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BIOSCI-204-56766 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Nourian, Neema

Course:Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Professor:Nourian, Neema
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week



Hello and welcome to Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOSCI-204-56766)!

My name is Neema Nourian (he, him, his), and I will be the instructor for this course.

As you all know, BIOSCI 204 is a traditional, in-person course, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been moved online. However, because this course was not designed as an online course, it will have aspects of both in-person courses and online courses. More specifically:  

1) There will be no in-person meeting during the entire term. All teaching will be done remotely, including all labs.

However, there will be open labs on certain days throughout the term, during which students from different sections of 204 can come to the lab and go over the lab material in person. Attending these open labs by the students is voluntary. An instructor other than the course instructor might be

2) Lectures will be presented live/synchronously (on Zoom) for the entire term. Participation in these lecture presentations is voluntary but highly encouraged. You will receive a Zoom invitation for each meeting. All lectures will be recorded and made available to all students soon after each lecture.

The times for the synchronous lectures will be 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

3) Syllabus Quiz. There will be a quiz on the syllabus, due the FIRST DAY of class. One of the purposes of this quiz is to make sure registered students are engaged with the course. If a student misses the syllabus quiz, that student WILL BE DROPPED from the course, unless I hear from the student before or immediately after the Syllabus Quiz due date.

4) All exams will be online, for both lecture and lab. You will get the same questions and time to complete each exam as you would if the course were in-person. Steps will be implemented to reduce the chance of any potential cheating.

5) All communications between me and you, and you and me, will be through email. Therefore:

a) Please check your emails EVERYDAY of the week, including weekends and holidays, because there might be an important email I send out any day of the week.

b) I will send emails to the class through Canvas as group emails. However, you should NOT use Canvas to email me, for a number reasons. Please use my COC email (, which I check every day. If you email me through Canvas, you WILL NOT get any response from me!

c) When emailing me, please address me by name (feel free to address me by first name, Neema) at the start of the email, and be sure to include your name at the end of your message.

Course Description

This course introduces the structure and function of the human body. UC credit limitation: BIOSCI-201, 202 and 204, 205, 250 combined; maximum credit 8 units. Units: 4.00 - UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab.

What to Expect in this Course

This is going to be a fast-paced and demanding course with a lot of information coming at you every week. You have to make sure that you stay on top of the material and spend a few hours studying every day. 

Here are some suggestions for doing well in this course:

1) The lectures, along with the accompanying PowerPoints, are your best study tools. The textbooks for lecture and lab will be optional and be helpful as well. However, not everything in the textbook(s) will be covered, and some of the material covered in lectures/labs may not be in the textbooks. Therefore, even if you have the textbooks, always start with lectures and PowerPoints.

2) Do your best to attend the synchronous lectures. Although you can watch and listen to the recorded lectures, live attendance allows you to ask questions and clarify things as needed.

3) When listening to the lectures, either live or the recordings, pay attention to what is being presented and emphasized. Don’t just take notes passively. Try to absorb as much as you can.

4) Quiz yourself as you study.

5) Try to understand the material, instead of just memorizing the material. Understanding is necessary to see the connection between different materials.

6) Use associations and acronyms, as much as possible, to help you remember things.

Types of Assessments


1) Lecture exams (5 plus the Final Exam): 59% of the course grade

4) Syllabus Quiz: 1% of the course grade


b) LAB:

1) Lab Practicals (4): 30% of the course grade    

2) Module Assignments (one per module): 10% of the course grade

Lecture exams and Lab exams (practicals) will consist of multiple-choice (MC) and short answer/essay questions. MC questions will be automatically graded by Canvas; short answer/essay questions will be manually graded by the instructor.

 Students will receive one grade for both lecture and lab. The lecture grade will account for 60% of the course grade, and the lab will account for 40% of the course grade. All grades will be posted on Canvas. Students can determine their grades at any point during the semester by simply checking their overall percentage on Canvas and comparing it to the scale described in the syllabus.


Textbook Information

Two textbooks (one for lecture and one for lab) are designated for this course:

  • Saladin, K.S. Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 8th ed. McGraw Hill, 2016

ISBN10: 1259277720

ISBN13: 9781259277726

  • Sarikas, S.N. Laboratory Investigations in Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd ed. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2010



Also, at least for the lecture textbook, you have the option of purchasing an access code from the publisher and using the online version, which is the same textbook, but it has additional online resources to help you learn the material.

Both texts are recommended (not required). It is up to you to decide whether you want to buy them or not. All questions on exams will come from what we cover during lectures, for both lecture and lab exams.

Other Relevant Course Information

Please feel free to contact me (using my COC email address!) with any questions you may have about the course.

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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

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.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 08/13/2021 Sub#: 516