BI344 Animal Physiology

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BI 344 Animal Physiology


SP 2008 HO


Hoffman, Brian L.


Professor of Biology


BA - Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics - Park College - 1986
PhD - Molecular and Cellular Biology - Saint Louis University - 1996

Office Location

SC 103

Office Hours

MWF 10-11:30

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours


Principles of Animal Physiology - Moyes and Schulte - Pearson/Benjamin Cummings - ISBN 978-0-321-50155-4

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Course Description:
A study of living processes as they occur in cells, tissues, and systems in vertebrates and invertebrates. Laboratory work is correlated with classroom discussions. Prerequisites: BI226 and CH108 or permission of the instructor. 3:3:4

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarize normal physiological processes of the organ systems of animals.
  2. Explain physiological processes in quantitative, chemical, and physical terms.
  3. Demonstrate techniques and use physiological equipment to develop a research project.
  4. Integrate the patterns of changes in physiology due to evolution and adaptation.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The teaching techniques utilized in this course include: traditional lectures by the instructor, small group discussions, and laboratory application of material learned in lecture. Student preparedness for lecture will be measured through the periodic administration of "pop" quizzes. The student's overall command of physiology will be measured with three regular examinations over lecture material. The examinations will be composed of short answer, matching and short essay problems.

 The following weights will be applied to course assignments:

Examinations and Quizzes – 50%

Course Project – 25%

Laboratory Notebook - 10%
Laboratory Reports - 15%

The grading scale for this class is:

100-90 = A (4.0 honor points)
89+-80 = B (3.0 honor points)
79+-70 = C (2.0 honor points)
69+-60 = D (1.0 honor point)
Below 60 = F (no honor points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unless otherwise stipulated, homework is due at the start of the assigned class period. Homework turned in after roll is taken is late. Late homework will be reduced in credit by 25% for each day or part of day that the work is late. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events must turn in all homework PRIOR to their absence. Exceptions: students who miss class due to an extended illness requiring hospitalization will be allowed to make up missed homework assignments. Other cases may be considered at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
A. Cellular Phones, Beepers, Other Communications Devices

While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruption of class due to communications devices has become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during class (lecture and laboratory).

B. Student Alcohol or Drug Use

Because the classroom is a professional environment students who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be removed from class. This also meets our legal obligation to provide a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. Such instances will be reported to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Students will not be admitted back into class unless such arrangements are made through the V.P. for Academic Affairs.

C. Student Work, Appointments...Etc.

The student who has signed up for the course has made an obligation to participate in those activities scheduled during regular class times. The student must not make other obligations during this time, or that student alone will be responsible for the consequences. The consequences may include reduced or no credit for that portion of the class and inability to make-up the missed work.

D. Withdrawals

The enrollment status of the student in this course is solely the responsibility of the student. If you wish to change your status in this course, be sure that you file the appropriate paperwork with the registrar before the appropriate deadlines. If you wish to drop, do not just stop coming to class!!! Two weeks of consecutive absences will result in your removal from the class. If you do not file withdrawal papers with the Registrar, you will receive an F in this course.

E. Extra Credit

It is your responsibility to get work done on time in an acceptable form. For this reason, no extra credit will be extended during the course of the semester.

F. Technology Issues

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Papers will be submitted to the drop box in the eCompanion website for this course.

G. Make-Up Examinations

The student will be given the opportunity to make-up one examination during the course of the semester, provided that an adequate excuse is provided to the instructor within 24 hours of the missed examination. The instructor will be the final judge of what constitutes an adequate excuse. The makeup examination will be administered on Friday, May 7 at 8:00 AM and will be a cumulative final.

If you miss two exams, one will be scored as a zero and included in your examination average. Missing three examinations will result in a grade of "F" for the course. Four lecture examinations are scheduled for this semester. Your examination average will be calculated from all four test scores. If you feel that one test score is not representative of your effort, you may opt to take the make-up examination.  Failure to sit for the final examination will result in a grade of "F" for the course.

athletes involved in sports contests or students participating in other school-sponsored events will be allowed to take the examination prior to the scheduled date. The instructor must be given prior notice of such an event.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Week
January 14
Introduction to Physiology (CH 1); Cell Signalling (CH 3)
January 21
Cell Signalling (CH 3); Neuron Structure and Function (CH 4)
January 28
Neuron Structure and Function (CH 4)
February 4
Cellular Movement and Muscles (CH 5)
February 11
Sensory Systems (CH 6)
February 18
Functional Organization of the Nervous System (CH 7)
February 25
Functional Organization of the Nervous System (CH 7) and Circulatory Systems (CH 8)
March 3
Circulatory Systems (CH 8)
March 10
March 17
Respiratory Systems (CH 9)
March 24
Ion and Water Balance (CH 10)
March 31
Ion and Water Balance (CH 10) and Digestion (CH 11)
April 7
Digestion (CH 11)
April 14
Locomotion (CH 12)
April 21
Thermal Physiology (CH 13)
April 28
Reproduction (CH 14)
May 5


February 20 – Weeks of January 14 - February 11
April 2 – Weeks of February 18 – March 24
May 7 – Weeks of March 31 – April 28

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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