Course Syllabus

Syllabus (Renna)

Biology 109: Anatomy and Physiology I (Hybrid)

Community College of Philadelphia, Department of Biology

This is not a complete syllabus but a guide to provide general information about the Biology 109 Hybrid course. If and when you register for the Biology 109 hybrid, please follow the syllabus provided by your instructor.


BIOL 109

Anatomy and Physiology I (Hybrid)

  • This class ONLY meets on campus once a week for a 1 hour lecture followed by a two-hour lab. You must be organized, highly motivated, and capable of independent work in order to be successful in this class.
  • This is a course in which online "modules" containing course material opens once a week, based on a predetermined schedule.
  • Tasks due for this course will typically open the day the class meets (Ex. Tuesday), and are to be completed and submitted by 11:59pm the day before the NEXT class meeting (Ex. the following Monday).
  • This is not a self-paced course. This course follows a set calendar with a designated time frame in which content will be delivered, assignments are to be completed and exams will be taken. 
  • Work is expected to be submitted on time and is subject to penalty as described below. 


Course Information

Biol 109  Anatomy and Physiology I
3-2-4 = 4 Credits, Lab Science
Instructor:  Brian Renna, PhD
Office:  W4-10
Phone:   215-751-8602


Course Materials

Textbook:  Amerman, E. C. Human Anatomy & Physiology, 2nd ed., 2019. New York: Pearson. 1101 pp.

Laboratory Manual: Whiting, C. C. 2019. Laboratory Manual: Human Anatomy & Physiology (Fetal Pig Version),     2nd ed. New York: Pearson. 682 pp.

Laboratory Equipment: Safety eyewear (glasses or goggles) and latex or vinyl gloves

** It is highly recommended that you purchase the Biology 109 bundle in the College Bookstore which should include the Textbook, Lab Manual, Active Learning Workbook, and a code to register for the Pearson's online platform, Mastering A&P.


Course Prerequisites

ENGL 101 Ready Prerequisite 

Given that this is a hybrid course it is important that you are able to type and have a basic understanding of computers. 


Course Success

To ensure success in this class you should be familiar with our Learning Management System, Canvas.  Each instructor will conduct their online class differently and you need to understand the expectations of the instructor.  There are many features in Canvas and each instructor chooses what features and how those features will be used in their course.


Course Overview


Course Description: (from the College Catalog)

Biology 109-110 (each course 3-2-4) Anatomy and Physiology I & II:  Human physiology and biochemistry are studied systematically in lectures while anatomy is stressed in laboratory experiences requiring extensive dissection.  This two-semester sequence follows the recommendations of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.  Biology 109 is designed for students who have had high school biology and chemistry, although these courses are not required.  Biology 109 is a prerequisite for Biology 110.


Course Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be able to:

1) Define and use the appropriate scientific terminology when discussing the human body at all levels of                                organization.

2) Describe the various components of cells and tissues, indicating their structural and functional significance in contributing to more complex levels of organization including organs, organ systems and the holistic body.

3) Describe the anatomical organization and structural components of the integumentary, nervous, endocrine, skeletal and muscular systems.

4) Explain how the integumentary, nervous, endocrine, skeletal and muscular systems function at the cellular, tissue and organ and organ system levels.

5) Describe how both the nervous and endocrine systems function independently and in a coordinated manner to regulate homeostasis.

6) Identify anatomical features of tissues, models and dissected specimen and assess physiological function using            various laboratory techniques.


 Course, Converters and Canvas Minimum Computer Requirements

Please read over the user and technical requirements for Canvas found on CCP’s Distance Education Webpage

It is difficult to take this course if you do not have access to a computer, printer, and a stable internet connection at home.  Biol 109 requires the ability to view PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Portable Document Format (pdf), and videos.


Class Policies

Assignments and Late/Missed Assignments

All assignments completed for this class are to be your work and not work that has been cut and pasted from the Internet or copied from another student  Each assignment has instructions/directions to follow.  Assignments have point deductions when work is not original, directions are not followed, and the work is submitted incomplete.  Work submitted after the due date will be considered late and will incur a 25% deduction in score; after 1 week, work will no longer be accepted.


Lecture Assessments

Lecture Assessments will include: (1) unit exams that consist of several chapters of material and, (2) a comprehensive final exam to be administered at the end of the course. Unit exams will generally consist of multiple choice, fill-in, matching and short answer/essay questions. They are designed to test your understanding of material covered in lectures and assigned readings. The comprehensive final exam is administered during Finals week, is generally 90 questions to be completed on a scantron and covers the breadth of the course. All lecture exams will be completed in class during the assigned meeting day and time. If deemed necessary by your instructor, a lecture exam is to be administered online, it will be timed, you will only view one question at a time, once you have answered a question your response will be locked and you will be unable to return to the question at a later time to modify your answer. Online lecture exams generally consist of multiple  choice questions.


Lab Assessments (Lab Midterm and Lab Final Exams)

Lab examinations will be conducted during your assigned lab period and will be designed to test your understanding of material covered during laboratory sessions. These assessments generally consist of identification and/or recall questions. Word banks/lists will NOT be provided nor allowed for any laboratory examination and yes, spelling counts.

