BIOL 3470 General Physiology Laboratory, Prof. Stark
Spring, 2016 Assessment
Form in regular font, Stusent replies, information and future plans
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"). There is a link to
the assessment reports I have prepared since assessment was mandated at
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
Average = 1.19
The course was very organized and had all of the requirements written
in the syllabus. His website was also organized.
i think this was a good course to take after the human cell physiology course
that we took last semester. I think the combination of the lectures, activities
and guest speakers fulfilled the course objectives
I thought that the syllabus and website clearly outlined what would be expected
of us in lab and what we would be doing.
The objectives were laid out very clearly in the syllabus and online. Everything
we were going to do this semester was told to us from the get-go.
There was quite a bit of information on outlines that was not discussed
much in class.
I feel that all of these objectives were met. I was able to apply things
that I learned in Human Cell Phys to this lab, and I was required to obtain
and analyze data in regards to many different systems. In addition, the
labs and lab reports required critical thinking, analyzing data, scholarly
journal searches, and writing academic-style lab reports.
The objectives were met/reasonable, but more importantly, lab was fun!
I believe that the lecture component of the course provided us with good
background for the lab portion.
This course reinforced concepts that I learned in my physiology course,
and helped apply the knowledge in a real-life scenario.
All of the labs supplemented what I learned in Human Cellular Physiology
last year and what I am learning in Exercise Physiology this semester. I
really enjoyed working with the specialized physiology hardware because
it gave me an appreciation for how we can analyze the human body.
Overall, the expectations of the course were very clearly set.
I agree that the course fulfilled its objectives. I came away with a greater
knowledge of physiology, data analysis, and critical thinking.
"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
There were some error/outdated stuff on labs. They should be taken out.
They were very straight forward to follow, and the background on them helped
There were some variations and there were a lot of needed troubleshooting.
I think that at times, the lab notebook's instructions were unclear or vague.
I think going back and reading through/revising the lab notebooks would
help a lot, as i felt that sometimes the instructions were not clear enough
I thought that the lab notebooks were easy to follow. The only fault I could
find with the handouts was that we often had to cross out huge sections
of exercises which made the outlines harder to follow.
Sometimes the lab notebook directions were not as clear to read when getting
started. Our group had numerous issues with DataStudio and the set ups in
Sometimes the instructions on the handouts were outdated.
The introduction information was very helpful when studying for exams. The
instructions for how to complete the exercises were very detailed and helpful.
Any changes to the procedure were clearly explained to us by our TAs.
The lab notebooks were very helpful in conducting the lab; however, sometimes
the instructions were not clear when we tried to actually follow them, particularly
when troubleshooting problems with the iWorx software. However, the lab
procedures were usually very clear and easy to follow.
Instructions were easy to follow. In the case that instructions were changed,
it was made clear at the beginning of class.
The labs provided clear and concise information and led us throughout the
entire lab step-by-step.
The handouts were clear and useful when studying for the exams.
Sometimes the lab exercises were a little unclear/outdated for the current
experiment, but for the most part the instructions were clear.
I believe that lab notebook was a great tool because it helped us organize
relevant information and allowed us to work independently out of lab since
we worked as a group during lab.
The lab notebook allowed me to track procedures carefully (so I do not lose
my place) and also maintain all my labs in an organized fashion. Keeping
an organized lab notebook made studying for the exams extremely efficient!
The lab notebooks were good, but sometime I felt they were a bit confusing.
"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
Website was extremely helpful. Made it easier for me to learn the material
and refer back to stuff.
I really liked his website. It was very organized, and had all of the material
laid out for each week.
i think the website is great- everything is in one place and we can even
go back to previous years to access more content
I definitely felt being able to look at old exams helped me get a feel of
what to expect for the midterm and exam. Also, if with the powerpoints and
podcasts I was able to look back over the presentations whenever I was a
bit confused which was great!
