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Associate · Liberal Arts · Biology


  • SUMMER I - 8 WEEK 2023
  • Section All
  • 1.00 Credits
  • 05/01/2023 to 06/25/2023
  • Modified 11/23/2022


This is a laboratory course that utilizes simulations and hands-on experiments to study body systems that include: temperature regulation and metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, digestive system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, urinary system, the reproductive system, and human development and genetics. Students use the scientific method in an experimental environment, learn and use safe laboratory practices, perform dissections (using pig, sheep, and cow specimens), perform experiments, gather and analyze data, and present data and conclusions in scientific laboratory reports.  Because the course requires lead time for a lab kit to be shipped to the students’ location, late registration is closed for this course. (1 credit course)



This laboratory course is Part Two of two lab courses in Anatomy and Physiology. If you plan to complete both laboratory courses within one year’s time, you will only need to purchase ONE eScience customized lab kit. However, please note that IF you take the courses out of numerical sequence (Anatomy & Physiology II prior to Anatomy & Physiology I), you will be required to purchase a new fetal pig specimen.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Lab

  • Laboratory Safety
  • Preparing a laboratory report
  • Providing photographic verification for lab experiments 

Module 2: The Blood, Heart and Cardiovascular System

  • General functions and characteristics
  • Plasma function & composition
  • Blood cell types & production
  • Blood cell functions
  • Hemostasis
  • Heart anatomy
  • Cardiac function
  • Nervous regulation
  • Vasculature 

Module 3: The Lymphatic and Immune System

  • Innate Immunity
  • Adaptive Immunities
  • Antibodies 

Module 4: Respiratory System

  • Organs of the respiratory system
  • Breathing mechanism
  • Control of breathing 

Module 5: Digestive System

  • Structure and function of the digestive system
  • Characteristics of the alimentary canal
  • Digestion

 Module 6: Nutrition and Metabolism

  • Metabolism
  • Nutrition 

Module 7: Urinary System

  • Structure and function of the urinary system
  • Urine formation
  • Elimination of urine
  • Distribution of body fluids
  • Water balance
  • Electrolyte balance
  • Buffer systems
  • Respiratory and renal mechanisms
  • Acid-base balance 

Module 8: Reproductive System

  • Structure and function of the reproductive system
  • Fertilization and the embryo


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Perform laboratory experiments and specimen dissections.
  2. Develop a vocabulary of appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to anatomy and physiology.
  3. Identify anatomical structure and function of tissues and body systems.
  4. Describe normal physiological processes.
  5. Prepare scientific lab reports while utilizing adequate data interpretation skills


Click here to view the 8 week Term Schedules.

Click here to view the 15 week Term Schedules.

Course Schedule

Weeks start on Monday,12:01 AM ET and end on Sunday, 11:59 PM ET, US.

Unless otherwise noted, all assigned items are due at the end of the module (by 11:59PM, Sunday).

The course schedule
Week Module & Title Reading Assignments Online Discussions Course Outcomes Related to this Module
Week 1 Module 1: Introduction to Lab Read: Required
Module Notes: Getting Started in HSC 106 Lab

Lab Kit Information Lab Safety Information

Introduction to Science, Part 1

Introduction to Science, Part 2

View: Required
Lab safety video (transcript available)
M1.3: Conduct Lab 1

M1.4: Open-book Quiz on Lab 1
Welcome and Introductions (not graded)

M1.5: Check in with the Class - Discoveries and Challenges
Week 2 Module 2: Blood, Heart and Cardiovascular System Read: Required
Module Notes: Introduction to the Blood, the Heart, and the Cardiovascular System

