Instructor: Gary Ritchison
Office: SCIBD 4221
Office phone: 622-1541

Textbook: Human Physiology, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, or 15th edition by Stuart Ira Fox

Lecture notes:

Lecture Notes 1 - Cell Structure & Metabolism

Lecture Notes 2 - Neurons & the Nervous System I

Lecture Notes 2b - Neurons & the Nervous System II

Lecture Notes 3 - Muscle

Lecture Notes 4 - Blood & Body Defenses I

Lecture Notes 4b - Blood & Body Defenses II

Lecture Notes 5 - Cardiovascular System

Lecture Notes 6 - Respiratory System

Course objective: To learn a little about how the human body works

Exam 2 scores + mid-term grades

Course requirements:

1. There will be four 100 point exams during the semester plus a comprehensive test. The comprehensive test will be optional for most students, but must be taken by those who miss one of the first three exams. There will also be eight 10-point quizzes (five 2-point multiple questions each) during the semester. Quiz dates will not be announced beforehand. Quizzes will be over material covered in lecture since the previous exam. If a quiz is missed, you will be allowed to take a make-up quiz only if you can provide a legitimate reason for missing class, e.g., approved university function (documentation from coaches or other university personnel needed), death in the family, or illness (documentation required from EKU Health Services or from your doctor or physician's assistant).

2. If one of the first three exams is missed, you will take the comprehensive test as the make-up test. If you take the first three exams, the comprehensive test is optional. If you take the first three exams plus the optional test, I will drop the lowest of these four scores. In other words, if you take the optional test, you can substitute your score on the optional test for your lowest score on the first three exams. The optional test score cannot be used as a substitute for Exam 4. Everyone must take Exam 4.

3. Quizzes will include questions based on material covered in lecture. Exams will include questions based on material covered in lecture and in the text. Most readings in the text will be over material also covered in lecture. However, for each exam, you will be responsible for the material in one chapter of the text; material that will not be covered in lecture. Those chapters are as follows: Exam 1 = Chapter 11 (Endocrine Glands: Secretion and Action of Hormones), Exam 2 = Chapter 17 (Physiology of the Kidneys), Exam 3 = Chapter 18 (The Digestive System), and Exam 4 = Chapter 20 (Reproduction).

4. Exams and quizzes will consist of multiple choice questions.

5. Review questions are available for each exam: Exam 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, Exam 4, & the Comprehensive Exam. Questions are based on material covered both in lecture and the text. All exam and quiz questions will be based on these review questions.

Test Information: For each exam, I'll provide you with a test booklet and a Scantron sheet. You'll need to provide a pencil. On exam days, please be on time! Exams will be handed out at the beginning of class. Students who arrive after others have already completed the exam will not be allowed to take the test & will take the comprehensive exam as the make-up test. At the next class meeting after an exam (unless otherwise noted), exams will be handed back.

Grading: Grades will be assigned on the basis of 480 possible points (Exams = 400 points and quizzes = 80 points). Final grades will be assigned as follows:  

417 - 480
369 - 416
312 - 368
264 - 311
< 263

Mid-term grade: Your grade at mid-term will be provided with your score on Exam 2.

Disability Accommodation Statement: A student with a "disability" may be an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as learning, seeing or hearing. Additionally, pregnancy accompanied by medical conditions that causes a similar substantial limitation may also be considered under the ADA. If you are registered with the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities, please obtain your accommodation letters from the OSID and present them to the course instructor to discuss any academic accommodations you need. If you believe you need accommodation and are not registered with the OSID, please contact the office in the Whitlock Building Room 361, by email at or by telephone at (859) 622-2933. Upon individual request, this syllabus can be made available in an alternative format.

Academic Integrity: Students are advised that EKU's Academic Integrity Policy will strictly be enforced in this course.  The Academic Integrity policy is available at statement is applicable to all EKU students in all courses. Questions regarding the policy may be directed to the Office of Academic Integrity.

Attendance policy: Attendance is required only on exam days.


Tentative Schedule:

Date Subject Text chapter(s)

August 23 Introduction; Chemical composition of the body 1 & 2
August 25, 30 Cell structure & genetic control 3 & 6
September 1, 6, 8 Cell respiration & metabolism 5
Sepember 13 EXAM 1  
September 15, 20 Neurons & membrane potentials 7
September 22, 27, 29 The Nervous System 8 & 9
October 4, 6, 11 The Central  & Autonomic Nervous Systems 8 & 9
October 13 EXAM 2  
October 18 No class - Fall break  
October 20, 25, 27 Muscle 12
November 1, 3 Blood & Blood clotting 13 
November 8 No class - Election day  
November 10, 15 The Immune System; Blood typing 15 & 13
November 17 EXAM 3
November 22 Cardiovascular System 13 & 14
November 24 No class - Thanksgiving  
December 1, 6 Cardiovascular System 13 & 14
December 8 Respiratory Physiology 16

December 13
(10:30 - 12:30)


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