Completely agree. Everything is given to us with plenty of time to study,
review, print, etc. The podcasts are hard to follow because the sound is
sometimes spotty/ it is hard to go along without a picture of the slides
like Tegrity does.
Previous year exams were helpful.
The old test questions were extremely helpful and allowed me to check my
understanding along the way.
The lab website was a great resource! It was well-organized and easy to
The website was very organized and I had no trouble navigating through it
and finding what I needed for each lab.
In the beginning, I had difficulty navigating the website especially the
archives. However, with a few weeks, I understood the layout and understood
the organization of the material.
The website was very convenient and organized, which made it very easy to
The exam questions from previous years are extremely helpful
The website was integral to learning in physiology lab because all of the
information we needed for the midterm, the final, and weekly labs could
be found in the links. However, I believe it would be helpful if the website
was more organized.
The website was, for the most part extremely clear. However, having to click
archives and scroll between the sites of different years was somewhat tedious
as I had to actively search for podcasts and old exams. If all the information
could be compiled onto one page, it would be fantastic.
I loved the class website. Everything we needed was in one handy place and
it took a lot of guesswork out of the course. The supplemental resources
were also very helpful!
"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
Average = 1.11
Good variety and we basically covered all the major systems.
It teaches us a lot about physiology, but sometimes the lecture is in a
lot more detailed than what we understand by doing the lab.
Covered a variety of topics seen in physiology lecture course.
As I had not taken human cell physiology I found that the labs and lectures
helped give me a bit of foundation in physiology.
Yes, I agree. I had taken Human Cell Physiology with Dr. Warren and a lot
of the ideas overlap to re-instill my knowledge on the material/
Unique and enjoyable labs
I also like that they were integrated into current research and clinical
I appreciated the variety of labs we did, and I feel that I learned about
the physiology of many different body systems through this lab.
I found the labs very applicable to systems physiology. If I could suggest
one thing, it would be to neat to have a lab with the digestive system (difficult,
I know, but it would be cool nonetheless).
I appreciated the diversity of the labs that we completed. I believe that
they were truly helpful in understanding the physiology of our body as a
We covered most of the systems! While this may have not been intended, I
found this lab course beneficial after taking Human Cellular Physiology.
I enjoyed all of the labs, especially the diving reflex lab.
I believe some of the hardest units from Human Cell Physiology and Exercise
Physiology, including the cardiovascular system, were supplemented by the
labs we did in this course, which helped to deepen my understanding of the
All the labs covered in this lab were extremely pertinent to physiology;
I learned a lot of information that was extremely relevant to the information
covered in Dr. Warren's Human Cellular Physiology course.
I felt like I came away with a broader knowledge of physiological systems.
Definitely learned a lot!
"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
Average = 1.39
Lectures are helpful for people that haven't taken a physio course before.
The lectures helped, and were extremely thorough.
i think the lectures were good, but i think they went a bit long sometimes,
overall they were great though
I think I would have had more difficulty grasping certain diagrams or concepts
from lecture if I hadn't taken cell physiology prior to this course. The
outlines that accompanied the ppt. lectures were very informative.
I definitely felt the mini-lectures helped get me focused in in what was
important for the days lab, especially on days when I was unable to look
over the lab worksheet before class. The mini-lectures were also really
entertaining with the jokes and activities (like the breathing test) that
I thought that sometimes the mini-lectures were a little repetitive. This
course is 2 credit hours, so I understand that mini-lectures are necessary,
but sometimes they were rather long and it was hard to finish the labs.
They reminded me of the material before we did the lab procedures. Helpful.
The lectures provided useful and interesting background information.
One of my favorite parts of the lab! All of the topics covered was not only
interesting but a good refresher on the material required to fully comprehend
Sometimes they were hard to pay attention to and not always exciting.
The lectures were informative and provided good background before beginning
The mini lectures provided just enough information and background to thoroughly
understand the concepts of each lab.
The lectures given in lab served as a great tool to help students understand
the relevance of the lab to the specific physiological system being studied.
