Human A&P I

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   Fall 2011


Textbook: Saladin, K. S.  Anatomy and Physiology. 6th Edition or another comparable A&P textbook.

Instructor: Dr. Christopher M. Ritzi. Rm 216, Tel. 837-8420 Email:

Office Hours: M W 9-10:30, T 2-5 in Rm 216 or by appt.

Webpage: http:// & /critzi/

Classroom: Rm 201, Warnock Science Building

Time: Section 001  Tuesday and Thursday  9:30 10:45 pm                  


Course Description:

                The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the importance of the human body and its various organ systems.  This is designed as the first semester of a two semester course, and will cover basic internal life processes, as well as emphasizing the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.  Combined with the laboratory, students should come away with an understanding of the above systems, mitosis, protein synthesis, and basic cellular functionality.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduating biology student graduating with a BS in Biology should be able to:

1)                   Demonstrate a mastery of aerobic respiration and its significance for living organisms.

2)                   Be able to identify evolution and the processes that influence it.

3)                   Be able to identify the components of cell structure and their functions.

4)                   Compare the fundamental concepts of Mendelian genetics.

5)                   Compare and contrast the process of photosynthesis to other cellular processes.

6)                   Be able to identify the processes of molecular biology.

Student Learning Objectives for this Course:

1)            Students will define the cellular aspects of human organ systems, and identify the part of the cell.

2)            Students will illustrate knowledge of the central nervous system.

3)            Students will diagram the location of muscles and bones within the body, and explain their use and


4)            Students will demonstrate an understanding of the mechanics of muscle movement

5)            Students will apply the genetic code to solving protein synthesis questions

6)            Students will compare and contrast the use and effectiveness of the various senses.



                Students are expected to attend all lectures and exams.  There are to be four exams during the course of the semester to test if concepts are being retained.  These exams will be lumped together to make up 75% of the final lecture grade, with the lowest of these exams being dropped from this calculation.  The Final Exam is a comprehensive with the same value as the other four exams.  Missing one of the first 4 exams without written excuse will result in a 25% deduction in grade.  Missing the final without an excuse will result in failing the course.  Periodic attendance quizzes may be offered for extra-credit on exams.  Points acquired in lab will account for the remaining 25% of your total grade for the course.


                As per SRSU policy, students shall be dropped from the class with an F if they miss 20% (6 lectures) over the course of the semester.  If you are unable to attend lecture, please notify me by either e-mail, phone, or in person so that you will not be unnecessarily dropped from the course.  Although supplemental material for this course will be provided on-line, previous experience indicates that periodic attendance tends to hurt grades.  Some material is only presented during the lecture, with this material typically included on exams to add depth to the tests.  It is also encouraged that students spend a couple of hours after each class reviewing the notes and slides covered that day.  This course covers a lot of information, and only through continuous efforts can one succeed in learning Anatomy and Physiology.


Lecture courtesy:  The general rules of classroom etiquette are below.

1)                   Please do not talk to others in class while the instructor is lecturing.  If you have a question, ASK THE INSTRUCTOR!  Thats what Im here for.

2)                   No eating, chewing, dipping, etc.

3)                   If you are gong to attend class, please do so.  Leaving and returning to class repeatedly is disruptive, as well as showing up after half the period is over.

4)                   Please turn cell phones and pagers to silent while in class.  They are disruptive to the entire class, and distract others as well.


Students with disabilities will be provided reasonable accommodations.  If you would like to request such accommodations because of physical, mental, or learning disability, please contact the ADA Coordinator for Program Accessibility at 837-8203, FH 112.



Tentative Lecture Outline

Date                                       Lecture topic                                                                                       Chapter


Aug 25                                   Introduction                                                                                         Ch 1

Aug 30                                   Chemistry                                                                                             Ch 2

Sept 1                                     Organic Molecules                                                                               Ch 2

Sept 6                                     Metabolism                                                                                          Ch 3 (part)

Sept 8                                     Membranes                                                                                          Ch 3 & 4

Sept 13                                  Tissues                                                                                                   Ch 5 (part)

Sept 15                                  Exam I                                                 

Sept 20                                  Cell Respiration                                                                                   Ch 26 (part)

Sept 22                                  Cell Respiration continued                                                                                Ch 26 (part)

Sept 27                                  Genome                                                                                                 Ch 4 (part)

Sept 29                                  Protein Synthesis                                                                                 Ch 4 (part)

Oct 4                                      Exam II                                                 

Oct 6                                      Nervous System Basics                                                                      Ch 12

Oct 11                                    Membrane Potentials                                                                         Ch 12

Oct 13                                    Neurons                                                                                                 Ch 12

Oct 18                                    Synapses                                                                                               Ch 12

Oct 20                                    Neurotransmitters                                                                                Ch 12

Oct 25                                    Exam III                                                                                              

Oct 27                                    Central Nervous System                                                                    Ch 14

Nov 1                                     Brain Functions                                                                                   Ch 14 & 15(part)

Nov 3                                     Brain Functions continued                                                                                Ch 14 & 15(part)

Nov 8                                     Sensory Perception                                                                             Ch 16 (part)

Nov 10                                   Chemoreceptors                                                                                  Ch 16 (part)

Nov 15                                   Vision                                                                                                     Ch 16 (part)

Nov 17                                   Exam IV

Nov 22-24                             Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Holidays No Class 

Nov 29                                  Skeletal System                                                                                   Ch 7 & 8

Dec 1                                      Skeletal Muscle                                                                                    Ch 10 (part)

Dec 6                                      Regulation of Contraction and                                                        Ch 11 (part)

Dec 8                                      Design of Muscles                                                                               Ch 11 (part)

Dec 13 - 8:00am                  Final Exam for TR 9:30-10:45                                                                     


Note This outline is subject to change for reasons of course interest, time constraint, or instructor whim.  The exams will be administered on the dates given, unless material relevant for a given exam has not been covered.  Under such cases, an exam may be moved a class period or two to aid in the clarity and understanding of the material.


Lecture Powerpoint Presentations

Introduction                    Nervous system basics

Chemistry                       Central Nervous System

Cellular Metabolism          Senses

Membranes                      Muscles

Cellular Respiration

The Genome

Protein Synthesis




Sample Questions

Sample exams for Exam 1 (1 and 2)

Sample exam for Exam II

Sample exam for Exam III (bad format, but material is the same)

Sample exam for Exam IV (mainly true false, but useful question material)

Exams and Exercises

Final Exam Review for comprehensive


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