Physiology I Introduction to Human Physiology

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Physiology I
                                       Introduction to Human Physiology
                                      Los Angeles Mission College  Spring 2009
                                             Instructor: Dr. Ali Ebneshahidi
                        Lecture: W 5:50-8:00 PM (INST-1002); Sat 11:20-12:10 (INST-1002)
                          Laboratory: Sat 8:00 -11:10 (INST-2018); 12:25-3:35 (INST-2018)
                                       Office Hours: Sat 3:35-4:50 (INST-2018)
                  E-mail: Life Science Web Address:

Last Day to Drop without a "W"  February 24
Last Day to Drop with a "W" - May 8

Articulation: Physiology 1 is articulated with CSUN Biology 281 & 282; CSULA Biology 200A/B

Prerequisites: Biology 3, Anatomy 1

Physiology 1 is an intensive lecture and laboratory course that focuses on a variety of physiological topics including
homeostasis, membrane transport, and the function of muscle, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, endocrine,
and reproductive systems. Standard laboratories and computer-assisted laboratories enhance the study of this
interesting subject matter.


    1. To learn the fundamental concepts of human physiology for advancement to certificate programs, allied health
       programs and bachelor degree programs at the university level.
    2. To understand basic laboratory aspects of human body function working individually and in small groups, as will
       be expected in future course work and/or professional endeavors.


Physiology 1 students will explain and describe fundamental homeostatic processes of the human body and how they
are controlled by the endocrine and nervous systems.

Required:        Human Anatomy and Physiology, Elaine N. Marieb and Ktja Hoehn (7th Edition, 2007)
                 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab Manual (Cat Version w/ PhysioEx CD), Marieb (9th Edition, 2005)
                 Physiology Lecture Notes Online, Dr. Ebneshahidi

Quizzes (8 X 15 = 120)

A total of 8 quizzes will be administered during the semester. Each quiz will start at the beginning of class and will take
approximately fifteen minutes. Quizzes will emphasize all reading assignments and material covered in previous class
meetings. The quizzes are intended to stress the importance of reading the assigned material in the text before coming
into the lecture and staying up with the material as the semester progresses. Each quiz will be worth 10 points.
Quizzes cannot be made up.

Laboratory Exercises (approximately 12 X 10 = 120 points)

Students are required to participate, and complete the Review Exercises in the back of the Marieb Laboratory Manual
and return them at the start of class on the following laboratory period. Each week of the Laboratory Exercise
Assignment(s) will be worth 10 points. Incomplete and late Review Exercises will be marked down. Do not
underestimate the significance of these points on the final course grade.

Research Paper (30 points)

Students will be required to research and write a paper on a topic related to a human disease of interest to him/her.
The paper is to be a minimum of five pages double-spaced and typed. The objectives and guidelines will be discussed in
class. Students will also be required to give a brief summary of their paper to the class at the end of the semester
through an oral presentation. Deadlines will be:

   Saturday 3/21                  Topic Selection Submitted in Writing
   Saturday 5/02                  Photocopies of Three Different Sources (Articles or Text Chapters) for the Paper
   Sat 5/23 & 5/30                Oral Presentations of Student Paper Topics to the Class (about 7-10 minutes each)
   Saturday 5/30                  Final Research Paper Due and Oral Presentation to the Class

Midterm Examinations (2 X 120 = 240 points)

There will be 2 midterm examinations scheduled on March 11 and April 22. Examinations will cover material presented
in the textbook reading assignments, the lectures, and each of the laboratories. No make-up examinations will be
given. A student who has an excused absence from one midterm examination will have the percentage earned on the
next exam counted for that missed score.

Final Examination (150 points)

The Final Examination will be given on Wednesday, June 3, from 6:00 -8:00 PM. It will include material from throughout
the course, although it will focus on the last five weeks. No make-up Final Exam will be given. Students should
arrange all personal, family, and vacation plans accordingly.

The total number of points:

Evaluation        Number      X   Points =        Total
Quizzes           8               15               120
Lab Reviews       12              10               120
Term Paper        1               30                30
Midterms          2               120              240
Final Exam        1               150              150

Note: total points are subject to change depending on circumstances during the semester.

Tentative Grading Scale

Point Total             Percentage                Letter Grade

660   -   594           100 - 90                  A
593   -   528            89 - 80                  B
527   -   462            79 - 70                  C
461   -   396            69 - 60                  D
396   -   lower          59 - lower               F


I will remain after class and lab to answer questions and offer individual assistance. Do not be shy. I am here to help
you learn the material and it is a joy for me to help students learn physiology. Do not leave any questions you may have


 Read the textbook prior to attending the lecture!!!!!!!!! You will not remember it all the first time through.
  That is why I am here, to be your cruise director and guide! That is what lecture is meant to be! (1) Read text (2)
  attend lecture (3) study the text and lecture notes. I cannot learn the material for you. But I can sure help make
  sense of it all!!!

