MCB 246
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Course Information

MCB 246: HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

Lecture schedule
Tues and Thu 2:00-3:20 PM
Location: Foellinger Auditorium

Lecturers
Dr. Chester Brown
Office & phone: 217B Burrill Hall; 300-8706
email: cmbrown3@life.illinois.edu
Office Hours
- Face to face: Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 PM & Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:30 PM;
-Virtual office hours: Friday 9AM - 10AM
(for instructions on logging into virtual office hours, click here)

Dr. Kurt Kwast
Office: 182 Burrill Hall (far NE corner of Burrill Hall Addition)
email: kwast@life.illinois.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30 - 5:00 PM & Fridays 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Course Coordinator
Mr. J. P. Swigart
Office & phone:   241 Davenport Hall; 300-1727
course email: mcb246help@life.illinois.edu

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

MCB 246 COURSE WEBSITE

Course Web site: www.life.uiuc.edu/mcb/246
Course Gradebook: https://gradebook.atlas.uiuc.edu/courses/mcb246/spring14/index.html
Course Blog / Discussion Board: http://go.illinois.edu/mcb_246_course_blog
Virtual office hours:http://go.illinois.edu/mcb_246_virtual_office_hours

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required and recommended for MCB 246. These items should be available and should be listed correctly at the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB) and other campus bookstores although 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.

REQUIRED TEXTS & SUPPLIES

  1. Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 9th edition by Martini & Nath
  2. Martini's Atlas of the Human Body, 9th edition by Martini, Ober & Nath
  3. iClickers (for instructions on how to register your iClicker click here)

*items should be available to be purchased as a package at campus bookstores

RECOMMENDED TEXT

  1. The Anatomy Coloring Book, 3rd edition by Kapit & Elson
  2. The Physiology Coloring Book, 2nd edition by Kapit, Macey & Meisami


ADD AND DROP INFORMATION & DEADLINES

Monday, February 3rd, 2014, at 5 PM is the deadline for adding MCB 246.

Friday, March 14th, 2014 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 Dr. Brown, 217B Burrill Hall, for completion of attendance and grade information.



WHEN MCB 246 CLASSES BEGIN

Lectures will begin on Tuesday Jan 21st, 2014, and meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:20 PM in Foellinger Auditorium.



EXAM AND CONFLICT EXAM INFORMATION

EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Exams I, II and III will be given on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (see Course Policies: Examinations for exam dates). Arrive early; the exams will begin at 7:00 PM sharp. The exams will cover material from lecture and any assigned readings or supplemental materials provided by Dr. Brown. Please see the MCB 246 website for any further details concerning each exam.

  2. The exams will be administered in various lecture halls and classrooms on campus and the room assignments will be posted on the MCB 246 website and announced in lecture several days prior to each exam. You must take the exam in the room to which you have been assigned.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils, and an eraser. You will not need a calculator to complete these exams. No calculators will be allowed in the exam room.

  4. Please do not bring to the exam any backpacks, purses, hats, bags, books, notes, papers, clipboards, musical instruments, or anything other than the items listed in number 3 above; you will be allowed to enter the exam room with these items, but they will be placed away from student seating during the exam. No one will be monitoring who deposits and collects these personal effects, so thefts and mistaken identification of belongings can occur. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated. In the case that the floor of the exam room is wet, you will be allowed to place jackets/coats at the front or back of the room during the exam.

    The MCB 246 faculty/staff are not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore has lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to an exam.

  5. If you are ill or incapacitated on the day of an exam, you are urged to seek assistance at McKinley Health Center or elsewhere as needed, and to miss the exam email Mr. Swigart (mcb246help@life.illinois.edu) or call (300-1727) and advise him of your situation. If a makeup exam cannot be scheduled within the appropriate timeframe for you, your score will be prorated if your absence is excused.  When you are well enough to return to classes, go to the Office of the Dean of Students. It is located in various rooms of Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign; 333-0050, helpdean@illinois.edu.. Inform the Deans that you need confirmation of a confining illness to be sent to Mr. Swigart.   

    NOTE: If you choose to attend an exam while suffering from illness or family/personal emergency, and you choose to complete the exam, that exam determines your score.

    Note: only one exam will be prorated during the course of the semester.  Unexcused absences from multiple exams will result in submission of a failing grade for the course of the semester unless the additional exams are made up at a later time during the semester or during the final examination period.  If a student cannot make up the additional missed exams during the course of the semester of the final examination period, a student will be given an incomplete for the course and the missing exams would have to be made up during the subsequent semester according to the University's policies regarding incomplete grades.    

