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.

Announcements

1. Bio 3058 is designed mainly for sophomores with interests in physiology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and/or medicine. The first lecture in Bio 3058 will be noon-1pm on Monday, January 12, 2015 in Brown 100.

2. Bio 3058 is a required prerequisite for Bio 328, Human Physiology, taught by Dr. Clark. Sophomores who wish to take Bio 328 should first enroll in Bio 3058 in spring of sophomore year and then enroll in Bio 328 in spring of junior or senior year. Concurrent enrollment in Bio 3058 and Bio 328 is not possible.

3. Bio 3058 is recommended as a prerequisite for Bio 3411, Principles of the Nervous System, taught by Dr. Salkoff. It is not required, however, for Bio 3411.

4. Bio 3058 is required for the Neuroscience Track of the Biology major. It is not required for the other Tracks of the Biology major and it is not required for the generic Biology major. Bio 3058 will provide 2 units of upper-level Biology credit for all types of Biology majors.

5. Bio 3058 is required for the Biomedical Engineering major.

6. Prior credit for Bio 2960 and for Chem 112A is required for Bio 3058.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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

10. 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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