 Come to class prepared! This cannot be overemphasized. It is essential for you to read the textbook prior to
  lectures and the laboratories prior to the labs. Lectures are intended to assist you in organizing and
  understanding material, which can be detailed and complex. Becoming familiar with the vocabulary and the
  concepts will make the lectures much more interesting and instructional. Reading the laboratories prior to entering
  the lab is a must! Laboratory time is limited and everyone must know what is to be accomplished.

 Do not fall behind! This is a fast-paced course that covers a lot of material. Seek help before you begin to get in
  trouble. I am here to help you learn.

 Work together! This is not a correspondence course. We get together twice each week and in the laboratory so
 that classmates and lab partners can assist one another in learning physiology. Come to class prepared to learn and
 seek the assistance of others during labs. Read all labs prior to attendance!

 Ask questions! Students should not view their role as passive. Asking questions is actively encouraged.


Each student should purchase ScanTron Answer Sheets for the Midterms, and Final Exam.

                                 Tentative Lecture/Laboratory Schedule
                                 Physiology 1  Spring 2009  Dr. Ebneshahidi
                                          Los Angeles Mission College

DATE     Lecture/Laboratory                                           Reading/Lab Exercise

Week 1
W 2/11   Course Introduction - Homeostasis, Plasma Membrane,          1: 1-12; 2: 25-57
         and cell transport                                           3: all

Sat      Holiday
Week 2
W 2/18   Muscle Contraction and Metabolism                            9: 280-316                   Quiz #1

Sat      Muscle Tissue and Action of Skeletal Muscle                  9: 280-316
         Scientific Method, Scientific Notation, Metrics,             Preface of Lab Manual
         Cell Transport and Permeability  Wet Lab                    Exercise 5A activities 1-6
Week 3
W 2/25   Nervous System, Cells and Membrane Potentials                11: 388-423                  Quiz #2

Sat      The Synapse, Neurotransmitters, and Integration              11: 388-423
         Skeletal Muscle Physiology: Computer Simulation              Exercise 16B- all activities
         Skeletal Muscle Physiology: Human Subjects                   Exercise 16A- activity 4w/BIOPAC
Week 4
W 3/04   Reflex Physiology                                            13: 519-527                  Quiz #3

Sat      Physiology of Autonomic Nervous System                       14: 532-545
         Neurophysiology of Nerve Impulses: Computer Simulation       Exercise 18B- all activities
Week 5
W 3/11   Midterm Exam #1

Sat      Vision                                                       15: 559-578
         Human Reflex Physiology                                      Exercise 22-all activities
         Electroencephalography                                       Exercise 20-all activities
Week 6
W 3/18   Hearing and Equilibrium                                      15: 583-599                  (Paper Topic)

Sat      Composition and Functions of Blood                           17: 647-662
         General Sensation                                            Exercise 23-all activities
         Visual Tests                                                 Exercise 24- activities 5-12
Week 7
W 3/25   Blood: Homeostatic Mechanisms and Diagnostics                17: 662-671                  Quiz #4

Sat      Heart Anatomy and Physiology I                               18: all
         Blood Analysis: Computer simulation                          Exercise 29B- all activities
         Blood                                                        Exercise 29A  Activities 1,2,4,6,7
Week 8
W 4/01   Heart Physiology II                                          18: all                      Quiz #5

Sat      Physiology of Circulation I                                  19: 712-741
         Human Cardiovascular physiology                              Exercise 33A - activities 1,2,4,5,7,8
         Conduction system of the Heart and EKG                       Exercise 31- activity 1B/Biopac

Week 9
W 4/08    Spring Break

Week 10
W 4/15    Physiology of Circulation II                          19: 712-741                Quiz #6

Sat       Physiology of Respiration I                           22: 842-856
          Frog Cardiovascular physiology: Computer Simulation   Exercise 34B- all activities
          Cardiovascular dynamics: Computer simulation          Exercise 33B- activities 1-6

Week 11
W 4/22    Midterm Exam #2
          Physiology of Respiration II                          22: 856-872

Sat       Physiology of respiration II                          22: 856-872
          Respiratory system Mechanics: Computer simulation     Exercise 37B- all activities
          Respiratory system physiology                         Exercise 37A- activity 5

Week 12
W 4/29    Physiology of Digestion                               23: all

Sat       Physiology of Urinary System I                        25: all            (Paper Sources due)
          Chemical and Physical Process of Digestion            Exercise 39B-All activities

Week 13
W 5/06    Physiology of Urinary System II                       25: all                    Quiz #7

Sat       Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance             26: all
          Urinalysis                                            Exercise 41A- all activities
          Renal System Physiology: Computer simulation          Exercise 41B- all activities

Week 14
W 5/13    The Endocrine System: Hormonal Control                16: all

Sat       Reproductive Physiology                               27: 1064-1101
          Endocrine System Physiology: Computer simulation      Exercise 28B- all activities

Week 15
W 5/20    Reproductive Physiology                               27: 1066-1101              Quiz #8

Sat       Immune System: Mechanisms of B and T Cell Response    21: all             (Paper Due)
          Oral Presentations of Student Papers to the Class

Week 16
W 5/27    Immune System: Mechanisms of B and T Cell Response    21: all

Sat       Oral Presentations of Student Papers to the Class

Week 17   Wednesday 6/03/09              Final Examination

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