Anatomy and Physiology Course Syllabus

Medical Academy for Science and Technology@Homestead

Anatomy & Physiology-Regular Syllabus 2011 – 2012

 Instructor:      Mrs. Gilliard


Phone:             (305) 257-4500 ext. 2304

Class website:

Students and parents, if you have any questions concerning, grades, assignments, labs, class itself, etc. please feel free to use the above contact information.  I will do my best to return your call or email as promptly as possible.  I am here for you, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.        

Course Description and Objectives:

This course is an overview of the human body, both structurally and functionally at the microscopic and macroscopic level with emphasis on the pathophysiology and transmission of disease. Medical terminology and laboratory investigations which include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course.

By the end of the course each student will be able to:

  1. Discuss and describe an overview of the human body, including organization and chemical process.
  2. Describe how the organs work together to maintain homeostasis and stability with the human body.
  3. Use correct medical terminology relating to body structure and function.
  4. Identify cells and tissues microscopically and macroscopically and relate their specialized functions.
  5. Identify and discuss the structure and function of the body systems in relation to health and disease.
  6. Identify and explain factors relating to the transmission of disease.
  7. Collect, record, organize, and analyze data sets and ideas from primary and/or secondary sources accurately and coherently, noting the validity and reliability of these sources and attributing sources of information.

Welcome to Anatomy and Physiology (A&P)!

This is an exciting academy course that you will find both challenging and interesting… after all, it is all about you!  A&P is a course that requires an extensive amount of time, effort, reading, and memorization of body parts and functions.  Additionally, current topics in medicine will be explored and medical terminology will be stressed with the goal of preparing students for a university program in the medical sciences and/or health related career.  Students and parents must be aware that some topics, pictures and diagrams presented in the textbook and in class may be considered sensitive and/or graphic. Students in this class are expected to act maturely in dealing with such material.  While this course may be challenging, together we will work hard to gain knowledge and skills in the fascinating field of anatomy.

Required Materials: Be sure to bring the following to class everyday!

Textbook: Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology Prentice Hall

2” three- ring binder

notebook dividers

100 sheets composition notebook

#2 pencils

College ruled notebook paper

blue or black pens

Notebook Requirement:

As part of the requirements of passing this course you will need to keep a current organized notebook. This notebook should include class rules in the front and five sections to include (lecture notes, classwork, homework, labs and miscellaneous.  Do not throw anything away! I will be grading your notebooks at least once each quarter and may have random notebook checks at any time. As you progress in your education and your careers, the importance of your ability to take good notes and have good organization skills are paramount. Occasionally you may use your notes, on the day of the quiz or test, thus it is imperative to always come to class prepared.


All students are expected to turn in all work at the beginning of the block on the due date.  Late work will not be accepted unless there is an acceptable extenuating circumstance regarding its completion.  The decision to accept any late material will be under the teacher’s discretion.


Anatomy requires you to learn hundreds of words throughout the year. This vocabulary will seem like a foreign language at first…but through hard work and practice you will become fluent in this scientific dialect. In order to help you with this task, you will be required to keep a flashcard ring with all the vocabulary words and definitions for the entire semester. You are to use 3 X 5 index cards cut in half and hole punched in the left hand corner. Each card must also contain your initials written neatly in the right hand corner. On the front of the card you will write the assigned word and on the back of the card you write the definition. We will keep an ongoing list in the classroom for you to maintain a thorough vocabulary flashcard ring that represents ALL words studied throughout the entire semester.

Homework Guidelines

Students will be assigned homework every night with a few excused nights here and there throughout the academic year. Homework is a continuation of the day’s lesson or preparation for the next session’s lesson.  Homework could involve but not limited to items such as: concept maps, outlines, reading, article reviews, labs, uncompleted classwork, and research projects.  Because of the complexity of the material, students are strongly encouraged each night to spend 20-30 minutes reviewing notes/material for the day and 20-30 minutes reading the next assignment prior to class.

Labs/Lab Reports

Each student is required to pay Academy Lab fee of TBA

You will participate in many labs which include dissections throughout the school year. Some labs will be done on lab sheets and others will require you to write a detailed lab report…following the scientific method and discussing the implications of your results in relation to the topic we are studying. Lab reports are to be typed and can be submitted electronically…more info on how to do this later. There will be a very specific format to follow when writing your lab reports; consistency and attention to detail will be of the utmost importance! 

Lab safety rules MUST be followed at all times…a safety contract will be reviewed and signed by students and parents prior to participation in any labs. When doing any lab work, including dissections, listen to the instructions given, and follow them closely. We will occasionally be dealing with hazardous materials and equipment, and the safety of you and your classmates is important.  Proper conduct and attire is mandatory – closed toed shoes, hair pulled back, gloves, goggles. Failure to do so may result in the loss of lab privileges.

Projects/Research papers

There will be projects assigned throughout each semester. Specific directions, expectations and grading rubrics will be provided as each project is assigned.

Tests and quizzes

Take careful, legible notes during class discussions, test and exam questions will come from readings and lecture notes. Test will be given at the end of each unit. Also, smaller quizzes will be given periodically throughout the unit. 