Module Notes: Blood and the Heart

Module Notes: The Circulatory System

Lab 2, Part 1: Microscopic Anatomy of Blood

Lab 2, Part 2: Blood Typing Experiment

Lab 2, Part 3: Sheep Heart Dissection

Lab 2, Part 4: Fetal Pig Dissection: The Circulatory System

Whitman College. (2011). Virtual Fetal Pig Dissection
M2.2: Conduct Lab 2

M2.3: Open-book Quiz on Lab 2
M2.4: Check in with the Class - Discoveries and Challenges 1-5
Week 3 Module 3: The Lymphatic System Read: Required
Module Notes: Introduction to the Lymphatic System

Module Notes: The Lymphatic System and Immunity

Lab 3, Part 1: Microscopic Anatomy the Lymphatic System

Lab 3, Part 2: Virtual Model - The Lymphatic System

Lab 3, Part 3: Lymphatic System of the Fetal Pig


Whitman College. (2011). Virtual Fetal Pig Dissection
M3.2: Conduct Lab 3

M3.3: Open-book Quiz on Lab 3
M3.4: Check in with the Class - Discoveries and Challenges 1-5
Week 4 Module 4: The Respiratory System Read: Required
Module Notes: Introduction to the Respiratory System

Module Notes: The Respiratory System

Lab 4, Part 1: Virtual Model: The Respiratory System

Lab 4, Part 2: Microscopic Anatomy of the Respiratory System

Lab 4, Part 3: Fetal Pig Dissection: The Respiratory System
M4.2: Conduct Lab 4

M4.3: Open-book Quiz on Lab 4
M4.4: Check in with the Class - Discoveries and Challenges 1-5
Week 5 Module 5: The Digestive System Read: Required
Module Notes: Introduction to the Digestive System

The Digestive System

Lab 5, Part 1: Virtual Model: The Digestive System

Lab 5, Part 2: Fetal Pig Dissection: The Digestive System
M5.2: Conduct Lab 5

M5.3: Open-book Quiz on Lab 5
M5.4: Check in with the Class - Discoveries and Challenges 1-5
Week 6 Module 6: Nutrition and Metabolism Read: Required
Module Notes: Introduction to Nutrition

Module Notes: Nutrition

Lab 6, Part 1: Tracking Your Nutrition
M6.2: Conduct Lab 6

M6.3: Open-book Quiz on Lab 6
M6.4: Check in with the Class - Discoveries and Challenges 1-5
Week 7 Module 7: The Urinary System Read: Required
Module Notes: Introduction to the Urinary System

Electrolytes, Water, Acids, and Bases

Lab 7, Part 1: Breathing and Acid-Base Balance

Lab 7, Part 2: Urine pH

Lab 7, Part 3: Fetal Pig Dissection: The Urinary System
M7.2: Conduct Lab 7

M7.3: Open-book Quiz on Lab 7
M7.4: Check in with the Class - Discoveries and Challenges 1-5
Week 8 Module 8: New & Emerging Issues Read: Required
Module Notes: Introduction to the Reproductive System

The Reproductive System

Lab 8, Part 1: Virtual Model: The Reproductive System

Lab 8, Part 2: Fetal Pig Dissection: The Reproductive System
M8.2: Conduct Lab 8

M8.3: Open-book Quiz on Lab 8
M8.4: Check in with the Class - Discoveries and Challenges 1-5



Grade Ranges

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = below 60%


The grade breakdown
Activity/Assessment % of Final Grade
Discoveries and Challenges 15%
Laboratory Reports (8) 85%
Total 100%



Course Activities:

All student work in this course may be submitted to plagiarism detection software.

Discoveries and Challenges - 15%
As a class students compare and discuss what your experiences are when conducting the hands-on experiments. Classmates share ideas and discuss how they overcome challenges and ongoing questions. This also serves as an open space for faculty to coach and advise students on good laboratory practice, and facilitate students in a deeper understanding of the anatomy through discussion of the laboratory experiments.

Laboratory Reports - 85%
Students conduct hands-on experiments and document their learning and laboratory process. This documentation is submitted through an open-book module quiz, where answers scribed on a laboratory worksheet are submitted for faculty grading.