The lectures were fairly straightforward and well-explained; they were very
easy to understand. However, I believe if tegrity was utilized as a recording
device instead of podcasts, the learning experience would be even further
The lectures provided good background information about the system we would
be learning about.
Please provide feedback for your TAs:
Your undergraduate TA (Priya Shah [am])
Priya was awesome. She was really helpful and was quick to respond to
great! informative/interactive during lab
Priya was helpful and knowledgable, i liked having her as a UTA
Priya Shah was really awesome and helpful. She was kinda and willing to
Priya Shah (am) was a very good TA. She was able to answer our questions,
and help us conduct the labs if we were struggling. She was very competent
in knowing all of the labs.
Priya did an excellent job as the undergrad TA. She always had a firm grasp
of the lab and was able to assist our lab group whenever we had difficulties.
was helpful and good at answering questions
Priya was really helpful whenever we were stuck on using I-Worx and was
great at answering any questions about the lab we were working on or the
course in general.
Priya was VERY helpful with labs and especially nice to have her because
she took the class last year.
Priya was very helpful and easy to approach.
Priya was very helpful during the lab orienting us to the procedure and
helping us with any problems we had.
Priya Shah was a great TA who was always there to help. She was fun to be
around and made sometimes long days at lab enjoyable.
Priya Shah was fabulous. She made sure to help everyone who needed help.
Your undergraduate TA (Paul Otto [pm])
Paul was fantastic and always very helpful. Seemed very prepared each
Paul was great, very helpful and patient.
Very helpful and approachable in lab when I had questions
He was a great TA. He seemed to know what he was talking about and provided
Paul was always willing to help. He was extremely knowledgeable and definitely
always knew what he was doing.
Paul Otto was a very helpful TA. He knew exactly what was going on during
our labs and therefore was very efficient during the problem solving that
was always needed.
Paul was great! He would always be willing to help even when he was running
around with a million other things to do.
Paul Otto was very helpful and did a good job answering questions.
TA was helpful and knowledgable
Paul was extremely helpful when we had problems with datastudio or for offering
advice on exams.
He was always free during lab to answer questions.
Paul was very nice and always knew what was going on! He was able to answer
all the questions I had, and if he didn't know, he would find the answer
and tell me!
Paul was very knowledgeable and helpful!
Your graduate TA (Genevieve Hilliard)
Genevieve was clear on expectations on lab reports. Feedback on them
were really good.
Genevieve was great and always helpful but her office hours were difficult
to meet because it was usually doing class times.
very helpful and open to helping in lab reports.
great! informative/interactive during lab and easily accessible by email
if I had any questions about lab reports.
genevieve was a great TA, she graded fairly and i learned a lot from talking
with her about the lab reports especially
Genevieve was very helpful but sometimes seemed uncertain of principles
and the lab protocol.
Very helpful and approachable in lab when I had questions
She was very nice, and always willing to help outside of class, especially
on the lab reports. She was clear about what she expected in our assignments,
and helped a lot during the labs as well.
Genevieve was awesome. She was always available for help, and was really
useful during her office hours.
Genevieve did an excellent job as the Grad TA. For the lab reports she was
extremely helpful, and during labs she knew exactly what to do for the various
labs that were done. This helped our group whenever we had issues with the
procedure or iWorx
was helpful and always willing to help both inside and outside of class.
Had clear expectations for lab reports.
Genevieve was really helpful at getting I-Worx to work and was really available
and helpful for lab report questions.
Genevieve was a really great TA. She was helpful and available to talk to
during lab and also during her office hours that she provided for us for
Genevieve was very helpful and easy to approach. She made herself available
outside of her scheduled office hours, which I appreciated greatly.
Genevieve always went out of her way to meet with us during office hours.
She also was very knowledgeable about the exercises and technology.
Genevieve was very helpful. She gave clear instructions and usually knew
how to fix any problems we encountered with the procedure.
