Dennis Bishop


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Class Format

Face-to-face sections involve PowerPoint presentations of physiological concepts with class discussion. The subject is broken down into weekly units focusing on physiological systems. For each unit, students are given a list of objectives for that week’s subject. Following the PowerPoint presentation/discussion, an objective learning guide is given to all students in attendance. The additional objective learning guide is given out to encourage attendance and is not provided to students who do not attend class. For each week there is also a simulated lab exercise in which students are given data from a physiological laboratory procedure (discussed in class) and required to interpret the data. The lab exercise is completed outside of class and turned in at the end of the unit. A 50-point unit exam is given at the beginning of the first class each week, over the unit covered the previous week.

Resource Use

The textbook for the course Human Physiology (6th Edition) by Dee Unglaub Silverthorn (2013) is a required, valuable resource for learning the advanced concepts of human physiology.

Assessment

The grade for the course is determined by 14 (weekly) 50-point exams and 10-point lab exercises. The final exam (worth 100 points) is comprised of 50 questions over the final week’s unit and 50 questions over major concepts from previous units. All exams are multiple choice.

Homework Policy

Lab exercises are done outside of class. The primary homework task, however, is learning the concepts required for the exams.

Attendance Policy

Although attendance does not figure into the calculation of grades, regular attendance is required to do well in this class. A good understanding of the advanced concepts of human physiology requires participation in the discussion of the topics in the classroom.

Availability

I teach the evening sections of Human Physiology from 6-8:50 p.m. for Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday sections. I arrive at class around 5:30 each evening. I am not normally on campus during the day, but a scheduled appointment might be possible. I check my email regularly and can easily be contacted in that manner. (dbishop@jccc.edu)