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Course : Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Number
BIOL 1134
Section Number
Fall 2022
Bolin Hall, 100
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, December 05, 2022 8:00 am - 10:00 am

This course is a general overview of the structure and function of the human body. This part of the course should allow the student to become familiar with the following aspects of the topic:

  • general orientation of the human body including levels of structural organization, anatomical terminology, and the importance of homeostasis
  • chemical basis of life processes
  • cellular basis of life
  • histology/microscopic anatomy
  • integumentary system
  • bones and the skeletal system including introduction to joints
  • muscles and the muscular system
  • nerves and the components of the nervous system
  • sense organs and the special senses

Class Requirements: This class contains both a lecture and separate lab component to it. You must be registered in both the lecture and one of the separate labs and attend both. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course meets the general education requirement for a science course in the core curriculum. Be aware that a grade of C or better is required in this class (BIOL 1134 A&P I) as a prerequisite to enroll in BIOL 1234 A&P II (if you will eventually need to take that class as well). Due to the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that students become familiar with the use of the MSU Distance Education learning platform known as D2L (Desire 2 Learn) since it will be used to convey information pertaining to this course throughout the semester. D2L can be accessed by students either directly from the MSU homepage or by going through the MSU Portal from “myMSUTexas” on the homepage. For help with D2L, students can access the Brightspace/D2L FAQ at the Brightspace Community on the internet. A link to this is available whenever students log in to D2L. Students can also contact the MSU Distance Education team at For information technology (IT) help, students can contact the MSU IT Department at Be aware that Chromebooks WILL NOT WORK properly with D2L, so if that is what you have, you will need to find alternative means of accessing D2L.  


Lecture Exams:  There will be four, equally-weighted major exams (including the final exam) that will each be worth 15% of your overall grade for the class. The final exam will not be comprehensive but will cover all of the material since the previous exam. Lecture exams will all be a multiple choice and true/false testing formats. DO NOT MISS AN EXAM!!!! Make-up exams will be administered ONLY FOR EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES OR UNIVERSITY-AUTHORIZED ABSENCES. You MUST present a valid university excuse to me and/or make arrangements with me BEFORE the exam is missed in order to be able to make up a missed lecture exam. Academic honesty must be practiced at all times. Any instances of academic dishonesty may result in a zero being assigned for a test or assignment and repeated dishonesty can result in an F as a final course grade.

Connect SmartBook online homework assignments: Throughout the semester, you will have assigned online homework exercises using the Connect SmartBook online platform. This is an adaptive style learning tool to help you learn human anatomy and physiological processes outside the classroom. You will get full points awarded for completing these homework assignments and collectively they will count as 15% of your overall course grade. Make sure that you get each of these assignments completed throughout the semester before their due dates so that you do not miss out on earning these points toward your grade. You should access the SmartBook assignments and questions using the McGraw-Hill Connect link on our D2L course lecture page. 

Course Grading: The following is a breakdown of your final course grade:

Test #1                                            =15%                                                                         

Test #2                                            =15%                                                                         

Test #3                                            =15%

Final Exam                                      =15%                                                                         

Connect LearnSmart Homework    =15%                                                                         

Lecture Grade total                         =75%                   +            Lab Grade =25%      = Total Course Grade 100%

The grading scale used to determine your letter grade for the course is as follows:

A           =            90-100%

B           =            80-89%

C           =            70-79%

D           =            60-69%

F            =            below 60%

Class Attendance: You are expected to attend all classes of face-to-face instruction unless you are in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 (in which case, University officials should notify me of this reason for your absence from the classroom). Your attendance will be documented. Please consult the University webpage devoted to information pertaining to COVID-19 ( for the latest updates. A lot of material is presented in each class period of this course, which makes it easy to fall behind if a class is missed. If you miss a class, it is YOUR responsibility to get class notes from classmates or any handouts from your instructor. Students with excessive absences may be dropped from the course. Missing more than two laboratory meetings will result in a failing grade for BIOL 1134 or removal from the course. For the lab part of the course, you will be instructed by a teaching assistant who will go over all of the specifics pertaining to lab in your first lab meeting. Students should refer to the current MSU Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policy on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities. For example, see page 27 for information on class attendance policy and page 4 for the student honor creed.

Make-up exams will be administered ONLY FOR EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES OR UNIVERSITY-AUTHORIZED ABSENCES. You MUST present a valid university excuse to me and/or make arrangements with me BEFORE an exam is missed in order to be able to make up a missed lecture exam.  If a make-up exam is granted, it should be taken immediately (i.e. before exams are passed back to the class).  DO NOT MISS AN EXAM!!!!  Academic honesty must be practiced at all times. Any instances of academic dishonesty may result in a zero being assigned for a test or assignment and repeated dishonesty can result in an F as a final course grade.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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