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Course Number and Title: BIOL-124 Anatomy & Physiology I

Section, (CRN) #: 07X, 08X

Instructor: Robert A. Del Vecchio Email:

Office hrs: By appt. only, email me.

Lecture: Wed, Fri 7:00 – 8:20 AM

Bldg-Rm: West 114
Lab (07X): Wed. 9:00 – 11:50 AM
Lab (08X): Fri. 9:00 – 11:50 AM
Bldg/Rm: Christine Todd Whitman – Sc 118
Course Duration: Jan. 22 – May 10, 2018

Text: Anatomy & Physiology: by Marieb and Hoehn 6th Edition

Required access to: (Mastering A&P):
Course Code: MAPDELVECCHIO19809
Lab Manual: Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual, 12th Edition (fetal pig version)
ISBN 10: 0-13-392559-5

Dept. Chair: Dr. Sarah Imbriglio,

Sponsoring Dept.: Science and Engineering

Semester Credit hours: 4

Contact Hours: Lecture (3), Laboratory (3)

Prerequisites: Two years of college preparatory laboratory science or equivalent

Laboratory Fees: Yes

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II. Catalog Description:

This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body. The course
content highlights the chemical, cellular, and tissue levels of organization, and the anatomy and
physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. In the laboratory,
students will examine anatomical models and preserved specimens, and conduct physiological
as well as computer-simulated experiments. Students that successfully complete this course
will be able to identify relevant anatomical structures and integrate this knowledge with a
physiological understanding of the systems covered in this course. Completion of Human
Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 125) may be required for transfer of credits. The Honors
Option is available for this course.

IV. Place of Course in College Curriculum

A. Free elective.
B. This course serves as a General Education course in Science with Lab.
C. This course meets a program requirement for Pre-pharmacy, Exercise Science, Dental
Assisting, Dental Hygiene, and Respiratory Care.
D. To see course transferability: a) for New Jersey schools, go to the NJ Transfer website,; b) for all other colleges and universities, go to the individual websites.

V. Outline of Course Content

A. Introduction
1. Anatomical Terminology
2. Body Cavities
3. Organ Systems overview
B. Chemistry
1. Define matter
2. Combinations of matter as molecules
3. Molecules make up biological structures
3. Important biological molecules
C. Cells
D. Tissues
E. The Integumentary System
F. The Skeletal System Gross Anatomy
1. Bone tissue structure and physiology
2. Anatomy of the Skeleton
G. Joints
H. The Muscular System
1. Muscle tissue structure and physiology
2. Anatomy of Muscular System with Muscle Function
I. The Nervous System
1. Nervous tissue Structure and Physiology

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2. Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous System

3. The Peripheral Nervous System
a. Anatomy of Spinal and Cranial Nerves
b. Spinal Reflexes
4. The Autonomic Nervous System Anatomy and Physiology

VI. Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:
1. Identify important anatomical structures of cells and tissues, and of the Integumentary, Skeletal,
Muscular, and Nervous systems.
2. Demonstrate understanding of physiologic mechanisms involved in cell, tissue, and organ
3. Use traditional laboratory and technological tools to examine anatomical features, study
physiological processes, and acquire, analyze, and interpret physiological data.

To be successful in these outcomes students should expect to commit 7 – 8 hours of study time in
addition to regular in-class learning.

VII. Grading Percentage

Earned percentage Course exercise Numerical and Letter grade

15% Lecture Exam-1 90-100 A
15% Lecture Exam-2 85-89 B+
15% Lecture Exam-3 80-84 B
15% Final Exam 75-79 C+
10% Lab Exam-1 70-74 C
10% Lab Exam-2 60-69 D
15% Quizzes Below 60 F
5% Homework* and Attendance
* Homework is assigned through the LMS ‘Mastering A&P’. See ‘Required Access To’ on page 1 for
details of this LMS. Also refer to section IX of the syllabus for additional details.

VIII. Quizzes/Exams:
Exams: You should be prepared to legibly answer questions based on lectures and laboratory
assignments. You will not be permitted to leave the testing room or have ANYTHING on your
desk during exams. Late arrivals will not be granted extra time. If a student is over 25 minutes
late to an exam, they will not be permitted to take it and will receive a zero. DO NOT MISS THE
SCHEDULED EXAMS! Make-up exams will be provided only for EXTREME EMERGENCIES and
require PRIOR approval. The final exam for Spring 2018 semester is:

Date: TBD

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Quizzes: Announced and unannounced quizzes will be given promptly at the beginning of lab,
usually on a weekly basis. Quizzes will cover material from prior topics, as well as upcoming
material for the present day’s lecture or lab. The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped. Late
arrivals will not be granted extra time. If a student arrives after the quiz is over, they will receive

Reasonable Accommodation: Students with disabilities who require accommodations

(academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course MUST provide
documentation of accommodations from the RVCC office of Disability Services, C143. No
accommodations will be made without this documentation

IX. Homework/Assignments:
Homework assignments are prepared in Mastering-A&P. On-time completion of assignments is
the responsibility of the student. Additional laboratory based assignments will be provided by
your professor.

