MCB 247
Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab II
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Course Information

MCB 247: Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab II

J. P. Swigart (Course Coordinator) mcb247help@life.illinois.edu

Course Coordinator Office:   415 Burrill Hall
Phone: 300-1727

MCB 247 COURSE WEBSITE

Course Website: www.life.uiuc.edu/mcb/247
Course Gradebook: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/

Pearson's Mastering Website: www.pearsonmastering.com
MCB 247 course ID in mastering: swigart01416

Note: For those of you who purchased a Mastering access code in Fall 2016 for either MCB 244 or MCB 245, your access code is still valid and will allow you to register for MCB 246 and MCB 247 this semester.

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required or recommended for MCB 247. The text book should be available and should be listed correctly at the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB). It may not be available and it is not guaranteed they will be listed correctly at any other bookstore.
The lab manual has changed from last year.
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, 10th edition by Martini, Nath & Bartholomew with access to Pearson's Mastering and Learning Catalytics*
  2. Photographic Atlas For Anatomy & Physiology by Hebert & Heisler*
  3. Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab Manual, Spring 2017 edition by
    C. Brown, Stipes Publishing
  4. Internet enabled device - laptop, tablet, smartphone, Ipod touch - something that uses a browser either through WIFI or a cellular connection during class.

*These two items are sold as a single package, but can be purchased separately

 

RECOMMENDED TEXTS

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

 



SECTION CHANGE, ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Monday, January 30th, 2017 is the deadline for adding or changing sections for the Spring semester.

Friday, March 10th, 2017 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 via an official temporary lab switch request..

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, 415 Burrill Hall, for completion of attendance and grade information.



WHEN MCB 247 LABS BEGIN

Labs begin on Wednesday January 18th, 2017.

 



GENERAL INFORMATION & POLICIES OF MCB 247

  • 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.

  • 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/
  • Concerns with any aspect of the course should be addressed to J. P. Swigart through mcb247help@life.illinois.edu.

  • The deadline for grade corrections will follow the schedules posted under the Examinations and Laboratory Exercises sections of the course website - NO EXCEPTIONS! All requests for grade corrections must be by the approprited deadline and submitted via mcb247help@life.illinois.edu

  • Reference letters and recommendation forms are to be submitted to the student's TA, whose evaluation will be reviewed and countersigned by Dr. Brown.

  • The faculty and staff of MCB 247 are not responsible for any student personal belongings left during examinations or class periods.

MCB Curriculum Policies

    For non-academic campus assistance and support:
  • See Office of Diversity, Equity and Access (ODEA) information at the end of this document.
    Student Advocacy Resources:
  • For student-centered advocacy programs and services visit mcb.illinois.edu/undergrad/advising/resources

Contacting MCB Course Personnel:

  • MCB course personnel are more than happy to assist students.

  • Emails to instructors, TAs, or course coordinators will only be answered if they come from an @illinois.edu account. We will only use this account in order to protect your educational information and profile. As a student, please remember that when you email a staff member, it is important to include all pertinent information so that we can assist you in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This information includes:
    • The course rubric in the subject line
    • Your full first and last name
    • Your NetID (the first part of your illinois.edu email account)
    • Your UIN (9 digit number that can be found on your ICard)
    • The course that you are concerned about (the course personnel often work with multiple courses)
    • Your section letter/number
    • The previous email "thread" or previous communicated information pertinent to the situation

  • Your cooperation will help us respond much more quickly to your concerns.

Religious Observances and Practices:

DRES Accommodations:

  • If a student has DRES (Disability Resources and Educational Services) accommodations, documentation must be submitted to course personnel by the end of the second week of class.

  • If a student believes that they need DRES accommodations, they should contact DRES at disability@illinois.edu.


Class Absences:

  • Regular class attendance is expected of all students at the University. (http://odos.illinois.edu/studentAssistance/absence/revised_code.asp)

  • The Office of the Dean of Students will only provide informative letters to instructors for protracted illness of 3 or more days, certain emergencies and to be present during the serious illness of immediate family members (parents, legal guardian, spouse/partner, siblings, children, or grandparents). These letters do not excuse you from class but merely provide information for the instructor to consider with regard to excusing the absence and permitting make-up work. Students must request absence letters from the Office of the Dean of Students after the student has returned to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.

