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BIO 264 - Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Description

BIO 264: Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the first part of a two-semester course that prepares students for further study in the health and medical fields. The second course is Bio 265: Human Anatomy and Physiology II. Both of these courses have a lab that is taken separately from the lecture portion of the course. Most students must take both the lecture portion and the lab portion to fulfill prerequisite requirements. This course is the lecture course for Bio 264. It includes 12 modules. The modules begin by examining important physiological chemistry principles. Then the course instructs students in the biology and physiology of the cell. The rest of the course will examine the nervous and muscular systems. Please note that this course is NOT acceptable for biology major credit. If you are a biology Major, you should probably be in a different course.

Learning Outcomes

Module 01: Terminology and Homeostasis

Module 02: Principles of Inorganic Chemistry

Module 03: Principles of Organic Chemistry

Module 4: Cell Biology

Module 5: Biological Membranes

Module 06: Introduction to The Nervous System

Module 7: Skeletal Muscle

Module 8: Metabolism

Module 9: Control of Body Movement

Module 10: Autonomic Nervous System

Module 11: Brain

Module 12: Special Senses

Required Materials

This course does not require you to purchase a textbook. 

We understand the financial burdens that a student can face and we as Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) teachers want to do our part to help out. Therefore, we have created a compilation of our own readings, videos, web links, tutorials and other such digital media to help you through this course. The readings and associated material are designed so that a student who is adequately prepared can expect to spend 9 hours a week and be very successful in the course. However, we need our students to realize and understand that the materials in this course are not perfect (although they are always getting better) and that some students may be coming into the course less prepared than others (for example: some students may be returning to school after many years of not attending school and other students may be coming in with very little experience in biology). We expect that for students who feel underprepared, the learning experience may be MUCH more complete if the student acquires a supplementary textbook or at least develops very good research skills outside of the materials we provide.  As with any college-level course, students should EXPECT to research beyond the materials in this class to help themselves more fully understand concepts. If you decide that you would like a textbook to help understand concepts, then it does not matter which textbook it is as long as it is a two-semester A&P course textbook. Even the edition of the textbook that you get does not matter very much in most cases. For this reason, students can often find a very good reference textbook online for quite cheap. Below are some textbooks that previous students found helpful.


Previous students expound their knowledge by researching on the Internet. Students who spend the time and effort to do good internet research learn the material very well.

We welcome input on the class materials, however, the difficulty of the course or the exams, the amount of material to learn will not change. We know the course is difficult. It has been a difficult course for many decades and is necessarily so as this course must teach the foundation science for health care professions.

Access to a Computer with Internet

It is your responsibility to find a computer with internet access. (High-speed access provides an easier learning experience.)

**Online Only Students** Microphone and Earphones

You are required to have a microphone for your computer and a set of earphones that will work with your computer and the online meeting tool (Adobe Connect).

Graded Exams

Proctored Exams

**This course includes five proctored exams.**

Online students are required to take BIO 264 exams in I-Learn using a built-in proctoring service called Proctorio. Students do not need to find their own proctor. During Module 2, you will download the required plug-in.

Please post exam or proctoring questions on the Questions and Conversations discussion board.

Notes from Readings

Notes from Readings are worth 12 points. Each module contains vital readings housed within the Study Guide. In order to perform well within this course and subsequent Biology courses, it is critical that you complete the readings for each module. Your notes will need to be in your own words and represent what you are learning as based on the course readings. By taking notes, you will be better prepared to take the practice quizzes, to engage with the module's Collaboration Board, and to take your exams. (12 points total)

Collaboration Board

The Collaboration Board is an ungraded activity but is critical to your success. The Collaboration Board has two purposes:

  1. To allow the instructor and students to share helpful hints/videos/websites
  2. To allow the students a platform to discuss challenging practice questions.

It is recommended that you participate frequently by asking questions, answering questions, or sharing study tools you have found helpful. Consider this as an opportunity to improve your understanding and to deepen your thinking as you learn from one another in preparation for the exams you will take.


