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BIOSCI 201 - Introduction to Human Anatomy - Sania Zaidi-Merchant

Course:Introduction to Human Anatomy
Professor:Sania Zaidi-Merchant
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Welcome to Introduction to Human Anatomy! My name is Professor Zaidi-Merchant and I have a Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology with special interest in genetics. I have been teaching subjects like general bio, cell bio, anatomy & physiology for 8 years. Anatomy is a difficult subject, but you will be fascinated by the interesting facts about the human body and how it functions! This is a short 8-week course, which requires your total commitment as you will be learning new terminology and concepts every day. My job is to provide you with the info and tools to master this subject, but you will have to be motivated to put in the time and effort if you want to do well in this class. I am here to help you excel, so feel free to ask questions and participate!

Course Description

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to describe and identify the major organ systems, organs, histology, and their functions in the human body.

What to Expect in this Course

You need access to internet connection, laptop or desktop computer, webcam (for meetings and proctored exams), microphone to participate in zoom meetings for lectures and lab discussions. Chrome browser is required for you to take the scheduled quizzes and exams during the semester.

Be prepared to spend considerable time outside the scheduled course hours online to study, read, and take notes on lecture power point chapters, lab anatomical models and preparing for quizzes and exams.

Types of Assessments

All the lectures, labs, assignments will be posted on Canvas, and it is your responsibility to submit all your work by the posted deadline online. Lecture assignments will be questions based on concepts learned in chapter discussed in zoom meetings and from the power points available to you online in Canvas. 

Lecture quizzes and exams will be multiple-choice type questions. Lab exams will be identifying and naming various anatomical structures, organs, tissues, and their functions. All students must take their quizzes and exams during the regular scheduled date/time for the course as listed on the course syllabus. 

Textbook Information

Tool(s) Used to Meet:   Zoom

  • Textbook Title: Human Anatomy, 9th edition by Marieb et al. (Pearson 2019)

--You can purchase any digital or hard copy of any anatomy textbook for this course per your convenience or use the free resources if you like.


  • LAB: A Photographic Atlas for Anatomy & Physiology, by Herbert, Heisler, et al.

--The pics of histology, models, and other anatomical structures will be posted online in Canvas for free that the students can use to study for labs.

I am also including the link (see below) to resources for free anatomy resources online that you can use for the semester.

Anatomy and Physiology - OpenStax

Learning with interactive models (

Other Relevant Course Information

It is mandatory to attend lecture and lab zoom meetings as I will be lecturing, reviewing, and discussing the chapter power points as well as lab experiments posted in Canvas. You will then use the remaining lab time to complete the assignments and prepare for quizzes/exams. 


You must be present on the first day of class or you will be dropped from the roster and your spot given to student on the waitlist. You are expected to attend lecture and lab zoom meetings as it is crucial to your success. You will be spending part of the class time watching videos, taking notes, reviewing anatomical models & slides, and completing assignments for online submission. 

Recording of the lectures will be posted for your convenience along with power points on Canvas, but you are still required to attend lectures and labs online. Anatomy can seem overwhelming with lot of information to be memorized in such a short period of time, so be organized and keep up with the material covered in every session. If you do not attend meetings or complete the assignments, you will not do well in this class. 

Syllabus with details on quizzes, exams, lecture and lab schedule will be posted on Canvas prior to the start of the semester for your convenience.


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 06/02/2021 Sub#: 171