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Karen E. Petersen
ZOOL 119
Seattle Campus

Elementary Physiology Laboratory

Prerequisite: ZOOL 118 which may be taken concurrently. Offered: AWSpS.

Class Description

Students will learn some basic physiology of the human body. The course emphasizse personal fitness and health issues. Students can measure their own values on a variety of fitness tests, if they wish. At the end of the quarter, a student can have some overall estimate of their own physical health.

Students will learn to search for scientific information using the UW library system and the internet. They will learn to synthesize and simplify that information for a general audience. They will get some practical experience in public speaking or writing.

This lab may be taken simultaneously with Zoology 118. The two courses overlap in some of their content and the hands-on experience of the lab reinforces what students learn in Zoology 118. Students may also take this lab during another quarter, after they have completed Zoology 118.

Lab notes and additional support materials are found at my web site:

Students meet once a week for 2 hour lab sessions. A teaching assistant will give them a brief introduction to the week's topics and experiments. Students spend approximately 1 hour on experiemnts or tests. The class will summarize the experiments by answering a series of review questions in the remaining class time.

During the last 2-3 weeks of the quarter, most students will give 10-12 minute oral presentations on a physiological topic chosen earlier. Prior to this date, students will turn in their reference choices and written summaries of their presentations.

Recommended preparation

Eaach student should read the introductory material for each lab prior to coming to class. They can read more on the topics in any physiology text.

Students are encouraged to ask questions during the laboratory experiments and during the disscussions to ensure they understand the information. Studying with lab partners is encouraged to help students prepare for quizes.

In preparation for their reports, students are encouraged to ask for advice, either to find good references or to understand scientific papers they are reading. We are alwasy happy to give students some guidance to ensure the quality of a student's final presentation. Finally, a student should practice their oral presentation to judge the timing and become familiar with the material.

Class Assignments and Grading

Students are expected to attend all laboratory sessions and participate in the disscussions of review questions. At approximately 2 week intervals, students will take quizes that cover 1-2 previous lab sessions.

Students are given several assignments for completion of their report. First, students submit a list of references so that we know they can find information from a variety of resources on their topic. Second they submit an outline & a 1 page summary of their report. We can give the student advice to improve of focus their report. Finall,y each student finishes the quarter with their report.

Some quarters, most students will be required to give an oral presentation. Sometimes, because of time limits, a portion of the students may be asked to turn in a written report.

Grades are based on a 100 point total as follows: Attendance & participation - 20 points Best 3 quizes (each quiz = 15 pts)- 45 points Report divided into 3 parts: Reference list - 5 points Outline & Summary - 10 points Oral or Written presentation - 20 points

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