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17 / FALL2 - Late Fall 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / FALL2 - Late Fall 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 326L
Course Title: Physiology Laboratory
Semester Credit Hours: 2
Class Day and Time: Tue Thu 
7:45 PM-10:35 PM
Additional Notes:

Class will not meet Thursday November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day is Friday December 1. 

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 326. Prerequisites:C or better in BIOL 110L and C or better in BIOL 223L,C or better in BIOL 326 or concurrent enrollment.


C or better in BIOL 110L and C or better in BIOL 223L,C or better in BIOL 326 or concurrent enrollment.


Human Physiology textbook and lab combo 14th edition
Author: Fox (McGraw-Hill)
ISBN: 9781259634697
Category/Comments - Combo with lab manual

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe basic physiological techniques.
  • Understand and apply experiments to measure physiological phenomena, and interpret the results.
  • Describe how enzymes are important in physiological function.
  • Describe the roles of diffusion and osmosis in physiological processes.
  • Demonstrate reflex arcs.
  • Interpret responses of various sensory receptors.
  • Classify muscle tissue responses to stimuli.
  • Describe the effects of stimuli on the heart.
  • Explain changes in pulmonary function related to exercise.
  • Interpret the chemical composition of urine.

Additional Instructor Objectives

  • To be able to relate laboratory exercises, experiments/results to physiological processes in the human body
  • To understand the format used in scientific literature and to communicate technical information in a meaningful written report and in a concise verbal presentation.

Special Course Requirements

Reading prior to Lab/ Handouts: Labs run more smoothly and will be much more worthwhile if you are able to read the assignments prior to lab. To facilitate this, selected lab manual questions should be answered prior to class: instructor will review these with the class and will call upon students for answers. Supplemental handouts may be provided  with short questions, tables, etc. to serve as study guides.

Laboratory Reports: These should contain one page summaries of lab activities including title, methods/materials, results, conclusions where appropriate. You may use summary tables if appropriate. Conclusions should include what you learned from the lab. Laboratory reports for each week will be due the Tues. of the following week. Reports should be legible and concise.  It is best to just try to write it up shortly after each lab so that you don't fall behind. In addition, you will prepare a short presentation (5-10 min) at the end of the term. This presentation will involve describing a disease, including symptoms, pathophysiology, tests to diagnose, and treatment. Most students choose to use PowerPoint presentations. Please emphasize how normal physiological systems are affected by the disease using concepts you have learned about in class. A summary of criteria used to grade these reports will be given.

Instructional Methods

Laboratory exercisesMost of lab time will be used to perform exercises from the laboratory manual and handouts. Exercises include observational, ie. viewing cells and tissues through the microscope or listening to brief PowerPoint's/youtubes, and "hands on" ie. performing ECG's and blood pressures, brief experiments, etc. We will also use software with the laptops, including Iworks, which interfaces with the laptops and allows measurement of various parameters (like ECG, tidal volumes, EMG) and PHILS, an interactive software program which allows you to run simulated experiments on living tissue, like muscle and nerves.

Laboratory handout questions: Students are expected to work through the assigned laboratory activities in pairs or groups, as needed.  If a presentation or model is on display, students should work through concepts together.  To aid in acquisition of objectives, handouts with simple questions or tables, etc., may be given out to fill in. 

Laboratory manual questions: There are helpful questions at the end of each section of the lab book. Read the material prior to class, and attempt to answer the specified questions. Participation in answering questions will be  used in evaluating participation points.

Presentations: You may choose a disease and ask instructor if it is appropriate and not yet chosen; if so, you will prepare a short presentation (5-10 min. only!!) using any materials you desire (ie. handouts, audio/visual, or just stand there and talk). The purpose of this exercise is to be able to communicate your findings to other people in a concise and professional manner. You should also gain an appreciation for the impact the disease has on a patients life and be able to convey this to an audience. You should include disease, impact on a person's life, symptoms, tests to diagnose, and treatment options, and describe what it would to live with this disease with an emphasis on the pathophysiology (how the disease causes the normal physiology of the system to change). 

Out of Class Activities

Read assigned readings prior to lab and answer assigned questions!!  This helps to maximize what you will learn in lab. Class participation includes attempting to answer specified laboratory manual questions when called upon.

Graded Activities

Laboratory reports100 Points22% of grade
Description -

Summarize lab activities for specified laboratory exercises in the format: materials, methods, results, conclusions (what you learned). Tables/graphs or handout questions may be included where appropriate. 

Method of Evaluation -

**Lab reports due the Tues. after the week of the lab.

Quizzes200 Points45% of grade
Description -

There are two quizzes (see schedule) over laboratory material and questions. Each quiz is worth 100 pts.,and they are multiple choice, short answer, T/F. Missed quizzes cannot be made up.