CONFLICT EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. You must make arrangements to take a conflict exam by 5:00 PM, the Friday prior to the exam day.  Use the MCB 246 Conflict Exam Request Form on the MCB 246 Course website.  No late conflict exam requests will be accepted.  You must make these arrangements for each exam.  Your request for a conflict exam will not be carried over to subsequent exams.

  2. If your conflict is a regularly scheduled course for credit at the University, we will confirm your conflict on Banner. If your conflict is caused by anything other than a University course, please bring written documentation supporting your claim of conflict to Mr. Swigart's office.

  3. Once your request is approved, you will be given the option to sign up for one of several conflict times that will take place the day of the exam. If you have class that conflicts with each of the conflict times, please email Mr. Swigart (mcb246help@life.illinois.edu)

  4. If your conflict exam is scheduled from 5-7 PM you will be required to remain in the exam room until exactly 6:50 PM. If you wish to use the remaining 10 minutes to complete your exam, you may.

  5. Students taking the conflict exam will not be allowed to take their exam booklet with them when they leave the exam room.

FINAL EXAM AND CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INFORMATION

FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. The Final Exam time will be administered according to the University's final exam schedule. This information will also be posted on the 246 course under the "Examinations and Homework" pages.

  2. The exam location(s) will be posted on the MCB 246 website no later than Thurs, May 8th, 2014.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils and an eraser. You will not need a calculator to complete this exam. No calculators will be allowed in the exam room.

  4. Please do not bring to the exam any backpacks, purses, hats, bags, books, notes, papers, clipboards, musical instruments, or anything other than the items listed in number 3 above; you will be allowed to enter the exam room with these items, but they will be placed away from student seating during the exam. No one will be monitoring who deposits and collects these personal effects, so thefts and mistaken identification of belongings can occur. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated. In the case that the floor of the exam room is wet, you will be allowed to place jackets/coats at the front or back of the room during the exam.

    The MCB 246 faculty/staff are not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore has lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to an exam.

  5. In case of illness or personal emergency the day of the exam, contact a dean in your college. Only a dean can excuse a student from a final exam. If you choose to attend an exam while suffering from illness or family/personal emergency, and you choose to complete the exam, that exam determines your score.

  6. A conflict final exam will be given only for students who have met the requirements stated in the student code.

CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. A Conflict Final Exam will only be given to individuals who find themselves in one of the following situations:

    • Students with three consecutive final exams scheduled within a 24 hour period as defined in Section 3-201.A.5). Final Examinations of the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students which can be found at www.uiuc.edu/admin_manual/code/.

    • Students who have another final exam scheduled at the same time as the MCB 246 exam. The conflicting course's enrollment must be lower than the MCB 246 enrollment and the exam must be a non-combined final (Only one section of the course taking the exam in that room at that time) in order for you to take the MCB 246 conflict final exam.

    • Students who have a verified personal problem, and who have received written permission to take the MCB 246 conflict final exam from a dean in their college.

  2. Any student with one or more of the above situations should fill out a conflict request form by going to the following url: MCB 246 Conflict Final Exam Request Form by 5:00 PM Wednesday May 7th, 2014. Students should feel free to contact Mr. Swigart with questions or concerns about conflict final exams.

  3. All student requests will be reviewed and students will be contacted via e-mail regarding the status of their request. Qualified students will be informed of the Conflict Final Exam time and location by noon on Reading Day.



GENERAL INFORMATION & POLICIES OF MCB 246

  1. The course faculty and the TAs are in charge of the orderly conduct of students in discussions and may exclude a student who does not comply with a reasonable request in this regard.

  2. All students are assumed to have read and understood the Code Of Policies And Regulations Applying To All Students, University of Illinois, and will be expected to act accordingly.

    The Code is available online at: www.uiuc.edu/admin_manual/code/.

  3. Concerns over exam or homework grading, and exam absences should be taken up with Mr. Swigart via email at mcb246help@life.illinois.edu.

  4. The deadline for grade corrections on all items is one week after corrected items are returned or grades are received - NO EXCEPTIONS!

  5. Excused class time compensating for evening exams is provided by cancellation of lectures/optional in class reviews. On the day of or day before exams, an optional review session will be held during the normal lecture time.

  6. The faculty and staff of MCB 246 are not responsible for any student personal belongings during examinations or class periods.



