BIOL 3470 General Physiology Laboratory, Prof. Stark
Spring, 2018 Assessment

Dear class - Please e-mail me your reply with your scores and comments, Thanks! ­p; WSS

This is the course assessment, not the teacher evaluation - those are given separately.

My interpretation of the history of assessment
"Assessment" in Missouri spread after the mid 1980's "Value Added" program of Northeast Missouri State. It was originally intended "to reliably evaluate the quality of educational training." In April, 1998, SLU's Biology Department adopted a policy of having graduating majors take the Graduate Record Exam, interpreting "assessment" as "program assessment." On September 21, 2000, "each faculty member" was charged to "develop an outcome assessment tool." At this time, the interpretation was one of "student outcomes assessment." In December 2002, "course assessment" replaced "student outcomes assessment;" faculty were directed to collect information used to change or improve the course in keeping with SLU's policy ("Assessment results are utilized to improve courses and curriculum"). I do not know what to make of a 2017 shift back to "outcomes" assessment as it relates to "program" assessment in the biology department. So I stick with what I have done in the past.

This questionnaire is also useful to me as a means to give feedback to other contributors to this course.

There is a link to the assessment reports I have prepared since assessment was mandated at SLU:

Here are the objectives of the course:

Students completing this laboratory will have their learning experience for Human Cellular Physiology, Human Physiology, or Exercise Physiology supplemented, reinforced and extended. Students will acquire and analyze data on neuromuscular, sensory, cardiac, endocrine, respiratory and excretory systems. Skills such as critical thinking, data analysis, library searches, and preparation of scientific reports will be emphasized. Specialized physiology hardware and software will stimulate students in their appreciation of changing technology. A substantial lecture component of this laboratory course will dovetail the interface between learning from lecture (and web resources) vs. hands-on components of learning.

"The course fulfilled these objectives and these objectives were resonable."

1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

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Throughout this lab, we explored the many different systems of the body using fun and interactive experiments, which made the lab a lot of fun.

This lab was one of my favorites that I have taken at SLU. It was a perfect combination of fun, academically informative, interactive, and fair. Dr. Stark is an amazing professor with a love for what he is teaching and who he is teaching it too taking a personal interest in his students.

Being able to be hands-on with physiological concepts was very interesting and made this lab very fun and valuable to furthering my biological knowledge.

We learned a lot about critical thinking and data analysis.

great job, I learned a lot about the body.

These labs helped me to understand these topics in a way that was applicable to me. Also, the labs helped see these concepts in a practicle way.

"The lab "notebook," with step by step instructions and clearly spelled out exercises and data collection, allowed students to work well, independently and in their lab groups."

1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

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It was nice the instructions were detailed and listed out step by step so that it was easier to follow the procedure and complete the experiment.

Yes the lab packets were very helpful, we were able to complete the labs on our own with very little help!

In the lab notebook, sometimes tables would be out of order relative to the instructions/procedure and would throw off my data collection, but besides this the lab notebook was good to follow. Also, some of the previous year's data posted on the website was confusing to look through (such as data tables were not labelled and/or were out of order in relation to the lab procedure).

Instructions were, on the whole, very specific.

The notebooks were very clear and helpful in understanding the lab.

"A unified web site, with postings of exercises, outlines, exam questions from previous years, data, PowerPoints, and PodCasts helped to ensure that each laboratory and your learning experience went smoothly."

1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

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It was nice to have those old resources to help guide the studying for the midterm and the final as well as having the powerpoints and data.

The syllabus and website were an invaluable resource for information in this lab.

Yes, all the information I would ever need from this course was available and easy to navigate.

Having past resources available aids in my learning.

The inclusion of the data and exam questions was helpful. This is because it was nice to see the past exam questions not only to study from but also to learn the topics of the labs.

"This selection of labs provides a foundation relevant to systems physiology and to the objectives of this course."

1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

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The labs covered a wide range of the different systems of the body and allowed us to explore each week with a lot of diversity

There was a good variety of lab topics (cardiac, nervous, respiratory, urinary etc) and they do a great job of covering the different areas of physiology.

We covered all the major body systems, which I think is important for a physiology lab course.

Met objectives well.

