MCB 244
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Course Information

MCB 244: HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I SUMMER 2017

Lecture schedule
Tuesday and Thursday 2PM to 3:20PM
Location: Foellinger Auditorium

Instructor

MCB Core Curriculum Office:   252 Davenport Hall; 244-6239; (8:30-12 PM, 1:00-5:00 PM M–F)

MCB 244 COURSE WEBSITE, MOODLE and CONNECT

Course Web site: www.life.uiuc.edu/mcb/244
Moodle login: https://learn.illinois.edu/
Course Gradebook: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/
McGraw-Hill Connect login (Connect access will be done through our course site in Moodle)


Course blog: TBA

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required and recommended for MCB 244. These items should be available and should be listed correctly at the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB) although they may not be available and it is not guaranteed they will be listed correctly at any other bookstores or online sites. Please pay careful attention to dates and editions when purchasing these items. Any items (other than those specifically named below) listed by bookstores as optional or recommended have not been previously approved by the course faculty.

REQUIRED TEXTS & SUPPLIES

  1. Anatomy & Physiology: an integrative approach, 2nd edition by McKinley, O'Loughlin & Bidle with access McGraw Hill's Connect platform
  2. Access to iClicker Reef. For instructions on how to create an account and add our course click here.


 

RECOMMENDED TEXTS

  1. The Anatomy Coloring Book, 3rd edition by Kapit & Elson

  2. The Physiology Coloring Book, 2nd edition by Kapit, Macey & Meisami


SECTION CHANGE, ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Monday, Sept 11th, 2017 is the deadline for adding MCB 244 for the Fall semester.

Friday, October 20th, 2017 is the last day to drop the course or to elect the Credit/No Credit option.

To elect the Credit/No Credit option, students must apply in their College Office.

To drop the course after the drop deadline, students must petition a Dean in their college office and bring petitions to Mr. Swigart, 217B Burrill Hall, for completion of attendance and grade information.



WHEN MCB 244 CLASSES BEGIN

Lectures will begin on Tuesday Aug 29th 2017.



Course Policies

MCB 244 WEB GRADEBOOK

The MCB 244 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

       https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/

or through the MCB 244 Web site at:

       http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/244

Scores on exams and assignments will be available for student review on the MCB 244 Web Gradebook https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 244 Web site and click on the Gradebook link and follow the instructions presented there. All students are responsible for checking their scores on the Web Gradebook after each exam and assignment is returned to them. Each student is responsible for reporting possible discrepancies to Mr. Swigart (mcb244help@life.illinois.edu) within one week of receiving their graded assignment or exam score. Students are encouraged to keep all graded papers returned to them until after final grades are issued.

The final deadline for Web Gradebook corrections is 5:00 PM, Wednesday December 13, 2017.

No regrade requests will be accepted after this deadline so please be certain to check all your scores before this time.



COURSE GRADING

WEEKLY ON-LINE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS AND LEARNSMART STUDY MODULES

Weekly homework assignments:
There will be a total of 12 weekly assignments to be completed online in our course site in Connect. Of these 12 assignments, the 2 lowest scores will dropped and only the top 10 scores will be counted towards your grade. Each assignment is worth 25 points for a total of 250 points. 

Each assignment will cover material covered in the current week's lecture (see course syllabus for content and deadlines).  Your weekly assignments will be accessible beginning on Friday at 9pm and due the following Tuesday at 9pm. These assignments are timed, unlike the pre-lecture reading assignments and once you open the assignment, you will have 3 hours in which to complete it. Please be advised that difficulty accessing our course site in Connect, inability to find an open computer lab, or other computer issues will not suffice to extend this deadline. Please be sure to finish your assignments early, to avoid missing the Tuesday 9 PM deadline.  Please note that you must begin the weekly homework assignment by 6:00 PM on Tuesday at the latest in order to receive the full 3 hours allotted.

Please be advised that difficulty accessing the server, inability to find an open computer lab, or other computer issues will not suffice to extend this deadline.  Please be sure to finish your assignments early, to avoid missing these deadlines!

Optional LearnSmart Study Modules: Note that during each week, there will be one or a series of LearnSmart Study modules available to complete. These study modules are optional and are not required but have been constructed to allow you the opportunity to do some indvidual self-guided studying and review of the current week's material. The study modules are individualized to each student and are intended to provide you with the opportunity to go review and learn the relevant content by answering questions.  They will also help you to prepare for the exams.  While these study modules are optional, successful completion of them by the due dates listed on the syllabus, will allow you the opportunity to earn 3 points (not to exceed the 25 point maximum) back on the corresponding week's homework assignment. For weeks with multiple study modules assigned, all modules must be complete before the weekly deadline in order have the opportunity to earn the 3 points back towards that week's homework assignment. Note that the study modules will be continue to be accessible beyond the 1 week deadline but not available for points towards the homework assignments.

Once the answers are posted and your assignment is graded, if a student believes that an error has been made, it should be brought to J. P. Swigart's attention by filling out the appropriate online regrade form. The regrade forms for a given week's assignments will open at the end of the week and will be available for one week.

