The class generally meets Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8:45 PM from January 22nd, 2018 to May 21st, 2018 (Final Exam Day).
Below are important dates to remember:
Feb 2nd: Last Day to ADD with permission number and Add Card
Feb 4th: Last Day to drop and get $ back (refund) and no 'W' on the transcript; it is also the last day you can ADD the class online with a permission number
Feb 5th: Census Day
Feb 19th: President's Day
April 2nd & 4th: Spring Recess
April 26th: Last Day to withdraw and receive a 'W'; Attendance Verification Roster
May 21st: Final Exam (June 1st: Grade Roster Due)
Resources: I do recommend different textbooks depending on your study preferences. The class is based on ‘The Human Body: An Introduction to Structure and Function’, a nice, compact textbook that can get you quite far in studying A&P and is also a good reference. (Thieme Publisher; Authors: Adolf Faller, Michael Schuenke). A great text that will serve you well during higher level A&P classes is Human Anatomy&Physiology by Elaine Marieb. As far as I’m concerned, an old edition is fine. The one with one of the William’s sisters on the cover I saw on Amazon for under $10! If you are heading towards Bio2 (a semester of straight Anatomy), a good choice is Human Anatomy by F.H. Martini. I saw older editions for about $30 on Amazon. The ‘Human Anatomy Coloring Book’ by Margaret Matt from Dover Coloring Book ordered at Amazon.com
Other resources I utilize often and also potentially recommend:
- Internet: Wikipedia is great. I like their information. Not found inaccuracies, plus I often like their pictures.
- YouTube has awesome help. Check out the Kahn academy for example. I post a bunch of videos too.
- I use Google a ton when I’m trying to find pictures to either understand or ways to teach a concept.
- TED talks I use for inspiration.
- Apps: On my iphone, I find Bones lite, Anatomy lite, as well as 3D brain very useful. For $: VisualAnatomy, VisibleBody
Contacting the Instructor / Office Hours:
My office hours are from 5 - 6 PM Monday & Wednesday's before class begins, as well as after class. Please communicate with me via text to make an appointment.
I can be reached via text at (510) 387 2946. Always announce who you are in a text, please.
Attendance: Attendance is an important part of the class. It will be monitored throughout the semester and is part of the final grade. You may be dropped for non-attendance if you miss more than five classes in a row. I expect you to attend all class meetings, watch or read assignments, and be aware of the dates of exams. In the event of an absence, it is your responsibility to obtain missed information (lecture notes, announcements, handouts).
Class Setup: This class is probably a little different. In order to create multiple exposures to the material, which helps one learn in more in depth, I have you do some of your homework prior to class. I want you to print out class notes (or use e-reader) from this website and watch youtube videos going through the lecture. I then have you answer me questions and send the answers via email prior to class. That way, when we meet, you already have done what used to be the meaningless 'read the chapter before class'. It is sensible to expose the mind to the material before class, it's just a bit annoying (as my grand-daughter would say) to read so much stuff that puts one to sleep so easily; so I thought videos would be easier and more convenient.
Once in class, we commonly at the beginning go through the previous material in one form or another, have the new lecture, and then do a lab that is hopefully relevant.
Academic Dishonesty (Cheating):
While I try to design my exams in a manner that makes cheating difficult, occasionally someone tries. When you cheat, you cheat yourself. When you help someone cheat, you do him or her a great disservice. Studying is hard and can be a painful process at times. Cheating to me indicates a greater problem; it shows that one wants to get by without putting in the necessary effort. I don’t like it as a professional nor as a person, so don’t do it unless you want to be dropped from the class immediately and have a talk with the Dean about your action.
Having said that, I don’t think any of my students are slackers. I respect you as equals. Take pride in your work. If you are worried about passing a test, don’t cheat, rather come talk to me and I try to help you get through it. I myself have a background of test anxiety and learning disabilities – I understand and am here to help.
Numbering system: It is easier for me to organize large amounts of paper using numbers, rather than letters.
Every Student will receive a number to put next on their name on everything that is turned into me.
Grading: The grade for this class is composed of multiple components.
Before class, I expect you to watch the lecture videos and answer questions about it. Sending the answers via email to firstname.lastname@example.org gives you 100 points towards the final grade. Instead of gaining points for work turned-in, you will be loosing some if the work is not turned in on-time. I will spot-check the answers, but they will be mostly discussed in class. You get away with 3 times not turning in work; thereafter you will loose 5 points each time.
Many of the Labs are anatomy based, which means you have to label body parts. Plainly, you have to label things and remember the names. The best way to study such material is via retrieval exercises. Most of the homework from the labs are picture labeling exercises. Labs combined are valued at 100 points towards the final grade.
In this class, we will have a group project. In groups of 2 to 3, you will research a common pathology and compile useful information about treatment to then present to the class. See below for a better description of it. That project is valued at 100 points.
The class has 3 examinations. Each is valued at 100 points. The first one consists of True/False as well as multiple-choice questions. The second one is a lab test having you label parts on models. The third test is a combination of the first two. Test 1 + 3 requires for you to bring a scantron. Beware that examinations cannot be made up. If you’re late, the rule is that you cannot start once the first student leaves the classroom. Having said that, do not drop the class because you’ve missed an exam. I will work with you depending on the situation.
The last part of the grade consists of your attendance. I can measure participation that way. The main point value given for this part is 100 points. The first 3 sessions you miss don’t carry a penalty, however, thereafter, each missed session will cost you 10 points.
This totals 700 possible points (Pre-view questions: 100; LAB: 100; Presentation: 100;
3 Exams: 300; Participation: 100)
In terms of the letter grade, 90-100% or 630-700 points gives an ‘A’; 80-89% (560-629 points) a ‘B’, 70-79% (490-559 points) a ‘C’; everything below is an ‘F’.
There is NO EXTRA CREDIT in this class. I believe you have enough means to make a good grade if you work hard.
Pathology Presentation Project
In this wonderful world of choices, I encounter a lot of confusion from patients and students about what to do about their health problems. I have learned over the years, that we often overlook the obvious and reach for the complicated. In medicine, we often deaden the symptom instead of also considering improving body function to make it feel or work better.
Our lifestyle is most important in keeping us healthy, yet, nutrition for example is rarely what we learn about at the doctor’s office.
In this class, we will learn about things we can do to improve body function. I also ask you to do a group project (groups of 2-3 students) and invest some time into researching a common pathology.
The main questions I want you to research are:
- Describe pathology and functional organ deficit / abnormality;
- Common medical treatment;
- Self-help / home remedies, lifestyle changes to aid prevention
The information then is compiled and written up in an electronic or paper brochure. Short group presentations to the class help for everybody to benefit from the wisdom gained. It is my goal to have a library of the presentations for download, so they may find use in the community.
Common topics: Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, knee arthritis, frozen shoulder, cancers, respiratory diseases such as asthma, common cold or flu, etc.
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