Bio 3058. Physiological Control Systems
Spring Semester 2015

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 12, March 19, and April 16. 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 2 are available for pickup in the Biology Office Wilson 314 from Josh Short. Bring your ID card and Josh will return your graded answer sheet. Best time for exam pickups: Mon Mar 23 9AM-12Noon; Tue Mar 24 9AM-12Noon and 1:30PM-4:00PM; Wed Mar 25 1:30PM-4:00PM. I will not use uploads to the "My Grades" section of Blackboard for 2015 Exam 2 grades. Exam 2 median score 23 out of 25 (= 92%); Exam 2 mean score 21.3 out of 25 (= 85.2%). 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 stated on the bottom of the answer sheet and answer key. Exam 2 regrade request deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 4:00 PM. All students who are not currently in a tutoring group and who would like to join a tutoring group should EMail Dr. Hafer Stein recommends very strongly that students with an combined sum of 39 or lower on Exams 1 and 2 should sign up and attend a tutoring group. Students with a combined sum of 40 or more on Exams 1 and 2 who wish to join a tutoring group are also very welcome in tutoring groups. Note also that Friday, April 3, 2015 is the last day that you can withdraw from a course with a "W".

2. Bio 3058 exam rooms are assigned according to the first letter of your last name:
A-J: Lab Sciences 300
K-N: Rebstock 215
O-Z: Simon 1
Exam 3 is Thursday, April 16, 6:00 PM - 7:00 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 6:00PM 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. Exam 3 will cover material from Lectures #1 - #24. Material covered since Exam 2 in Lectures #17 - #24 will receive major emphases. Note that the material in Lectures #9-#15 are in the 2014 videos for these lectures that are posted on Blackboard.

5. Stein TAs will hold weekly TA review sessions from 6:00PM-7:00PM in McDonnell 162 on Tuesdays.

6. Stein will hold a question-and-answer session from 6:00PM-7:00PM in McDonnell 162 on Wednesday, April 15. Bring hardcopies of the 3058 Handout and the in-term and final exams from prior years.

7. Stein and Stein TAs will answer questions on the Blackboard Discussion Board that are posted up to 8:00AM on Thursday April 16. Blackboard questions posted after 8:00AM Thursday April 16 will be answered over the weekend.

8. Stein TAs will hold their regularly-scheduled office hours in Life Sciences 112 according to the hours posted on the TA webpage,

9. On Thursday April 16, Stein TA office hours will move across the hall into Life Sciences 108 with Gina's 2:40-3:30PM and Megan's 3:30-4:30PM office hours.

10. There will be 3 one-hour in-term exams from 6:00pm-7:00pm on selected Thursdays: February 12, March 19, and April 16. There will be a two-hour final exam from 3:30pm-5:30pm on Friday, May 1, 2015. 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 20 from 6:00pm-7:00pm; the last TA review session in McDonnell 162 will be on Tuesday April 21 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. The TAs will give a comprehensive TA review in Brown 100 from 4:30pm-6:30pm on Tuesday April 28. 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 11, March 18, April 15, and April 29.

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 is 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 editions of Vander: only use Vander 13th Edition. Vander 13th Edition will be also be used in Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 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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