"Topical mini-lectures delivered by your professor were helpful in keeping students with diverse backgrounds on 'the same page' and in orienting to each day's lab."

1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

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It was nice to have those lectures to introduce background information regarding the topic for the week.

I feel that having background information is crucial in understanding the main point of the lab itself.

The information was helpful, but we have also learned some of it in other biology classes so it was a bit redundant.

some required more ample background knowledge than the majority has.

The lectures were helpful, becuase they refreshed me on the concepts we looked at for the lab.

Please provide feedback for your TAs:

Your undergraduate TA (Zach Doerrer [am] or

Zach- did a good job of clarifying technical aspects of the lab and lab setup

Zach is great at helping out with Labscribe and really know his stuff.

undergraduate TA was great, very helpful in each lab.

Rachel Patterson [pm])

Rachel was a great TA! She was always helpful, nice, and very knowledgable regarding the labs procedure and the background information regarding the lab.

Rachel is incredibly knowledgeable about the course. Every time we had an issue with a procedure she knew exactly how to fix it. I'm surprised she has only taken the course once for how much she knows the ins and outs of everything.

Rachel Patterson is really helpful and always answers our questions.

Rachel was very helpful and really knowledgable about the iWorx system.

She was always prepared, helpful, approachable, and knowledgable.

Rachel was very nice and was always quick to help. Also, she was a great resource to go to looking for help understanding the concepts in the lab.

Your graduate TA (Shannon Kelly)

Shannon was also a great TA! She was also very helpful and knowledgable about both the lab and the background information regarding the lab, which helped add to the learning environment in the lab.

Shannon is a lot of help when it comes to needing help understanding a concept better and she knows her material very well.

Shannon Kelly is really helpful and always helps us out with our questions.

Shannon was very helpful and gave great feedback and help on the lab reports.

She was very helpful when it came to the lab reports.

Graduate TA was great, very helpful in each lab.

She was prepared and knowledgable.

I suggest writing out instructions, guidelines and clarifications on the board or have it printed out, because sometimes she spoke too fast.

I had little interaction with her- she's obviously very knowledgeable about all practices. Grading is too harsh for an undergraduate lab course.

Please provide feedback for these contributors:

Dr. Beatty, Optometrist

Dr. Beatty was an engaging presenter and helped us learn a lot when doing experiments with him!

Dr.Beatty was great escepcially when we were able to see how the nerves of the eyes work when on is disconnected.

Very interesting demonstrations, and cool to see the perspective of an optometrist

Very upbeat and knows a lot of information. Great lecture

His lecture was very interesting and I learned a lot about vision and how it can be affected.

I really liked this speaker, he gave interesting demonstrations.

Dr. Beatty was really good in explaining and helping us out with the lab

great guy, really knowledgeable and answered a lot of my own questions in great depth.

Very interactive.

Prof. Shornick, Biology Professor

Prof. Shornick was knowledgable regarding both the mice experiment and different guidelines regarding the ethics of experimenting with animals in the lab. It was cool to see this aspect of the lab experiments.

She was helpful in the rat lab because it was interesting to learn the process of how we get permission to use live animals.

Explained how to do the lab well, and knew her material.

Her lecture was also interesting and it was eye opening working with mice.

I liked Dr. Shornick's talk, she is very knowledgable.

Professor Shornick was really helpful

Presentation was really well organized and easy to understand

great demonstrations, I really enjoyed hearing about her personal research.

Very informative.

Prof. Buchanan, Psychology Professor

Prof. Buchanan was an engaging and innovative presented. I enjoyed how the presentation was interactive, and students were involved in the presentation.

I had Professor Buchanan as my professor before for my neuroscience class. His lecture was familiar to me from his previous class. But it was still a great lecture.

This was a very interesting talk, I learned things I never had before about the brain!

Professor Buchanan explained the concepts very good

rad person, he just gave my capstone project an award so he gets an A+. Interesting lectures.


His presentation was not memorable.

Dr. Itoku, Urologist

Dr. Itoku was a great and engaging presenter who was very passionate about his field. It made me excited to learn about Urology, and he taught me a lot from his presentation.

His lecture was one of the more intresting and lively presentations. I liked how he was able to inform us about the possible diseases of the renal system.

