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Course Overview

You will learn, in quite some detail, the structural nature and significance of each of the major organ systems and how each system carries out its unique role in the living organism. You will come to a greater appreciation of some of the clinical concerns in keeping your body alive and functioning well. You will also understand the procreation process and the miracle of life as a human develops from a single microscopic cell called the zygote. The result of this developmental process is a multicellular organism that has the ability to perform such marvelous physiological, physical, and mental feats as eating, running, thinking, and reasoning—and even comprehending PDBIO 210.

You may be wondering how a laboratory experience for this science course will be fulfilled. We will do our best to present the material through video presentations, Terms to Know, and the Human Anatomy textbook in a manner that will help you learn it. With a front-row seat, you will have the opportunity of being instructed by a teaching assistant (TA) who will use models, charts, and human cadavers to help identify anatomical structure. As you study the body, you will discover its intricate design and come to a greater appreciation of it and what a marvelous creation it is. This course is designed so that your grade will reflect how much effort you put forth. (Note, however, that effort does not equal time. Be sure to make your study time effective.)  

There are three steps that will help you learn the material and prepare to take the exams:

Prerequisites

 There are no prerequisites for this course.

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BYU Course Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to list the name, location, and function of each of the body’s organs and organ systems.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic microscopic underpinnings of tissue structures and be able to name them.
  3. Students will demonstrate a greater understanding and appreciation for the human body, its overall design and connections to other living organisms, and what a marvelous creation it is.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Overall Goal
  2. Students will develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the human body. As the anatomical structures of the body are studied, the students will discover the body’s design and come to a greater appreciation of it and what a marvelous creation it is.

  3. Learning Outcomes
    1. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of human anatomy by proficient performance on exams that test the names, location, and function of each of the body’s organs and organ systems, thereby preparing them for success in future courses and for success in health-related professions.
    2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic microscopic underpinnings of tissue structures and be able to name them.
    3. Students will demonstrate a greater understanding and appreciation for the human body, its overall design and connections to other living organisms, and what a marvelous creation it is.
    4. Students will be able to list the name, location, and function of each of the body’s organs and organ systems.

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Course Materials

Textbook and Access Code

You have multiple format choices for the textbook. What you choose is completely up to you so long as you have access to McGraw-Hill Connect and the content of the 5th edition of Human Anatomy (2017) by McKinley, O'Loughlin, and Pennefather-O'Brien.

For McGraw-Hill Connect access:

  1. Go to McGraw-Hill Connect.
  2. Sign in (if you already have a McGraw-Hill account) or enter your email address.
  3. There are three options for access: 1) use the courtesy access period for two weeks, each time you log in you will be prompted to enter in an access code or purchase access with a credit card; 2) use a credit card to purchase access; or 3) enter in an access card code that you purchased form the bookstore. (Make sure to note the difference between zeros and O’s when entering in the code.)

Please watch How to Purchase and Register for Connect for more information.

BYU Anatomy Lab YouTube Videos

There are several videos that anatomy TAs have made that may help you as you study and prepare for the lab portion of this course. These videos walk through many of the terms using models, pictures and real specimens. You can search the material that you would like to review and then watch the video!

Link: BYU Anatomy Lab YouTube Videos

Study hint: For practice, try turning off the volume and naming the structures as the TA points them out in the video.

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Course Structure and Assignments

Terms to Know

Starting in lesson 5, you will see Terms to Know. The Terms to Know pages provide you with the lists of the anatomical terms and parts you are responsible for knowing. If it is not on the Terms to Know pages, you won't be asked about it on any quizzes or exams. Use these pages to focus your studying.

Quizzes and Activities in McGraw-Hill Connect

There are many practice quizzes and other activities in Connect. I strongly encourage you to do them all. While the assessments in Connect do not count as part of your grade, they are representative of the quizzes and exams that will count as part of your grade. Doing the Connect quizzes and activities will be time very well spent.

Lesson Quizzes in Your Course

There are a total of 20 lesson quizzes, one for each lesson in this course. These quizzes count towards your overall grade. The lowest score will be dropped, so only 19 of them will count towards your final grade. The quizzes are open note, but I recommend that you study and prepare for each quiz and treat it as an opportunity to practice for the exams. You will be able to take each quiz only once. (Note: You must take all of the quizzes even though the lowest score will be dropped). These quizzes will be taken in your course, not on Connect.

Lab Practice Quizzes in Your Course

There are 13 lab practice quizzes that will help you prepare for your lab exams. They are timed, and do not count as part of your grade. These quizzes draw from a question bank that contains questions similar to what you may see on your quizzes and lab exams. I strongly suggest you take each one enough times that you are comfortable with the anatomical structures for that lesson.

