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Midlothian · Sciences, Math, Kinesiology, & Developmental Studies · Biology

Anatomy & Physiology I

  • Fall 2022
  • Section 51H
  • 4.0 Credits
  • 08/24/2022 to 12/07/2022
  • Modified 07/28/2022

Based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental agencies, the content delivery method for this course may need to be modified.

Meeting Times

Lecture/Lab Hybrid


      6:30PM to 9:10PM

      Building 1, Room 211



Contact Information

Associate professor: Ms. Janis Pace

Office Hours

  • To be determined


3 lec/3 lab (4 Cr.) Anatomy and Physiology I is the first part of a two course sequence. It is a study of the structure and function of the human body including cells tissues and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and special senses. Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. The lab provides a hands-on learning experience for exploration of human system components and basic physiology. Systems to be studied include integumentary skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.


Upon completion of the core curriculum, students are expected to demonstrate competence in all of the core objectives listed in the college catalog. The overall content of this course is designed to enhance skills in each of the following core objectives.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.


Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Lecture Outcomes: assessed with test questions

  1. Use anatomical terminology to identify and describe locations of major organs of each system covered. Core objective: Communication Skills
  2. Explain interrelationships among molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ functions in each system. Core Objective: Critical Thinking Skills
  3. Describe the interdependency and interactions of the systems. Core objective: Critical Thinking Skills
  4. Explain contributions of organs and systems to the maintenance of homeostasis. Core objective: Critical Thinking Skills
  5. Identify causes and effects of homeostatic imbalances. Core objective: Critical Thinking Skills
  6. Describe modern technology and tools used to study anatomy and physiology. Core objective: Communication Skills.       

Lab Outcomes: assessed with a lab and rubric

  1. Apply appropriate safety and ethical standards. Core objective: Teamwork
  2. Locate and identify anatomical structures. Core objective: Communication
  3. Appropriately utilize laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, dissection tools, general lab ware, physiology data acquisition systems, and virtual simulations. Core objective: Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  4. Work collaboratively to perform experiments. Core objectives: Teamwork, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
  5. Demonstrate the steps involved in the scientific method. Core objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, Teamwork. Communication Skills
  6. Communicate results of scientific investigations, analyze data and formulate conclusions. Core objectives: Teamwork, Communication Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
  7. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving skills, including, but not limited to inferring, integrating, synthesizing, and summarizing, to make decisions, recommendations and predictions. Core objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills

Required and Optional Materials

Visit the Navarro College Bookstore: College Bookstore

  • Textbook: Anatomy and Physiology: An Integrative Approach (4th ed.) by McKinley,                              O'Loughlin, Bidle; McGraw-Hill Publisher 
  • Lab: Laboratory Manual for Human Anatomy & Physiology Fetal Pig Version (4th ed.) By                     Terry Martin and Cynthia Prentice-Craver; McGraw-Hill Publisher  (purchased                                      from bookstore)
  • 1 Scantron form - Form #882-E and a #2 pencil  (for the final exam)

Assignments and Activities

Lecture Exams (5 objective)

Labs (12-14)

Lab Practicals (2)

Final Exam

Grading Criteria

Grading criteria will conform to the established policy of Navarro College, as stated in the College catalog: A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F= Below 60%. 

Grading criteria for certain programs, including those in the health professions, may differ. Grading criteria for such courses or programs may be located in the course syllabus and/or program handbook.


Method of Instruction:

Face-to-face courses: Lecture accompanied by PowerPoint, chalkboard diagrams, and various class activities. Labs using microscopes, prepared slides, models, specimens to dissect, and other materials as needed.

In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor.

Method of Evaluation:

Major Tests (5)                                                  50%

Lab Practicals (2)                                              20%            

Labs Attendance                                               10%

Final Exam                                                          20%


Students must pass both lecture and lab in order to pass the course.




Course Policies

Food and beverages should not be consumed in labs.

Instructional Modalities

Description of instructional modalities

Face to Face 



Face to face courses are taught in a traditional classroom format. 

Courses classified as “Hybrid” in the course schedule (identified with the letter ‘H’ in the course section designation) will use a combination of face-to-face classroom and online instructional methods. A minimum of 50 percent of the course must be taught online to be classified as a hybrid course.

Students must have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection, either on campus or in a personal setting, to complete all assignments.