During the semester you take 36 quizzes. There are 20 questions in each quiz. Quizzes contribute 72 points to your final grade. Each quiz has unlimited attempts. Your highest attempt is graded. Repeat the quizzes, study the questions and each answer. Explain why the correct answer is correct and why the detractors are incorrect. Remember, your highest grade counts so if you take the quiz again and do worse, only the highest grade is recorded.

I-Learn drops the four lowest quiz scores. At the beginning of the semester, I-Learn drops the first four quiz scores. Don't be alarmed! As you take more quizzes, I-Learn correctly calculates your final grade.

Instructor/Student Conference

Within the first few modules of the course, you will be asked to meet with your instructor to discuss your progress. Your instructor will inform the class when they are ready to set up online appointments. Make sure to come prepared to this meeting so that your instructor can address any of your questions or concerns.

Total Points

There are 690 points possible in this course. The course grade will be determined by:

You are responsible for your learning, so be engaged and be involved in completing all the preparatory work so that you will perform well on the exams.

Academic Dishonesty

There are other forms of academic dishonesty besides cheating and plagiarism. Please read through the examples listed. This is not an all-inclusive list but is a sample of what is still considered dishonest, including sharing course quiz questions with online quiz and testing sites.

From the Student Honor Office

Inadvertent plagiarism involves the inappropriate, but non-deliberate, use of another's words, ideas, or data without proper attribution. Although not a violation of the Honor Code, it is a form of academic misconduct for which an instructor can impose appropriate academic sanctions.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 93% - 100%
A- 90% - 92%
B+ 87% - 89%
B 83% - 86%
B- 80% - 82%
C+ 77% - 79%
C 73% - 76%
C- 70% - 72%
D+ 67% - 69%
D 63% - 66%
D- 60% - 62%
F Less than 60%

Course Policies

You should read the following course policies and make sure that you understand what these policies mean to you regarding your interactions with the instructor and other students in this course. If you have questions about any of these policies, you should contact your instructor immediately.

Course Assignments

On average, it takes approximately 9-12 hours to complete all the learning activities for each module. This is the amount of time that you should expect to put into this class each week if you want to get a passing (C) grade. If you want a higher grade, you may need to put in more study time. In order to keep up with the assignments and learn the most from this class, you should make sure you schedule regular time each day to study for this class. With this course, there is no "time off" for holidays that might occur during the week. Consequently, you should make sure to arrange your study schedule so that any holiday activities do not keep you from completing learning activities.

Late Policy

Students should not ask instructors to extend deadlines or allow makeups. However, it is understood that emergencies happen. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor of such emergencies. If the student fails to notify the instructor of an emergency a late test will be rewarded but docked one letter grade.

Personal Honor

In this class, our interactions with each other should be guided at all times by the following principles of personal honor:

Principles of Personal Honor -- "True at all Times"

You should make sure that you understand the above principles of personal honor. It is important for all class members to strive to follow the above principles in our associations with one another.

If you have any questions about how Personal Honor is related to academic honesty or the university's Dress and Grooming Standards, you may visit the University Standards web page (http://www.byui.edu/student-honor-office/ces-honor-code) to get more information.

Students with Disabilities

BYU-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office by phone at 208-496-9210 or via email at disabilityservices@byui.edu. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance or feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established policy and procedures. Contact the Human Resources Office at 208-496-1700 or via email at humanresources@byui.edu.

We have made every attempt to make this course accessible as possible. This course contains a large amount of images, videos, and interactive assignments. Exams have images that won't have alternative text because the purpose is for students to identify the image on their own. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course, please contact the Disabilities Services (208-496-9210).

Sexual Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an educational program which receives federal funds, including federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender based discrimination, please contact the Human Resources Office at 208-496- 1700 or via email at humanresources@byui.edu.