Learning Checkpoints

There are two learning checkpoints in which you will meet online face-to-face with your TA. Each virtual meeting allows you to ask questions of your TA, get help preparing for exams, and so on. Both learning checkpoints count as part of your grade.

If you would like help from your TA outside of the learning checkpoints, you may email your TA to set up a time to meet through the Adobe Connect Classroom. See Getting Help for details.

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Exams

There are two midcourse laboratory (lab) exams, one midcourse content exam, a final laboratory exam, and a final content exam. The content exams are composed of multiple-choice questions. The final content exam is comprehensive; however, the majority of the final exam will come from new material.

The lab exams consist of fill-in-the-blank questions showing anatomical parts to identify. This means that there will not be a list to choose from and you will have to recall the names from memory. You will need to identify these anatomical structures using the full name, correctly spelled. Spelling and wording will come directly from the Terms to Know pages of your course. Note: The final lab exam is comprehensive.

All of the exams have associated practice exams to help you get a feel for what the exams will be like. You can take the practice exams as many times as you would like, and they do not count as part of your grade.

Each exam is proctored, taken online (no printed exams), and you may take it only one time. No notes, textbooks, electronic devices (phones, calculators, etc.), or other materials are allowed for exams. Only your knowledge can be used! (Please be aware that if you cheat, you will fail this course. See the Academic Honesty Policy below.)

Please note: BYU standards expect English Language proficiency for all courses. Therefore, dictionaries of any kind will not be allowed for testing.

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Grading

Grade Breakdown

Assessment

Quantity and Value

Total Points

Lesson Quizzes

20 @ 10 points each (lowest score will be dropped)

190

Learning Checkpoints

2 @ 5 points each

10

Midcourse Lab Exams

2 @ 100 points each

200

Midcourse Content Exam

1 @ 110 points

110

Final Lab Exam

1 @ 120 points

120

Final Content Exam

1 @ 150 points

150

Total

 

780

Grade Scale

Your letter grade is based on these percentages: 

A 94–100
A− 89–93.9
B+ 86–88.9
B 82–85.9
B− 79–81.9
C+ 76–78.9
C 72–75.9
C− 69–71.9
D+ 66–68.9
D 62–65.9
D− 59–61.9
E (fail) 58.9 and lower

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Getting Help

If you have questions or concerns about any of your lessons or exams, please contact your teaching assistant at ta_pdbio210@byu.edu. They would love to help you!

For a virtual face-to-face meeting, you may email your TA to set up a time to meet through the Adobe Connect Classroom. At the predetermined time, you can go to the Adobe Connect Classroom where your TA will accept you as a guest. If you have further questions on getting set up with Adobe Connect, contact your TA.

If you have questions about registering for McGraw-Hill Connect, please go to the McGraw-Hill Connect website for help.

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Policies You Need to Know

Academic Honesty

Students enrolled in this course are expected to abide by BYU Academic Honesty policies, and will be held to these standards. Dr. Stark has a zero-tolerance policy for cheating. Students who cheat will receive a failing grade for the course.

Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.

Assignments

There are 20 computer-graded lesson quizzes (lowest score dropped) and 2 learning checkpoints. No resubmissions are allowed.

Exams

There are 3 proctored, instructor-graded lab exams and 2 proctored, computer-graded content exams. Exams are online only; no paper exams are available. Exams are closed book and notes, and no electronic devices (phones, calculators, etc.) are allowed. There is no time limit on the exams. Please note, Dr. Stark has a zero-tolerance policy for cheating. Students who cheat will receive a failing grade for the course.

Absolutely no retakes are allowed for the exams.

If you are under a tight deadline, you may petition to take both the content and laboratory final exams at the same time by calling Independent Study at 1-800-914-8931. However, each of the final exams is long and challenging. I strongly suggest you plan ahead and give yourself enough time to study sufficiently and take each one separately. 

You must take all exams, and pass both the final laboratory exam and the final content exam to pass the course.

Getting Help

If you have questions or concerns you may contact Independent Study for assistance.

Note: The due dates you see in your Independent Study course are suggestions only.

Academic Honesty

Students enrolled in this course are expected to abide by BYU Academic Honesty policies, and will be held to these standards.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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Academic Honesty

Students enrolled in this course are expected to abide by BYU Academic Honesty policies, and will be held to these standards. Dr. Stark has a zero-tolerance policy for cheating. Students who cheat will receive a failing grade for the course.

BYU Copyright Notice for Teach Act

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.
“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment…
Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy.

Copyright notice for specific, individual copies
All copies are intended for non-commercial, educational purposes in connection with this registered course and only for students enrolled in this course. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws.