BIOLOGY BIOL 2600, Human Physiology, Fall, 2017, COURSE INFORMATION
Lecture: Monday - Wednesday - Friday, 12:00 - 12:50 pm
Professor: W. S. Stark, william.stark@slu.edu
Office hours: by appointment
Usually, drop-ins and appointments will be welcome at any time I am not busy or "booked"
Course web site: http://starklab.slu.edu/Physio/SyllabPhysio.htm

SUGGESTED Text (optional):
Fox, Human Physiology, 12th ed 2011, McGraw Hill. ISBN 978-0-07-337811-4
(or 13th edition ISBN 978-0-07-340362-5) (or 14th edition ISBN 978-0-07-783637-5)

This course is specifically designed as the third, and possibly final, biology semester for Biomedical Engineering (BME) majors. It is assumed that most students had BIOL1040 (Principles of Biology I) and BIOL1060 (Principles of Biology II). Students lacking that background will be expected to pick up any gaps on their own. This course is also targeted toward students with an engineering background. 200-level courses do not count toward the biology major.

TESTS: There are 3 in-class hourly exams and a final. Each in-class hourly exam will cover only the material in the immediately previous 12 or 13 lectures (after the previous hourly exam). Each hourly test is 50 questions, short answer, typically four questions from each lecture. The Final Exam is cumulative, covering the entire semester. The final exam is 75 questions, short answer, typically 2 questions for each lecture. Each outline gives questions and answers used over a 7 year period, and tests from the previous 6 years remain linked to the syllabus.

NEW 2017: Most of the exam questions will come word-for-word from the questions at the bottom of each outline. This is good for you! (You will do better, and it will be easier to study) This is also good for me! (It will be easier for me to write the tests and I will be happier grading better tests)

The dates and times are respectively:
FIRST IN-CLASS EXAM - Monday, October 2, 12 pm
SECOND IN-CLASS EXAM - Friday, November 6, 12 pm
THIRD IN-CLASS EXAM - Monday December 11, 12 pm
FINAL EXAM - Wednesday December 13, 12:00-1:50 pm

Final exams for all courses are organized on a campus-wide basis; I cannot change the time. Each test will be graded on a curve like last year's (posted). Your lowest in-class exam will not be included in your final grade. This means that you can afford to miss (or do poorly on) one hourly exam. If you miss more than one test, a zero will be entered for the second or third tests missed. I strongly urge you to take all tests. If you take all 3 hourly tests, then I will discount your lowest test, and you will benefit. Your midterm grade will be your grade on the first hourly exam, so you must take that one. Keep in mind that you will not have any more formal grade informtion than this midterm grade by the last date to drop. Last year, the final course distribution was a 3.63 curve (very generous).

ATTENDANCE: It would be nice, but if the class is in Biology extension Building, as presently planned, I do not know what to say. Except that this course has sufficient web presence that it may function for you as an on-line course. However I do need you to get down there for the exams.

STUDYING TIPS: Tests will be based on lecture. I suggest class attendance as the most strategic way to approach this course. Take thorough notes during lecture since the web outlines and slide pdfs, useful for taking notes, are superficial, At home, carefully correlate your text assignments with your notes and podcasts. Friends' notes can also be useful study aids. The best way to justify your tuition expense and the commitment of some of the best years of your life is to share the professor's emphasis, interpretation and enthusiasm. The archive of information in the book can be difficult without help. By visiting with the material in lectures, notes and reading you can make the material inviting and get the maximum benefit.

There is a hyperlink for the Objectives of this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2004 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2005 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2006 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2007 Assessment report for this course
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There is a hyperlink for the 2009 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2010 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2011 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2012 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2013 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2014 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2015 Assessment report for this course
There is a hyperlink for the 2016 Assessment report for this course

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Good luck and best wishes for a productive semester!

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