Welcome to Anatomy and Physiology!
“This is our advanced biology course. Combined with Exploring Creation with Biology, it gives the student the equivalent of a university biology course. In other words, these two courses together cover the entire “advanced placement” (AP) curriculum. In order to take this course, the student MUST have completed a first-year biology course AND a first-year chemistry course. It covers both the anatomy and the physiology of the human body’s 11 organ systems in detail.” Apologia website (We do not require a completed chemistry course.)
Organization is very important and students are required to keep a notebook with sections for notes, book work, quizzes/tests, and worksheets. Students should bring their textbook, student notebook, coloring book, binder, colored pencils and pencils to every class.
Two weeks will be spent covering most modules. There is a tremendous amount of information per module—vocabulary, structure, functions, etc. Students will need to spend time studying every day. Weekly work will include reading, questions from the textbook, worksheets and studying for quizzes and tests. Students will complete at least two small projects i.e. building a sarcomere. In addition to normal course work, students will read and critique current event articles or write summaries of videos.
Students should plan on at least two quizzes per module. Quizzes normally cover the previous week’s lesson, vocabulary, and diagrams. Tests are administered after modules 1 – 4, 5 – 8, 9 – 12, and 13 – 16. The fall final exam will cover 5 – 8 in-depth and possibly have important material from 1 – 4. The spring exam will cover material from 13 – 16 plus possibly important material from 9 – 12. Tests will be taken in class.
Lab experience is a vital component of anatomy and physiology. Students will spend time performing microscope labs and doing dissections. At this level, most dissections will be done alone. The only dissections that will be done in a group setting will be the fetal pig or rabbit, frog and brain. Due to cost and size, the pig will be dissected in groups of two. Lab drawings and summaries will be required for all labs.
This course will have an honors component. This honors component will be different from the Chemistry honors component.
If you have any questions, please email the instructor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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