BI210 The Human Body

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BI 210 The Human Body


S1T 2013 DL


Sanders, Carol


Associate Professor Biology


B.S Univ. of Central Arkansas
Ph.D. Univ. of Mississippi

Office Hours

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Fridays

Daytime Phone

816-569-0191*, 816-590-9408


Semester Dates

Jan 14-March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



  Required Textbook

Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 3rd Ed.
Donald C. Rizzo
Delmar Publishing
ISBN -143543871X

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
The following is just a sampling of the material that is on the web to help you learn the bones and muscle.  Feel free to share ones that you find with your classmates.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
BI210 The Human Body: Structure and function of the principal systems of the human body. Topics include: muscular, nervous, skeletal, circulatory, digestive,endocrine, and urinogenital systems. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and identify human anatomical terminology
  2. Recognize the body's basic chemical and cellular makeup
  3. Compare and contrast the basic body tissues and membranes
  4. Explain the structure, function, common disorders, and processes of the body systems

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Correctly summarize and cite information gathered from outside sources for use in addressing homework questions and writing reports.
Core Assessment:
Comprehensive Departmental Exam

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Class Assessment will be in the form of mastery quizzes, homework, discussions, identification project and a final examination. Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item are included within assignments. Students are responsible for the following assessments:
  • Completing a minimum of 4 Discussion responses each week (2 topics)
  • Completing weekly Reading assignments and class activities
  • Completing weekly Homework assignments
  • Completing weekly vocabulary and concept questions (Mastery Quizzes)
  • Identification Project as assigned
  • Completing a proctored comprehensive departmental Final Examination during Week 8 (4-9 March)You should realize that because of the nature of this course, it may require some extra time and effort to accomplish the desired results.  Microsoft Word is the required word processing document.

    Proctored Final Examination: A final departmental comprehensive proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during Week 8 (4-9 March) at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. Because this exam is comprehensive, you should try to schedule the final for the latter part of Week 8 so that the material for that week may be covered. The Final Exam is closed book/closed note and will take two hours to complete. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Proctor Website.

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor no later than Week 6 of the term. Non-Park proctors must be accepted by your instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Proctor Website. A Proctor Request Form will be made available to you during the second week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.



Grades will be determined using the following:
Final Exam (Core Assessment) 185 pts
Discussion Threads 160 pts
Mastery Quizzes 120 pts
Homework 135 pts
TOTAL 600 pts
Grades will be awarded in this course based upon the following scale:
A = 90% and above
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will NOT be accepted unless under extreme circumstances (at the instructors discretion).  Late assignments that are graded will be assessed a penalty commensurate with the degree of lateness.  If you know you are going to miss a deadline, please contact the instructor PRIOR to the deadline so that we can try to make alternative arrangements.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


FORMAT: A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday.  The class begins the first day of the term (14 January 2013) and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term (10 March 2013).  Material for each week will be released on the Friday prior to the start of the week.  You can access each week's materials by clicking on the various links (e.g., Lectures, Discussion, Homework, Quiz).  Unless otherwise indicated, assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday at midnight Central Time of the week assigned.  It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments.  Assignments posted after the deadline will not receive credit (see policy regarding late work above).  

TIME COMMITTMENT: Please remember this is an accelerated format class, so each week represents TWO weeks in a regular on-campus class. In many ways, online classes have an advantage over face-to-face classes in that you can choose your own time to complete the assignment. Students are expected to devote a minimum of SIX hours per class week logged on to the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving email and conducting research over the web will require additional hours

: You are expected to research weekly topics and include what you find in your Discussion postings, and Homework. You must reference any and ALL of your sources; including your text book! Copying and pasting of information you find on the Internet (or other resource) without the use of quotation marks and proper citations is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Please be sure to download the Reference Format file in the Doc Sharing area that addresses how you should cite your references; your grade on your Discussion postings and Homework will reflect your ability to do this correctly. Proper use of information you find in books, newspapers, journals or on the Internet include:
  • Paraphrased material: The preferred use of someone else's information is for you to paraphrase the information into your own words; that demonstrates to me that you understand what you have written. For ALL work in this class, you are expected to use outside sources to formulate your answers, so you will always need to provide citations for sources used!
  • Direct quotations: If you use the author's exact words, enclose them in quotation marks and include a complete citation at the end of your answer.
  • In most cases, use your own words to paraphrase or summarize the idea you want to discuss, emphasizing the points relevant to your argument. NOTE: 15% or LESS of your responses may be directly quoted material. You must use your own words whenever possible!

What information does NOT have to be documented with a citation?