  • Absences that may be excused without a letter from the Dean of Students Office include circumstances beyond the student's control such as medical treatment, surgery related to prolonged illness or injury, pregnancy, legal matters, citizenship or naturalization processes, or acts of nature which cause destruction to a primary residence or disrupt air travel. All will require documentation.

  • Absences that may also be excused without a letter from the Dean of Students Office include job, graduate or professional school interviews, though a best effort should be made to schedule these events to minimize class attendance disruption. All will require documentation.

  • Absences planned for the items listed in previous bullet point must be communicated to your instructor or course coordinator at least two weeks in advance of the absence. Failure to do so may result in the loss of opportunity to reschedule the missed class period and the portion of the grade associated with this class period.

  • Absences that will not be excused include family events such as reunions or weddings, or presence during serious illness of extended family members (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin).

  • Absences, when they occur after the first day of classes but prior to enrollment in the course, will require the use of dropped assignments if applicable.

Procedure for Absences from lab

We know that students become ill and that family emergencies arise. Please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course web site then contact J. P. Swigart to determine what documentation that you need for your absence to be excused.
  • Attendance will be recorded at every lab session and you are required to sign the attendance sheet to be considered present. It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to make sure they sign the attendance sheet

  • TAs cannot reschedule students to other lab sections, including their own.

  • Class absences before and after vacations (e.g. Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break, 4th of July) are not excusable, except as aforementioned.

Exam Absences:

  • If you must miss an exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your instructor or course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence. You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your instructor or course coordinator. You must also submit an online Absence Form if one is available on your course website. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam through either a make-up exam or proration. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a zero for the exam.

  • If you must miss an exam for job, graduate or professional school interviews, the exam may be prorated. A best effort should be made to schedule these events around exams. You will need to be mindful that only one exam may be prorated in a semester for any and all absences. Documentation will be required.

  • There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.

  • If the absence is a result of a protracted illness of 3 days or more, you should follow the procedure for obtaining a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students. The request may be made once the student returns to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.

Exam Conflicts:

  • If you have a regularly scheduled University course that conflicts with the exam, you should complete the online Conflict Exam Request Form on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm not less than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted. See course policies for a specific deadline for your course.

  • Work schedules should be adjusted, if at all possible, in order to eliminate a conflict with scheduled exams that occur outside of regular class time. Please plan accordingly at the beginning of the semester. If eliminating a conflict is not possible, the student should complete the online Conflict Exam Request Form on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm not less than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.

  • Students that are formally participating in officially recognized groups, such as athletic teams and performing groups, with a conflict should request a conflict exam by 5:00 pm not less than 3 days prior to the exam via the online Conflict Request Form. Formal participation does not include general meetings of RSOs or any other recognized groups. Documentation of the event will be required prior to scheduling the conflict exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.

  • Students with DRES accommodations should also submit the online Conflict Request Form by 5:00 pm no later than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.

Final Exam Absence:

  • If you must miss a final exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your instructor or course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence. You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your instructor or course coordinator. You must also submit an online Absence Form if one is available on your course website. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam. Failure to follow this procedure may result in a zero for the exam.

  • There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.

  • If the absence is a result of a protracted illness, you should follow the procedure for obtaining a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students. The request may be made once the student recovers but not more than 10 business days after the date of absence.

  • Information about final exams can be found in the Student Code: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/.

Final Exam Conflict:

  • Conflict final exams may only be granted for any one of the following situations:

    • Students with three final exams scheduled within a 24 hour period as defined in Section 82.A.4). Final Examinations of the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students which can be found at: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/.

    • Students who have two final exams scheduled at the same time. Final conflict exam requests should be made to the course with higher enrollment. Course personnel can assist with information to determine which course this would be.

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

    • Students who have DRES academic accommodations.

  • Students that find themselves in any of the above situations should complete the online Conflict Final Exam Request Form which can be found on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm on the last day of class in order for the request to be granted. Any requests made after this time may not be granted. If a conflict final exam is granted, it may be scheduled at any time during the final examination period and is at the discretion of the instructor or course coordinator.


