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Biology 4345.01
Fall 2016
Syllabus and Course Information

Class meets: Monday 1:00 3:50pm

Room: 2512 Bayou Bldg.

Instructor: Dr. Rick Puzdrowski

Office: Bayou Building B-3531, #7
Office Phone: 281-283-3750
I am most easily contacted through my email address.

Office Hrs: Monday 4-6:00pm and Wednesday 4-6:00pm, or By

I reserve the right to alter these office hours any time during the semester

Course Website: On Blackboard (login and search for class)

Prerequisites: General Biology and General Chemistry

Learning Objectives:
To be able to describe in detail the components of the physiologic systems of the human
body, and how these physiologic systems carry out their functions under normal conditions.
To acquire an active understanding of the principles of human physiology by being able to
describe the working of feedback loops, how these loops maintain homeostasis.
To be able to apply the concept of feedback to the physiology of the human body by
describing specific examples of physiologic feedback loops active in the human body.
To appreciate and describe the role of the nervous system and endocrine system in
controlling and coordinating normal physiologic functions.
To provide students with a solid foundation in human physiological principles, which will
prepare them for advanced courses in human physiology, animal physiology,
pathophysiology, and neuroscience.

Methodology: The material covered will be presented in a lecture format. Reading

assignments from the course textbook are required.

Required Text: HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, An Integrated Approach, 7th edition by

Dee Silverton is available in the UHCL bookstore.

Lecture Attendance: Lecture attendance is strongly advised. The exam questions will
focus mainly on the material covered in lecture. HOWEVER, YOU WILL BE
Exams: There will be three exams. The exams will consist of multiple choice, True/False,
and matching. Each exam will be worth 100 points. The test format may be changed as the
course instructor sees fit. While exam questions will focus on material covered in lecture,
questions may also be based on information from assigned readings.

Make-up exams will not be given unless a signed doctor's excuse verifying illness or
other verifiable documentation (obituary, etc.) can be provided. Exams must be made
up within the week of the scheduled exam time.

After an exam, a copy of the exam questions will be made available. Challenges to exam
questions may be submitted during the week following the return of your exam, NO
submitted to the Instructor in writing or by email. Challenges to exam questions should
include a detailed explanation of the basis of the challenge. (HINT: Challenges based on
the claim, You didnt tell us we need to know this or this question is not fair, will not
be considered.)

Grades: Final grades will be based on the total points accumulated from three exam
scores. The highest possible point total for the course is 300. Your final grade will be
determined as a percentage of the possible 300 points (for example 250/300= 83.3%).
Letter grades will be assigned according to the scale, 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-
69=D, and less than 60 =F.

Succeeding in this Class: I want everyone to get an A in the course, so here is my

advice: read the assigned readings before lecture, attend lecture and take notes, review
material between lectures. If you dont understand something ask questions. Study
every week, not just the night before the exams. Form a study group and take turns
explaining the material to each other and quizzing each other over the material. Dont fall
behind, if you wait until the last week or night before an exam to start studying you will
not do well on the exam.

If you feel that you are having trouble with the material, see the instructor immediately, so
that help can be provided. Please, dont wait until the last exam to seek help!! The Student
Success Center is an outstanding asset that is available to you if you need a little help or a
lot of help. Tutors and Supplemental Instructors can be a huge help.

Honor Code: Students will be expected to adhere to the UHCL Academic Honesty
Policy. This code is detailed in the 2015-2016 UHCL catalog and online at
Policy.pdf. A student found in violation of this code will be held accountable for their

Students with Disabilities: If you are certified as disabled and entitled to

accommodation under the ADA Act, Section 503, please tell me immediately so that
arrangements can be made. If you are not currently certified and think you may qualify,
please contact the Health and Disability Services Office.
Drop Deadlines: If you drop the course between the first day of class and Sept. 7th
your name will be removed from the roster and you will not receive a grade. The last day
to drop the course and receive a WX on your transcript is Nov. 7th. It is your
responsibility to initiate the drop proceedings. If you simply stop attending the course
I will be required to assign you a grade of F.

Request for an Incomplete (grade of I): If you are unable to complete the course
due to illness, injury, or some other emergency situation that prevents you from attending
class you may request an incomplete (grade of I). The UHCL policy regarding
incompletes states that a student must be making satisfactory progress in order to
receive an incomplete. I interpret this to mean that you must be earning a grade of at
least a C to receive an incomplete (I) for the course. If you are earning less than a
grade of C you cannot receive an incomplete.

6 Drop Rule Limitation: Students who entered college for the first time in Fall 2007
or later should be aware of the course drop limitation imposed by the Texas
Legislature. Dropping this or any other course between the first day of class and the census
date (Sept. 7, 2016) for the semester/session does not affect your 6 drop rule
count. Dropping a course between the census date and the last day to drop a class for the
semester/session (Nov. 7, 2016) will count as one of your 6 permitted drops. You should
take this into consideration before dropping this or any other course. Visit: for more information on the 6 drop
rule and the census date information for the semester/session.
Lecture Schedule for Human Physiology
Fall 2016
Date Topics Readings

Aug 22 Course Introduction, Homeostasis, Chapters:

Introduction to the Endocrine and 6 (182-189),
Nervous Systems 7 (196-207),
8 (227-266)
Aug. 29 Nervous System (contd) Chapters 8 (contd),
9 (275-289)
Sept. 5 Labor Day (No Class)

Sept 12 Nervous System (contd), Motor Chapters 9 (contd),

Systems 11
Sept 19 Exam 1 (covering Introduction to the
Endocrine System, Nervous System and
Motor Systems)
Sept. 26 Muscles Chapter 12 (378-400)

Oct. 3 Cardiovascular System Chapters 16, 14, 15

Oct. 10 Cardiovascular System (contd) ||
Oct. 17 Cardiovascular System (contd) ||
Oct. 24 Exam 2 (covering Muscles and
Cardiovascular System)
Oct. 31 Respiratory System Chapter 17, 18
Nov. 7 Respiratory (contd) & Renal System Chapters 19 (590-
612), 20
Nov. 14 Renal System (contd) ||
Nov. 21 Renal & Gastrointestinal System (GI) Chapter 21 (655-686)
Nov. 28 GI & Metabolism Chapter 22 (694-714)
Dec 5 Exam 3 (covering Respiratory, Renal,
GI, and Metabolism)
*NOTE: This lecture schedule is intended as a general guide and may be altered as
necessary by the instructor.