BISHOP MCGU1NNESS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Human anatomy and physiology is a generalized course introducing the student
to the various organ systems within the human organism. Students will make
use of models and comparative animal anatomy.
A study of the anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of the human
body. Emphasis will be placed on learning the major systems of the body and
developing dissection techniques and skills. Students will be expected to
handle a rigorous course of study. Course objectives will be accomplished by
lecture, lab work, and independent research reports.
I. Introduction to Human
Anatomy and Physiology
A.Characteristics of Life 15
B.Levels of Organization
II. Basic Biology Review
A.Introductory Chemistry 15
C.Cell Structure and Function
III. Histology (Tissues of the Body) 12
IV. Cat Dissection
A.Feline Body Systems incorporated
into unit V,
V. Support and Movement
A.Integumentary System (Skin)
B. Skeletal System
unit Content Time/days
V. Support and Movement
C. Muscular System 25
D. Lab Activities and dissection
VI. Shark Dissection
A. Shark Body Systems incorporated into
VII. Integration and Control 30
A. Nervous System
B. Endocrine System
C. Lab Activities and Dissection
VIII. The Continuity of Life 25
A. Male and Female Reproductive Systems
B. Pregnancy and Birth
Shier, David et al.: Holes Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology.
Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003
1. Be Prompt: You must be in your seat ready to work when the bell
2. Be Prepared: You must bring pens, pencils, paper, notebooks,
textbook, etc. to class daily unless told otherwise. These items will not be
provided for you.
3. Be Respectful: Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before
4. Be Cautious: Follow all safety rules at all times.
5. Absolutely No Food or Drinks allowed in the classroom. This includes
candy and gum.
6. Be Neat: Put trash in trash cans not inside desks or lab tables. As
a science student you will be expected to act responsibly in terms of
environmental stewardship. In other words, recycle what can be recycled and
throw away properly what cannot.
EXPECTATIONS: You will be expected to comply with the following:
1. Follow all lab safety rules.
2. Your class is a team of learners. Therefore, you will be expected to
be respectful of others in both conversation and property.
3. Complete all assignments by the respective due date. Late work will
not be accepted.
4. If you know you are going to miss class due to a school sponsored
activity (sports, clubs, etc.) you must turn in your assignment before you
miss class. This year the science test day will be on Monday. It is your
responsibility to arrange for make-up work. Please make up missed homework,
labs, quizzes, and tests promptly.
5. Study your notes and materials nightly. Quizzes will be given daily.
6. Be prepared to respond to questions in class daily and participate
in class activities.
7. Use restroom, phone and take care of other personal business during
breaks. You will be allowed only two hall passes per nine weeks. Therefore,
you must use and choose wisely.
8. Both cats and sharks will be used for comparative study through
dissection. Therefore, you should be comfortable with dissection and be able
to handle lab practical which will test your mastery of dissection material.
EVALUATION: Tests, Labs, Major Projects 35%
Homework, Class work 35%
Quizzes, Minor projects 15%
Current Events 15%
Exams are administered at the end of the first and second semesters. The mid
term exam will cover material from the first and second quarters. The final
exam will cover material from the third and fourth quarters. Exams count as
20% of the semester average.