Academic Integrity:

  • Science cannot exist without honesty. The faculty and staff in MCB 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 courses 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.

  • We require that all graded work be entirely your own, and that anything you write using the words of other writers be correctly attributed. Some specific points follow.

  • On exams, 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 the work of another student, or allowing another to copy your work, or copying work from any other source, is unacceptable. Since we cannot always monitor you as you complete your work, we must rely upon 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 may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam or quiz for all persons involved.

  • Texting, or the use of a cell phone for any purpose, during a quiz or exam is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty on the quiz or exam at the discretion of the instructor.

  • Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information or make confidential information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero on the exam or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.

  • On written or electronic assignments, the answers that you turn in for grading must be written in your own words, formulated from your own understanding of the material. While you may be working with other students in the course, you must formulate and submit your own answers. Copying or paraphrasing the work of another student, or allowing another to copy or paraphrase your work, is unacceptable. Since we cannot monitor you as you complete your work, we have only the appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student 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. You must also make a conscious effort to protect your passwords and accounts. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in a grade of zero for the entire assignment for all persons involved.

  • On written or electronic assignments, if you use a statement taken directly from any book or other publication, including the course textbook, you must provide a citation. That is, you must put the text in quotes and put the author of the publication in parentheses after the quotation. Failure to do so will result in zero credit for that answer. Further, using only the words of another author as your entire answer or as the majority of your answer to any question is never sufficient to earn credit. If the majority of your work has been taken directly from a publication, you are likely to receive no credit for the work, since you would not be demonstrating knowledge beyond the ability to copy. Even if you quote another, your answer must be substantially your own words, drawn from your own understanding of the material.

Social Media Use:

  • Use of any social or electronic media to share course information, request course information or make confidential course information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor on an assignment or exam.

  • Any social media sites created in relation to MCB courses must grant access to course personnel upon request. Failure to provide access will result in a failing grade in the course for the group/site's administrator(s).

Course Recordings:

  • Students are welcome and encouraged to make audio recordings of course lectures.

  • The material recorded is intellectual and copyrighted property of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and may be made for personal use only.

  • Video recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited.

  • Posting of audio recordings or transcriptions on social or electronic media platforms is strictly prohibited.


University Information on Student Safety

Active Threats:
  • General Emergency Response Recommendations (Emergency Response Guide):

  • Security Threat. The Department of Homeland Security and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Campus Emergency Planning recommend the following three responses to any emergency on campus: RUN > HIDE > FIGHT

  • Only follow these actions if safe to do so. When in doubt, follow your instincts - you are your best advocate!

  • RUN: Action taken to leave an area for personal safety.
  • Take the time to learn the different ways to leave your building before there is an emergency.
  • Evacuations are mandatory for fire alarms and when directed by authorities! No exceptions!
  • Evacuate immediately. Pull manual fire alarm to prompt a response for others to evacuate.
  • Take critical personal items only (keys, purse, and outerwear) and close doors behind you.
  • Assist those who need help, but carefully consider whether you may put yourself at risk.
  • Look for Exit signs indicating potential egress/escape routes.
  • If you aren't able to evacuate, go to an Area of Rescue Assistance, as indicated on the front page of this plan.
  • Evacuate to Evacuation Assembly Area.
  • Remain at Evacuation Assembly Area until additional instructions are given.
  • Alert authorities to those who may need assistance.
  • Do not re-enter building until informed by emergency response personnel that it is safe to return.
  • Active Threat: IF it is safe to do so, run out of the building. Get as far away as possible. Do NOT go to the Evacuation Assembly Area.
  • HIDE: Action taken to seek immediate shelter indoors when emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation.

    Severe Weather:

    If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.

    If sheltering-in-place due to severe weather, proceed to the identified Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building away from windows or hazardous equipment or materials.