ATTENDANCE POLICIES

  1. Procedure for Absences

    Absence from Class

    We know that students become ill and that family emergencies arise. In order to accommodate absences due to illness or emergency, we allow that a specified number of assignments and/or quizzes may be missed without penalty. These missed assignments and/or quizzes can be dropped according to the criteria set forth in the Course Policies for this course.

    Extended Absence from Class

    If you experience an illness (chronic; recurring or lasting three days or more) or other circumstance that causes an extended absence from class (lasting three days or more), please contact the Office of the Dean of Students. The office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050, helpdean@illinois.edu. A representative of that office will provide us with the necessary information to address your circumstance. Please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course web site.

    Absence from an Exam

    If you experience an illness that causes you to miss an exam, you should go to McKinley or your private physician to seek assistance. Whether it is an illness or an emergency that prevents you from taking your exam at the appointed time, you should then contact the Office of the Dean of Students. If possible, (i.e. you ill or have to go home for a family emergency) please wait until normal business hours to contact the Office of Dean of Students. The office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050, helpdean@illinois.edu.. http://www.odos.uiuc.edu/studentAssistance/index.asp . A representative of that office will validate your visit to McKinley or your private physician and then provide us with the necessary information to address your circumstance. Please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course web site.

    Absence from a Final Exam

    If you should experience an illness or emergency that prevents you from taking your final exam at the appointed time, you should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 333-0050, helpdean@illinois.edu.. If this occurs during normal business hours, you call will be answered by staff. If this occurs after hours, you will be given a phone number for the Emergency Dean on call. There will always be someone available for you to call. Only call after hours for a true emergency (i.e. "My house burned down and I have no place to live.") If you are ill, please wait till the next day to call the Office of Dean of Students. Please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course web site.

    Although the UI Code of Policies and Regulations states that "no absence is ever excused," students who provide acceptable written, dated documentation of personal emergency or confining illness in a timely fashion may be allowed to make up missed work for credit. Documentation must include relevant names, times, and dates, and an explanation of the date(s) and reason(s) for absence.

  2. All documentation regarding exam and discussion absences should be presented in writing to Mr. Swigart in 241 Davenport Hall or placed in his mailbox in 252 Davenport.

  3. McKinley Health Center Visit Records are not acceptable verification for absence. Students who visit McKinley Health Center must provide verification through the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050, helpdean@illinois.edu..

  4. Students who have knowledge in advance of events which conflict with attendance in MCB 246 must present acceptable documentation of such events prior to their absence. Assignments which would have been due during the period of absence must be completed and turned in prior to the student's absence.

  5. Students who wish to have consideration for religious observances which conflict with exams or discussions, must present verification in writing to Dr. Brown within one week of the first lecture, in compliance with the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students (Rule 1-107(a)). If the religious observance is such that the exact date cannot be determined in January, contact Mr. Swigart before the deadline and inform him about the approximate date or dates of absence(s).

  6. Conflicts with evening exams in MCB 246 should be presented to Mr. Swigart by 5:00 PM on the Friday immediately prior to the exam so that a conflict exam can be arranged. Written evidence of the conflict must be provided (see Examinations section).

  7. Class absences before and after vacations (e.g. Spring Break) are not excusable, except as aforementioned.



WHAT TO DO IF YOU MUST BE ABSENT

Due to a "Confining Illness:"

  1. Go to McKinley Health Center or your private physician and seek assistance.

  2. Fill out and submit the MCB 246 Absence Report Form on the MCB 246 Web site to inform Mr. Swigart about your absence. You may email Mr. Swigart if you have questions or concerns.

  3. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students and request that verification of your confining illness be sent via e-mail to Mr. Swigart. The Office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050, helpdean@illinois.edu..

Due to "Personal Emergency:"

  1. Fill out and submit the MCB 246 Absence Report Form on the MCB 246 Web site to inform Mr. Swigart about your problem, and to inquire as to whether your situation qualifies as an excusable absence, and arrange make-up work as needed.

  2. Obtain written, dated documentation of the problem.

  3. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students and request that verification of your personal emergency be sent via e-mail to the course coordinator. The Office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050, helpdean@illinois.edu..



MCB 246 WEB GRADEBOOK

The MCB 246 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

       https://gradebook.atlas.uiuc.edu/courses/mcb246/spring14/index.html

or through the MCB 246 Web site at:

       http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/246

Scores on exams and assignments will be available for student review on the MCB 246 Web Gradebook. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 246 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(mcb246help@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, May 7th, 2014.

