Bio 3058. Physiological Control Systems

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 13, March 20, and April 17. 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. Your Final Letter Grade for Biology 3058 Spring Semester 2014 is now posted on WebStac. Your Final Exam Score is now available on BlackBoard in your MyGrades section. During the week of May 5, PDFs of your graded Final Exam Answer Sheet will be uploaded on BlackBoard in your MyGrades section. Our plan is to complete the upload of everyone's graded answer sheet by Friday May 9 at 12:10PM. The deadline for Final Exam regrade requests is Friday May 16 at 12:10PM. Follow the instructions on the bottom of the answer key or your graded answer sheet for submitting regrade requests. Note that the deadlines for regrade requests for each of the 3 in-term exams have now passed.

2. Final Exam median score is 46 out of 50 (= 92%). Final Exam mean score is 44.5 out of 50 (= 89%). PDFs of the exam questions, the answer key, and the final exam score distribution are posted on the course websites and in the NSLC lobby bulletin board. For information about regrade requests, follow the instructions on the bottom of the answer key or your answer sheet. Final exam regrade request deadline is Friday, May 16, 2014, at 12:10 PM. The deadlines for regrade requests for in-term exams have passed.

3. 50% of the total course score was calculated from the sum of the scores of the best two in-term exams; the score for the lowest in-term exam was dropped. This policy was described on paragraph 8 of page 1 of the handout and was announced on the first day of class. 50% of the total course score was calculated from the score on the final exam. Total Course Score median was 92 out of 100 (= 92%); Total Course Score mean was 89.6 out of 100 (= 89.6%).

4. The required text for Bio 3058 was the 13th Edition of "Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function" by Widmaier, Raff, and Strang. Vander 13th Edition will be also be used in Spring 2015 and Spring 2016 in Dr. Clark's Human Physiology course, Biology 328. For those who will be taking the MCAT exams, Vander 13th Edition will be a very helpful review of Physiology material.

5. Professor Stein is now taking applications from students with interests in being a Spring 2015 Bio 3058 Teaching Assistant. Each Bio 3058 teaching assistant will receive $1400 for the semester and will work approximately 140 hours as a Bio 3058 TA. Stein will acknowledge by return EMail each application when received. In early October 2014, he will review applications and interview selected applicants. He plans to make offers by late October 2014.

If you are interested in applying for a Bio 3058 TA position, please send Stein the following information via EMail
1) a resume that describes your relevant work experience, especially any prior TA, tutor, and/or PLTL experience;
2) your major(s) and your overall WashU GPA;
3) the names and contact information of 2-3 references (phone and EMail); in a sentence or two, briefly describe how each reference knows you and your abilities. Include all supervisors of your work as a TA, tutor, and/or PLTL leader;
4) a list of your Biology and Chemistry courses and grades;
5) a brief paragraph that describes your interest in Physiology.

Preference will be given to those with a grade of A or A+ in Biology 3058, with a WashU GPA of 3.8 or better after Spring 2014 semester, and with prior TA, tutor, and/or PLTL experience. Bio 3058 lectures will be given throughout the Spring 2015 semester on Mondays and Fridays from 12Noon-1PM in Brown 100. In 2015, the first lecture will be on January 12 and the last lecture will be on April 24. There will be 3 in-term exams given from 6:00PM-7:00PM on Thursdays February 12, March 19, and April 16. The final exam will be given from 3:30PM-5:30PM on Friday May 1, 2015.

TA responsibilities include--
1) attending the 2 hours of lecture per week (preferred); if you have a scheduling conflict with the MF 12Noon-1PM lectures, then watching streaming videos of course lectures is OK.
2) holding scheduled weekly office hours in the NSLC.
3) meeting weekly with small groups of students in tutoring sessions; Dr. Hafer will assist in setting up tutoring groups.
4) holding regularly scheduled weekly review sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6PM-7PM during the semester and preparing lecture notes for posting on the web; there will be 3 teams of TAs; each team is responsible for the weekly review sessions associated with a particular in-term exam and for posting lecture notes for the lectures associated with that in-term exam.
5) participating in the comprehensive TA review given by all TAs on Tuesday April 28, 2015 from 4:30PM-6:30PM.
6) assisting in exam preparation, exam proctoring, and exam grading; Stein will write the initial versions of exam questions; Bio 3058 TAs will be invited to write (but not required to write) drafts of new exam questions; Bio 3058 TAs will work with Stein to finalize the exam questions; exam grading will occur immediately after each exam.
7) meeting with Stein on a regular basis to discuss course issues; regular weekly meetings are for 30 minutes at a time to be arranged that fits everyone's class schedule. In 2014, we met Fridays 4:30PM-5:00PM.
8) and general assistance with class matters.

This is an outstanding opportunity for those with strong interests in Physiology to strengthen their understanding of physiology by holding office hours, tutoring sessions, review sessions, and preparing class lecture notes. Professor Stein looks forward to hearing back from those with strong interests.

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