Genevieve Hilliard was a great TA who was always there to help. She was
very responsive to her emails (especially when it came to questions on the
lab report) and kind to the students.
Genevieve was helpful, but did not seem as invested when helping us out.
Genevieve Hilliard was fantabulous. She made sure to keep her office hours
open, was readily available via email, and helped out a lot during class.
Genevieve was extremely willing to help/ She would always hold office hours
for lab reports, which were really helpful. I knew I could ask her for help
us throughout the lab when I got confused. Give her a raise!
She was very helpful and more than willing to offer assistance during lab.
Genevieve was a helpful resource when asking questions about the lab report
and lab procedures
Genevieve was a very fair grader on the lab reports and very welcome for
questions during both lab report assignments!
Genevieve was very helpful! She was always willing to explain concepts in
lab and answered all my questions when I went in for help during office
hours for the lab reports we wrote.
Genevieve was extremely nice and always had clear expectations set when
it came to lab reports or lab notebooks. Overall, she made the class a wonderful
Genevieve was really available for answering questions inside and outside
Please provide feedback for these contributors:
Dr. Beatty, Optometrist
His demonstrations were really cool and he was enthusiastic. It was a
very helpful and willing to answer your questions and seemed very engaged
Was very knowledgeable about the topic and taught very well
Very helpful and eager to teach
I liked how he also helped with the lab aspect for that week
Dr. Beatty really helped with understanding eye physiology, he gave a through
explanation for each aspect.
I thought this lecture was very interesting. It was also very hands on.
He was very enthusiastic about the material.
Very interesting and relevant demonstrations.
Was very informative and interactive.
interesting topic, but i thought he talked a bit too much- a lot of it was
interesting lecture and demonstrations were very informative.
I thought Dr. Beatty had some interesting point about the eye and how rapidly
problems can become permanent if they are not treated quickly. The tools
he brought with him were interesting!
This lab was fun because we were able to interact with Dr. Beatty and also
do a lot of other hands on activities.
Fun demonstrations and passionate.
I like that he not only gave his talk, but actually stayed and helped with
our demos and exercises.
Dr. Beatty was a natural and interesting lecturer. He was also very good
at giving the eye demonstrations, and he explained everything very clearly.
Very hands on. I really enjoyed this presentation.
Very passionate about his work and therefore it kept us invested!!
He generally seemed interested in the topic at hand, but I don't think he
was very helpful in communicating with the students.
He lecture was interactive, which helped us ; however, the lecture seemed
complex in the beginning.
His presentation was interesting and concise. Very good lecturer.
He gave a very interesting lecture
One of the more interesting speakers because of all of the demonstrations
and hands-on activities he went through with us.
Dr. Beatty's lecture was very interactive and included many stations which,
in my opinion, helped me learn the material better.
Dr. Beatty was a fantastic speaker! I learned a lot from him in terms of
clinical optometry; I deeply enjoyed his talks and learned a lot from his
demonstrations. Definitely recommend for next year!
I liked the hands on demonstrations he did with us
Prof. Shornick, Biology Professor
Learning about the healing of mice was interesting. It gave me a better
understanding of animal testing, the ethics, and the methods behind using
Was very knowledgeable about the topic and taught very well
Great lecturer - learned a lot about immune
Dr. Shornick did a great job of explaining diabetes and integrating her
research into the presentation
I have Dr. Shornick as my immunology professsor, and I found it to be really
interesting being able to connect human physiology with immunology.
She was very good at lecturing because she is also a biology professor at
Relevant research that added a lot to the lab.
Very interesting and helpful.
I think her topic was my favorite, she kept on topic and gave us interesting
applications of the knowledge
helpful and friendly
I thought the presentation on wound healing was really interesting and I
was glad she was there to inject the mice because I would have definitely
not known how to do it!
Dr. Shornick and Genevive were very knowledgeable about immunology and the
Manuka Honey. I really enjoyed their presentation.
Fun to work with live specimens.