Mid-term/Final exams

Comprehensive semester exams will consist both of multiple-choice questions, problems requiring detailed solutions, short answer, essay.  This counts for 20% of your semester grade.

Make Up Work Policy:  You are responsible for all work and assignments covered during class, including assignments made when you are absent. You will have one (1) day to make up work for each excused day missed. Make arrangements to make up quizzes, tests or labs with me outside of class, which may be different from the original assignment or assessment. Unexcused absences will result in a zero for missed the assignment.


Grading Criteria

Grading Scale

Tests 40%

100% - 90% A

Labs/Projects 25%

89% - 80%  B

Classwork/Quizzes 20%

79% - 70%  C

Homework 15%

69% - 60%  D


59% - 0%   F

Extra Credit

On occasion, students may have the opportunity to earn extra credit.  Extra credit opportunities may be in the form of extra test/quiz questions or research/position papers.  If the student is missing any assignments, no extra credit will be allowed.

Classroom Rules:

1. Be in assigned seated before the bell rings and remain in your assigned seat.

2. Be Respectful. Respect the learning environment and raise your hand to be recognized.

3. Be Prepared and Productive.  Enter class ready to work and raise your hand to be recognized.

4. Be sure all cell phones and electronic devices are turned not visible and off. 

5. No eating, drinking, or chewing gum in class.


Failure to do so will result in the following consequences:

1st infraction: Visual Warning (THE LOOK) or Verbal Warning.

2nd infraction: Conference with student regarding conduct and strategies to improve behavior

3rd infraction: Contact parent/guardian to explain the inappropriate behavior

4th infraction: Parent Teacher Student Conference

5th infraction: Referral to the administration

Classroom Procedures:


  • Each day, please quietly enter the classroom, sit in your assigned seat, and begin working on the bell ringer assignment, which will be written on the board.
  • If you need assistance, wish to answer or ask a question, or for any other reason wish to get my attention, raise your hand and wait to be called on.
  • Do not interrupt another student when they are speaking, unless called upon to contribute.
  • If you need to leave the classroom for any reason, you must get my permission.
  • At the end of class, please put your chairs back, throw your trash away, replace your text book and any equipment used, and wait for me to dismiss you.

RESTROOM POLICY:  Each student will be allowed to use the restrooms for emergencies only.  Please make restroom plans during your breaks between classes.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:    Students are responsible for honesty and independent effort at MAST@ Homestead.  Failure to uphold these high academic standards includes but is not limited to the following: plagiarizing written work or projects, cheating on exams or assignments, and collusion on an exam or project.  When there is clear evidence of cheating, plagiarism, or collusion, your teacher will take disciplinary action including but not limited to: assigning a grade of zero and student’s parent/ guardian and administration will be notified.  

Successful completion of this class requires dedication and commitment from the student.  Remember, you are preparing for a university program and have chosen a career in the medical field. Approach your studies with that thought in mind each and every day.  This syllabus was designed to help you better understand what will be expected of you in Anatomy & Physiology this year.  Lastly, the instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus at anytime. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and/or see me. I am very glad you chose MAST@ Homestead and are taking Anatomy and Physiology. I look forward to an exciting and productive year with you.  The best is yet to come!



Mrs. Gilliard


Dear Student and Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

Please read the provided syllabus concerning Anatomy and Physiology at MAST@Homestead for the 2011-2012 school year. Once you have read and understand it, please complete the form, sign, and return it to Mrs. Gilliard.

As a student, I understand the above information. I also understand that it is my responsibility to make sure I succeed in this class. I will ask Mrs. Gilliard for any help needed in order to succeed.

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MDCPS Safety Manual

Laboratory Safety Rules and Contract



  • Know the primary and secondary exit routes from the classroom.
  • Know the location of and how to use the safety equipment in the classroom.
  • Work at your assigned seat unless obtaining equipment and chemicals.
  • Do not handle equipment or chemicals without the teacher’s permission.
  • Follow laboratory procedures as explained and do not perform unauthorized experiments.
  • Work as quietly as possible and cooperate with your lab partner.
  • Wear appropriate clothing, proper footwear, and eye protection.
  • Long hair should be tight in the back.
  • Report all accidents and possible hazards to the teachers.
  • Remove all unnecessary materials from the work area.
  • Completely clean up  the work area after the experiment
  • Always make safety your first consideration in the laboratory.

Safety Contract:

I will:


  • Follow all instructions given by the teacher.
  • Protect eyes, face and hands, and body while conducting class activities.
  • Carry out good housekeeping practices.
  • Know where to get help fast.
  • Know the location of the first aid and firefighting equipment.
  • Conduct myself in a responsible manner at all times in a laboratory situation.

I, _______________________, have read and agree to abide by the safety regulations as set forth above and any additional printed instructions provided by the teacher. I further agree to follow all other written and verbal instructions given in class.

Student Signature: ____________________________Date: ___________________

Parent Signature: _____________________________Date: ___________________