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In order to be successful in Human Anatomy and Physiology, a student must be able to

  1. Consistently attend class as well as lab! The classroom and laboratory experience is very important and cannot be made up. It is very difficult to catch up with the course after one or more absences.
  2. Locate, print, and bring to lecture (optional) or lab (required) the notes provided by the instructor. Notes are necessary in order to follow lecture and/or study in the lab.
  3. Read and comprehend text chapters that may exceed 30 pages in length!
  4. Prepare for lecture exams that typically consist of 100 multiple choice questions derived from 3-4 chapters.
  5. Devote three hours of studying for every hour of lecture and laboratory (e.g., lecture is 2.5 hours and lab is 2 hours weekly and thereby students should devote a minimum of 13.5 hours outside of the classroom each week).
  6. Take laboratory practical exams requiring students to answer a set of questions quickly (e.g., 6 questions within 2-3 minutes) without the ability to go back to those questions. Note lab practicals usually consist of at least 150 questions!
  7. Be involved in classroom discussions by answering and asking questions. If you do not participate in discussions then you are probably disengaged from learning.
  8. Be prepared for and take unannounced quizzes.
  9. Be prepared for and take a comprehensive final.

NOTE: The above represent minimum expectations. To truly be successful, a student must go beyond the minimum. The instructor recommends a student take BIOL 1010 prior to BIOL 2121 in order to be prepared for the academic rigor needed to be successful in human anatomy and physiology courses.

(Adopted from Dr. Tom Harnden)

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