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Ronald E Stenkamp
B STR 301
Seattle Campus

General Anatomy

Survey of systemic human anatomy, including human skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system, urinary system, and reproductive system. For second-, third-, and fourth-year undergraduates. Offered: Sp.

Class description

Biostr 301 (Survey of Human Anatomy) introduces the student to human anatomy, stressing the relationship between form and function. Tissues and gross anatomy will be covered, with an emphasis on how structure relates to the function of organs and organ systems. Clinical examples will be discussed. Helen Sherk and Ron Stenkamp are co-chairs for the course.

Student learning goals

Acquire a working knowledge of basic anatomical terminology.

Learn to recognize anatomical structures in illustrations and, where appropriate, in medical images (X-ray, MRI, CT scan).

Know how structures in a given organ contribute to its function.

Gain an understanding of normal anatomy sufficient to interpret and evaluate information from health care providers, and from news and web sources.

General method of instruction

Lecture: Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 8:30-9:20, Rm. T-439 Health Science Building. Lectures will be video-recorded and available on-line. Attendance at lectures is thus optional (except on Thursdays and exam dates; see below), but for many students attendance is beneficial because they can ask questions, and can hear questions from other students (not audible in video-recordings).

Textbook: Human Anatomy, 2nd edition, K. Saladin. Available at University Bookstore.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Homework: weekly on-line Catalyst quiz (open book). Total points = 100.

In-class mini-quiz every Thursday (fill-in answers, graded in class). Total points = 100.

Exams: Three in-class exams, equally weighted and given during regular class hours (not during finals week). Exams cover material presented since the previous exam; they are not comprehensive. Each exam is worth 120 points. No make-up exams are given in this course.


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 Ronald E Stenkamp
Date: 02/20/2014