Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Course Number: BI 231
Transcript Title: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: March 26, 2018
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


BI 112 or BI 211

Course Description

First course of a three-course sequence. Introduces body systems, homeostasis, tissues, integument, skeletal and muscular systems. Includes related laboratories which integrate appropriate lab equipment and procedures: microscopes, dissection, and others as determined by the department and instructor. Prerequisites: BI 112 or BI 211. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  1. Work collaboratively, competently and ethically within a team of other health care professionals in subsequent clinical and academic programs in allied health sciences.
  2. Apply concepts and knowledge of general terminology, cell structure and function, gross anatomy, physiology, histology and terminology related to the integument, muscular and skeletal systems toward clinical problem solving.
  3. Critically evaluate health articles and medical journals related to anatomy and physiology and examine the contexts of public health and broader social issues.
  4. Use correct terminology to communicate anatomical features and physiological processes.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)


3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)

Not Addressed

4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)

Not Addressed

5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will explain the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. Instructors are encouraged to include a variety of techniques, including: examinations, quizzes, poster and/or oral presentations, interpretation of case studies, homework assignments, laboratory write-ups, research papers, portfolios and small group exercises.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be taught in a traditional lecture and laboratory format. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations. Laboratory experiences will be largely hands-on and team-based, utilizing a variety of resources including (but not limited to): multimedia, prepared microscope slides, human and animal specimens.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Professionalism – attitude
  • Interdependence of health care professions
  • Limitations of personal skill levels and knowledge
  • Critical thinking


  • Homeostasis
  • Interrelationship between form and function
  • Scientific method


  • Conflicting and limitations of data
  • Use of animal testing
  • Differences between science and pseudo-science
  • Attitudes and practices are evolving


  • Microscope skills
  • Dissection skills
  • Interpretation of data
  • Proper usage and pronunciation of terms
  • Positive group interactions
  • Locating and accessing information
  • Environmental awareness and proper disposal of hazardous waste
  • Study skills



  • Instructional Goal: The goals are to survey the scope of the course and to develop a basic working vocabulary applicable to the study of anatomy and physiology. Students will also be taught about homeostasis.


  • Instructional Goal: The goal is to survey the fundamental tissue groups that combine to form the human body, to understand how tissues are classified as membranes, and to understand the formation of endocrine and exocrine glands.


  • Instructional Goals: The goals are to survey the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system.


  • Instructional Goal: The goal is to survey the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system.


  • Instructional Goals: The goals are to develop an understanding of the physiology of muscle contractions and become familiar with the names, locations, and functions of the major muscles.

Department Notes

Columbia Gorge Community College Science Department stands by the following statement regarding science instruction:

Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. Theories (such as biological evolution and geologic time scale) are developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance. As such, scientific theories can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation. “Creation science", “Intelligent design” or similar beliefs are not considered legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).

The Science Department at Columbia Gorge Community College therefore stands with organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula except to reference and/or clarify its invalidity.