Very enthusiastic and presented an awesome lecture. By far my favorite speaker

This talk was very interesting and nothing I had ever heard before! Dr. Itoku is very engaging.

probably the best guest lecturer, very clear and interesting.

His presentation was graphic yet very informative. I learned much more about what surgical urologists deal with daily.

His lecture was very interesting. I learned a lot and saw many disturbing images.

Dr. Itoku had a very good lecture

Engaging presenter.

Make a statement about the relevance of SLU's 5 dimensions to this course and its assessment


1. Scholarship and Knowledge

we learn a lot of new techniques and applications that will help in medicine

facilitated by hands on experience

2. Intellectual Inquiry and Communication

we are allowed to express our ideas and voices_

facilitated by working in tables

3. Community Building

we work with a group of students and learn from each other

facilitated by working in groups
4. Leadership and Service

we are encouraged to take charge during the labs

facilitated by volunteering to be subjects
5. Spirituality and Values

we are taught about how to treat animals the right way when working with them

not as much of a focus_

As one statement

This course contained a lot of scholarship and knowledge regarding the different systems of the body. Through exploring the different body systems through experiments, we used intellectual inquiry and communication with our lab groups. Through collaborating with our 3 lab partners, we practiced community building. We practiced leadership by using all of the leadership skills of all the lab members to best complete the labs. We practiced our spirituality and values by treating our lab members, TA, and Dr. Stark with respect and kindness. We also practiced our values when respecting different test subjects in the lab.

Many of the concepts brought up through this lab were review from the physiology lecture course, but there were many real-case scenarios and doctors' talks that I was able to further my knowledge of physiology. It was a good course to be curious in and communication between lab partners, professor, and TA's was very well handled. Often times one person from each lab group took the initiative to keep the lab progressing smoothly and equally between all lab partners, which showcased good leadership skills. From the diabetic mouse lab, we learned a great deal about the efforts put in to allowing this lab to handle live animals, which had a discussion about possible issues facing animal handling in lab setting and how procedure and strict guidelines are valued.

The general physiology lab course touched on all 5 of SLU's dimensions by working in groups to learn, inquire, and lead.

This course really helped me increase my knowledge in physiology which will be useful for me down the road. In addition, it increased my confidence in my abilities to write good lab reports and also of being a confident leader in our lab groups.

My knowledge increased by the lectures and hands-on work. I was able to communicate with my groupmates. I built community with my groupmates in and out of class. I felt like a leader when I was able to showcase the things I am best at and my groupmates worked to their own skills as well. It affected my values because I learned about how to interact with animals used in research.

The course perfectly encompasses all the qualities and dimensions stated above.

What changes would you propose for next year? This question may be particularly important this year because a different professor will be in charge next year after I retire.

I wouldn't change a thing.

I honestly wouldn't change a whole lot for this class. The only thing I can really say is maybe give students a little more help preparing for the tests.

Overall, this was a great lab course exploring the different systems of the body, and I learned a lot! The only thing that I would suggest for changes would be to include the changes in procedure/experiment for the week in the lecture slides just so the students can have a visual of how the experiment may be different.

I would make the labs that will have a report written about them clearly mentioned on the first day of class, so students are better prepared to pay attention to details as they perform those labs.

Have lectures tegrity recorded and the exams can be more focused on lecture material and human physiology.

I really liked most aspects of this lab course. The only thing I would propose is that during the Blood Glucose lab, since we are not actually able to handle the mice, maybe just have one mouse as a demonstration because having the mice just sit on the desk was not as interactive as the other labs.

One change would to do tegriety videos instead of podcasts.

Make midterm and final multiple choice

MORE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR LAB REPORTS (caps for emphasis). I was often confused about what was wanted from me in regards to the lab report and had to ask many questions with little specificity in return. There needs to be proactive expectations made about the reports instead of just tearing them apart after they are graded. The reports cannot be graded so harshly if the requirements are so vague (completely absent except for a rubric). Other than that I greatly enjoyed the course. The guest lecturers kept me interested and the labs were always entertaining.

It might be nice to have the class website linked to Blackboard and to have the lectures on tegrity instead of a podcast. It integrates with the rest of SLU's interfaces more.