Welcome to BIO 230: Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology


This is an introductory course in human anatomy and physiology for non-science and non-health professions majors.


  1. Inspire interest in and appreciation for biology and basic chemistry.
  2. Understand cell structure and function.
  3. Understand the structure and function of the major human organ systems.
  4. Understand human genetics as well as current genetic techniques such as genetic engineering and DNA fingerprinting.
  5. Understand Evolution and Natural Selection and how they involve humans.
  6. Inspire an appreciation for the human body as God's ultimate creation.

Learning Model Architecture

Prepare Activites

  • Instructional materials
  • Study guides
  • Articles related to content

Teach One Another Activities

  • Study Partnership: Teaching Key Concepts
  • Applicable Articles discussions
  • Exam Review activities as pairs

Ponder and Prove Assignment Types

  • Labs
  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Writing assignments

Required Materials

Understanding Anatomy and Physiology: A Visual, Auditory, Interactive Approach by Gale Thompson is used as the course textbook. It is an eBook accessed directly through the BYU-I library. Links to the text are included within the course. There is no cost for the text.

Course Structure

Instructional Materials
The Overview page for each week lists the textbook sections to read. Some weeks include a required video. Optional videos are provided in some weeks. Invest the time to fully use these resources.

Study Guide
Each week you complete a study guide containing questions about the concepts you learn from the instructional materials. You complete the study guide on your own and submit it to your instructor for grading. (5 points per each)

Every week, after you study the instructional materials, you apply what you have learned by completing lab activities. Each lab has an anatomy activity (i dentification of terms) and an application activity. You summarize your experiences by writing a reflection statement. (5 points per assignment)

Memory Aids Discussions
In Weeks 02 and 03 you post memory aids that help you learn and remember the course content. After Week 03, you are only required to post memory aids as part of the Exam Review Discussions. See more information in the Exam Review Discussions section below. (1 point each)

Study Partnership:Teaching Key Concepts
Every week, after you complete your study guide, you meet synchronously with a partner to teach each other specified key concepts you have learned. You submit a brief report describing your teaching/learning experience. (5 points per each)

Applicable Articles Discussions
This activity is found in Weeks 02, 05, 06, 08, 11, and 12. (It does not occur in weeks in which there is an exam or a report.) In some of these weeks you are presented with an article, in others you find your own article. Articles may be of a secular or spiritual nature that relate to human biology. After reading an article and pondering the topic, you make a post in which you answer questions about the article. (5 points per assignment)

Writing Assignments
In Weeks 03, 09, and 13, you complete reports on specific topics. In Week 03 you submit a paper about an interview you conduct with a professional. (points range from 6 to 14 points)

End-of-Week Quizzes
You take a 25-question quiz at the end of each week to assess how well you learned the week's material. (Exception: In weeks with an exam, you do not have a quiz.) Questions could cover anything that you have read or completed for that week. At the end of the semester your lowest quiz score will be dropped. (25 points per quiz)

Exam Review Discussions
In exam weeks, you prepare a small practice exam for your classmates by collecting 10 anatomy images and writing 10 anatomy descriptions for a classmate to identify. In addition, you share 10 helpful memory aids. You post your practice exam for another student to take and, then, you take a practice exam prepared by another student and provide feedback to him/her. (6 points per assignment)

There are four exams (in Weeks 04, 07, 10, and 13) and one comprehensive final exam (in Week 14). If you are diligent in studying and completing the activities described above, you will be prepared for the exams. (70 points per exam, 100 points for final exam)

Grading Policies

Your grade is based on the above activities and is calculated using the following scale:

A 93.0-100.0%
A- 90.0-92.9%
B+ 87.0-89.9%
B 83.0-86.9%
B- 80.0-82.9%
C+ 77.0-79.9%
C 73.0-76.9%
C- 70.0-72.9%
D+ 67-69%
D 63.0-66.9%
D- 60.0-62.9%
F 59.9% and lower

Note: The grade structure evaluates you based on your own performance. Course grades will not be curved down based on the class average, so it is possible every student may earn an A. (The course designers and your instructor sincerely hope that occurs.)

Online Atlas Terms of Use and License Agreement

When you access the Online Atlas you must agree to the following terms and conditions.
The following rights agreement specifies the rights granted to you the end users of this item. The terms and conditions are as follows: This item may freely be executed, played and/or displayed. Users must agree to the following terms and conditions: As a student enrolled at BYU-Idaho, you acknowledge that the photos and images of SOMSO Modelle models, 3B models, and anatomytools.com are used to create these study aids and are protected by U.S. and International copyright laws and treaties. You acknowledge that this content is provided by an agreement with SOMSO Modelle, 3B models, anatomytools.com, and BYU-Idaho for your personal scholarship and learning and the images of the models shall remain the property of SOMSO Modelle, 3B models, and anatomytools.com. You may not copy, modify, transmit, participate in the sale or transfer of, or create derivative works based on any content, in whole or in part.


Honor Code
The honor code was accepted by each of us and therefore our adherence to it is expected. Individual assignments must be completed ON YOUR OWN, USING YOUR OWN WORDS.

Late Work/Missed Quizzes
All assignments, quizzes, and exams must be completed BEFORE the due date/closing date. (Any late work submitted will receive partial credit.) There are no make-up quizzes.

Extra Credit
There is no extra credit offered in this course. Please just use your time to study and learn the required material and turn in all assignments on time!

Students with Disabilities
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all qualified students are entitled to “reasonable accommodation.” It is the student’s responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special need she/he may have before the end of the first week of class.

Prior Coursework
If you have already taken BIO 264 and 265, you may not need to take this course. Talk to your counselor or instructor if you have questions.

*Your instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.*