Human Anatomy and Physiology Page
Thu. 10/8/15 -- Getting ready for Lecture Exam 1:
* Continue REVIEWING concepts you already have down (keep 'em fresh in your mind).
* PRACTICE answering questions about the concepts. For example, simulate testing conditions (no notes or book) and try to answer the practice questions on the Prep Guide. In addition, hand your notes to a partner (who doesn't have to be in the class...any friend or family member can help!), and have him or her ask you questions about the concepts in the notes.
* Continue using the "self-testing technique" described on p. 7 of the syllabus to see what you truly know (or don't know)!
* If you're interested, check out the Hot! link below about a research study about a simple writing exercise that helps reduce test anxiety.
* BEFORE Lecture Exam 1 next Tuesday -- Re-read the "Exam day protocol" paragraph on p. 4 of the syllabus, and also read through the document on lecture exam protocols and multiple choice exam tips that I've posted below (scroll down for the link...we'll also briefly go over these at the beginning of lecture today). Try to employ the tips as best as you can as you practice answering multiple choice questions.
* REMINDER for next Tuesday -- You must attend your registered lecture section. (In other words, no "floating" on exam days.)
Tue. 10/6/15 -- During this morning's lecture I stated that, surprisingly, statistically men get varicose veins more often than women. I guess that IS surprising because it is WRONG. I apologize for my mistake; I should have verified my source before using this "fact" in my lecture!
Week 3 (Oct. 6-9) -- This week's lecture assignments:
* BEFORE each lecture -- read (or at least skim) the relevant parts of the upcoming chapters in Martini, and read through the upcoming lecture note slides. Our focus for this week is Ch. 21.
* AFTER each lecture -- get a second reading (or your first reading, if you only skimmed before) of the relevant sections of the chapter(s) that we discussed (coordinating the reading with your notes), and ACTIVELY study and learn the concepts. Examples of ACTIVE include re-writing/typing/organizing/phrasing your notes, making flashcards, mind-mapping...above all, try to paraphrase (put the info into your own words) if you can. Remember, you're always working first to UNDERSTAND the concepts, and then you work to convert that understanding into KNOWLEDGE (there is a big difference between the two!). Resources for helping you UNDERSTAND the concepts include: your book, your classmates, the web, and your instructor (me!).
* Continue REVIEWING concepts you already have down from the first two weeks.
* If you haven't yet, check out the Prep Guide for Lecture Exam 1 (posted below).
* If you haven't yet, start trying the "self-testing technique" described on p. 7 of the syllabus to see what you truly know (or don't know)!
* When we finish our discussion of Ch. 21 on Thursday, we may or may not still have time left in the class period. If we do, we'll devote the rest of the time to a review session for Lecture Exam 1, guided by your questions. So if you have any questions about the concepts we've been learning over the first few weeks of the quarter, be ready to ask them Thursday!
Fri. 10/2/15 -- Reminder: next Friday (10/9) is a Faculty Workday, meaning that classes and labs are not held that day. Unfortunately, my schedule that day will prevent me from being able to provide adequate supervision of the lab, so I cannot informally open the lab for students to come in. If you are in a W/F lab and want to make up the time that you'll miss next Friday, you have the opportunity to do so during open labs this weekend and next, and/or floating into a different lab during the week. Thanks for your flexibility and understanding.
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BIOL& 253 Syllabus, Fall 2015
BIOL& 253 Ch. 19 Notes
BIOL& 253 Ch. 20 Notes
BIOL& 253 Ch. 21 Notes
BIOL& 253 Lecture Exam 1 Prep Guide
New! Key to the multiple choice questions on the Lecture Exam 1 Prep Guide
New! BIOL& 253 Lecture Exam Protocols and Multiple Choice Tips
BIOL& 253 Blood Tracing Exam Informational Handout
BIOL& 253 Metabolic Pathways Exam Informational Handout
Alternative Energy Yield Summary for the MP Exam
Sample Metabolic Pathways Exam
As you know, the A&P sequence is tough, and it requires a lot of outside-of-class study time and effort in order for you to give yourself the best chance to excel. A while back, I asked some of my best A&P students to tell me what they did to help them score well on the lecture exams. Here's what they said.
Hot! Here's an article that references a research study about a simple writing exercise to help reduce test anxiety.