I liked learning about her current research and mice injection techniques.
I really enjoyed the lab that included Dr. Shornick because I find the regulation
of blood sugar very interesting, and she was very knowledgeable.
First time I saw animals used for experimentation before my very eyes! Neat
She was very hands on, which was very effective in our learning.
Great lecture! I enjoyed applying information about insulin/glucagon to
real life scenarios.
The topic was very fascinating and I really enjoyed learning more about
Dr. Shornick gave the best guest lecture of the semester
Watching the mouse injection and ways that animals are used in science was
very fascinating as a bio-major who hasn't gotten to do that myself!
I loved this lecture topic and lab because we got to work with mice.
Dr. Shornick was a great lecturer; her immunology lecture was extremely
informational and I definitely recommend her for next year.
I really liked Prof. Shornick and her work.
Prof. Buchanan, Psychology Professor
He was interesting.
Kept us engaged throughout his lecture and very knowledgeable about the
I really enjoyed learning about the electrodermal system. I really learned
a lot that I previously had not known.
This professor was very thorough in his lecture.
Relevant discussion that added a lot to lab.
informative and funny. content of his lecture was very interesting
I really thought this lecture was interesting look into psychology with
a neuroscience perspective.
It was cool to learn about research outside of the biology department.
Dr. Buchanan gave a very interesting lecture, and I particularly enjoyed
this lab using the galvanic skin response.
Kind and interesting! His discussion on the Galvanic Skin response was very
He gave a great presentation.
Interesting bringing neuroscience into physiology lab.
Great presentation. Very informative.
Dr. Buchanan's lecture was very informative
Interesting lecture and topic about rating different images and how our
body responds to that without any conscious effort. Also, it was fun to
follow that lecture with the same experiment to prove that he was right.
I found this lecture especially interesting because I'm a neuroscience major,
and I feel that his lecture effectively tied together how psychology can
Professor Buchanan's lecture on the skin response was very informative.
I very much enjoyed his presentation.
Prof. Buchanan was engaging and I enjoyed the topic.
Dr. Itoku, Urologist
He was enthusiastic and interesting.
I thought Dr. Itoku was fantastic he kept us engaged made us laugh and taught
us about his field very well. I appreciated that he brought in actual tools,
I appreciated him talking about his experiences in medical school and out.
I wish he was there a little longer to ask him questions about surgery because
I am very interested in becoming a surgeon,
Comical and very eager to teach.
presentation was very interesting
Dr. Itoku's lecture was good. It was nice to see some of physiology we had
discussed applied in a medical context.
This was definately an interesting lecture. Dr. Itoku seemed very enthusiastic
about his topic which made it more interesting.
He was very engaging in the way he spoke, and I learned a lot.
Relevant discussion that added a lot of clinical application to the topic
discussed in lab.
Super interesting, however some of the lecture material was quite graphic
and early warning should be given the class before.
I really enjoyed his talk- i think its something that normally we wouldn't
have been taught, but it is an important and interesting topic
interesting perspective coming from a physician.
I thought this lecture was great and I liked all the tie-in to medicine
and anecdotal stories he had with his slides.
This was a very interesting lecture but I thought he was very good at speaking
and it provided us with a great example of a specialty that people do not
notmrally think of.
Brought in equipment, which was helpful for explaining his material.
It was awesome to learn about the clinical implications about what we learned
about in lab. He was an excellent presenter and really made it easy for
us to understand.
Dr. Itoku's was a great lecturer, and he discussed a lot of interesting
cases. I also liked that he offered a chance for an open Q&A session.
A little grotesque in nature of the material, but super interesting. Would
definitely like to have him back for another year.
He was very passionate and funny, which helped us stay focused.
He is a wonderful physician! He should continue to come in every year.
Extremely knowledgeable. He was very engaging and passionate about his work.
One of my favorite guest speakers.
Dr. Itoku had a very cool, albeit graphic, lecture
Loved Dr. Itoku's lecture and his clinical application of everything. He
made the science very real for us.