  • Common Knowledge: This is hard to evaluate, so if you are unsure, then provide a citation! In general, common knowledge is information the majority of people would know (e.g., the capitol of Massachusetts is Boston). MOST of the information you will be using in this class is NOT common knowledge!
  • Definitions, fill-in the blank answers and multiple choice question answers do not need citations.

The above policy is true for your Discussion postings, and Homework assignments. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it, take some time to review this Plagiarism Tutorial. Additional resources are available in the course Webliography. I will be running all of your Discussion responses and assignment answers through the Plagiarism Checker. I suggest that you do the same BEFORE turning in any of your work!

Penalties for plagiarism:
  1. First offense: You will receive a written Plagiarism Warning from your instructor and a zero for that particular portion of the assignment.
  2. Second offense: You will receive a zero for the entire assignment and a written Plagiarism Warning
  3. Third offense: You will submit a written Plagiarism Warning and I will submit an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report to an Online Academic Director.
DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES: Students will participate in weekly discussions through multiple responses. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course and contribute to your grade. By using a word processing tool you have ready access to some type of spell check capability, please use it. Basic old-fashioned courtesy is expected from each of you at all times. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) will not be allowed. There are two Discussion Threads in each week, so be sure to participate in them both. An initial post in each one should be made by Wednesday with at least one follow-up response to another student (in BOTH topics) by Sunday. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning tool. Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Wednesday.

Be sure to read the Discussion grade rubric so that you understand what is expected of your posts. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning activity.
  • Initial responses must address the questions fully.  You are expected to use outside sources (e.g., textbook, lectures) to formulate your response and provide citations for sources used (see Reference Formats in the Doc Sharing area). 
  • Follow-up responses must be substantive and provide additional information or insight. You are expected to use outside sources to formulate these responses as well.
  • You must answer any question I pose to you and this response does not count towards your required follow-up posts.
  • Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Wednesday.

Our Discussions are a little different than what you may be familiar with. You will need to research questions whose answers are not really "debatable". So follow-up responses should either elaborate on what someone has said (e.g., find additional information) or bring in new but related information. Tips for success in the Discussions:

  • Read ALL postings by both your instructor and your fellow students; you will learn a lot from these!
  • Answer any questions posed to you by your instructor (these do not count as follow-up responses).
  • Run your responses through the Plagiarism Checker BEFORE posting them!
  • Complete your textbook readings and lecture before posting any responses.
  • Conduct additional research if necessary and cite all of your sources (including your textbook).
  • Use the "What's New" feature at the bottom of the course homepage to determine when new postings have been made.
SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS: All assignments must be submitted via the appropriate Dropbox. Use the drop down menu to select the appropriate dropbox (e.g., Week 1 Homework). Please submit assignments as a SINGLE file attachment (no multiple files will be accepted) to the drop box as either a Word, WordPerfect or Rich Text Format document. No other file formats will be accepted for credit. Please do not type your answers directly into the Dropbox comment area.

Time permitting; I may "pre-grade" your work if submitted by Friday of each week. So if you are able to submit your Homework early, check back and see if I have left you any comments in the dropbox. Do NOT count on this happening though! Late work (e.g., submitted after the Sunday deadline) will not be accepted unless under extreme circumstances. You must contact the instructor PRIOR to the deadline in order to make arrangements for late submission (if approved). I do not accept assignments emailed to me.

MASTERY QUIZZES:  Each week you will need to complete a Mastery quiz that covers your readings. You can take this quiz as many times as necessary, but in order to receive credit (15 pts) for the quiz, you must attain an 80% or better. You will have until midnight Sunday (CST) to satisfy this requirement if necessary. The quizzes are graded automatically, BUT please note there are a number of fill-in the blank and short answer questions that your instructor will need to check; often your answer may be correct but the computer does not recognize it (e.g., misspelling, slightly different phrasing). Therefore, this is the procedure recommended for completing the Mastery quizzes:

After you have completed the readings and read the lectures, complete the quiz. Disregard the grade that comes back since the final grade may actually be higher.
  • After you have completed the readings and read the lectures, complete the quiz. Disregard the grade that comes back since the actual grade may be higher.
  • Wait 12-24 hrs to allow for manual grading of your quiz and then check the GRADEBOOK. If you have not met the 80% cut-off, a zero will be entered. The 15 pts will then be entered when you have reached 80%.
  • Note that I will often leave you general feedback as well as specific feedback for some of the short answer questions; this feedback is designed to assist you in meeting the required 80%, so take advantage of it! To access the feedback, click on the grade (or asterisk) in the Gradebook for a given quiz.
  • Retake the quiz if necessary. You only have until Sunday of each week to reach the required 80%.
  • NO CREDIT is given if you do not make the 80% cut-off. You have all week to attain this grade so you should be able meet this cut-off by Sundays.