  • APA
  • Scientific method will be taught and used as the structure and guide for all submitted written work

Institutional Policies


Weekly course participation is required. Please see the Student Participation Policy for more details. 


Your instructor will:

  • Post a welcome message during the first 24 hours of the course.
  • Schedule real time office hours through Canvas tools and/or by individual appointment.
  • Communicate with you through the Canvas communication tools, including internal course messaging.
  • Respond to student communications within two business days.
  • Log into the course to review and participate at least three different days a week in 15-week courses, or four different days a week in 8-week courses.
  • Provide you with formative feedback midway through the course based on work submitted to that point.
  • Grade all formative assignments within 7 business days in 15-week courses and 4 business days in 8-week courses, and will grade final summative work within 5 business days after the end of the term.


This policy governs the acceptance and grading of late work (including assignments, quizzes and exams, and discussion posts) in Excelsior University courses.  The intention of the policy is to promote consistency and academic rigor in Excelsior University courses, while also providing faculty with the flexibility to respond to students experiencing extenuating circumstances.  

a) Students are expected to submit work for Excelsior University courses by the due date stipulated in the course.    

 b) Students who are unable to submit course work by the due date because of an extenuating circumstance should contact their instructor prior to the due date to request an extension for the work.  If it is not possible to contact the instructor prior to the due date, they should do as soon after the due date as possible.   

Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • an illness or injury 
  • a death of a family member or significant other 
  • a significant change in employment or military status 
  • a trauma in the student’s life 
  • technical issues 
  • a natural disaster (see Policy 153) 
  • other significant unplanned events 

c) Instructors have the discretion to offer an extension or to accept late course work without penalty based on their assessment of a student’s circumstances.  Documentation of extenuating circumstances may be required. 

 d) Unless otherwise stipulated in the instructions or grading rubric, the following penalties will apply to late course work that has not been granted an extension by the instructor:  

  • Course work submitted less than a week (seven calendar days) after the due date will be subject to a 10% penalty (10 points out of 100); 
  • Course work submitted more than a week after the due date will receive a zero. 

e) Discussion posts will receive a zero after the due date for the discussion without prior permission from the instructor.  

f) Course work submitted after the final day of the term will receive a zero unless an official course extension has been granted. (See Policy 133: Courses and Examinations Extension Policy).  

g) At the discretion of the provost, the university may waive the requirements in this policy for students experiencing a disaster or emergency.  See Policy 153: Assistance to Students in Disaster and Emergency Areas. 

h) Students may appeal the decision of their instructor by contacting the school offering the course.  Contact information for each of the schools is located below. 


Cheating and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is a valued part of your education, and the university expects you to submit work that is your own. Intentional plagiarism, and online cheating, including the purchasing of papers or sharing course materials, examinations or quizzes with outside vendors/websites in an unauthorized manner is a serious offense.  To ensure the high standards of the university are upheld, all work will be processed through anti-plagiarism software available in the course.  Please see the policy on Academic Integrity for more details. We want you to be successful! If you need assistance in writing a paper or studying, please contact your course instructor or advisor.

Copyright Protections

In addition, you should be aware that content in Excelsior University courses is owned by the University or third parties and is typically subject to some form of copyright protection. Therefore, these materials may only be used by you for educational purposes as part of your participation in Excelsior University courses.  It is your responsibility to properly use the information and materials in each course.


You are responsible for being familiar with all the policies that are related to your activity in this course. Complete information on Excelsior University policies can be found in your course or by visiting Excelsior University Policies.

Technology Requirements

Please be sure to review System Requirements and Required Software. This is especially important if you are taking a course that contains any interactive components, such as games and simulations. 


Accessibility statements for each technology utilized within a course can be found on this Technology Accessibility page.  If you have questions on the accessibility of technologies, contact Accessibility Services.

Privacy on External Websites

In some courses, the use of applications or certain websites may require providing personal information. Click each link to view the application’s privacy statement.