No Web Gradebook scores will be altered after this deadline so please be certain to check all your scores before this time.



COURSE GRADING

LON-CAPA ASSIGNMENTS

There will be a total of 10 LON-CAPA assignments to be completed online. Of these 10 assignments, the two lowest scores will dropped and only the top 8 scores will be counted towards your grade. Each assignment is worth 35 points for a total of 280 points. Instructions for accessing LON CAPA can be found at

       http://www.lon-capa.uiuc.edu

Each assignment will cover material covered in the current and sometimes previous week of lecture please see the lecture distribution of assignments located in your course packet. LON-CAPA assignments will be worth 35 points each. They will be assessible beginning on Thursday at 9pm and due the following Tuesday at 9pm. 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 the Tuesday 9 PM deadline. Once you sign in and begin the quiz you will have 60 minutes to complete the quiz. Please note that you must begin the quiz by 8:00 PM on Tuesday at the latest in order to receive the full 60 minutes to complete your quiz


EXAMINATIONS

Evening exams will be a combination of multiple choice, true-false, matching, and short answer format. Material for evening lecture exams will be drawn from the lectures, lecture materials, associated text readings, and reserved reading, if any. The course instructors will provide students with information regarding the content of specific exams.

All multiple-choice exams are computer graded and the grades are entered into the Web Gradebook electronically. Short answer responses will be graded by our course TAs. Ususally, within one week of each exam, answers are made available, and errata grade sheets are made available for students to be able to view. 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 Mr. Swigart's attention immediately. All student scantron sheets are retained for grade confirmation if necessary.

All short answer questions are graded by the Exam grader and the grades are entered into the Web Gradebook. Once the exams have been administered, they will be made available to students. 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 Mr. Swigart's attention immediately.

The final exam is the property of the course and is not 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 Mr. Swigart.



EXAM DATES

Exam Time Day Date
Exam I 7-9 PM Wednesday Feb 19
Exam II 7-9 PM Wednesday Mar 19
Exam III 7-9 PM Wednesday Apr 23
Final Exam 8:00 - 11:00 AM Wednesday May 14


IN-CLASS INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS

Throughout the semester during lectures, the instructors will periodically present students with review/synthesis questions during class to assess student learning on lecture material. These questions will be answered using the iClickers required for the course so it is important that students bring their iClickers to every lecture. For the entire semester, a total of 60 points will be awarded based on these in-class questions/discussions. At the end of the semester, the instructors will award iClicker points based on the percentage of responses. Note: a minimum of 80% response rate required in order to receive the maximum of 60 points. Percentages less than 80% will be scaled accordingly.

Note that we do not use the company's website for maintainting iClicker submission. All iClicker administration fo MCB 246 is done via LON-CAPA so your iClicker must be registered with our course in LON-CAPA. For instructions on how to register your iClicker, click here.



SUMMARY OF COURSE GRADES

Student grades in MCB 246 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution.

In-class interactive discussions   60
3 Lecture Exams   495 (165 pts each)
Final Exam   165
LON-CAPA
homework assignments/quizzes
  280
(best 8 out of 10 @ 35pts each:drop lowest 2 for a total of 280pts)

Total   1000

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 246 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

840-869

3.000

B-

800-839

2.667

C+

770-799

2.333

C

740-769

2.000

C-

700-739

1.667

D+

670-699

1.333

D

640-669

1.000

D-

600-639

0.667

F

<600

0.000



STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

  1. Science cannot exist without honesty. The faculty and staff of MCB 246 require students, as scientists-in-the-making, to hold the highest standards of scientific and academic conduct. Any form of cheating on any graded work in this course is unacceptable, and will be dealt with as outlined below, and in accordance with the University-wide standards in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students.

  2. We require that all graded work be entirely your own, and that anything you write using the words of other writers be correctly attributed. On all exams and quizzes, the answers that your turn in for grading must be your own, formulated during the exam from your own understanding of the material and without any supporting information, be it written, verbal or electronic. Copying or looking at the work of another student, or allowing another to copy your work, or copying work from any other source, is unacceptable. Texting, or the use of a cell phone for any purpose during an exam, is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero on the exam, or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor. Since we can not always monitor you, we must rely upon the appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student or another source too closely, we may conclude that it was not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own. Failure to adhere to these standards, for any portion of an exam, quiz, assignment, or iClicker may result in a grade of zero for the entire course, exam, quiz, assignment, or iClicker for all persons involved.