Presentation150 Points33% of grade
Description -

Towards the end of the term we will have student presentations. You may choose your topic, check with instructor to ensure no repeats. You will choose a disease/pathological condition and prepare a short presentation (5-10 min. only!!) using any materials you desire (ie. handouts, audio/visual, or just stand there and talk). PowerPoint presentations do make a bigger impact because visual aid is very powerful.  The purpose of this exercise is communicate your findings to other people in a concise and professional manner. You should include disease, impact on a person's life, symptoms,  tests to diagnose, and treatment options. You should emphasize the affect the disease has on the normal physiology of the systems affected using concepts learned throughout the term.

Method of Evaluation -

The important thing to remember is you need to know how to communicate--with doctors, family members, grad school advisors--in a meaningful and professional manner.  The purpose of this exercise is to use the class to practice this ability!! Professionalism, clarity, and answers to questions will be considered in grading, based roughly on the following:

  • Disease: Definition and pathophysiology, 60 pt.
  • Symptoms/causes for symptoms, 25 pt.
  • Tests to diagnose/how tests work, 20 pt.
  • Impact on person and community, 25 pt.
  • Treatment/explanation of treatment, 20 pt.

Grading Scale

90>=100 A
80>=89 B
70>=79 C
60>=69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

The schedule may be revised according to availability of materials. 

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Use of microscope; cells--structure; mitosis/meiosis; tissue overview: Cell function, enzymes, biomolecules, clinical chemistry

1. Use of Microscope--Lab manual p.1-12: Do  Exercise 1.1  A, B, C, D
2. PHILS interactive lab #1  "Varying extracellular concentration". 
Diffusion, Osmosis, Toxicity--Lab manual p. 75-84
1. LM P. 77 -83 Do Procedure2.6 B and C (p.80)  Diffusion, Osmosis, Toxicity
2. Clinical Chemistry (discussion--handouts)
3. You tube--discussion on fluid therapy and toxicity


Tues: Fox Laboratory Manual ("LM") P. 1-12
Thurs:  LM 75-84, supplemental material 


Tue: Fox LM p. 11, questions 1, 3,4,5
Th:  Fox LM p.83 1-5, 6,7

Week 2
Tues. Metabolism, Tissue types , Th. Nervous System I

1. Microscopic Examination of Tissues and Organs:
LM p. 13-24 Do A,B,C,D,E ( PHILS #2  "Size and Metabolic Rate")

Beginning nervous System:  LM Section 3  "The nervous system and sensory physiology"
Section 3.1:  Recording the Nerve Action Potential Read all (PHILS interactive exercise #10 "The Compound Action Potential") Section 3.2:  The EEG.  Read.  Equipment will be available to observe your own EEG. Section 3.3:  Reflex Arc.  Read all and perform 3.3 A and B, all Section 3.4:  Cutaneous Receptors and Referred Pain.  Read and do B,C,D


Tues. Fox LM Exercise 1.2, P. 13-24
Thurs. Fox LM Section 3.1-3.4  The nervous system p. 85-114


Lab manual questionsTues. p. 23-24; Questions 1-8; (Also PHILS quizzes)
Thurs. p.112;  Questions 1-11, 13

Week 3
Tue. Nervous System 2 Thurs: Endocrine System

1.Eyes and Vision; Ears: Cochlea and Hearing, vestibular apparatus; Taste   perception

Section 3.5 Eyes and Vision  Read all, Do A,B, D, +/- E, F, +/- G
Section 3.6 Ears: Read all, Do A
Section 3.7 Ears: Vestibular Apparatus Read
|Section 3.8  Taste Perception:  Read  and do exercises on p. 142 

2. Metabolism
Real experiment based on PHILS from last week if materials available

1. Endocrinology:  Histology of Endocrine glands  Fox LM. 4.1 p. 145-155  Learn slides of available endocrine glands and understand how structure relates to function
2. Insulin and Insulin Shock:  Fox LM 4.3 p. 167-171 Insulin is one example of a very important hormone. You should understand the functions and role of insulin in vertebrate systems. Watch you tubes of fish experiment and people "insulin therapy"
3. PHILS exercise #17  Thyroid Gland and Metabolic Rate


Tues. Fox LM Section 3.5-3.8  Eyes and Vision, Ears, Taste  p. 117-143
Fox LM Section 4 Endocrine System, P. 145-154, Fox  Ex.  4.3 Insulin shock   P. 167-169                   


Lab manual questions:
: .p. 125, Questions 1-11; P. 133 Q. 1-6, P.137  Q. 1-6, p.143 Q 1-3
Thurs:  p. 155, Q1-15; p.171, Q. 1-6, p. 183 Q. 1-9