After everyone has completed a particular week's Mastery quiz, the correct answers will be posted so that you can go back and use these quizzes to study for the final exam.
GRADES AND FEEDBACK: You should note that merely turning in an assignment or just meeting the minimum requirements doesn't earn an A grade. Those grades are earned by submitting outstanding or exceptional quality of work. You are responsible for checking the Gradebook weekly to be sure that I have entered all of your grades. I will try to have your assignments graded no later than the following Monday or Tuesday (at the latest) of each week. Associated with each grade will be Feedback on your performance (e.g., discussions, homework, quizzes, project work). It is critical that you READ this information, since it is designed to help you improve or to recognize what constitutes acceptable work. To read individual feedback on each assignment, click on the grade for that assignment. This should bring up my comments for you to read. I may attach files as well which you should download and read.

NOTE: I strongly suggest that you check the Gradebook each Monday in case there are any problems with your submissions!

EXTRA CREDIT: There is NO extra credit available in this course! If you want to attain an A in this class, then complete all the assignments at the A level.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance in this online course is determined by your keeping up to date with classroom assignments and responses. You are required to participate in the weekly discussion topics. Failure to "show up" for the weekly work will count as an absence for that week. Computers do crash, but this is not a legitimate excuse to miss class. It is your responsibility to notify me by phone and/or find another means to submit your work. Weekly attendance is recorded automatically as per Park's attendance policy.

Examples that will trigger 'present' include but is not limited to:

  • Posting to a threaded discussion
  • Dropbox submission
  • Access an exam or quiz
  • Access a lecture (or other course presentation pages)
  • Sending an email (from the course Email menu)
Examples that will not count as 'present' include but is not limited to:
  • Accessing Discussions w/o Posting
  • Landing on the Home Page only
  • Any interaction in the course via the mobile website: (
CHECK YOUR PIRATE MAIL:  I will be communicating with you regularly via your Park email account. It is required that you use Park email for your online class, so check your Park email daily! Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. All emails sent to the instructor must include "BI210: Purpose of message" in the subject line of the email. Emails without this information will not be recognized.  Weekly reminders and other correspondence will be sent via PirateMail so you will be missing a lot of information if you do not check your mail.

PARK UNIVERSITY'S ONLINE COURSE POLICIES: In addition to the specific course policies above, students are responsible for reading and adhering to Park's Online Course Policies. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 

Chapter 1: “The Human Body”   Chapter 2: "The Chemistry of Life"

Week 2  
Chapter 3: “Cell Structure”
Chapter 5: "Tissues"
Week 3

Chapter 6: “The Integumentary System”

Week 4

Chapter 7: "The Skeletal System"
Chapter 8: "The Articular System"

Week 5

Chapter 10: "The Nervous System: Introduction, Spinal Chord, and Spinal Nerves"
Chapter 11: "The Nervous System: The Brain, Cranial Nerves, Autonomic Nervous System, and the Special Senses" pages 246-255

Week 6
Chapter 11: pages 255-270
Chapter 12: "The Endocrine System"
PROCTOR FORM DUE! (22 February)
Week 7

Chapter 13: “The Blood”
Chapter 14: "The Cardiovascular System"
Chapter 15: "Lymphatic System"

Week 8

Chapter 16: "Nutrition and the Digestive System"
Chapter 17: "Respiratory System
Chapter 18: "Urinary System"

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
CLO 1=Define and identify human anatomical terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Correctly identifies more than 80% of the human structures indicated. Correctly identifies at least 51-80% of the human structures indicated. Does not correctly identify at least 50% of the human structures indicated.  
CLO 3=Compare and contrast the basic body tissues and membranes and CLO 4=Explain the structure, function, common disorders, and processes of the body systems                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Clearly integrates the relationships of the levels of biological organization in the human body

Basic interrelationship of organ systems is understood, however the integration of tissues to the organ systems is lacking Is not able to integrate the levels of biological organization in the human body.  
CLO 2=Recognize the body's basic chemical and cellular makeup                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Given the characteristics of a specific compound, determine whether it can cross the cell membrane. Can describe the permeability factors of the cell membrane

Unable to express the importance of the cell membrane  
CLO 4=Explain the structure, function, common disorders, and processes of the body systems                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Clearly combines and explains the purpose, structure, function, and processes of the 11 body systems. Combines and explains the purpose, structure, function, and processes of 5-10 of the body systems. Explains the purpose, structure, function, and processes of less than 5 of body systems.  
Entire Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
CLO 1-4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Attains at least 80% on the exam Achieves 60-79% on the exam. Achieves less than 60% on the exam.  


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