SRJC Course Outlines

6/23/2024 11:04:12 PMPHYSIO 1 Course Outline as of Fall 2008

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYSIO 1Title:  HUMAN PHYSIO  
Full Title:  Human Physiology
Last Reviewed:5/8/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled3.008 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total7.00 Contact Total122.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 262.50 

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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Cellular mechanisms underlying normal functions of body systems including neuromuscular, endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, renal, respiratory, immune and reproductive.  Selected examples of disturbances to normal functioning of these systems will be related to homeostatic mechanisms. Laboratory experiments are conducted to illustrate major principles associated with these systems.  (Intended for physical therapy, nursing, and dental hygiene students)  

Completion of CHEM 60 or higher and Completion of BIO 10 or higher

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Cellular mechanisms underlying normal functions of systems including neuromuscular, endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, renal, respiratory, immune and reproductive.  Laboratory experiments included.  (Intended for physical therapy, nursing, and dental hygiene students.)  
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of CHEM 60 or higher and Completion of BIO 10 or higher
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: BIOL 120B Human Physiology with Lab SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYZ1

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Describe the characteristics of the scientific method and how it forms
   the basis of all modern scientific research.
2.  Define homeostasis and explain how feedback mechanisms function to
   maintain homeostasis.
3.  Explain relationships between structure and function at the molecular,
   cellular, and systems level of biological organization.
4.  Explain how the structures of proteins and cells support the function
   of organ systems.
5.  Compare and contrast the basic mechanisms by which cells, organs, and systems of the body carry their specific physiological functions and maintain homeostasis.
6.  Describe and evaluate the body's response to some major physiological
   stressors such as exercise, fasting, severe temperature extremes,
   injury, hemorrhage, infection, and diarrhea.
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.
8.  Conduct physiological experiments that elucidate the functions of the
   body's organ systems.  

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 and enzymes
3.  Control Systems: Nervous and Endocrine
   a. Neurons, membrane potentials, synapses
   b. Structure and function of central, peripheral and autonomic
      divisions of nervous system
   c. Sensory receptors, transduction
   d. Endocrine glands, hormones
4.  Muscle System
   a. Skeletal, cardiac, smooth muscle
   b. Mechanism and control of 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. Mechanisms of ventilation, gas exchange, gas transport
   b. Regulation of respiratory rate
   c. Description of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
7.  Urinary System
   a. Mechanism of 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, molecules and mechanisms 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
   Acid base balance
   Blood chemistry
   Cardiac function
   Enzyme activity
   Glucose tolerance test
   Muscle contraction
   Pulmonary function
   Reflex arc
   Renal function

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1.  Weekly reading in text, 30-60 pages per week.
2.  Lab experiments will be performed.
3.  Lab reports which may include fill in and short answer
   questions, data calculation and graphing.
4.  Research paper may be required, 5-10 pages long, includes library
5.  Formal assessment: 3 to 4 midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam
   including objective and essay questions, 3 to 4 lab practical
   examinations; weekly quizzes may be required.  

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
10 - 20%
Lab reports, research paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Lab practical exams
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
40 - 60%
Quizzes, midterm exams: objective/essay questions
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, by Stuart Ira Fox, 10th Edition, 2008.
Edition, 2007.
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, by Cindy Stanfield and William Germann, 3rd edition,

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