    • Lab Midterm: Labs 1-4, 5
    • Lab Final: Labs 6, 8-12


Chapter Quizzes (Online, Canvas)

1) Online quizzes will administered for most of the chapters covered in this course. Quizzes will open on CANVAS and be available for approximately 1 week.

2) You must read the Chapter in the textbook BEFORE taking the quiz as these quizzes will test the breadth of the content in the chapter.

3) Make sure you have a stable internet connection BEFORE you start the quiz. You do not get a make-up if your connection is lost and your quiz is incomplete.

4) These are timed quizzes. Once you begin, you will have approximately 20 minutes to complete and submit your quiz. Your quiz will be graded immediately, recorded in CANVAS and you will have the opportunity to review your responses to the quiz questions.

5) You will be allowed to take each quiz TWO times; the higher of the two quiz scores will be used in the calculation of your grade. You will only be able to review the key following your second quiz attempt.

6) Once a quiz has closed, you will NOT be able to make it up.


Make-Up Exam Policy

It is your responsibility as a student to arrange your personal schedule around the meeting day/time for this class. Every attempt will be made to adhere to the tentative exam dates so that everyone knows when the exams are to be administered. Failure to take an exam on the specified date and to expect a special case make-up exam is unfair to the other students in the class. Missing exams or turning in assignments late undermines the sense of responsibility that is an important part of what your academic degree represents. If you know in advance that an exam date is in conflict with your schedule and the reason for the conflict is legitimate in the eyes of the instructor, you may be given the opportunity to take the exam in advance or at an alternative date and time. These requests must be made at least 1 week in advance of the exam date in question. Failure to take the exam when administered to the class for any other reason will result in a 10% reduction in your exam grade unless you have documentation supporting your inability to attend class on the date and time the exam/quiz was administered; failure to make-up the exam within 1 week of the date administered to the class will result in a score of ‘0’ for the exam. If you miss an exam it is your responsibility to approach me regarding the make-up and to provide the appropriate documentation if necessary. Make-up exams will be any format that I choose and may differ significantly from the format provided to the rest of the class.


College Policies

Academic Dishonesty

Every student is expected to be fully acquainted with and comply with all policies, rules, and regulations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct is contained in the Student Handbook, which is published and updated each year. Copies of the Student Handbook are available through the Student Life Center located in Room S1-19.


Disability Statement

Students who believe they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss their accommodation form and specific needs as soon as possible, but preferably within the first week of class. If you need to request reasonable accommodations, but do not have an accommodation form, please contact the Center on Disability, room BG-39, phone number 215-751-8050.


BIOL 109 Anatomy and Physiology, Suggested Course Schedule

Below is a suggested schedule of lecture topics.  While faculty are required to cover these topics, the sequencing is only a suggestion.



Chapter 1

  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Chapter 2

  The Chemistry of Life

Chapter 3

  The Cell

Chapter 4


Chapter 5

  The Integumentary System

Chapter 11

  Introduction to the Nervous System and Neural Tissue

Chapter 12

  The Central Nervous System

Chapter 13

  The Peripheral Nervous System

Chapter 14

  The Autonomic Nervous System

Chapter 15

  The Special Senses

Chapter 16

  The Endocrine System

Chapter 6

  Bones and Bone Tissue

Chapter 8


Chapter 10

  Muscle Tissue and Physiology


Laboratory Schedule



Laboratory Manual Assignment2



Lab Safety, Policy and Procedures

Introduction to the Human Body

Body Cavities and Membranes

Unit 1, 2

Ch. 1


Use of the Microscope

Anatomy of the Cell and Cell Division

Cell Transport Mechanisms

Optional Instructor Demo: Chemistry of Life

Optional Instructor Demo: Blood Cell Osmosis

Unit 4, 5


Membrane Transport Handout



Ch. 3


Epithelial and Connective Tissues

Unit 6

Ch. 4


Muscle and Neural Tissues

Unit 6

Ch. 4


The Spinal Cord, Spinal Nerves and Reflexes

Unit 15, 16

Ch. 12, 13


Anatomy of the Brain

Unit 15


Ch. 12


Laboratory Midterm Exam

Assigned by Instructor



General & Special Senses

Unit 17


Ch. 13, 15


The Axial Skeleton

Unit 9

Ch. 7


The Appendicular Skeleton and Articulations

Unit 10, 11

Ch. 7, 8


Gross Anatomy of the Muscular System

Unit 13

Ch. 9


Gross Anatomy of the Muscular System

Unit 13

Ch. 9


Laboratory Final Exam

Assigned by Instructor


Please note that students are required to sign a Departmental Certification Statement before being admitted to the laboratory.

1 Students are expected to prepare for each laboratory before the lab session. 

2 Be sure to check for laboratory instructions in the laboratory manual; additional instructions may be provided by the Instructor.

* During these laboratory sessions, any student who does not wear approved safety eyewear and gloves will not be permitted in the laboratory room.



Final Grade: A 90-100%, B 80-89%, C 70-79%, D 60-69%, F < 60%

Course Summary:

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