SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2024 6:58:52 PMPHYSIO 58 Course Outline as of Summer 2007

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Discipline and Nbr:  PHYSIO 58Title:  INTRO HUMAN PHYSIO  
Full Title:  Introduction to Human Physiology
Last Reviewed:1/27/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This is an introductory course in human physiology, organized around body systems and the theme of homeostasis. The course is designed for the beginning student preparing for health-related fields, especially vocational nursing, radiologic technology, massage, or those with a general interest in the function of the human body. This course will entail less bio-chemical and quantitative details than taught in the general physiology course (e.g., Physiology 1), focusing on the fundamental concepts of physiology. (Not intended for physical education, nursing (RN), dental hygiene, or physical therapy majors.)


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of Chem 60. Eligibility for Engl 1A.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introductory course in human physiology for beginning students preparing for these health-related fields: vocational nursing, radiologic technology, massage, or those with a general interest in function of the human body. (Not intended for physical education, registered nursing (RN), Dental Hygiene, or physical therapy majors.)
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of Chem 60. Eligibility for Engl 1A.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1997
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1997Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1.  Define homeostasis and explain how feedback mechanisms function to
maintain homeostasis.
2.  Describe the function of the major organ systems of the body,
including the nervous, endocrine, muscular, circulatory, respiratory,
digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive systems.
3.  Identify the roles of the nervous and endocrine systems in regulation
of other organ systems.
4.  Compare and contrast the basic mechanisms by which organ systems of
the body maintain homeostasis.
5.  Explain how the structure of cells supports the function of organ
6.  Conduct simple physiological experiments using standard laboratory
7.  Apply knowledge about the function of the body to understanding the
physiological basis for some of the major diseases and disorders of the
human body.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introductory concepts
   a.  scientific method
   b.  levels of biological organization
   c.  homeostasis
2.  Cell structure and function
   a.  macromolecules
   b.  organelles
   c.  cell membranes
   d.  ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and enzymes
3.  Control systems: nervous and endocrine
   a.  neurons, membrane potentials, synapses
   b.  structure and function of CNS (central nervous system), PNS
(peripheral nervous system), ANS (autonomic nervous system)
   c.  sensory receptors, transduction
   d.  endocrine glands, hormones
4.  Muscle System
   a.  skeletal, cardiac, smooth muscle
   b.  muscle contraction
5.  Circulatory System
   a.  basic plan of circulation
   b.  cardiac cycle
   c.  blood vessels and blood pressure
   d.  regulation of cardiac output, blood pressure
   e.  basis for heart attack, hypertension, atherosclerosis
6.  Respiratory System
   a.  ventilation
   b.  gas exchange
   c.  regulation of respiratory rate
   d.  description of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
7.  Urinary System
   a.  formation of urine
   b.  regulation of salt and water balance
   c.  regulation of acid - base balance
8.  Digestive System
   a.  organs and enzymes of digestion
   b.  factors that affect absorption
9.  Immune System
   a.  injury and infection
   b.  organs, cells and molecules that provide immune defense
10. Reproductive System
   a.  organs and hormones involved in sperm production
   b.  organs and hormones of menstrual cycle, pregnancy, parturition,
11. Laboratory exercises
   a. homeostasis
   b. blood chemistry
   c. enzyme activity
   d. reflex arc
   f. senses
   g. muscle contraction
   h. cardiac function
   i. pulmonary function
   j. renal function
   k. acid base balance
   l. glucose tolerance test

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1. Read an average of 25-40 pages of text per week
2. Laboratory experiments and data collection
3. Written laboratory reports, 2-4 per month
4. Written homework assignments may be required
5. Examinations: weekly quizzes, 3 lecture exams, a cumulative exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 50%
Lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 80%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Class attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSIOLOGY: A Human Perspective by Lauralee
Sherwood,2005; West Publishers, third edition
Sciences Instructor, 2006

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