Course Syllabus


This is an introductory course in human anatomy and physiology for non-science and non-health professions majors.


  1. Inspire interest in and appreciation for biology and basic chemistry.
  2. Understand cell structure and function.
  3. Understand the structure and function of the major human organ systems.
  4. Understand human genetics as well as current genetic techniques such as genetic engineering and DNA fingerprinting.
  5. Inspire an appreciation for the human body as God's ultimate creation.

Learning Model Architecture

Prepare Activities

  • Instructional materials
  • Study guides
  • Articles related to content

Teach One Another Activities

  • Study Partnership: Teaching Key Concepts
  • Exam Review activities as pairs

Ponder and Prove Assignment Types

  • Labs
  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Writing assignments

Required Materials

Understanding Anatomy and Physiology: A Visual, Auditory, Interactive Approach by Gale Thompson is used as the course textbook. It is an eBook accessed directly through the BYU-I library. Links to the text are included within the course. There is no cost for the text.

Course Structure

Instructional Materials
The Overview page for each week lists the textbook sections to read. Some weeks include a required video. Optional videos are provided in some weeks. Invest the time to fully use these resources.

Study Guide
Each week, students complete a study guide containing questions about the concepts they learned from the instructional materials. They complete the study guide on their own and submit it to the instructor for grading. (10 points per study guide)

Every week, after students study the instructional materials, they apply what they have learned by completing lab activities. Each lab has an anatomy activity (identification of terms) and an application activity. Students will then summarize their experiences by writing a reflection statement. (10 points per lab)

Memory Aids Discussions
In Weeks 02 and 03, students post memory aids that help them learn and remember the course content. After Week 03, they are only required to post memory aids as part of the Exam Review discussions. See more information in the Exam Review discussions section below. (1 point per discussion)

Study Partnership: Teaching Key Concepts
Every week, after students complete the study guide, they meet synchronously with a partner to teach each other specified key concepts they have learned. Students then submit a brief report describing their teaching and learning experience. (5 points per meeting)

Writing Assignments
In Weeks 03, 09, and 13, students complete reports on specific topics. In Week 03 they will submit a paper about an interview they will conduct with a professional. (14 points for W03; 12  points for W09; 6 points for W13)

End-of-Week Quizzes
Students will take a 25-question quiz at the end of each week to assess how well they learned the week's material. Questions could cover anything that has been read or completed for that week. Quizzes have unlimited attempts and the highest score will be kept. (10 points per quiz)

Exam Review Discussions
In exam weeks, students will prepare a small practice exam for their classmates by collecting 10 anatomy images and writing 10 anatomy descriptions for a classmate to identify. In addition, they will share 10 helpful memory aids. Students will post their practice exams for another student to take, and then they will take a practice exam prepared by another student and provide feedback to him or her. (6 points per discussion)

There are four exams (in Weeks 04, 07, 10, and 13) and one comprehensive final exam (in Week 14). The final exam is split into two separate parts; a 25 point lab final (identifying images) and a 75 point lecture final (multiple choice type questions). If students are diligent in studying and completing the activities described above, they will be prepared for the exams. All exams are remotely proctored. (100 points per exam; 25 points lab portion of the final and 75 point lecture portion of the final)

Grading Policies

Grades are based on the above activities and are calculated using the following scale:

Grade Percentage Range
A 100–93
A- 92–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–83
B- 82–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–73
C- 72–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–63
D- 62–60
F <60

NOTE: The grade structure evaluates students based on their performance. Course grades will not be curved down based on the class average, so it is possible every student may earn an A.

Online Atlas Terms of Use and License Agreement

When students access the online Atlas they must agree to the following terms and conditions.
The following rights agreement specifies the rights granted to you the end users of this item. The terms and conditions are as follows: This item may freely be executed, played, and/or displayed. Users must agree to the following terms and conditions: As a student enrolled at BYU-Idaho, you acknowledge that the photos and images of SOMSO Modelle models, 3B models, and are used to create these study aids and are protected by US and international copyright laws and treaties. You acknowledge that this content is provided by an agreement with SOMSO Modelle, 3B models,, and BYU-Idaho for your personal scholarship and learning and the images of the models shall remain the property of SOMSO Modelle, 3B models, and You may not copy, modify, transmit, participate in the sale or transfer of, or create derivative works based on any content, in whole or in part.


Late Work/Missed Quizzes
All assignments, quizzes, and exams must be completed before the due date and closing date. It is up to the instructor if they accept late work or not. There are no make-up quizzes.

Extra Credit
There is no extra credit offered in this course. Students should use their time to study and learn the required material and should turn in all assignments on time!

Prior Coursework 
If a student has already taken BIO 264 and 265, they may not need to take this course. Students should talk to their advisor or instructor if they have questions.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course uses complex human anatomy and physiology images that students are required to visually identify, so detailed alt text cannot be provided. If you have a disability that prevents you from accessing these images, please contact Disability Services. 

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. Students will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.

Course Summary:

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