I liked that Dr. Itoku presented a lecture that he had prepared for other
physicians. It kind of gave students a feel of what they have to look forward
to in the future.
Dr. Itoku's Urology present was by far, the best presentation of the semester.
His clinical explanations of all the possible issue with the male urinary
system was extremely descriptive and easy to understand. I definitely recommend
him for next year!
Really interesting lecture. Dr. Itoku was entertaining.
Craig Hill, Biology Ph.D. student, Metabolism in the painted turtle
His ppt was well set up and made it easy to understand his lecture.
I believe Craig was unable to attend because he was sick. Hope he is doing
I liked how this organim serves as a great way to study lactic acid buildup
and anoxia. I liked the way the information was presented.
His presentation and material was interesting and he spoke well.
Relevant discussion that added a lot to lab.
i think this topic was interesting, i liked it, relevant to the current
podcast of his lecture wasn't very interesting. had to just read over the
slides to understand the purpose of his research.
I thought that the slides about how turtles respond when diving were interesting.
His podcast was informative.
Although he didn't give a lecture to our class, his presentation was interesting
You did a great job of presenting this information, Dr. Stark!
Didn't really see him, but his recording was a little boring.
This lecture was cool because it connected animal physiology to human physiology
He did a good job presenting the material and it allowed us to compare the
painted turtles to the cray fish we were studying.
The research presented on the painted turtle was extremely interesting!
I learned a lot about anoxia and lactic acid buildup. I would highly recommend
Craig for next year!
It was cool to see physiology at work in a different species.
Make a statement about the relevance of SLU's 5 dimensions to this course
and its assessment
I believe that this course incorporated all 5 of SLUs 5 dimensions and
I am 100% certain that I will take the information I learned in this course
and apply it not only when I reach the medical field but also to the community
and to my children.
This class helped me expand my knowledge and cooperate with my classmates
through lab work. It gave me insight into different medical fields, which
was beneficial information.
I think this course allows students to have a hands on approach to learning
about human physiology. It allows students to run tests, be the research
subject, and analyze information. All this made the content a lot easier
I think that this class upholds the 5 dimensions for courses at SLU. I have
learned a lot this year, and I think this class was very well put together.
It helped me work in a team and learn about physiology
This course fulfills the 1st and 2nd dimensions at SLU through learning
and application of physiology knowledge to relevant lab procedures.
i think that this class especially fulfilled numbers 1 and 2, and perhaps
a bit of 3. We worked together in groups and as a class to seek out knowledge
I believe that this course incorporated the first 3 dimensions very well,
especially intellectual inquiry and communication and community building
when learning to work with lab partners that you grow in friendship with.
The lab also reinforced knowledge and concepts about physiology as well
as some new and interesting facts. The course definitely helped me review
for my MCAT in may, which I didn't initially expect, but I am grateful for.
I think that overall, this course embodies each of the dimensions in some
way. Maybe not directly, but #1 is seen through the course information and
material. #2 is more dependent on the student, but also the availability
of the teacher/ TA's which I believe is present. #3 was integral because
we were working in group settings, so community and teamwork were necessary
to succeed. #4 was shown also through working together and helping each
other. #5 might be the hardest to explain, but I thought that this embodied
the respect of other people towards each other and the materials that we
were given was shown through this dimension.
Minilecture and lab combination helped solidify the material. Was able to
act as a leader and test subject, thereby gaining skills in both areas.
Numbers 1-3 were incredibly relevant to this course. Knowledge was directly
increased as a result of taking this course. This course also piqued my
curiosity and made me more likely to inquire into that which interests me.
Lastly, the fact that we had to work together as a lab group definitely
fostered a community atmosphere working towards a greater goal.
This lab certainly promoted scholarship and knowledge and intellectual inquiry
and communication by requiring student to obtain and analyze data and write
lab reports. There was also an element of community because we had to collaborate
with other lab members each week. Although it didn't seem to directly apply
to community building, leadership and service, or spirituality and values,
this lab covered a range of topics with could affect students' behaviors
in regards to these dimensions.