In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor. Access user information here:

To access Canvas:
(1) Go to:
(2) Enter your User Name and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course on the Canvas Dashboard.

Final Exams

Students are required to take final exams during the posted final exam week and should not make travel reservations or other plans which would require them to request a rescheduled final.  Requests to take final exams early, or at a time other than indicated on the final exam schedule, must be approved by the appropriate Campus Dean and are granted only in exceptional circumstances. Personal or family travel plans are not deemed as exceptional circumstances.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

Students may choose to share personal information or experiences, as appropriate, in written assignments, class discussions, presentations, and conferences with instructors. While instructors and other college employees will strive to keep personal student information private, they are required to report information about sexual misconduct, childhood abuse, and criminal activity to the proper authorities. 

Course Content and Rigor

College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.


All Navarro College students are required to use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own work at all times. Cheating is a serious offense with serious consequences which may include any of the following:  a grade of zero, course failure, or removal from a program.

Student Conduct

All students enrolled in classes at Navarro College shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. Behavior deemed by the instructor to be disruptive may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Subject to Change

The Course Syllabus and/or the Course Calendar may be changed as the term progresses at the discretion of the department and/or instructor.

Late/Make-Up Work

No late work will be accepted. There are no make-up exams. If you miss the exam, it will count as the one that you drop.
Subsequent missed exams will receive a grade of zero.







Institutional Policies

Students are expected and required to have read the Student Handbook and to consult appropriate sections of the College Catalog for general academic information.

Attendance and Preparation

Attendance and Preparation Policies

Face to Face and Hybrid


Regular and punctual class attendance is expected at Navarro College as a key element for student success. Excessive absenteeism is defined as two consecutive weeks of instruction in a 16-week semester (or the equivalent in any shorter term) and may result in being dropped from the course.

Students who miss class to participate in a co-curricular activity must have written permission (e-mail accepted) from a coach/director and must make prior arrangements with the instructor to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day. 

Regular (daily or weekly) online work is a key element for student success in an internet-based class.  Students must complete the first assignment by the designated deadline to document participation in the course.  The instructor will drop any student who fails to complete an assignment by the deadline provided in Canvas.

Although the instructor may drop a student from the class for insufficient participation, the responsibility for dropping a class belongs to the student. Insufficient participation is defined as not logging in and completing assignments for the equivalent of two consecutive weeks.  If you are unable to complete the course, you should formally drop it.

  • Additional information regarding attendance requirements is available in the Navarro College Catalog. College Catalog
  • You may drop this class by completing an online form. It is the student's responsibility to visit with his or her instructor concerning course status before submitting the required paperwork to the Office of Admissions and Records to drop this class. Additional information about dropping a class may be found in the Navarro College Catalog: Dropping and/or Adding Courses
  • Failure to withdraw by the deadline may result in your name remaining on the class roll, resulting in a grade of ‘F’ at the end of the semester. 
  • If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations. The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]
  • If you are receiving financial aid grants or loans, you must attend and participate in all classes from the first class day.  Do not drop or stop attending any class without consulting the Financial Aid Office. Changes in your enrollment level and/or failing grades may require you to repay financial aid funds.  
  • All students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) benefits must notify the Veteran’s Certifying Official of any enrollment changes as soon as they are made. The Veterans Affairs benefit recipient needs to be aware that the VA may require repayment of all benefits received since the beginning of a semester for any course in which a “W” grade is received
  • According to current Texas law, dropping a course may have serious academic consequences. Under most circumstances, a maximum of 6 courses may be dropped throughout the entire undergraduate degree program. Before you decide to withdraw from this or any other course, make sure you understand the consequences. For more information see the Office of the Registrar.

MyNC Single Sign-On

MyNC Single Sign-On:
The MyNC Single Sign-On page provides one-stop access to several student resources, such as Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, visit: Contact Center

For Login Assistance:
Contact Center
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]
Your privacy is extremely important. Please do not share your account information with anyone.

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum: Academic Decorum Policy
Includes: Civility, Being a Successful Student, Classroom Decorum, Change of Grade, Grade Challenge Procedure, Academic Dishonesty, and User Responsibilities for IT Resources/Penalties for Violation of Technology Policy, Tobacco Use Policy

Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity Policy

College Catalog: College Catalog

Campus Safety: Department of Campus Safety

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA Policy

Student Rights and Responsibilities: Rights and Responsiblilities Policy

Student Handbook:  Official Student Handbook

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: Bulldog Life 

Navarro College's Bulldog Life is a student success service to all students. Opportunities include Canvas courses, meaningful activities, Culture of Caring and travel opportunities. Bulldog Life is a self-guided experience. We know that every student is in a different stage in life. 

