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. Graded answer sheets for Exam 3 will be uploaded to the "My Grades" section on Blackboard during the week of April 21.  Our plan is to have everyone's graded answer sheets uploaded by 12:10PM on Friday April 25.  Exam 3 median score 22 out of 25 (= 88%); Exam 3 mean score 21.2 out of 25 (= 84.8%).  PDFs of the exam questions, the answer key, and the score distribution are posted on the course website, on the NSLC lobby bulletin board, and on an April 20 thread on the Blackboard Discussion Board.  For information about regrade requests, follow the instructions stated on the bottom of the answer sheet and answer key. Exam 3 regrade request deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014, at 12:10 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 letter of your last name:

    A-G: Rebstock 215

    H-R: Lab Sciences 300

    S-Z: January 110

The Final Exam is Friday, May 2, 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 25 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).


4. The Final Exam will cover material from all 27 Stein Lectures from January 13 - April 25.

5. Thomas will hold the last McDonnell 162 weekly TA review session from 6:00PM-7:00PM in McDonnell 162 on Tuesday April 22.  He will review the last part of hormones and reproduction.  All 9 Stein TAs will give an EXCELLENT, OUTSTANDING, and COMPREHENSIVE review onTuesday, April 29 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.

6. Stein will hold a question-and-answer session from 6:00PM-7:00PM in McDonnell 162 on Wednesday, April 30.  Bring hardcopies of the 3058 Handout and the in-term and final exams from prior years.

7. Stein will answer questions on the Blackboard Discussion Board that are posted up to 8:00AM on Friday May 2.

8. Stein TAs will meet tutoring groups and hold office hours at the regularly scheduled times up and including Thursday, May 1.  TAs will hold their regularly-scheduled office hours in Life Sciences 112 according to the hours posted on the TA webpage, 

9. Stein TAs will hold extra exam-week TA office hours in Busch Lab 159 from 2:00PM-4:00PM on Thursday May 1.  Busch Lab 159 is located in the first floor of Rebstock Hall just across from the Rebstock elevator.  To reach Busch Lab 159 from the NSLC lobby, go out into the hallway and take a left, go across the glass-covered corridor into the 1st floor of Rebstock.  Once in Rebstock, take a left.  Busch Lab 159 is the conference room on your left.  Dana and Thomas will answer questions from 2-3PM and Phil will answer questions from 3-4PM.  Henry will also have his regular Thursday 3-4PM office hour in LS 112.

10. There will be 3 one-hour in-term exams from 6:00pm-7:00pm on selected Thursdays: February 13, March 20, and April 17.  There will be a two-hour final exam from 3:30pm-5:30pm on Friday, May 2, 2014.  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 will be 9 outstanding undergraduate TAs who will 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 will be on Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm in McDonnell 162. The first TA review session in McDonnell 162 will be on Tuesday January 21 from 6:00pm-7:00pm; the last TA review session in McDonnell 162 will be on Tuesday April 22 from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  The TAs will give a comprehensive TA review in Brown 100 from 4:30pm-6:30pm on Tuesday April 29.  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 12, March 19, April 16, and April 30.

12. The course will be videotaped and streaming videos of the course lectures will be posted in Blackboard.

13. The required text for Bio 3058 will be a new edition this year, the 13th Edition of "Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function" by Widmaier, Raff, and Strang. Stein's syllabus will refer to specific pages in Vander 13th Edition.  During Stein's lectures, there will be specific mention of important figures from Vander 13th Edition as well as key pages from Vander 13th Edition. The pagination and figure numbers from Vander 13th Edition will be different from the pagination and figure numbers from prior editions. Therefore, do not use prior editionsof Vander: only use Vander 13th Edition.  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.

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