All of the dimensions were met.
I think this course has 1 and 2 and a little bit of 3, because we are going
on to become doctors and going to help the community. However, I don't think
we necessarily had #4 and #5.
The course allowed us to pursue growth as leaders (in our lab group) and
pursue more knowledge about the inner workings of human physiology through
fun, interactive labs.
The course fulfills all 5 dimensions
This course definitely required high levels of scholarship and knowledge
as well as intellectual inquiry and communication due to the two larger
lab reports required as a large part of our grade. This required us to form
hypotheses and analyze our data in the context of the experiment. For community
building, our lab table was particularly friendly so it was fun to get to
know more of my fellow future physician friends and work together. For leadership
and service, I think our lab group all contributed equally from week-to-week
which is a form of service to all of us so that there was no unfair distribution
of work. I did not feel as if Spirituality and Values were critical points
of this course other than the fact that learning about the utter complexity
and organization of the human body is fascinating and leads to those types
I believe this lab encompassed all 5 of these dimensions. It provided an
environment where students were free to make scientific inquiries and build
team working skills while also allowing students to be independent.
Overall, I believe that this course was very good at acknowledging the first
2 dimensions; scholarship and intelectual inquiry/communication. However,
being a hardcore science course, I do not believe this course was really
relevant to the other 3 dimensions.
This course fulfills all of SLU's five dimensions. It is a demanding but
enjoyable class that helps develop teamwork, leadership, and communication
1. Scholarship and Knowledge
Search for knowledge with physiology through appropriate testing and
The course greatly increased my knowledge in the subject of physiology.
My knowledge greatly increased throughout, but especially through the studying
for the tests, because I was able to more thoroughly think through the labs!
The course reinforced my knowledge of human physiology, and it has increased
my interest in physiology.
2. Intellectual Inquiry and Communication
Communication with TAs and group members to figure out intricacies of
With guest lecturers we were given the opportunity to ask questions to professionals
regarding there work and research.
Communication always had to occur between the members in your group, which
bettered our ability to communicate. I think that the questions allowed
us to think critically and intellectually as a group.
The guest speakers allowed for students to ask specific questions about
particular courses offered at SLU and about their research.
3. Community Building
Team builidng while working with groups
By working in groups we were able cooperate in order to finish the tasks
for each week.
I found that working with the lab group was very important. Early on we
had to delegate different roles, which was not easy, but after time we were
able to figure out who fit each role the best.
Working in groups allowed for team building and required cooperation from
4. Leadership and Service
Each week each of us had to be prepared to lead the lab work based on the
strengths of the group.
The lab group that I was a part of needed a leader from the beginning and
i felt like i took on that role due to my outspoken personality. I felt
that at multiple times I was called to delegate certain tasks, while also
taking on task that no one else wanted. Overall it was a good leadership
Learning more about physiology can allow students to share and help others
by using their knowledge.
5. Spirituality and Values
Had values with working with animals_
The lab helped show how the biology department values the animal test subjects
and works with them in a humane fashion.
I would not say that I strengthened my spirituality, but it did help me
appreciate doing things that right way and strengthen certain academic values!
The value of each living thing was considered when doing the experiment
with the mice.
What changes would you propose for next year?
The only change I would propose is being able to view grades at midterm
with midterm exam, notebook, and lab report averaged in.
I think you could take out one of the cardiac labs and replace it with something
else. We didn't really talk about the brain itself. It would be interesting
to see a lab that shows how brain reacts to different types of stimuli.
don't have any changes to propose. I thought everything went well and I
really enjoyed the class.
Just make sure the iWorx is functioning properly in data collection. At
times it was not working completely correctly. Other than that this course
I like the way the class currently is.
I think that this class is very well run.
