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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 13-Apr-24

Summer 2024 | BIO-2011-VR01H - Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Hybrid Class

Hybrid courses combine online instruction with limited in-person meetings throughout the semester. Hybrid courses can take place in standard or accelerated formats.

Location: Rutland
Credits: 4
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 05-21-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00
Comments: This course meets online and in-person, 5:30 PM to 9 PM, at the Rutland Academic Center every Tuesday.


Michael Gamache
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Danielle Lafleur Brooks

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Natural Science
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This is the first semester of a two-semester course which examines the structure and functions of the human body. Topics include fundamental principles of cell and tissue structure, gross anatomical and physiological organization, electrochemical communication systems and muscle physiology. This is a laboratory course that involves hands-on or simulated laboratory experiences. Prior learning in basic algebra, and chemistry or biology are recommended.

Essential Objectives

1. Describe cellular structure and communication as it relates to the use of organic and inorganic molecules, enzymes, membrane transport mechanisms, cell reproduction, and protein synthesis.
2. Demonstrate the use of anatomical terms for planes, directions, and locations as related to systems of the human body and describe the gross and microscopic anatomical organization of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
3. Identify and describe the histological characteristics of connective, epithelial, nervous and muscle tissues and explain how the physiological roles of each ensure homeostasis.
4. Analyze the integumentary system for its role and structure in the human body.
5. Discuss the gross and microscopic anatomy of the skeletal system and identify the functions and role of joints and articulations.
6. Discuss the gross and microscopic anatomy of the muscular system and the physiology of muscular contraction.
7. Describe the pathway and mechanisms by which skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems interact.
8. Describe the structure and function of the peripheral and central nervous systems, including how electrical signals are generated and communicated throughout the human body.
9. Describe diseased states and how they impact different organ systems.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
11. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss the impacts of diversity and inclusion on scientific research and practice.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to:
a. formulate and evaluate real-world scientific questions;
b. ethically plan and implement accurate data collection;
c. analyze and evaluate data;
d. generate conclusions based on analysis and justify claims with evidence;
e. integrate the related work of other scientists; and
f. propose ideas for further inquiry.
2. Communicate findings in a format appropriate to the discipline and type of investigation, such as a laboratory notebook, laboratory report, observational study, field investigation report, poster, or presentation using appropriate evidence to support these findings.
3. Understand the structure and purpose of peer-reviewed publications.
4. Complete labs in the following areas: introduction to anatomy, cellular function, tissues (with an emphasis on skin), the skeletal system, the muscular system, and the nervous system (including the brain and integration of the nervous system).
5. Evaluate scientific information for validity, accuracy, reliability, and methodology.
6. Identify and follow lab safety techniques that are aligned with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class.
This does not include lab fees for 4-credit science courses. ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Summer 2024 textbook details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

BIO-2011-VR01H Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Because the course is hybrid class, Human A & P I instruction will be based on lectures and engaged dialogue of assigned readings, discussion board posts, and research assignments. Our in-person sessions will also include a series of labs including microscopy, hands-on dissections, and activities.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation of student learning in this version of Human A & P is based on the following:

1. Student comments & questions posted to discussion boards. Discussion board categories include:

a. Assigned textbook readings and video lectures

b. Lab activities (both virtual & real time)

c. Research topics

2. Student performance on Free Response Essay Exams

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Week of 5/20 Course Intro


Chapter 1


Discussion Board/Lab Assignment



Week of 5/27 Biochemistry


Chapter 2


Discussion Board/Lab Assignment



Week of 6/3 Cells


Chapter 3


Discussion Board

Physioex Exercise # 1

Microscope Lab # 1

Exam # 1 Posts at the end of the week



Week of 6/10 Tissue


Chapter 4


Discussion Board

Microscope Lab # 2



Week of 6/17 Integumentary System


Chapter 5


Discussion Board

Fingerprint Lab



Week of 6/24 Bone Tissue


Chapter 6


Discussion Board/Lab Assignment

Exam # 2 Posts at end of week



Week of 7/1 Skeletal System


Selections from Chapters 7 & 8


Discussion Board

Bone Markings Research Topic



Week of 7/8 Joints


Chapter 9


Discussion Board/Lab Assignment



Week of 7/15 Muscle Tissue/Muscular System


Selections from Chapters 10 & 11


Discussion Board/Muscle Origins & Insertions

Physioex Exercise 2 (choose 2 activities)

Exam # 3 posts at end of the week



Week of 7/22 Nervous Tissue/Nervous System


Selections from Chapters 12 & 13


Discussion Board

Physioex Exercise # 3

Sensory Lab



Week of 7/29 Somatic & Autonomic Nervous System


Selections from Chapters 14 & 15


Discussion Board

Reflex Lab



Week of 8/5: Exam # 4 & course wrap-up


No reading assignments


Exam # 4 Posts August 7th/Due August 12

Last week to hand in late work


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Participation is expected overall. This manifests itself in discussion board posts and contributions to class discussion. Use of a cell phone during class does not constitute paying attention.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Discussion board posts must be made by the designated due date to avoid late penalties. This will differ from week to week. Check the weekly modules for specifics. Discussion Boards close on Saturday evenings at 11:59pm. Late discussion board posts are not accepted.

Class exams are online. You will have approximately 7 calendar days to complete each exam. Late penalties apply to exams turned in after the due date time.

Lab assignments submitted late are subject to late penalties.

Absences will result in a 5% deduction of the overall attendance/participation grade. In an online course, attendance is based on being present during our zoom sessions. Please do not wait until Saturday evening to post!

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.