X. Attendance
Attendance at all class sessions (lecture and lab) is mandatory. Students are expected to attend
all classes for every course in which they are enrolled. A record of attendance will be kept. To
accommodate students’ reasonable, personal situations that might prevent them from attending
classes, each student is entitled to excused absences amounting to the equivalent of one week’s
class time in a semester. Absences in excess of this standard are handled individually by each
faculty member. A student with absences amounting to one-fifth or more of the term’s lecture
or laboratory classes may be recommended to withdraw from the course.

XI. Withdrawal Statement

WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSES: Students may withdraw from courses following procedures
specified by the Office of Enrollment Services and in compliance with published
deadlines. Students who cease attending classes and do not request an official withdrawal will
receive a failing grade (F) for the course.

FULL TERM (Fourteen weeks) 1/22/18-5/05/18

Last day to withdraw: to receive:
January 26..…..…....……………….……………..100% refund
February 2..…………….…………… without course on record
February 2..…....…..……………….……………... 50% refund
After February 2.....…….…………….………….…..No refund
April 6....……..…….……...…….………….……..a “W” grade
April 6…...Change to an Audit Grade with Instructor Approval
After April 6……………...…………….……..No Withdrawals

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TWELVE WEEK SESSION (Twelve weeks) 2/05/18-5/05/18

Last day to withdraw: to receive:
February 9…….….……………….……………..100% refund
February 15…………….…………… without course on record
February 15.......…..……………….……………... 50% refund
After February 15...…….…………….………….…..No refund
April 13……..…....……...…….…………………..a “W” grade
April 13… Change to an Audit Grade with Instructor Approval
After April 13………....………………..……..No Withdrawals

XII. Lion’s Den and Email: You must be proficient in navigating the Lion’s Den and using your
school email account. All course files will be housed in the Lion’s Den. Check it regularly for any
announcements regarding changes/updates to the course. I will only communicate with you
through your RVCC email account. Emails from external email accounts will be ignored.

XIII. Grades: Exam and quiz Grades will be given out in person only. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES
will a student be given a grade via email or by telephone. Individual student averages will not
be determined regularly. It is up to each student to keep track of his/her grades throughout the
semester, and to calculate their average using the breakdown listed above.

XIV. Extra Credit: Extra credit assignments will be announced on the Lion’s Den. Extra credit will
not exceed 5 points on the final grade. Incomplete extra credit assignments or assignments
turned in past the due date will not receive full credit. Guidelines for extra credit reports will be
posted to Lion’s Den.

XV. Academic Integrity: This course relies on the principle that all who participate will do so
with the honesty befitting adult, professional studies. Without integrity of all students, the
integrity of the course, this school, and your own credentials all suffer. This means that all
students are expected to submit only their own work, whether for assignments, papers, online
tests or quizzes, in-class tests or quizzes, or any other component of this course. Thus, students
may not receive inappropriate help nor give inappropriate help to other students.

XVI. Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "purloining and publication" of another
author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's
own original work. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic
ethics. It is subject to sanctions like expulsion. Plagiarism is not a crime per se but in academia
and industry it is a serious moral offence, and cases of plagiarism can constitute copyright
infringement (source: Wikipedia).
honest.html Start good habits early: DO NOT PLAGERIZE.

XVII. Transcripts: RVCC Transcript requests need to be submitted by the student using the
following procedure:

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1. Access the National Student Clearinghouse website,

2. Click on the Order button
3. Let Transcript Ordering walk you through placing your order.

There is a $7.25 processing fee that will be required for each request.

XVIII. WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSES: Students may withdraw from courses following
procedures specified by the Office of Enrollment Services and in compliance with published
deadlines. Students who cease attending classes and do not request an official withdrawal will
receive a failing grade (F) for the course.

XIX. Delayed Opening Policy

If the College announces a delayed opening at any location due to inclement weather or other
emergency situation, all offices will be closed and all College classes and/or other activities will
be suspended at that location until the delayed opening time.

Classes scheduled to begin before the delayed opening time that have 60 minutes or more of
instruction time remaining at the delayed opening time will begin at the delayed opening time
and conclude at the regularly scheduled ending time. Classes scheduled to begin before the
delayed opening time that have fewer than 60 minutes of instruction time remaining at the
delayed opening time will be cancelled.

Classes scheduled to begin at or after the delayed opening time will meet as scheduled

XX. Code of Conduct Statement

As stated in the Student handbook, the College has a Code of Student Conduct. It states: “Faculty
members have the authority to take actions which may be necessary to maintain order and
proper conduct in the classroom. Students whose behavior disrupts the class will be subject to
removal and may be charged with a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Code of Conduct
charges will be investigated by the Dean of Student Services. If the student behavior presents a
concern for immediate safety of the student or members of the community, the student may be
suspended until a hearing is held. Any student who is removed from a class against his/her will
is entitled to a hearing.”