BI-421: Human Physiology

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-421 Human Physiology

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 3 lab hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-201, and either BI-202 or BI-235

Course Description in college catalog:

A comprehensive study of human function. Biological chemistry, cellular metabolism, and organ to systemic processes are discussed. Homeostatic mechanisms are stressed. Laboratory exercises demonstrate physiological principles using living systems and train the student in electronic instrumentation and in the use of the computer in report preparation. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Health Sciences

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Integrate understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms with functions of organs and organ systems.

  2. Understand basic normal physiology of the different systems of the human body and how they integrate in the organism as a whole.

  3. Become fluent in discussing issues of pathological or abnormal human physiology.

  4. Be critical of information provided by various sources.

  5. Carry out experimental procedures that demonstrate physiological principles and draw appropriate conclusions based on experimental results.

  6. Correlate experimental procedures performed in class with physiological processes.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of normal physiology to understanding of disorders or dysfunctions.

  2. Correlate knowledge of normal and pathological physiological processes with treatment options.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

In-class written exams will be used to assess student learning. The exams in the laboratory part of the course will be in part practical. In addition, a number of homework assignments will be given, online via Blackboard or as hard copies. Group projects and in-class oral presentations as part of high-impact practices may also be employed.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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