Bio 3058. Physiological Control Systems
Spring Semester 2016

Professor: Paul S.G. Stein

Systems physiology with emphasis on human physiology. Examination Schedule: Tests, at which attendance is required, will be given from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: February 18, March 24, and April 21. No makeup exams will be given. Therefore, do not schedule any conflict for the evenings of the exams. Prereqs: Bio 2960 and Chem 112A. Must be taken for a letter grade.


  1. Graded answer sheets for Exam 3 are available for pickup in the Biology Student Affairs Office Plant Growth 105 from Patrick Clark or Erin Gerrity at the following times: Mon Apr 25 2PM-4PM; Tue Apr 26 9AM-12PM and 2PM-4PM; Wed Apr 27 9AM-12PM. Plant Growth 105 is just down the hall from the lobby of the NSLC. Bring your ID card and either Erin or Patrick will return your graded answer sheet. If you haven't yet picked up your graded Exam 1 and/or your Exam 2 answer sheet, you can also do that at the same time that you are picking up your graded answer sheet for Exam 3. Exam 3 median score 22 out of 25 (= 88%); Exam 1 mean score 21.4 out of 25 (= 85.6%). PDFs of the exam questions, the answer key, and the score distribution are posted on the course website and on the NSLC lobby bulletin board. For information about regrade requests, follow the instructions on the bottom of the answer sheet and answer key. Exam 3 regrade request deadline is Monday, May 2, 2016, at 4:00 PM. Please go to to complete your Bio 3058 course evaluation. For those in tutoring groups, the tutors will be handing out an additional 1-page form for you to fill out during your tutoring group in order to provide additional specific feedback about your TA and your tutoring group. Thank you!
  2. Bio 3058 exam rooms are assigned according to the first two letters of your last name:
    A-LI: Simon 1
    LO-Z: Lab Sci 300
    The Final Exam is Friday May 6 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Arrive about 15 minutes early to check in, and bring your university ID. No food, no cell phones, no calculators, no electronic devices, no books, no notes, no backpacks, etc. are allowed at your seats; phones must be off and in backpacks at the front of the room. NOTE 3:30PM START TIME!
  3. Use a dark black pencil or a dark black pen or a dark blue pen. No red pens or no red pencils can be used. There will be 50 questions with the format of
    A: Fill in A if A is the only correct answer.
    B: Fill in B if B is the only correct answer.
    C: Fill in C if C is the only correct answer.
    D: Fill in D if both A and B are correct (and C is NOT correct).
    E: Fill in E if both A and C are correct (and B is NOT correct).
    F: Fill in F if both B and C are correct (and A is NOT correct).
    G: Fill in G if A and B and C are all correct.
    H: Fill in H if none of the above are correct (A is NOT correct and B is NOT correct and C is NOT correct). ONLY MARK ONE LETTER PER QUESTION
  4. The 2016 Final Exam will cover 2016 Bio 3058 material from all 27 Lectures (Lectures #1 - #27 on January 22 - April 29).
  5. Ari will hold the last McDonnell 162 weekly TA review session from 6:00PM-7:00PM in McDonnell 162 on Tuesday April 26. He will review the last part of HORMONES and REPRODUCTION. All 9 Stein TAs will give an EXCELLENT, OUTSTANDING, and COMPREHENSIVE review on Tuesday, May 3 from 4:30PM-6:30PM in BROWN 100 (note room is different from that for the weekly TA reviews). Material from all 27 Lectures will be summarized in the EXCELLENT, OUTSTANDING, and COMPREHENSIVE TA review. The review will start on Tuesday May 3 at exactly 4:30PM!
  6. Stein will hold a question-and-answer session from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in McDonnell 162 on Wednesday, May 4.
  7. Stein will answer questions on the Blackboard Discussion Board that are posted up to 8:00 AM on Friday May 6. The 2016 Bio 3058 Blackboard Discussion Board will close at 3:30 PM on Friday May 6.
  8. Stein TAs will meet tutoring groups and hold office hours at the regularly scheduled times up and including Thursday, May 5. Stein TAs will hold their Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday office hours in Life Sciences 112 according to the hours posted on the TA webpage,
  9. On Thursday May 5, Stein TA office hours will be held in Life Sciences 108 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
  10. There will be 3 one-hour in-term exams from 6:00pm-7:00pm on selected Thursdays: February 18, March 24, and April 21. There will be a two-hour final exam from 3:30pm-5:30pm on Friday, May 6, 2016. All exam questions will be multiple choice. All in-term exams and the final exam will be cumulative and will test material presented in all previous course lectures. 50% of the total course score will be calculated from the sum of the scores of the best two in-term exams; the score for the lowest in-term exam will be dropped. 50% of the total course score will be calculated from the score on the final exam. No makeup exams will be given. There will be 25 questions on each in-term exam and 50 questions on the final exam.
  11. There are 9 outstanding undergraduate TAs who hold office hours, have regularly-scheduled tutoring sessions, give review sessions, and post TA lecture notes on the course website. TA review sessions during the semester are on Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm in McDonnell 162. The first TA review session in McDonnell 162 was on Tuesday January 26 from 6:00pm-7:00pm; the last TA review session in McDonnell 162 will be on Tuesday April 26 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. The TAs will give a comprehensive TA review in Brown 100 from 4:30pm-6:30pm on Tuesday May 3. Stein will answer questions on a Blackboard Discussion Board and will hold question-and-answer sessions from 6:00pm-7:00pm in McDonnell 162 on the following Wednesdays: February 17, March 23, April 20, and May 4.
  12. The course will be videotaped and streaming videos of the course lectures will be posted in Blackboard. The required text for Bio 3058 is the 14th Edition of "Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function" by Widmaier, Raff, and Strang. Stein's syllabus refers to specific pages in Vander 14th Edition. During Stein's lectures, there will be specific mention of important figures from Vander 14th Edition as well as key pages from Vander 14th Edition. The pagination and figure numbers from Vander 14th Edition are different from the pagination and figure numbers from prior editions. Therefore, do not use prior editions of Vander: only use Vander 14th Edition. Vander 14th Edition will be also be used in Spring 2017 and Spring 2018 in Dr. Clark's Human Physiology course, Biology 328. For those who will be taking the MCAT exams, Vander 14th Edition will be a very helpful review of Physiology material.

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