Week 3 (Oct. 6-9) -- The following assignments for this week's labs can be completed outside of regular lab time and should be continued through this coming weekend:
* Ongoing -- continue to do your outside-of-lab PREP WORK, taking the cells/tissues/organs/structures/vessels in Unit 1 of the Lab Manual (pp. 7-15) and finding them, circling/highlighting them, and reading about them in your textbooks. For Martini, look in Ch. 19 (blood), Ch. 20 (heart), and Ch. 21 (blood vessels). In Leboffe, check out Ch. 6 (blood), Ch. 7 (cardiac muscle), and Ch. 12 (blood vessels) for good histological images. Finally, use the index of your Netter atlas to find detailed drawings of what you're looking for. In addition, if you bought your Martini lecture text new and it came with Martini's Atlas of the Human Body, you'll find good photos of real anatomy in there. Overall, learn about the items on your list as much as you can outside of class (focusing on what makes each of them unique/identifiable), so that your valuable lab time is spent efficiently with the slides, models, and cadavers.
* Ongoing -- continue working on finding one FUNCTION for each item that has an asterisk (*) next to it in Unit 1 of the Lab Manual. Martini (Ch. 19, 20, 21), Leboffe (Ch. 6, 7, 12), and my lecture notes are good initial resources for functions -- as always, feel free to team up and work together to share your findings with each other if you want! Make a separate function list to help you learn them. Study your functions, review them, and when you feel like you have some of them down, work with a partner to practice testing each other.
During regular lab time this week (and open lab time this coming weekend, if you wish), you should:
* Use your resources (see above) and work together to find the cells/tissues/organs/structures/vessels in Unit 1 of the Lab Manual (pp. 7-15) on the slides, models, sheep hearts, and cadavers available in lab. Focus on what makes each specific item unique and identifiable vs. the others. Study the structures on the list, review them, and when you feel like you have some of them down, work with a partner to practice testing each other in lab.
Reminder: this Friday (10/9) is a Faculty Workday, meaning that classes and labs are not held that day. Unfortunately, my schedule that day will prevent me from being able to provide adequate supervision of the lab, so I cannot informally open the lab for students to come in. If you are in a W/F lab and want to make up the time that you'll miss this Friday, you have the opportunity to do so during open labs this coming weekend, and/or floating into a different lab during the week. Thanks for your flexibility and understanding.
Information about next week's labs:
* Lab Exam 1 will take place during your second (or only) lab of next week. Exception: if you are registered for lab section TL (Tuesday night), remember that your designated Lab Exam 1 day/time is next Thursday 10/15 at 8PM. Don't forget: you must attend your registered lab section (or, in the case of section TL, your designated day/time) for Lab Exams. (In other words, no "floating" on exam days.)
* Labs on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (week 4) will be for review. If you are in lab section VL (Thursday night), and if you want review time in lab next week, then you will have to "float" into a different lab on Tuesday or Wednesday.
* Access to the lab for review purposes for all students will end at 1:50PM next Wed. 10/14, at which point the instructors will begin setting up Lab Exam 1, which begins the next day.
* At some point before your lab exam next week, please read through these ahead of time -- they are the lab exam protocols that will be projected onto the screen during the exam.
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Biology 253L (Lab) Materials for Fall 2015
BIOL& 253L Lab Manual, Fall 2015
Unit 1 (Cardiovascular) Deletions and Changes - updated 9/22/15
A&P Open Lab Schedule for Fall Quarter 2015:
· Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30A-6:30P (except November 14 and 15)
My colleagues Professor Mark Bolke and Dr. Rick Rausch have compiled extensive collections of links to web resources that you may find useful and interesting during your study of A&P. Check 'em out!
Professor Mark Bolke's links page
Dr. Rick Rausch's links page
Biology 251 Course Materials from Spring 2015
Biology 252 Course Materials from Summer 2015
Biology 253 Course Materials from Fall 2014 -- Note: if you are taking my BIOL& 253 course this fall (2015), feel free to preview these but do not print them, as I will be editing them for the upcoming quarter and some content and/or organization may change. I'll have the "new and improved" versions of my notes posted in the "Biology 253 Course Materials for Fall 2015" section of this website (scroll up) by the night before each lecture at the latest, and most often sooner.
Biology 164 Course Materials from Winter 2015