Counseling Services: Counseling Services Center

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled Navarro College students. The Navarro College Counseling Center is free, confidential, and available to all enrolled NC students.

Testing Center Hours and Contact Information: Testing Center

One-week advance notice is strongly recommended for testing appointments.

Online Proctored Testing Information: Online Campus Proctoring (Testing)

Library Services: Navarro College Libraries

Tutorial Services: Tutoring Services

NOTE: In addition to Navarro College tutoring services, students have access to free 24/7 tutoring by visiting UpSwing (Virtual Success Center) and logging in to their UpSwing account.  If you're a new user, click NEW USER to create an account.

Disability Services: Disability and Access Services Office

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations. Contact 903-875-7377 or [email protected] for more information.  Once approved, you will be given an accommodation letter that you are to share with your instructor.

The instructor is committed to helping each student reach his/her academic potential and to providing every student equal opportunity to participate in and engage with the course.  In keeping with this commitment, effort has been made to develop accessible learning materials that provide equal access.  Please contact the instructor immediately if access to course materials is restricted due to a disability so the issue(s) can be resolved in a timely manner.

Title IX Accommodations Related to Pregnancy: 

If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations.  The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]


Student Support and Administrative Services: Support Services


Major Course Topics:

Lecture Topics to include, but are not limited to: 

Chapter 1- body organization, homeostasis, anatomical terms 

Chapter 2, 3 - chemistry of biology 

Chapter 4- cell organelles, cell cycle, protein synthesis 

Chapters 5, 6- tissues and the integumentary system 

Chapters 7, 8, 9- Bone and skeletal tissues, appendicular and axial skeletons, articulations 

Chapters 10, 11- Muscle tissue, muscle physiology, gross anatomy of muscles 

Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15- fundamentals of nervous system, neurons, central and peripheral nervous systems, reflexes, autonomic nervous system 

Chapter 16- special senses 

Labs to include but are not limited to: (minimum required materials are in italics) 

  1. (pg 2-8) lab manual -Scientific Method (metric tape measures, meter sticks)
  2. (pg 9-24)  lab manual- Introduction to body parts (human torsos models)
  3. (pg 25-31) lab manual- Biochemistry (lab kit for testing biomolecules) 
  4. (pg 45-73) lab manual- cell structure, mitosis (cell models, microscopes, slides of mitosis) 
  5. (pg 75-98) lab manual- tissues (microscopes, prepared slides of the 4 main tissue types) 
  6. (pg 99-107) lab manual- Integumentary System (skin models)
  7. a. (pg 109-156 Intro and Axial Skeleton) 
  8. (pg 157-184 Appendicular Skeleton) (pg 185-190 and 195-197 Articulations) lab manual - Skeletal system and Joints (skeleton, disarticulated skeleton, bone histology models or prepared slides of bone tissue, models of joints)
  9. a. (pg 199-230 and 245-254 Muscle Tissue and Muscles of Head, Neck, Abdomen)
  10. (pg 191-193 and pg 197E-198 Movement) (pg 231-244 and 255-282 Muscles of limbs and Pelvis) lab manual – muscle histology, gross anatomy of muscles (torso models, arm and leg models, models of muscle cells or prepared slides of all 3 muscle tissues) 
  11. a. (pg 283-305 Neural Tissue, Spinal Cord, Nerves) lab manual- Neurons and peripheral nervous system (models of neurons, models of neuromuscular junction)
  12.  (pg 315-330 Brain and Cranial Nerves; pg 351-358 brain dissection) lab manual- central nervous system, dissection of sheep brains (models of brains, sheep brains to dissect, dissecting tools and trays) 
  13. a. (pg 359-364 general senses; pg 367-369 and 371 Taste and Smell)
  14. (pg 377-388 Eye; pg. 401-404 Ear; pg 407, 411-412 Equilibrium)  lab manual- General and Special Senses; anatomy of eyes, ears; dissection of sheep eyes (models of eyes and ears, sheep eyes to dissect, dissecting tools and trays) 

  Other Lab Activities: 

  1. Reflex and Reaction Time Signature Assignment