IPHY 1600 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology

Instructor Contact:

Name: Lynn Wolfe, Ph.D

Email: Lynn.Wolfe@colorado.edu

About the Course:

Focuses on basic knowledge of human body structures and functions. Topics include an orientation to the human body, basic chemistry and cell structure, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisites: None. Previous high school or College-level Biology or Chemistry will be helpful but are not required.


Focuses on basic knowledge of body structures and function, and provides a foundation for understanding deviations from normal and disease conditions. The specific competencies students will demonstrate in this course are as follows:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and describe the function of the Periodic Table of the Elements, organic compounds and electrolytes.
  2. Discuss the structure and function of cellular organelles, cells, tissues and membranes in the body.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use the correct terminology for the anatomical regions, cavities, and planes of the human body.
  4. Discuss the three layers of the skin with respect to tissue type, function, and substructures.
  5. Classify burns based on the amount of skin damage they produce.
  6. List and describe the components of the skeletal system.
  7. List and describe the various types of joints and describe the major types of joint movement.
  8. Be able to name major muscles, locate them in the body, and tell the function of each.
  9. List the divisions and structures of the nervous system and describe the characteristics of each.
  10. Define and discuss the structure and general function of the special senses.
  11. List the major types of general senses and briefly describe each.
  12. Compare the means by which the nervous and endocrine systems regulate body functions.
  13. Describe the location and function of the endocrine glands in the human body.
  14. Diagram and discuss homeostasis and negative feedback.
  15. Describe the development, structure and function of blood and it components.
  16. Describe some diagnostic blood tests and the normal values for the tests, and give examples of disorders that produce abnormal test values.
  17. Describe the structure and function of the heart and its conduction system.
  18. Describe the structure and function of the arteries, capillaries, and veins.
  19. Locate the major veins and arteries of the body.
  20. Describe the structures and functions of the lymphatic system, lymph and immune functions.
  21. Describe the anatomy and functions of the respiratory passages beginning at the nose and ending with the alveoli.
  22. Explain how alterations in blood carbon dioxide levels, blood pH, and blood oxygen levels affect respiration.
  23. List the organs of the digestive system and describe the structure of each.
  24. Name the major digestive enzymes, the function of each, and where it is secreted.
  25. List the structures that make up the urinary system and describe the overall functions it performs.
  26. Discuss the major factors influencing fluid and electrolyte balance.
  27. Discuss the structure and function of the major organs of the male and female reproductive system.
  28. List the hormones that influence the male and female reproductive system and describe their functions.
  29. List the major events of fetal development sequentially from the fertilized egg through birth.

Required Texts:

Marieb, E. N., & Keller, S. M. (2018). Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (12th ed.)

E-text with Modified Mastering A&P.

ISBN: 9780134652351

Grading (out of 1150 points):

There will be a syllabus quiz (10 points), 16 Mastering Biology Assignments (160 points) 15 multiple choice quizzes (300 points), 15 short answer quizzes (300 point), 5 discussions (180 points), and a final exam (200 points).

Letter Grades will be assigned according to the total points earned in the course, out of 1150 total:

  • A = 94-100%
  • A- = 90-<94%
  • B+ = 87-<90%
  • B = 83-<87%
  • B- = 80-<83%
  • C+ = 77-<80%
  • C = 73-<77%
  • C- = 70-<73%
  • D+ = 67-70%
  • D = 63-<67%
  • D- = 60-<63%
  • F = 0-<60%


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