Update the notebooks
Not much, the course was very well instructed and had a lot of interesting
content. I think I would shorten the lectures a bit to allow for students
to begin the lab sooner.
make lectures slightly shorter and the lab activities slightly longer
if the lectures given at the beginning of class could be created into tegrities,
this could be beneficial to many students. Going between the podcasts, the
slides, and the outlines simultaneously can become confusing at times, but
having a voice-recording along with a visual representation of the lecture
through slides would make learning the material more efficient, especially
for students that may be stronger visual learners than auditory learners.
The only thing I think could be changed to improve the lab would be maybe
adjusting the lab outlines so that the extraneous parts that were not done
are deleted. However, I understand that each year the way the labs are performed
I think that having students read the lab handouts prior to lab and then
having a couple question "quiz" would ensure people are actually
reading and then potentially allow for a shorter lecture so that there would
be ample time to finish labs.
Clearer iWorkx instructions in the future. This was a very enjoyable lab!
Minimize tangents and try to emphasize the main points. Sometimes I feel
as if I miss main points in lecture and don't pick up on them until I am
reading from the textbook or the practice questions later.
I don't think any changes are necessary; this is a fun, educational lab
Can't think of anything right now, but I will be sure to let you know if
I come up with something! Great course.
I would create a pre-lab quiz before each lab, so that people are more invested
in the knowledge of the lab before we get into lab.
I think the lab is set up properly. I would maybe take out a cardio lab
and replace it instead with a brain lab.
Aside from explaining the website in the beginning, I thought the course
was very good.
Maybe include another dissection because the cow eye dissection was very
For next year I would propose more guest speakers who are physicians because
those seemed to be the most insightful in terms of how physiology is perceived
from a doctor's/optometrist's viewpoint.
I believe it would helpful to students if the website was more organized.
Overall, this course was fantastic. As a future reference, I would try using
tegrity to record information.
I wouldn't change much. This is a very fun engaging lab that fosters critical
thinking and teamwork.
There were 2 tests of 50 points each:
Midterm exam: Mean=41.85, High=50 Low=24.5
Final exam: Mean=40.39, High=49.5, Low=30.5
There were 2 lab reports of 50 points each:
First lab report: Mean=45.31, High=50, Low=27.5
Second lab report: Mean=46.99, High=49.5, Low=42.5
Credit was given for the lab notebook and most students earned 50 points
The grading curve was 3.73, the same as last year and more generous than
in the past.
In one request, one reminder, and one final reminder, I obtained replies
from 27 out of 37 students
Sometimes it seems to me (and to many students) that the dimensions were
handed down by an anonymous administrator, fluent in drivel, who did not
know that there were science courses in the college. However, there are
some heartwarming comments based on all five dimensions. There was definitely
a time when an assessment such as this needed to address how the course
addressed the five dimensions. Is that still the case? I don't know, and
nobody has told me.
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR
(1) Clearly the lab notebook still needs work even though we did make several
revisions this year
(2) Despite the high score, the lectures need some work. I enjoyed revising
one lecture this year and feel confident that I can make several others
more direct and shorter
(3) I am already eagerly making the archive and the syllabus simpler, in
response to comments
(4) There were several suggestions that people be forced to come prepared
by starting with a quiz. I did do that years ago, and it really delayed
the start of the lab since I needed to wait until everyone was finished.
An alternative, now that there is a more organized archive, would be to
assign a brief homework to do a calculation on a selected data set. This
would also address a problem that has troubled the TAs and me for years,
namely how often there is limited closure on lab data results
(5) There were suggestions that two was too many cardiac labs. People wanted
a brain lab and other people wanted another dissection. Put the vagal tone
lab (it is short) with the galvanic lab(also short and related to the vagal
tone lab) and do a brain dissection, already prepared and administered in
my neuroscience course.
IMPROVEMENTS BASED ON LAST YEAR'S COMMENTS
(1) one lecture power point was redone
(2) three notebook entries were revised
this page was last revised 6/1/ 2016
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