 

 

EXAMINATIONS

Exams will be a combination of multiple choice, true-false and/or matching format. Material for lecture exams will be drawn from the lectures, lecture materials, associated text readings, reserved reading and any additional supplmental materials Dr. Brown specifies. Dr. Brown will provide students with information regarding the content of specific exams.

All exams are computer graded and the grades are entered into the Web Gradebook electronically. Exam grades and errata sheets will be available wtihin one week of the exam. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the grade in the Web Gradebook is correct. All student scantron sheets are retained for grade confirmation if necessary. If a student believes that there is an error in there posted score or an error with an exam question(s), it should be brought to the attention of the MCB staff immediately by sending an email to mcb244help@life.illinois.edu. All regrade exam requests must be submitted within one week of the release of exam answers.

The final exam is the property of the University and will not be returned to students, nor are answers posted or made available in any way. Should a student feel that an error has been made in the grading of the final exam, that student should contact Dr. Brown.



EXAM DATES

All exams will be given in class.

Exam Time Day Date
Exam I 7-9pm Wed 9/27
Exam II 7-9pm Wed 10/25
Exam III 7-9pm Wed 11/29
Final Exam 7-10pm Wed 12/20




PRE-LECTURE READING ASSIGNMENTS

Prior to each class period, there will be short pre-lecture reading assignment in Connect. The assignment will consist of a series of short questions designed to cover some topics which will be addressed in the following day's lecture. These assignments will open on Friday at 9pm the week before the scheduled lectures and will be due on Monday evenings (for the Tues lecture) and Wednesday evenings (for the Thursday lecture) at 9pm. Each pre-lecture reading assignment will be worth 5 points and at the end of the semester we will take the highest 20 scores which will be used to determine your grade (100 points total).


IN-CLASS INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS (CONCEPT CHECK POINTS)

Throughout the semester during lectures, Dr. Brown will periodically present students with review/synthesis questions during class to assess student learning on lecture material. These questions will be answered using the REEF polling software required for the course so it is important that students bring a web-enabled device (smartphone, laptop, etc.). For most class periods, grading will be based on the following criteria:

  • concept review question presented at the beginning of each class period
  • multiple-choice/open ended questions presented during class
  • concept review question(s) presented at the end of the class period

For the entire semester, a total of 100 points will be awarded based on these in-class questions/discussions. At the end of the semester Dr. Brown will award points based on the percentage of responses. Note: a minimum of 80% attendance rate will be required in order to receive the maximum of 100 points. Percentages less than 80% will be scaled accordingly.

All iClicker administration fo MCB 244 is done via the company's website. For instructions on how to register in our REEF course site click  here.



ONLINE WIKI

During the last 3/4 of the semester, you will participate in a group collaborative project where you will construct and develop an online wiki. The overall goal of this project is to facilitate collaborative instruction and learning with an emphasis on how to engage in basic scholarly research by reviewing scientific literature on a specific topic and collecting, organizing and presenting the material in a venue which allows others to learn from your findings.

You will work in small-group setting with your peers on a topic related to the physiological systems covered this semester. As part of your overall grade on the wiki project, you will do the following:

  • Working in small groups (6-8 students) you will develop a wiki based on a topic you've chosen from the list below
  • You will construct your wiki which will be made available to the class for evaluation
  • You will evaluate a wiki constructed by your peers

This wiki is worth 50pts in total and will constitute 5% of your overall course grade. More specific details associated with the wiking including the grading rubric, timetable for completion and construction space can be found in Moodle which you can access here.

The following are the list of topics available for the wiki project. Each of these topics relates to a major physiological system covered in MCB 244 (integument, muscular, skeletal, nervous). Because most of you are planning on careers in medicine or allied health fields, we've selected topics applicable to practitioners of those vocations.

List of wiki topics by physiological system will be provided later during the semester.

 


SUMMARY OF COURSE GRADES


Student grades in MCB 244 will be based on total of 1000 points.

In-class interactive discussion points (Concept checks)   100  
       
3 Lecture Exams   375
(125 pts each)
 
       
Final Exam   125  
Pre-lecture chapter homework assignments  

100
(10 out of 12 @ 10pts each
drop 2 lowest)

 
Weekly
homework assignments and LearnSmart Study Modules
  250
(10 out of 12 @ 25pts each: drop 2 lowest scores)
 

Online wiki project   50  
  Total   1000  points  

All point totals are estimates and may be altered slightly throughout the course of the semester.

The point totals contained in the following table represent the use of the plus/minus grading system coupled with a 4.0 grade point system. The grade point values shown for each letter grade have been assigned by the University. Students who earn the points shown below (out of 1000 possible points), will be guaranteed the indicated letter grade. At semester's end, after the final exam, Dr. Brown will analyze the course grade distribution, and may decrease (to accommodate poor class performance on an examination), but will not increase the points needed for each grade.



MCB 244 Standard Grade Scale

Letter Grade

Point Ranges

Grade Point Value

A+

950-1000

4.000

A

930-949

4.000

A-

900-929

3.667

B+

870-899

3.333

B

830-869

3.000

B-

800-829

2.667

C+

770-799

2.333

C

730-769

2.000

C-

700-729

1.667

D+

670-699

1.333

D

630-669

1.000

D-

600-629

0.667

F

<600

0.000