Grades 10-12: Level H

(Semester) 1.50 credits




1. Successful completion of Biology with B or better.

This course is intended as a science elective after completion of Freshman Science and Biology. This course includes the structure and function of the human body including the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, and reproductive. The intimate relationship between anatomy and physiology is stressed throughout the course. Diseases and malfunctions are included to enhance and reinforce an understanding of human structure and function.

Teaching methods include student experimentation, use of laboratory equipment, computers, dissection of preserved specimens including a mammalian species such as the cat or rabbit. Art is used extensively by students. Each piece of art is designed to help students understand and remember structure and function, and make the body come alive.

Students will be expected to participate in all dissections. Students will be required to complete research articles, critiques, and projects as well as to present research material to the class through Power Point Presentations. Students will be presenting projects on Metabolism, Neurophysiology, Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Respiratory Adaptations to Altitude, Body Composition, and various exercise physiology topics. Each student will keep a portfolio on all the body systems. The portfolio will include diagrams, notes, ppt projects, presentations, lab write ups, research articles, article critiques, and any other projects done in class. Each student will be required to complete a research paper on a body system (topic approved by the teacher) using the standard MLA format for writing.

This course is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, forensic science, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, exercise physiology, fitness management, athletic training, or other medial or health related fields.


 Course Expectations


This is a hands on Anatomy and Physiology Class, students will be expected to involve themselves in all dissections.  The course will focus on the dissection of a cat.  Students will be placed in groups of 4 or 5 during the year and be given a cat to dissect.  We will also dissect sheeps hearts, eye balls and kidneys.  It is imperative that the students understand that you must participate in the dissections to complete the course.


Course Work / Assessment


Students will be asked to do a variety of academic activities in the course, which will lead to a wide range of academic assessments.  Some of these areas include:


  • Lecture notes
  • Presentations
  • Homework
  • Tests / Quizzes
  • Journal and Article Critiques
  • Labs
  • Lab Practicums and Lab Write Ups
  • Oral Presentations
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Study and Review Questions

Grading Break Down


  • Tests / Quizzes =                                  35%
  • Projects / Labs =                                   35%
  • Article Critiques / Research Assignments   20%
  • H.W. / Classwork =                                10%


Projects will include:      Oral Presentations, Power Point or Prezi

                                  Presentations, Poster Diagrams

Labs will include:           All dissections, lab reports, writeups, lab practicum,

Homework / Class work: Covers all study questions, work sheets, case  

                                  studies, coloring pages, etc.

Article Critiques:            Explained below


Article or Journal Critiques


The students will be required to read and present research articles to the class.  They will be responsible for finding the articles on line or in any medical journal.  This is to prepare the students to help them become familiar with reading college level research.  The Critiques will be due every Friday you have class, therefore they should be due every 2 weeks.  The students will then get up in front of the class and present their findings to the class.  Each Critique is worth 20 Points and no late critiques will be accepted.



Late Work Policy



This is an honors level class students are expected to turn all work in on time.  Therefore nothing will be accepted late.  All projects, critiques, homework, class work, etc is expected to be turned in on time.  Students will be given 2 FREE HOMEWORK PASSES PER QUARTER.       Therefore if you miss an assignment you can hand the assignment in late indicating that this is one of your free assignments.  You must still complete the assignment to get credit for it.  In addition please understand that this only covers homework and class work.  It DOES NOT relate to projects, labs, lab questions, or article critiques. 




Any student that misses a test will have 1 week to make arrangements to make up the test.  It is expected that the test be made up ASAP, or the next available time.  After that week the test will not be allowed to be made up.


It is the students responsibility to find out what work was missed and to set up a time to make up any tests or quizzes with the instructor.  It is NOT the instructor’s job to chase students down for work they missed because they were absent.































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