Skip to main content

Search Bar Icon Close Menu

Columbia College
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session

Course Syllabus

Print this Syllabus « Return to Previous Page

Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 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:

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 Lab Manual
Author: Fox (McGraw-Hill)
ISBN: 9780077427320
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 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 and attempt to answer lab manual questions prior to class. Supplemental handouts may be provided with short questions, tables, etc. to serve as study guides. Lab activities may change depending on availability of materials. Any changes to the syllabus will be announced in class and/or addressed through email correspondence. 

Laboratory Reports:  You will complete 2 laboratory reports during the course. These should contain summaries of any 2 lab activities you perform during the course. Information should include title, background information, methods/materials, results, and conclusions where appropriate. A hand out will be supplied with more detailed information on formatting and content. Laboratory reports can be turned in at any point during the course (earlier is better!), but must be turned in before class on Thursday of Week Seven. These laboratory reports are designed for you to learn how to present technical information in a concise manner. Therefore, they should not exceed 500 words. 

Oral Presentation: In addition, you will prepare a short presentation at the end of the term. This presentation will likely be 10-15 minutes, but will depend on how many are enrolled in the course. 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.

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 questions corresponding with the material. Participation in discussion during class is expected. 

Presentations: You may choose a disease and ask the instructor if it is appropriate and not yet chosen; if so, you will prepare a short presentation (likely 10-15 min.) 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 patient's 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). 

Laboratory Reports:  You will complete 2 laboratory reports during the course. These should contain summaries of any 2 lab activities you perform during the course, and are designed for you to learn how to present technical information in a concise manner. 

Weekly Quizzes: Online quizzes (weekly assignments) will be made available each Thursday after class. These are open book and designed to assess your understanding of the week's material. Quizzes will be due the following Tuesday before class. The majority of questions will be multiple choice, though some questions may consist of short answer, fill in the blank, and true/false.

Out of Class Activities

Read assigned readings prior to lab and answer associated 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 reports (45 pts each)90 Points
Description -

You will pick any two laboratory exercises you perform throughout the course and write up as a laboratory report. This will be similar to a scientific abstract you may read when browsing scientific publications. Laboratory reports will include background information (hypothesis), the materials and methods used, results, and conclusions (what you learned). A handout will be given during class discussing formatting and providing more details on what content should be included in each report. As these reports are designed to teach concise scientific writing, they should be no longer than 500 words.

Method of Evaluation -

Lab reports can be turned in at any time during the course, but no later than Thursday of Week 7. 

Reports will be graded as follows:
- Background/Hypothesis: 10 pt
- Materials/Methods: 10 pt
- Results: 10 pt
-Conclusions: 10 pt
-Adherence to formatting requirements and word limit: 5pt

Weekly Quizzes (25 pts each)200 Points
Description -

Online quizzes (weekly assignments) will be made available each Thursday after class. These are open book and designed to assess your understanding of the week's material. Any of the material covered in class or in the assigned reading is fair game. Questions may even come from student presentations at the end of the course. Quizzes will be due the following Tuesday before class. Each quiz will consist of 10-20 questions. Missed quizzes cannot be made up.

Method of Evaluation -

The majority of questions will be multiple choice, though some questions may consist of short answer, fill in the blank, and true/false.

Presentation140 Points
Description -

Towards the end of the term we will have student presentations. You may choose your topic, check with the instructor to ensure no repeats. You will choose a disease/pathological condition and prepare a short presentation (likely, 10-15 min. depending on class size) using any materials you desire (ie. handouts, audio/visual, or just stand there and talk). PowerPoint presentations often make a bigger impact because visual aid is very powerful, though you are open to be creative. The purpose of this exercise is communicate your findings to other people in a concise and professional manner. You should include information on the disease, impact on a person's life, symptoms, tests to diagnose the disease, 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, pathophysiology, how the disease affects normal physiology, 50 pt.
  • Impact on person and community, 15 pt.
  • Symptoms/causes for symptoms, 20 pt.
  • Tests to diagnose/how tests work, 20 pt.
  • Treatment/explanation of treatment, 20 pt.
  • Within time limit and organization of presentation, 5 pt.
  • Ability to answer questions, 5 pt.
  • Professionalism, 5 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 and tissue overview, homeostasis, and diffusion, osmosis, tonicity

- Exercises 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 in Lab manual p. 1-32
- Exercise 2.6 in Lab Manual p. 75-84


Tues: Fox Laboratory Manual,  P. 1-32
Thurs: Fox Laboratory Manual, P. 75-84


Online Quiz Due before class next Tuesday

Week 2
Nervous System

Will be using PHILS computer software, investigating the Nervous System: Resting potentials, action potentials, and synaptic potentials 

Exercise 3.2 and 3.3, p. 93-104
- Finish PHILS exercises from Tuesday, if needed


Tues. Fox Lab Manual P. 85-92
Thurs. Fox Lab Manual P. 93-104


Online Quiz Due before class next Tuesday

Week 3
Senses and Muscle

Exercises 3.4-3.8, p.105-144

- PHILS software investigating muscle function
- Exercise 5.3 pg 193-202


Tues. Fox Lab manual P. 105-144
Thurs. Fox Lab manual P. 175-202


Online Quiz Due before class next Tuesday

Week 4
Cardiac System

- Exercises 7.2-7.4,  p 247-271
- PHILS software investigating heart function

- Exercises 7.6 and 7.7, p 281-292
- PHILS exercises on circulation


Tues: Fox Lab Manual, P. 235-279
Thurs: Fox Lab Manual, P. 281-292


Online Quiz Due before class next Tuesday

Week 5
Respiratory and Endocrine Systems

- Exercises 8.1, p 293-312
- PHILS exercises on Respiration 

- Exercises 4.1 and 4.3,  pgs 145-156 & 167-172
- PHILS software - Thyroid Gland and Metabolic Rate


Tues: Fox Lab Manual, P 293-333
Thurs: Fox Lab Manual, P 145-172


Online Quiz Due before class next Tuesday

Week 6
Renal and Immune Systems

- Exercise 9.3, p. 351-359,
- Possibly exercise  9.1 p 337-344 or PHILS investigation of Anti-Diuretic Hormone

- Exercise 6.2 and 6.3, p213-228


Tues: Fox Lab Manual P. 335-359
Thursday: Fox Lab Manual P. 203-234


Online Quiz Due before class next Tuesday

Week 7
Digestive System and Student Presentations

Tues: Exercises 10.1 and 10.2, p 361-384
Thurs: Student Presentations


Tues: Fox Lab Manual: P.361-396
Thurs: No assigned reading


Online Quiz Due before class next Tuesday

Week 8
Student Presentations, reproductive system, course recap

Tues: Student presentations

- Exercise 11.3 pg 411-416
- Discuss vaginal smears and pregnancy
- Course review


Tues: No assigned reading
Thurs: Fox Lab Manual P. 397-416


Online Quiz Due Friday

Additional Notes:

Note: Weekly quiz due earlier!


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


Request info