VAUGHAN’s FALL 2006 BIO 212 Human Physiology Syllabus
Tough class? Judge for yourself from the Fall 2005 data:
• Average on four exams: 78.3%, 80%, 78.5%, 81.2%. Average in lab: 78.9%. Note the
• Average grade awarded: 79.5%, a BC. Some would actually criticize this as “too easy”.
• Final grades awarded: 14 A, 14 AB, 30 B, 25 BC, 28 C, 15 CD, 6 D, 1 F.
I want you to succeed, so here is important advice:
• Keep up, don't catch up. Experience with hundreds of students in this course shows that it is
impossible to catch up if you fall behind. Make at least 5 study hours outside of class per week
available for this course; MORE when there is a scheduled exam.
• Ask questions promptly; don’t hope that you’ll “get it later”. Attend office hours and/or
send Dr. Vaughan an email question. Don’t wait till the night before the test!
• Work with a Tutor. The Center for Academic Resources will provide a free tutor, someone
who took this class recently and earned an “A” grade in it.
• Start a study group, or join one. Group study affords you the chance to rehearse your
physiology vocabulary and to use all your senses to “attack” concepts. It is also a great
motivator to spend blocks of time on the course.
• Feeling overwhelmed? The UW Oshkosh Reading Study Center is an all-university service
that can help you learn to learn more efficiently. Strategies for improved textbook study, time
management, note-taking, test preparation and test-taking are taught through both credit
courses and non-credit services.
• BIO 105 "Introductory Biology: Unity". Grade of C or better.
• BIO 211 "Human Anatomy". Grade of C or better.
TEXTBOOKS & MATERIALS:
• REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Seeley, Stephens, & Tate's Anatomy & Physiology 7th Edition
(2006). (same text as in BIO 211)
o The Nursing and Kinesiology & Health faculty URGE you to KEEP this textbook for
future courses in their programs.
• LAB HANDBOOK chapters found on this course's D2L web site.
o Print out your own copy, read ahead of lab, and bring to lab. Figures will be provided in
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE WELCOME IN THIS COURSE. Please contact your lecture
AND lab Instructors in the first week of class so that we may arrange all possible accommodation
ahead of time.
ACADEMIC HONESTY policies are clearly defined at this University and all students are expected to
abide by them. Penalties for violations are severe. Cheating on an exam (including looking at
someone else's paper) at a MINIMUM leads to zero on that exam, with no opportunity for a make-up
or extra credit. A second offense is an F in the course and a report to Dean of Students.
1. To understand the central physiological principle of HOMEOSTASIS.
2. To understand physiological SYSTEMS INTEGRATION.
3. To understand physiology on MOLECULAR to ORGAN SYSTEM levels.
4. To build physiology VOCABULARY & QUANTITATIVE SKILLS.
5. To prepare students for FURTHER PHYSIOLOGY COURSEWORK such as Exercise Physiology
FALL 2006 BIO 212 TIMETABLE & INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:
HS 249, 424-3076,
Lectures MWF Clow 103 10:20 am - 11:20 am Dr. Vaughan
HS 249, 424-3076,
Lab 001 M HS 120 1:50 pm - 3:50 pm Dr. Vaughan
HS 255, 424-3076,
Lab 002 Tu HS 120 9:30 am - 11:30 am Dr. Beard
Lab 003 Tu HS 120 12:40 pm - 2:40 pm Ms. Seaman
HS 160, 424-1102,
Lab 004 W HS 120 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Ms. Seaman
HS 255, 424-1102,
Lab 005 W HS 120 1:50 pm - 3:50 pm Dr. Beard
Lab 006 Th HS 120 9:30 am - 11:30 am Ms. Seaman
HS 255, 424-1102,
Lab 007 Th HS 120 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm Dr. Beard
DR. VAUGHAN'S OFFICE HOURS (Halsey 249): MWF 11:30a-12:30p, WF 9:10a-10:10a.
Appointments as available on Tues AM and PM and Weds PM only.
Check with your Lab Instructor for his/her office hours.
EMAIL COMMUNICATION via student uwosh.edu email accounts will be used by all BIO 212
Instructors at any time. The University considers uwosh.edu email an official line of communication.
BIO 212 students are expected to check their uwosh.edu email accounts on every business day and
abide by all messages sent by any BIO 212 Instructor.
1. Regular lecture attendance is required for success in the course. If you miss lecture, you don’t
have to tell me, but you do need to ask a classmate for notes.
