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Karen E. Petersen
ZOOL 118
Seattle Campus

Survey of Physiology

Human physiology, for nonmajors and health sciences students. Offered: AWSpS.

Class Description

Students will learn a little about scientific methods that are used in physiological research. A discussion of methods should illustrate how a student can evaluate reports by news media that describe recent breakthroughs in medicine or patient treatment.

The couse will begin with an introduction of basic chemistry and cell function and then continue with selected organ systems. I will discuss the muscular & nervous systems, blood & lymphatic systems, cardiovascular & respiratory systems, and the urinary & reproductive systems. Normal, physiological functions will be described, then we will discuss some major, health related problems. Students will learn how to maintain or achieve optimal fitness or reduce risks to their long-term health.

The class meets 5 days a week for 50 minute lecture periods. Lecture notes, old exams and other helpful materials are available at my web site: Copies of the course text and other Human Physiology texts are on reserve at the OUGL reserve desk. Films that review class lecture material will be shown prior to exams.

I encourage students to ask questions in class or e-mail questions, in addition, students are encouraged to form their own study groups. Groups should meet regularly to discuss lecture material. Several review sessions will be scheduled prior to each exam so that students can ask questions and review major concepts. The review sessions will be scheduled outside of regular class time at various times & locations.

Recommended preparation

Regular attendance is extremely useful. Specific content can vary from the lecture notes, and the notes cannot provide the full depth or emphasis a topic may receive in a class discussion. Numerous illustrations are used in class to clarify topics. These additional illustrations come from a variety of sources that cannot be found in the lecture notes or the text.

Asking questions is extremely beneficial. Despite the large class size, be willing to ask for clarification of a topic. If you didn't understand, many students probably didn't understand & could use help. If you can't ask during class, send me an e-mail message. I'll respond to you, and if its an important question, I will discuss it in class.

Exams will test you on some basic information, but some questions will require you to integrate several ideas or to use concepts. Simple memorization of definitions or key words is insufficient.

Your studying should focus on several levels: Preparation - briefly read text & notes before class During class - take some additional notes & stay focused Review - go over the lecture later & verify that you understand the material, and link the sequence of lectures together

Exam practice - Take the sample exams & see how well you perform. If particular questions puzzle you, ask questions about them. Write down all major topics & then try to fill in the blanks without looking at the book or your notes. This tests your recall & familiarity. Work with others to quiz yourself & verify that you correctly understand the material

Class Assignments and Grading

There are no outside assignments other than the lecture exams. Students are thus expected to keep up with readings and lecture material on their own.

Grades are primarily derived from scores on multiple choice exams. Five exams are given during the quarter, and a student's best 4 scores are used to calculate an average score. Exams are given at approximately two week intervals during the quarter.

The last exam is given during finals week, and although it is not a cumulative exam, all students MUST TAKE THE FINAL to get a grade.

Unannounced quizes will be given periodically during the quarter. Each quiz will include materials from 1-2 prior lectures & will be worth 1-3 points typically. Each quiz is meant to review a few points from prior lectures and reinforce a particular topic that will be covered on a lecture exam. Hopefully the quizes will encourage students to study regularly & attend class. The quiz points are bonus points that are added into your total score at the end of the quarter.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Karen E. Petersen
Date: 08/28/2000