Week 4
Tues: Muscles .Thurs: Respiration/ Pulmonary Function

Tues:  Muscles Fox L.M. Section 5
1. Fox LM Section 5.1 ,5.2, 5.3 P. 173-200  Read, Learn sliding filament theory of muscle contraction, understand skeletal muscle shortening and how it is achieved .
2.  Do PHILS # 4,5,6,7
3. Stimulus-dependent force generation
4. The length-tension relationship
5. Principles of summation and tetanus
6.  EMG and twitch amplitude

Thurs: Respiratory System
1. Fox LM. Section 8.1 Measurements of pulmonary function (Read:  may try Spirometry ), after you do PHIL exercises so you will understand better! p. 302  Pulmonary disorders Read. PHIL exercises 33,34,35,36
33. Altering Body Position
34. Altering Airway Volume
35. Exercise-induced Changes
36. Deep breathing and cardiac function
Review Pulmonary structures, ventilation; watch you tubes on lung sounds and pulmonary fibrosis.


Tues: Fox LM Section 5, Skeletal Muscle.  p. 173-202.
 Fox LM Section 8, Measures of Pulmonary Function, Pulmonary Disorders. p.295-308


Lab manual questions
Tues:  LM 
p. 200  Q 1-8
Thurs.  LM p. 310-11 Q 1-10, 11,12

Additional Notes:

Class will not meet Thursday November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day is Friday December 1. 

Week 5
Tues: Blood, blood cells, types, start Cardiovascular

Tues. Blood, Blood cells, Blood types, Heart Function
Handouts, demos, dog or sheep blood will be used.
1. Blood smear LM. 6.2 B p. 216
2. Blood types  LM 6.3 A, B, p 223, 225 if possible, demos/ kits
3. Heart/cardiovascular LM 235-242
4. PHILS 18,20,21: 18 thermal and chemical effects on frog heart function, 20. Starling's law of the heart, 21 Heart Block


Tues: LM Sec. 6, P. 205-212; P. 213-232 Sec. 7  P. 235--241, 247-253, 259-261


Lab manual questions: Tues:  P. 210, Q 1-11; p. 220 Q 1-9; 227 Q 1,2,4-7; p. 233 Q1-10

Additional Notes:

Class will not meet Thursday November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day is Friday December 1. 

Week 6
Tues: Continue Cardiovascular:Blood Pressure and Heart sounds, ECG. Thurs. Urinalysis, Renal Physiology Fri. Digestion

Tuesday: Heart sounds, ECG, Blood Pressure
Do PHILS exercises, then try the ECG exercises on yourselves
1. PHILS exercises 22,23, 25,27
22.  ECG and Exercise
23.  The meaning of heart sounds
25.  Electrical Axis of the Heart
27.  Abnormal ECGs

2. Exercise 7.3 p. 259-260 with IWorks
3. Exercise 7.5, p. 269-271  Do this with IWorks
4. Do Ex. 7.6 , and 7.7 if time.
Other misc. exercises if time:
PHILS 28 and 30
23 Cooling and Peripheral blood flow
30 Blood Pressure and Body Position

ThursRenal Physiology/Urinalysis. We will review kidney structure and function, using models and slides. We will perform urinalysis of samples (animal).using multistix analysis and microscopic examination of sediments:
1.  L.M. Exercise 9.3, p. 351-356: A-F.
2.  Exercise 9.1: p. 337-340--(possibly)

FRI:  GI tract: LM. Section 10. We will review (briefly)  GI structures/functions. We will examine the roles of digestive enzymes depending on what we have available for lab exercises.


Exercise 7.3 p. 259-264
Ex. 7.4, p. 263-264
Exercise 7.5 p. 273-276; Exercise 7.6 p. 281-284
Exercise 7.7, p. 287-289

Section 9:  P. 337-343 LM;  Exercise 9.3, p. 351-359

Section 10; P. 361-372; P. 373-379


Lab manual questions:
p. 256 Q. 1-9  P. 278, Q. 1-9; p. 285, Q. 1-7; p. 291, Q. 1-6.
Thurs.  p.341, Q 1-9: p. 358, Q. 1-8
Friday. p.371 1-10; p. 382 1-6


Class will not meet Thursday November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day is Friday December 1. 

Week 7
Student Presentations

Tues: Students with last names A-N
Thurs: Students with last names O-Z.

Week 8
Tues. Reproductive System Thurs. Final Quiz

Review structures associated with mammalian reproduction with emphasis on hormonal control of events.
May study vaginal smears from rodents or dogs.


LM. Section 10-11 p 397-410


Lab manual questions:P. 403, 1-7., P. 409, 1-7  


Final (non-comprehensive) Thurs, normal lab time


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