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Anatomy and Physiology

A&P Course Expectations


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Course Description:

Welcome to A&P. In this class we will study the structures and functions of the parts of the human body. We'll explore questions such as: What did Kendrick Perkins do to his knee? How does the body fight off disease? How can a fetus control a mother's hormones? If I can drink Dr. Pepper, why does one of its ingredients make my muscles hurt so much when I exercise? What did Tom Brady do to his knee? These topics can be fascinating as well as challenging. What did Dustin Pedroia due to his, umm, foot?

This class should provide a good preparation for college nursing, medical technology, pre-med, and other allied health fields. We’ll do labs involving microscopes, real bones, and dissections of the heart. We’ll learn how to take blood pressure. Whenever possible we will connect our learning to medical and "real life" situations. Expect to use the newspapers and magazines as resources..

From the Program of Study: “Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory course primarily intended for students planning careers in health and medical related fields such as nursing, medical or dental technology physical therapy and occupational therapy. Major topics include morphology and physiology of the cell and interactions of the body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, nervous, immune and reproductive systems. Anatomy and physiology includes laboratory activities, teacher demonstrations, classroom lectures and dissections.

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James Dixon


School-Wide Academic Expectations for Student Performance (emphasized in this course):

Solve problems analytically and critically

Use technology effectively

Behavioral Expectations:

All rules in the SHS Student Handbook will be enforced.

I think it is reasonable for us to have certain expectations for each other. You can expect me to treat you with respect, as individuals, and to not insult your intelligence. I will come to class prepared, return work in a timely fashion and make the subject as interesting as I know how. I will be available almost every afternoon should you have any problems, questions or comments.

I expect you to treat me and each other with respect, to not insult your own intelligence by taking the lazy way out and saying "I can't do this!" without really trying. You should come to class prepared, ready to think, and with an open mind. I expect you to seek me out after school should you be having any difficulties. It comes down to this: Respect yourself. Respect each other, Respect this place.

Assessment Methodology and Grading Policy:

These will be consistent with the school-wide rubrics, as presented in the student handbook.

Grades will be calculated on a Total Point System and therefore these percentages should serve only as approximations.

Tests and quizzes. At the conclusion of each unit, there will be a major unit exam. These exams will be of varied format including multiple choice, matching, true/false, short essay, and lab practical portions. Smaller quizzes will also be given during the unit. These may be of a surprise nature. Approximately 60-70% of term grade.

Homework and Participation. You will have homework every night. These nightly assignments will often form the basis of the next class activity, or check for understanding of previous work. The most common homework assignment will be note-taking from the textbook. The homework will be crucial to your success on tests and larger assignments. My assessment of your participation in class activities will also affect your grade. Active participation in lab experiments, group and individual work, being prepared to start class with your book and notebook ready, completing class assignments, asking and answering questions (at least trying) will all positively affect your grade. Disrupting class, being poorly prepared, excessive time out of class will adversely affect your grade. You are expected to keep a notebook for this course. I recommend that you have a 3 ring binder that can hold some lined paper for notes/work and that can be used to keep handouts. I will check this periodically. Approximately 15-20% of term grade.

Larger Assignments: Lab reports special projects. We will conduct labs that will require writing lab reports. The format for these will be explained later Approximately 15-20% of term grade.

Suggested materials

3 ring binder
Lined paper
Colored pencils