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Important Dates:
The class generally meets Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8:45 PM from August 20th, 2018 to December 10th, 2018 (Final Exam Day).
Below are important dates to remember:
August 26th: Last Day to ADD without a Permission number
August 31st: Last Day to ADD with permission number or Add Card
September 3rd: 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
...It is also Census Day
November 16th: Last Day to withdraw and receive a 'W' (fees due even if you drop this day);
...It is also Attendance Verification Roster due date
December 10th: Final Exam 

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 is great. It can be ordered at
As far as Anatomy Atlases, I recommend Frank Netter’s, which is the main one used throughout the medical community. 
The Atlas of Anatomyby Gilroy through Thieme Publisher is one of the best and more precise other ones I have found.

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 (taken at the end of class) 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).

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.

 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 [email protected] 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. Most classes have a LAB associated with it. Most of those have a homework portion to it that you have to turn in completed on the Monday’s following the week of the labs. The turned in work will be checked and graded. Combined, the LAB work carries 100 points.

In this class, we will have a group project. In groups of 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 Health Awareness Portion of the class has an ongoing group text component designed to help create good, basic health habits. Each of us participate in those over the semester. This part of the class is valued at 100 points.  

The class has 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 session you miss don’t carry a penalty, however, thereafter, each missed session will cost you 10 points.

 This totals 800 possible points (Pre-view questions: 100; LAB: 100; Presentation: 100; GroupText 100; 3 Exams: 300; Participation: 100) In terms of the letter grade, 90-100% or 720-800 points gives an ‘A’; 80-89% (640-719 points) a ‘B’, 70-79% (560-639 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 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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Do you know about TED talks? They are talks on technology, entertainment, or design that are 20 minutes long or less. There are thousands of them. An expert of a field presents their interest, accomplishments, or ideas to an audience in clarity and language that we all can understand.
In each section, I try to find an appropriate talk or two that I urge you to watch while you work through the material. They are inspiring and break up the studying, which, honestly, at times can be a bit boring. These talks here I found interesting as it comes to learning. Enjoy.

Let's get back to something more fun. The Video 'The Incredible Human Machine' is an amazing account to how incredible life and the human body is. Kick back and watch this great video below:
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