    Active Threat:

  • Lock or barricade your area.
  • Get to a place where the threat cannot see you.
  • Place cell phones on silent.
  • Do not make any noise.
  • Do not come out until you receive an Illini-Alert advising you it is safe.
  • FIGHT: Action taken as a last resort to increase your odds of survival.
  • Active Threat: If you cannot run away safely or hide, be prepared to fight with anything available to increase your odds for survival.
  • We Care at Illinois:

    Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources here:
  • http://oiir.illinois.edu/sites/prod/files/SexualMisconduct_ResourceGuide.pdf
  • University Police Department, Emergency, 9,-911; Non-emergency, 217.333.8911
  • Counseling Center, 110 Student Services Bldg., 610 E. John St., 217.333.3704
  • McKinley Health Center, General Information, 217.333-2701
  • McKinley Mental Health Center, 1109 S. Lincoln, 217.333.2705
  • Dean of Students, 300 Turner Students Services Bldg, 610 E. John St., 217.333.0050
  • Local Sexual Assault Center, RACES, 217.384.4444
  • Women's Resources Center, 703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor, 217-333-3137
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Access (ODEA):

  • For non-academic support visit diversity.illinois.edu
  • Discrimination & Harassment Prevention
  • Title IX
  • Accessibility & Accommodations
  • Inclusive Illinois


  • MCB 247 WEB GRADEBOOK

    The MCB 247 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

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

    Scores on practicals exams and lab assignments will be available for students to review on the MCB 247 Web Gradebook. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 247 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, emailing the course coordinator. 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, May 3rd, 2017.

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




    COURSE GRADING

    Information on attendance, 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, weekly 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 questios requires that you have read the relevant lab exercises prior to attending lab.

    Following completion of the lab, you will also be required to submit a small report based on 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. Your TA will provide you with more specific information regarding the guidelines for this report. Each post-lab will be worth a total of 25 points. A total of 175 points may be earned for both the pre-lab quizzes and post-lab assignments.



    Weekly Quizzes

    There will be 11 weekly lab assignments for the entire semester. Each assignment will be worth 20 points. Questions will be based on the both the anatomy and physiology subject material discussed and gone over during these respective lab times earlier in that week and will be designed to test your understanding of the lab exercises or structures covered in lab. Weekly quizzes will be opened on Fridays at 9:00 pm and be available until Monday 8:00 am of the following week. During that time you may work on these questions from any computer that has internet access. You will have 20 minutes to complete the quiz once it has been opened. 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 deadline! At the end of the semester, we will automatically drop your lowest score so that your top 10 scores will be used in your final grade calculations. All quizzes will be completed on Pearson's Mastering website www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com





    Weekly Quizz Follow Up assignments

    Once the a weekly quiz has closed and the grades released, you will have the opportunity to complete a follow up assignment in Mastering. The Follow Up assignment will be due at 8:00 am on Friday after it is assigned. The followup assignment will be automatically and uniquely generated based on your performance on the weekly quiz. The better that you do on the initial quiz, the fewer questions that you have to answer on the follow-up. The length of the followup assignment is also extended if you continue to do poorly as you complete the followup. If you complete the followup assignment, you can earn up to 2 points back on that weekly quiz. The total points for a weekly quiz cannot exceed 20 points.


    Lab Practical Examinations

    During the course of the semester there will be 3 lab practical examination given covering the following areas: Cardiovascular/Immunology, Digestive/Respiration/Endorcine, & Renal/Reproductive. These exams will be given on during the Monday and Tuesday lab sections. 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 DATES

    Exam Time Day Dates
    Practical 1 During lab Monday/Tuesday 2/20-2/21
    Practical 2 During lab Monday/Tuesday 4/3-4/4
    Practical 3 During lab Wednesday/Thursday 4/26-4/27
    Final exam
    (comprehensive)
    Monday May 8th from 1:30-4:30 pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



    COURSE GRADING

    Student grades in MCB 247 will be based on total of 1000 points.

     3 Laboratory Practicals (150 points each)   450  
    Final Exam   150  
    11 Weekly Quizzes
    (20 pts each, drop your lowest score)
      200  
    11 Follow up assignments for Weekly Quizzes
    (earn up to 2 points back on weekly quiz. Quiz total cannot exceed 20 pts)
       
    5 Pre/Post-Physiology lab assignments
    (10 points for each pre-lab: 25 post for each post lab)
      175  
    TA Informal Early Feedback
      5  
    Attendance
      20  

    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 247 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

    0-600

    0.000