BIOL 3470 General Physiology Laboratory, Prof. Stark
Spring, 2016 Assessment

Form in regular font, Stusent replies, information and future plans in italics

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 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

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 a lot.

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 general.

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 use.

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 navigate.

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 practice.

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 whole.

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 material.

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 happened.

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 the lab.

Sometimes they were hard to pay attention to and not always exciting.

The lectures were informative and provided good background before beginning the lab.

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 improved.

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 quesitons.

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 help.
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 week.

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 great guidance.

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 Lab.

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 experience.

Genevieve was really available for answering questions inside and outside of class.

Please provide feedback for these contributors:

Dr. Beatty, Optometrist

His demonstrations were really cool and he was enthusiastic. It was a unique experience.

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 excessive information

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 lab mice.

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 SLU.

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 lab.

She was very hands on, which was very effective in our learning.

Very good.

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 diabetes.

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 topic

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 informative.

He gave a great presentation.

Very good.

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 affect physiology.

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.

Charming man.

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 better.

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 topic

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.

Interesting topic.

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

All together

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 to learn.

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 of questions.

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 skills.


1. Scholarship and Knowledge

Search for knowledge with physiology through appropriate testing and laboratory technique

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 lab.
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 each member.

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 experience.
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 was great!

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 may change.

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 course!

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 fun.


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.


(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.


(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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