2. Silence all cell phones and pagers when you enter the lecture hall.
3. If you cannot keep yourself from talking during lecture, please sit in the last rows of the hall to
minimize your disturbance of your classmates and me.
4. I will provide PARTIAL lecture powerpoints on D2L, to make your note-taking easier. However,
you must attend lecture and take notes to “fill in the blanks”. Simply downloading the
powerpoints is no substitution for class attendance.
5. Most images shown in lecture will be from the required Seeley textbook. However, I reserve
the right to introduce new images from other sources.
6. Human learning is improved by hand movements, so take notes throughout lecture. Develop a
personal "shorthand" so that you can write faster (somewhat like the special language of text
messaging). Examples: fxn (instead of function), rxn (instead of reaction), fdbk (instead of
7. To tap into the natural human visual learning style, convert your notes from words and phrases
to flow charts and sketches whenever possible.
8. To tap into the natural human auditory learning style, read your notes aloud to yourself or –
best of all – work with a study partner or two, to give yourselves rehearsal verbalizing these
9. You may record my lectures if you like.
10. You may raise your hand to ask questions during lecture.
FALL 2006BIO 212 SCHEDULE OF TOPICS & EXAMS: We may go faster or slower than the schedule indicates.
Please be advised of the following assumptions: Since we use the same Seeley text in Physiology that you used last
semester in Anatomy, we assume you have already read the Anatomy half of each book chapter, you know the Anatomy
of the various body systems, and you can locate and use the text's glossary and subject index. We also assume that you
will have read the Physiology half of each book chapter, as shown below in the week during which those topics are
Week No. - Dates Lecture Activity Lab Activity
Wed: Orientation & Principles Ch. 1
1 - Sep 6-8 No lab as it’s only a partial week.
Fri: Pre-Test over BIO 105/211 concepts
Biochemistry & Metabolism Ch. 2, 3, 25
Membrane Physiology Ch. 3
2 - Sep 11-15 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Tissue Physiology Ch. 4
Physiology of Bone & Cartilage Ch. 6
Quiz 1 over previous lab
3 - Sep 18-22 Muscle Physiology Ch. 9
TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Quiz 2 over previous lab
Muscle Physiology Ch. 9
4 - Sep 25-29 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Fri: EXAM 1 (covers Sept 6 – Sept 25)
Body Fluids & Blood Ch. 19 Quiz 3 over previous lab
5 - Oct 2-6 Cardiovascular Physiology Ch. 20, 21 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Cardiovascular Physiology Ch. 21 Quiz 4 over previous lab
6 - Oct 9-13 Lymphatics & Immunology Ch. 22 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Respiratory Physiology Ch. 23
Quiz 5 over previous lab
Digestive Physiology Ch. 24
7 - Oct 16-20 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Fri: EXAM 2 (covers Sept 6 – Oct 16)
Quiz 6 over previous lab
8 - Oct 23-27 Neurophysiology Ch. 11., 12, 13 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Quiz 7 over previous lab
9 - Oct 30-Nov 3 Neurophysiology Ch. 13, 14, 16 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Quiz 8 over previous lab
Endocrinology Ch. 17, 18
10 - Nov 6-10 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Sensory Physiology Ch. 15
Quiz 9 over previous lab
Sensory Physiology Ch. 15
11 - Nov 13-17 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Fri: EXAM 3 (covers Sept 6 – Nov 13)
Mon: Osmoregulatory Physiology Ch. 26, 27 No lab as it’s only a partial week (Thanksgiving)
12 - Nov 20
Wed: no class (Thanksgiving break)
Quiz 10 over previous lab
13 - Nov 27-Dec 1 Osmoregulatory Physiology Ch. 26, 27
TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Quiz 11 over previous lab
Male & Female Reproductive Physiology Ch. 28, 29
14 - Dec 4-8 TBA; lab will be posted on D2L
Mon: Thermoregulation Ch. 25 (part)
Weds: Catch up, review
15 - Dec 11-15 No lab as it’s the last week of classes
Fri: EXAM 4 (FINAL) (covers Sept 6 – Dec 13)
Fri: Make Up Exam at 3:00 pm
16 - Dec 20 Grades submitted to Records Office by 6:00 pm
FALL 2006 BIO 212 Syllabus: Exams, Quizzes, Grades, & Grading
Your course grade will be based on performance on four (4) lecture exams and several lab quizzes,
plus any penalties for safety violations, absences, or academic misconduct. There are NO opportunities
for extra credit in this course.
