Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

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Stacey Kasprzyk

Course Description: Anatomy and physiology is designed as a one-year course intended to present a thorough and detailed study of the relationship between the structure and form of the human body and the chemical and physical processes that allow it to function.  Body systems are taught from the perspective of the unifying themes of structure and function, the interrelationships of body systems, and homeostatic mechanisms.  Models, prepared slides, and physiological studies, including instrumentation, are part of the laboratory component of this course. Students will be expected to participate in all lab exercises, including dissections. It is strongly recommended that students have completed biology and chemistry (or two years of another science class with a final grade of A or B).



  1.  1½ (or larger) 3-ring binder
  2.  Anatomy & Physiology

Marieb, E. N., & Marieb (2005). Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 8th ed (8th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson/Benjamin Cummings.

  1.  Honors Anatomy & Physiology

Shier, D., Butler, J., & Lewis, R. (2007). Hole’s human anatomy & physiology - 11th edition (11th ed.). Dubuque: McGraw-Hill, NY, NY.


Major Course Concepts

  • Understanding and usage of anatomical, physiological and medical terminology
  • Cell physiology and microanatomy
  • Histological features of organs and other parts of the body
  • Skeletal anatomy and physiology, including joints
  • Muscular system anatomy and physiology
  • Nervous system anatomy and physiology
  • Cardiovascular system anatomy and physiology
  • Respiratory system anatomy and physiology
  • Digestive system anatomy and physiology
  • Urogenital system anatomy and physiology
  • Dissection of mammalian organs


General Education Learning Outcomes

Reasoning: Ask questions, define and solve problems. Construct explanations.

Information Literacy: Develop and use models. Engage in argument from evidence

Quantitative Analysis: Plan and carry out investigations. Analyze, interpret, and apply numerical, graphical and statistical data and concepts. Use mathematics and computational thinking

Communication: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information


Course Content Outcomes

  • Describe normal cellular anatomy and the histological organization of the body.
  • Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and urogenital systems.
  • Utilize medical terminology in demonstrating written and verbal knowledge of the human body.
  • Understand the importance of basic physiological mechanisms in maintaining homeostasis.
  • Relate theoretical aspects of anatomy and physiology with laboratory experiences and topics in the health sciences.

Classroom Policies and Procedures

  • Attendance is required.  All students are expected to arrive to class on time.  If a student arrives more than 10 minutes late, they will be marked absent.  The student is responsible for all material and assignments missed due to absence.
  • Student Conduct.  Each student is responsible for adhering to the Code of Conduct as stated in the Student Handbook.  It is expected that you conduct yourself in a manner reflective of your reasons for being in an upper level class.  Students who disrupt class or disrespect the teacher or other students in the room or interfere with the learning of others will be warned once, and then will be asked to leave the class and issued a discipline referral.  If the student refuses to leave, security will be called to remove the student.

FOR EXAMPLE: No talking among yourselves during lecture.  Keep cell phones on silent and out of sight.  Respect others.  No swearing or vulgar language.  Clean up after lab.  No inappropriate behavior so as to endanger others.


Grading Policies and Procedure

Methods of Learning

  • Lecture/Discussion/Presentation
  • Group projects
  • Laboratory Exercises and Activities
  • On-Line materials


Methods of Evaluation

  • Lecture Exams                                                                         
  • Lab Practicals                                                                           
  • Quizzes
  • Labs, Homework, On-line activities
  • Final Exam      


Grades: Final grades will be calculated according to the following breakdown:

  • 65% of your grade will be based on lecture exams and lab practicals
  • 20% of your grade will be based on quizzes, projects, laboratory exercises and on-line activities
  • 15% of your grade will be based on homework

A = 100-92%

B = 91%-82%

C = 81%-72%


F = 64% and below


Make-up Procedure: All students are expected to take exams, quizzes, and practicals at the scheduled time. There will be a period of 48 hours from when an exam was administered for a student to take the make-up exam without penalty.  After that, there will be a 10% penalty per day assessed to the student score.  Make-ups must be completed before or after school with me or in the testing center.  Make-up work for extended absences will be determined on a case by case basis.


Retakes: Only lecture exams and practicals can be retaken. 

All retakes will be administered before or after school or in the testing center. 
Retakes must be completed within 1 week of the original test/practical date.
To be eligible for a retake, the following criteria must be satisfied:
  • 100% of assigned homework for the unit has been successfully completed
  • All notes and handouts for the unit are in your binder
  • Original test has been signed by a parent/guardian.

Final Thoughts

Success is a choice. In order to be successful in anatomy & physiology, here’s some tips:

  • Keep up with your assignments.
  • Use an Agenda Book.
  • Keep your binder organized.
  • Participate in class.
  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Accept responsibility and be accountable.
  • Ask questions.
  • Have fun!