MCB 245
Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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MCB 245: Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I

J. P. Swigart (Course Coordinator)
Office:  220 Burrill Hall
Phone: 300-1727


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Course Gradebook:

From: Dr. Chester Brown, Instructor
Dear Students,

Welcome to MCB 245, the companion laboratory course for students currently in or have previously taken MCB 244 Human Anatomy & Physiology I. This is the first lab course which, along with MCB 244, are the first half of the two-semester sequence covering the study of human anatomy and physiology. Over the course of the semester, we will examine various aspects of anatomy and physiology. This examination will include the use of anatomical model as well as human cadavers. In addition, the labs will also entail the use of a variety of lab exercises designed to give students an appreciation for the physiological processes discussed in MCB 244 through hands-on experimentation.
Along with serving as your instructors for MCB 244, I am also responsible for content of this course. Oversight of the structure and administrative aspects of this course are the responsibilities of J. P. Swigart, the course coordinator. If you have questions, you can reach me in my office (217B Burrill Hall). In addition, if you prefer you can call my office at 300-8706. If I am unable to answer, please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible. You can also reach me vial email at Be sure to read the course information in your lab manual. This information is meant to help you when you are not certain what to do or where to go when you have a problem that effects your work in MCB 245. I hope you enjoy this semester and MCB 245.
Dr. Brown
217B Burrill Hall
(217) 300-8706 office/voicemail

Description of the course:
MCB 245 is laboratory course designed to survey human anatomy and physiology. The course focuses on gross anatomical identification using models and human cadavers as well as experiments designed to illustrate foundational physiological processes. Learning objectives for the course are aligned with the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society national standards.
1. Develop a vocabulary of appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to anatomy and physiology.
2. Recognize the anatomical structures and explain the physiological functions of body systems.
3. Recognize and explain the principle of homeostasis and the use of feedback loops to control physiological systems in the human body.
4. Use anatomical knowledge to predict physiological consequences, and use knowledge of function to predict the features of anatomical structures.
5. Recognize and explain the interrelationships within and between anatomical and physiological systems of the human body.
6. Synthesize ideas to make a connection between knowledge of anatomy and physiology and real-world situations, including healthy lifestyle decisions and homeostatic imbalances.
7. Demonstrate laboratory procedures used to examine anatomical structures and evaluate physiological functions of each organ system.
8. Interpret graphs of anatomical and physiological data.

Credit or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 101 and 102 or consent of instructor
MCB 244 should be taken concurrently with this course or completed prior to enrollment in MCB 245.


The following is a specific list of items required or recommended for MCB 245. These items should be available and should be listed correctly at the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB). They may not be available and it is not guaranteed they will be listed correctly at any other bookstore. 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.


  1. Anatomy & Physiology: an integrative approach, 3rd edition by McKinley, O'Loughlin & Bidle with access McGraw Hill's Connect platform
  2. Lab Manual for MCB 245 Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I - Fall 2018


  1. Atlas of Human Anatomy, 5th edition; Netter



Monday, September 10th, 2018 is the deadline for adding or changing sections for the summer semester.

Friday, October 19th, 2018 is the last day to drop the course or to elect the Credit/No Credit option.

Students must at all times attend the laboratory sections in which they are currently enrolled. Students will not be allowed to sit in other sections at other times for any reason without permission from the Course Coordinator.

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 J. P. Swigart, 220 Burrill Hall, for completion of attendance and grade information.


Labs begin on Monday August 27, 2018.


Course Policies


The MCB 245 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

Scores on practicals exams and lab assignments will be available for students to review on the MCB 245 Web Gradebook. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 245 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 made available to them. Each student is responsible for reporting possible discrepancies to their TA and if necessary, completing the appropriate regrade request form. If immediate action is not taken, the student is responsible for bringing this to the attention of J. P. Swigart within one week of receiving their graded paper or exam score. Students are encouraged to keep records of all graded assignments returned to them until after final grades are issued.

The final deadline for Web Gradebook corrections is 5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 12th, 2018.

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


Information on lab assignments, exams, and other evaluation tools/score types is summarized below and will be addressed in more detail during the first week of class. There will be a total of 1000 possible points earned in the course.  These points will come from 3 major areas including practical examinations, unit review quizzes, and physiology pre and post-lab assignments. Grades will be assigned according to the Standard Grade Scale, provided here.


Physiology Pre and Post-Lab Assignments

During specific weeks of the semester where physiological experiments are going to be conducted, you will be required to complete a series of pre-lab questions prior to coming to the physiology lab. These will be open one week before the scheduled physiology lab session meets and will be worth 10 points each. These questions will cover topics outlined in the lab and are designed to address the experiments you will conduct in lab. Completion of these questions requires that you have read the relevant lab exercises prior to attending lab.

Following completion of the lab, you will also be required to answer a series of questions which are intended to help you review the lab exercises you just covered. This will be due one week after completion of the lab. Each post-lab will be worth a total of 20 points. A total of 150 points may be earned for both the pre-lab and post-lab assignments.

Unit Review Quizzes

There will be 8 unit review assignments for the entire semester. Each assignment will be worth 30 points. Questions will be based on the both the anatomy and physiology subject material discussed and gone over during these respective lab times. During that time you may work on these questions from any computer that has internet access. At the end of the semester, we will automatically drop your lowest score so that your top 7 scores will be used in your final grade calculations.

Reflection Assignments

There will be 12 reflection assignments for the entire semester. Each reflection will be worth 1 point. The semester moves pretty fast and you will be learning a lot of content in a short time. Many students, out of necessity focus on memorizing individual details and miss the bigger picture of what anatomy and physiology is. To aid in this, you will regularly be completing short reflective statements. You will be given a few questions and you will be expected to write a few sentences about what you have learned during that unit and how it relates to previous units. The assignments will be graded based on completion and effort. As long as you make an honest attempt, you will get the one point. I want you to spend sometime time thinking about what you know versus what you don't know. This will help you prioritize your studying and make new connections between the material.

Lab Practical Examinations

During the course of the semester there will be 3 lab practical examination given covering the following areas: histology and osteology, muscle, neurobiology. The exam questions will involve identification of structures as well as some questions pertaining to the functions of key structures. Your TA will go over the results with you during the following week and your scores will be recorded in Gradebook.

It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the grade on the Web Gradebook is correct. If a student believes that an error has been made, it should be brought to the TA's attention immediately. If an explanation cannot be found, the student and/or the TA should bring the problem to J. P. Swigart. All practical exams will be returned to the students after being scanned.

The final exam which will be a comprehensive exam which will be given during finals week. Further details regarding this exam will be provided at a later date.


Exam Time Day Dates
Practical 1 (Histology, Skull, Osteo Physiology) During lab Mon & Tues 10/1-10/2
Practical 2 (Appendicular and Axial Skeleton, Neurology) During lab Mon & Tues 10/29-10/30
Practical 3 (Muscles and Sensory) During lab Wed & Thurs 12/5-12/6
Comprehensive Final Exam


Student grades in MCB 245 will be based on total of 1000 points.

 3 Laboratory Practicals (150 points each)   450  
Final Exam   150  
7 Connect Weekly Homework quizzes
(30 pts each, drop your lowest score)
5 Pre/Post-Physiology lab assignments
(10 points for each pre-lab: 20 post for each post lab)
12 Reflection statements
(1 point each)
TA Feedback   4  
Participation   24  

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, the faculty 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 245 Standard Grade  

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