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Course ID: BIO201
Title: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 4.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 14657

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 8/25/2014

Weeks: 16

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Daniel Ramos

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Software:

A PC (this course is not MAC compatible), Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader and Flash Player are required for this course. Please refer to your MySite page and click on the Software Purchase link for information on purchasing Word.

Required Textbook:

Title: Human Anatomy & Physiology pkg
Author: Marieb
ISBN: 9781256515456

Package includes: 10 system CD, Brief Atlas, PAL CD, and PAL Access code

Title: Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab manual w/Physio-X CD
Author: Marieb
ISBN: 9780558059064

Optional Materials:

Title: Study Guide for Human Anatomy & Physiology
Author: Marieb
ISBN: 9780805373059

Title: Anatomy & Physiology Coloring Workbook: A Complete Study Guide
Author: Marieb
ISBN: 9780321960771

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Study of structure and function of the human body. Topics include cells, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system.
Official Course Prerequisites
(BIO156 or BIO181 with a grade of "C" or better or one year of High School biology with a grade of "C" or better) and (a grade of "C" or better in RDG091 or eligibility for CRE101 as indicated by reading placement test score). CHM130 or higher or one year of High School chemistry suggested but not required.
Please Note
Rio Salado College additionally requires that you have earned a C or better within the last eight years in BIO 181 or BIO 156 or have earned a C or better in High School Biology within the last five years.

Official Course Description Fall 2015 and beyond

Official Course Competencies
  1. Describe and apply anatomical terminology.
  2. Describe multicellular organization.
  3. Distinguish and describe major tissue types.
  4. Describe the structure and function of the integumentary system.
  5. Describe the structure and function of the skeletal system.
  6. Describe the structure and function of the muscular system.
  7. Describe the structure and function of the nervous system.
  8. Define homeostasis and describe specific examples for the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.

Course Requirements

There are thirteen lab quizzes, nine lesson quizzes, and three exams. This is a four credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to devote a minimum of 12-15 hours per week on your course and lab work.

Note: A passing average (60% or higher) must be earned in the laboratory portion of the course in order to receive a passing grade for the course. If a student does not earn an average of 60% or better on the laboratory portion of the class, the student will receive a failing grade for the class, even if the class grade, including all other assignments, is passing.

Time Requirements

This is a four credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to devote a minimum of 12-15 hours per week on your course and lab work.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 4,930 possible points for this course.

Lesson Quizzes = 900 Points
Lab Quizzes = 1300 Points
Exams = 2730 Points
Total Points Possible = 4,930 Points

Thirteen Lab Quizzes = ~26% of total grade

  • There are thirteen timed, password protected lab quizzes in the course.

Nine Lesson Quizzes = ~19% of total grade

  • Lesson quizzes are multiple choice with questions coming from the assigned chapters in the textbook.

Three exams = ~55% of total grade.

  • There are three tests which must be taken in person.

Note: An average of 60% or better on the three exams must be earned in order to receive a passing grade for the course. For example, if a student earns a 50% on the first exam, a 60% on the second exam, and a 64% on the third exam, the average on the exams would be a 58% and therefore the student would receive a failing grade for the course, even if the class grade, including all other assignments, is passing.

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

4437 - 4930 (90% - 100%) = A
3944 -4436 (80% - 89%) = B
3451 - 3943 (70% - 79%) = C
2958 - 3450 (60% - 69%) = D
< 2957 (0% - 59%) = F

Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of possible points.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade that is higher than what was earned by the total points. Point adjustments will not be made for such things as class participation or other subjective factors.

Extra credit is not available for this course.


There are three required in person exams for this course. Please review the "Grading Procedure and Scale" portion of your syllabus for details. Your course materials may give specific information about these exams and make suggestions for test preparation.

Check your course schedule posted in the announcement area by your instructor for specific due dates for your exam(s).

The exams consist of 90 questions and one essay question and are broken into three sections. Parts 1 and 2 each contain 45 multiple choice questions and Part 3 contains one essay question. You will have 90 minutes to complete Part 1 and Part 2 (45 minutes for Part 1 and 45 minutes for Part 2) and 30 minutes to complete the essay response in Part 3. There is a timer in the upper right hand corner of the exam to help you keep track of your progress.

In-person exams are given at various locations throughout the valley for students who live in Maricopa County.

You may view information on Testing Sites to select the testing location and hours of operation that fit your needs. You may also contact our information line at (480) 517-8560.

Students who reside outside Maricopa County or who are registered with Disability Resources and Services can request a proctor. Please contact the Student Services testing center at (480) 517-8560. Requests can be made via the Internet by completing and submitting the proctor request form to Student Services.

In-Person Examination Procedures

  1. There is no appointment necessary to take your exam. Exams can be taken during normal hours of operation at any Rio Salado College testing site.
  2. You must complete the final exam by your course end date.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection, ARTstor Image Collection.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed under the "Readings, Resources, and Assignments" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" sections of the online lessons. The lessons can be accessed from the "Open My Lesson" links on your lesson preview pages.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything that you submit.

Students found posting to or downloading assignments, such as: essays, quizzes, projects, exams or laboratory assignments from free or paid homework, study, or sharing websites will receive a failing grade and be removed from the class.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Cheating and/or plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the course.

Syllabus Acknowledgement

Special Note: The online syllabus acknowledgement found under Lesson 1 will need to be completed prior to accessing any assignments for the class. If the online syllabus acknowledgement is not completed, students will not be able to open or submit any of the assignments for class. Additionally, if a student is purged from class and has been provided permission by the department to be reinstated, the syllabus acknowledgement must be completed upon reinstatement into the class; even if it had been previously completed.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your online schedule posted by your instructor.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

Pursuant to the Attendance policy (AR2.3.2) found in the college catalog, students must remain active participants in this online class. When a student fails to participate for more than 7 days in an 8 week class, or for more than 14 days in a 16 week class, they will not be allowed to continue to participate in the class.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Academic Adjustment Needs & Disability Resources and Services

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

  • you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

  • you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

  • you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)


1 Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation 2.8.1:

2 Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services website:


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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