BIO 201: Human Anatomy & Physiology I

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Course Description

  • This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence designed primarily to provide students preparing for careers in health-related professions with a basic knowledge of the structure of the human body and a fundamental understanding of the physiological processes that constitute life. Topics include cells, tissues, integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous, and sensory systems. 
  • This hybrid course includes online assignments and hands-on laboratory experience (such as experimentation, microscopy, observation, and dissection).


Prerequisites for the course

  • BIO 181 or permission of instructor


Required materials for the course

  • Textbook, Laboratory manual, and Course packet
  • Check the CCC Bookstore or current course syllabus for specifics on these materials.


Course schedule format

  • Lecture and lab sessions occur together in one 2.5 hour section.  We meet twice per week in Lab 507 of the Lone Tree campus.  Expect to be in class each session for the full time period (breaks are available), as we have a lot to do each period.  If you miss a class period, contact the instructor to keep up on the material (don't just wait until the next period to find out what you missed).
  • A schedule of specific daily activities can be found in the syllabus and in the course's Canvas shell.


Course activities

  • Lectures will cover the major points of each chapter.  The course packet contains summary sheets - lists of terms and concepts to know for each chapter - that will be invaluable for studying for exams.
  • Labs will allow students to review and reinforce the concepts from lecture.  Working in groups of 3-4 students, you will spend over half of the period handling materials in the lab as you review the concepts.  There will be plastic models, clay structures to build, microscope slides to view, dry erase activities, and dissections to perform.
  • Review exercises will occur during and after each lab, helping you to reinforce the concepts recently covered.  These will help you determine what you are strong in and what you need to study as you prepare for your lecture exams and lab practical exams.
  • There may be graded activities during the labs.  Your instructor will inform you about these activities as they arise.



  • Written exams will occur approximately every two weeks, covering roughly two chapter's worth of material.  You will take these exams by yourself (no notes, no books) in class.  There will be a set time limit for completing this exam.  There are practice exams in your course packet and on Canvas; use these.
  • Lab practical exams will cover material found in the course packets that pertain to our lab activities.  These will test materials and skills presented in lab (exercises, readings, models, microscopic slides, dissection specimens).  There are review materials on Canvas.
  • Final exam will occur at the end of the semester.  This exam will be comprehensive over all of the material of the course.  Use the summary sheets to prepare for this exam.
  • Other graded assignments may be added to the course.  The instructor will inform you of these assignments as they approach.


Succeeding in the course

  • Keep track of upcoming lectures, labs, and assignments.
  • Read the chapters and labs before arriving.  If lecture sounds a little familiar, it becomes a much more useful time than hearing everything new for the first time during lecture.
  • Take good notes.  Don't try to write down every single word.  Write down big concepts and key terms.  Make notes to research for later.
  • Within 24 hours of lecture, re-read the chapter.  Re-write your lecture notes, filling in the details that you wanted to research.  Write the concepts in terms and phrases that make sense to you.
  • Create study sheets, note cards, or flash cards.  Use these routinely to keep all of the material fresh and current in your mind.
  • Plan to spend at least 10-15 hours each week outside of class on preparing for and review after lectures and studying for exams.
  • Review with your classmates.  Explaining concepts to each other is a proven way to increase memory and improve overall performance.
  • Don't give up.  Keep track of your exams and where your grades stand in the course.  If you aren't doing as well as you would like, talk to the instructor, your classmates, or Student Services about how to improve your performance in the course.


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