Syllabus for BIO-211



Anatomy and Physiology I provides a survey of the structure and function of the human body with an emphasis on normal anatomy and physiology and physiological processes of the following systems: skeletal, muscle, nervous, and sensory. The course begins with an introduction of how molecules are organized to form cellular organelles; how the organelles function together to form the smallest living unit, the cell; and how cells are organized into tissues, which combine to form organs. Animal dissection is required.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the universal characteristics of living things and explain the relationship between structure and function.
  2. Discuss the chemical level of organization in the human body.
  3. Explain the principal cellular processes of the human body.
  4. Examine the structures and functions of the cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of the human body.
  5. Use correct terminology to describe superficial anatomy, regional anatomy, body cavities including subdivisions, and directional or sectional planes used to describe relative positions of body parts.
  6. Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous (somatic and autonomic) systems, as well as of the special senses.
  7. Examine separate parts of an organism to determine their position, relations, structure, and function through focused lab activities.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

Required Laboratory Kit

Your course laboratory kit is provided by eScienceLabs.   Please click the following link to access instructions on how to order your lab materials: Lab Kit Requirement - Ordering Instructions.

A note about disposal of laboratory materials: eScience Labs has informed Thomas Edison State University that most trash companies accept the dissection remains. If a student's trash company will not, eScience Labs will send that student a carton upon request so that he or she can return the necessary items to eScience Labs for safe disposal.


Anatomy and Physiology I is a four-credit online course, consisting of eight modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments and laboratory activities, and take three proctored online exams. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in eight graded discussion forums as well as an ungraded Introductions Forum. The online discussions are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete eight written assignments. The written assignments consist of a group of individual questions and are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Laboratory Reports

You are required to complete eight laboratory reports. The laboratory kit from eScience Labs will provide you with everything you need to perform each lab, including the questions you are required to answer and submit as a laboratory report.

For ordering information and disposal instructions, see the Course Materials area of this syllabus.


You are required to take fifteen quizzes, one per chapter. All quiz items are multiple choice. You may use any materials that you like in taking the quizzes, and there is no time limit for taking each quiz.

Students find that quiz-taking is one way to prepare for the exams. Therefore, you will be able to take each quiz an unlimited number of times, and the gradebook will record your most recent score. This arrangement will allow you to go back and reread portions of the text that you need to review and then take the quiz again for further practice.


You are required to take three proctored exams during Weeks 4, 8, and 12. See the Course Calendar for the dates of your exam weeks.

For all of these online exams, you are required to use the University’s Online Proctor Service  (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see the General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to make your scheduling arrangements for exams within the first week of the semester. Online exams are administered through the course website.

Exam Study Tools

For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exams, refer to the topic outlines available in the Examination sections of the course website.


Ungraded practice exams are available. They contain questions similar to those that you will see on the graded exams and should serve as an effective way to prepare. In the course website, click on a practice exam link to begin.

Exam 1 (Week 4)

The first exam is a closed-book, proctored exam. It is two hours long and covers material from Modules 1–3 (Chapters 1–5). The exam consists of multiple-choice questions similar to those on the quizzes.

Exam 2 (Week 8)

The second exam is a closed-book, proctored exam. It is two hours long and covers material from Modules 4 and 5 (Chapters 6–10). The exam consists of multiple-choice questions similar to those on the quizzes.

Exam 3 (Week 12)

The third exam is a closed-book, proctored exam. It is two hours long and covers material from Modules 6–8 (Chapters 11–15). The exam consists of multiple-choice questions similar to those on the quizzes.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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