Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the human body. It is designed for students in 10-12 grade and fulfills either a science elective OR .5 health and .5 CTE. Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body; biochemical composition; and major body systems along with the impact of diseases on certain systems. Students will learn through reading materials, study guides, classroom activities, professional development tasks, and labs. High levels of achievement will be in effect. Students will be responsible for proper use of lab equipment, participating in class, and three competencies assigned throughout the year. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students with the skills necessary to be successful in future science classes in college.
In order to earn credit, students will need to master each standard in the course. Standards, with accompanying learning targets, are included in both the printed course materials and on the Anatomy Canvas course. Students and parents can access Canvas at provo.instructure.com. When a student does not achieve mastery, it is expected that they will work with their teacher during intervention time (usually held the last 20 minutes of each class period) to relearn material and work towards retesting. Mastery is defined by achieving a minimum of 3 on a 4-point scale. See the “Assessment of Progress and Achievement” section for details.
Practice and Learning
It is in your best interest to complete all required work to the best of your ability when it is due. All activities should be completed by the beginning of the class period on the due date. All activities of practice and learning must be completed before a test retake is allowed. You are responsible for all work assigned in class! Please make sure you find out what was done in class and complete your assignments promptly!
You are expected to be in class on the day of a test. Early testing, if necessary, may be done by specific appointment. Cheating is not tolerated and will result in an automatic forfeit of testing rights for the day. You may retake your test at the testing center, during after school testing hours.
We will be doing several labs and “hands on” activities. You will be required to hand in lab reports/worksheets on the day they are given in class unless otherwise instructed.
There are three competencies required for the class. These are: 3 clinical experiences, an ethics paper, and a MAP comprehensive exam.
Student will be required to fulfill professional development activities each semester. These opportunities come from the HOSA guidelines and more details will be given.
Assessment of Progress
Formative and Summative Assessments
Students, teachers, and parents can monitor student progress on Canvas and PowerSchool. Student understanding of each standard in the course will be assessed through a variety of assessments, including formative quizzes and assignments, as well as summative assessments such as multiple choice tests and performance assessments. Summative assessment scores, as well as many formative assessment scores, will be reported on Canvas and PowerSchool. Accommodations for students with an IEP, 504, or ELL classification will be made on an individual basis.
Students will need to achieve a minimum level of mastery (at least a 3) on essential formative assessments before attempting to show mastery on summative assessments. All summative assessments are broken down into multiple standards. Each student will achieve a proficient score (at least a 3) for all standards. Both formative and summative assessments can be attempted multiple times until the student shows proficiency. Scoring guides with success criteria for various assessments are included in Canvas.
Calendar of Assessments
During a term, both formative and summative assessments can be attempted multiple times, until students are able to show mastery of that standard. In order to earn credit for a term, mastery of all standards must be achieved by taking/re-taking all assessments for that term by the last day of the term. (Term 1: October 16th, Term 2: December 20th, Term 3: March 13th, Term 4: May 22nd)
Each student will be required to keep and maintain a notebook which includes, notes, study guides, diagrams and pictures. A three ring binder of at least 2” is required for the class. Colored pencils are also encouraged.
Regular classroom attendance and participation are fundamentals in the learning process. The PHS attendance policy will be strictly enforced. This is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class and as such continual attendance is required. Any student missing more than 5 consecutive class periods will be dropped from the class.
A bellringer or starter activity/quiz will be given at the beginning of class when the bell rings. If a student is tardy or absent, they will not be able to make up bell activities or quizzes.
You may use the hall pass when necessary by leaving your cell phone in the holder. The classroom hall pass must be taken with you when you leave the classroom.
Students will use chromebooks, iPads, computers, and other technologies during class on a daily basis. We expect students to adhere to the district Acceptable Use Policy(http://provo.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ti-acceptusepol.pdf). Students who abuse technology will be reported and lose school-wide access to the devices according to policy. Students will access the internet through their school assigned email account.
- Come on time to class with all materials.
- Be in your assigned seat and ready to begin class when the bell rings.
- Do your very best.
- Respect you, others, and the teacher. Do not interrupt or disrupt.
- Obey all school rules.
- Use the equipment properly and help keep the room clean.
- Report any accidents or injuries to the instructor immediately.
A variety of educational films will be shown to the students. Please remember that this is a Human Anatomy class and as such, we will be discussing all the systems of the body. Instruction is in compliance with the Utah State and Provo School District guidelines. If you have any specific questions please feel free to contact me.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Here is a general list of time frames for each unit. Unit tests will be given at the end of each unit. A final cumulative exam will be give within the first two weeks of May.
|Introduction to Class, Disclosure, Paperwork||1 Day|
|Unit 1: Introduction||6 Days|
|Unit 2: Chemistry||4 Days|
|Unit 3: Cells||4 Days|
|Unit 4: Tissues||6 Days|
|Unit 5: Nervous System||6 Days|
|Unit 6: Special Senses||6 Days|
|Unit 7: Skeletal System||9 Days|
|Unit 8: Muscular System||8 Days|
|Unit 9: Cardiovascular System||6 Days|
|Unit 10: Blood and Lymphatic System||5 Days|
|Unit 11: Respiratory System||5 Days|
|Unit 12: Urinary System||3 Days|
|Unit 13: Endocrine System||2 Days|
|Unit 14: Reproductive System||5 Days|
|Unit 15: Digestive System||4 Days|
|Review, State Testing, Makeups||6 Days|
|Final Classroom Projects/Presentations||2 Days|
Total: 88 Days
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Student grades will be based on mastery of standards. Mastery is demonstrated by achieving at least a 3 on each standard in the assessments. Assessments may include multiple choice or performance assessments. Current standard scores can be monitored on Canvas and PowerSchool, and scores are updated weekly. Final term grades will be based on the following criteria:
- An A means the student has shown proficiency (a score of 3) on all course standards and advanced proficiency (a score of 4) on at least ½ of the standards.
- A B means the student has shown proficiency (a score of 3) on all course standards and advanced proficiency (a score of 4) on at least ¼ of the standards.
- A C means the student has shown proficiency (a score of 3) on all course standards.
- A D means the student has shown proficiency (a score of 3) on at least ¾ of the course standards.
- An F means the student has shown proficiency on less than ¾ of the course standards.
Mastery score definitions are in the table below.
|1||Well Below Proficiency|
|0||No Evidence Shown|
This grading system reflects our philosophy that the essential standards are, in fact, essential and must therefore be mastered. See the chart below for example assessment scores and the resulting final grade.
|Student||Standard 1||Standard 2||Standard 3||Standard 4||Final Grade|
*at end of term incompletes become an F
Grading of Assessments
In order to pass Anatomy, students must demonstrate proficiency of all class standards by taking assessments including those standards. The grades for the course come from the mastery standards not the assessment score itself. If any standard scores are below a 3, the student’s final grade will be “Incomplete” (I) until the student demonstrates proficiency on all standards. In order to improve their grade, students must 1) work with their teacher to re-learn material, 2) have the teacher authorize an additional testing attempt, and finally 3) retake the assessment in the school testing center (M 2:00-4:45, Tu-Th 2:30-4:00). Students may only attempt one assessment per day until the end of the term, and may repeat this cycle until they are content with their proficiency level.
Connecting Home to School
At the beginning of each school year, students will be asked to converse with their parent/guardian about the disclosure and electronically agree (through Canvas) to abide by the guidelines of the disclosure.
Students will have access to the online course materials at provo.instructure.com. Learning targets, success criteria, videos shown in class, as well as study aides can be found on this website.
Email is the best way to contact me with questions and concerns. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 24 hours for a response.