Lecture Exam Coverage and Format:
• All Exams are COMPREHENSIVE but questions emphasize material since the previous exam.
• Exam topic cut-offs are by calendar date; consult schedule.
• Exam format will be a True/False form of Multiple Choice. Sample test questions will be provided in a Pre-
Test that all students must complete, and in the form of past physiology exams. You are advised to
practice the exam format using these documents.
Lecture Exam Day Procedures:
• Bring your TitanCard ID to each exam and have it readily accessible in case it is requested by an Instructor
• Exam seating: students must fill every seat starting at the front of the hall before any exams are handed
out. Anyone failing to follow this policy only takes exam time away from everyone else.
• At least two different (colored) versions of each exam will be produced. Neighboring seats must have
different versions of the exam.
• PROHIBITED FROM EXAMS:
• Notes or books of any kind.
• Looking at another person's paper.
• Talking or whispering.
• Cell phones, pagers, calculators, or other electronic devices.
• Hats or other head gear.
• Open backpacks.
Getting Lecture Exams back & Exam Key:
• Each exam involves a scantron sheet (for answers) and a paper test (for questions). Both must be handed
in at the end of the exam.
• For safety, I retain all scantrons till the end of the semester. Then I shred them.
• You can get your paper test back after all exams are graded, so long as you put your name on it.
Don’t wait too long to pick it up; paper exams are discarded about 3 weeks after they are handed
• Exam keys will be posted in the glass box outside the lab classroom only after all exams are graded. This
may take a day or two.
Missed Lecture Exams:
• I know that Thanksgiving week is a favorite for vacation, travel, and hunting (believe it or not, I am human).
It is also a partial week of classes and that is just the way it is.
• Exams are NEVER given earlier than the announced day and time.
• If you miss an exam AND you have a University-approved emergency excuse (documented medical
emergency or death in the family), you can make it up without penalty by taking a comprehensive Make
Up Exam at 3:00 pm on the last day of the semester at a location TBA.
o Simply fill out the "Make-Up Application" (found on D2L) and hand it in to Dr. Vaughan.
o Only one Make-Up Exam is allowed per student per semester.
Lab Quizzes: Starting with the 3rd lab session, lab quizzes will be given at the start of each lab.
1. Lab quizzes cover the PREVIOUS lab's material and are NO NOTES.
2. Lab quizzes will have a mixed question format.
3. If you are late to lab, you cannot be given extra time, nor can you take the quiz later. You simply have to
work as fast as you can in the remaining time.
4. Your lowest lab quiz score, including a zero for any missed or late arrival at lab, will automatically be
dropped at the end of the semester.
Each lecture exam will be curved as follows:
First, your Instructor will add together the number of points possible and the high score earned, and then divide
by 2 to find the midpoint between the two. This midpoint will serve as "100%" for the purposes of curving that
Next, your Instructor will record your assignment score as a curved percentage of that "100%" midpoint. That
curved percentage grade is what goes onto D2L and into the grade book.
Since the lowest lab quiz grade is automatically dropped, lab quizzes are not normally curved. However, they
may be curved in special circumstances at the discretion of the Lab Instructors.
At the end of the term, your grades will be weighted, summed, and applied to the Course Curve.
Assignment weights: Exam 1 = 15%, Exam 2 = 15%, Exam 3 = 20%, Exam 4 = 30%, Lab Quiz
average = 20%.
Course Curve: Above 92% = A, above 88% to 92% = AB, above 82% to 88% = B, above 78% to 82%
= BC, above 72% to 78% = C, above 68% to 72% = CD, above 60% to 68% = D, 60% or below = F.
Note: Any student who earns less than 60% on Exam 4 (i.e. who flunks the final) cannot earn better than a CD
grade for the course, no matter what grade the student might have "going into" the final. This policy was
endorsed by the faculty who teach courses that come after BIO 212.
Penalties for Misconduct:
• Bad attendance and/or behavior in lab will penalize your Lab grade, at your Lab Instructor's discretion.
• Any student caught cheating on any Exam or Quiz automatically earns a zero on that Exam or Quiz, with
no opportunity for a make up.
• A second instance of cheating earns an F for the course and a formal report to the Dean of Students for
possible further discipline.
Reporting Grades to Students:
• Lecture exam grades are posted on D2L. They are never discussed on the phone.
• Lab quiz grades come back to you at the following lab session.
• The overall Lab grade (after the worst quiz score is dropped) will be posted on D2L at the end of
• At the end of the semester, if you provide me with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, I will mail your final
Exam paper test to you.