Human Physiology


Catalog Description

This is an introductory course in the functions and mechanisms of the human body. The course will emphasize the concepts and facts relevant to homeostasis, intercellular communication and signal transduction as well as the study of coordinated body functions. The laboratory portion will include exercises involving the detection and measurement of the body functions.

Prerequisite: Biol-150, Chem-250 or Chem-215

Instructor Information

Instructor: Dr. Eric Schwartz

Telephone: (516) 686-3883



Office hours: By appointment

Course information

Term and date: Fall 2015

Course number and section: Biol - 310Credits: 4.0

Meeting times: Lecture - Tues/Thurs 8AM – 9:25AM

Building and room number: Salten Hall Room SC1

The laboratory portion of this course meets separately; check your registration to determine which lab section you are registered in and when it meets.

Required text

Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function

12th Edition, E.P. Widmaier, H. Raff, K. Strang

McGraw Hill, Publisher, 2011

Students are strongly encouraged to read the textbook chapter prior to attending the lecture in which the topic will be discussed.

Student learning outcomes and instruments of assessment

1. To familiarize the student with the functioning of the human body.

2. To understand the homeostatic mechanisms that controls the human


3. To understand homeostasis a systematic approach will be utilized.

4. To encourage an understanding of the basic point of cell functions.

5. To develop an understanding of clinical tests that illustrates body


6. To develop basic laboratory skills needed to understand basic

physiological principles


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Understand the human body from both the structural and the functional points of view.

2. To be able to relate manifestations of function to the degree of cell and organ integrity.

3. To utilize simple clinical tests to determine disease states.

4. To understand the relationship between various anatomical structures

5. To understand various relationships between metabolic pathways and energy

requirements to maintain homeostatic stability.

6. To be able to use simple mathematical skills and graphing techniques.

7. To use a microscope to identify anatomical slides and physioloigical

conditions which are both normal and abnormal.

Methods of assessment will include:

1. Ability to demonstrate the knowledge of Human Anatomy and Physiology

2. Ability to demonstrate the mastery of laboratory skills

3. Written Tests (hour and Final exam and various problem sets) which

examines the basic principles of Human Physiology.

4. Class participation during discussion of various topics is expected.

Description of assignments

There will be THREE [3] one hour unit examinations in class and a compressive final exam as well as periodic quizzes throughout the semester. Attendance and Class Participation will also count toward the Grade. The FINAL Grade will be determined as follows:

Hourly Unit Exams 45%

Lect. Attendance, Participation & Quizzes10 %

Final Exam20 %

Laboratory 25 %

HOUR EXAMS: There will be THREE [3] Period exams. The exams will consist of about 50 multiple choice, fill-in or essay questions. A make-up exam may be considered for a valid reason but a 10% penalty may be assessed on the final exam.

FINAL EXAM: A comprehensive exam will be given during the final exam week.

ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend every class session and attendance will be taken at each class. Excessive absences may result in lowering of course grade.

Learning Environment

Distractions that interfere with learning and concentration will not be tolerated. Please silence all cell phones and other electronic devices before the class begins. Talking, as well as texting, e-mailing and using electronic devices for anything other than viewing lecture materials will absolutely not be tolerated and students engaging in these activities may be asked to leave the room.

All official announcements related to this course will be sent via your NYIT e-mail address. In the event of inclement weather, you should check with (1) the NYIT emergency number 516-686-1010 or (2) check the NYIT website at or (3) listen to local radio stations for closure information.


A: 93 - 100B-: 80 - 82D+: 67 - 69

A- 90 – 92 C+:77 - 79D: 63 - 66

B+: 87 - 89C:73 - 76D-: 60 - 62

B: 83 - 86C-: 70 - 72F: 0 - 59

Withdrawal policy

A student may withdraw from a course without penalty through the end of the 8th week of class during a 14- or 15-week semester and through the 8th meeting during an 8-week course cycle. After this, the student must be doing passing work in order to receive a W grade. Students who are not passing after the 8th week or equivalent will be assigned the grade of WF.

It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of his/her intention to withdraw from a course. If a student has stopped attending class without completing all assignments and/or examinations, failing grades for the missing work may be factored into the final grade calculation and the instructor for the course may assign the grade of WF. The grade of F is used for students who have completed the course but whose quality of work is below the standard for passing.

Withdrawal forms are available in departmental offices and once completed must be filed with the registrar. Students should be reminded that a W notation could negatively impact their eligibility for financial aid and/or V.A. benefits, as it may change the student’s enrollment status (full-time, part-time, less than part-time). International students may also jeopardize their visa status if they fail to maintain full-time status.

Academic integrity and plagiarism policies

Each student enrolled in a course at NYIT agrees that, by taking such course, he or she consents to the submission of all required papers for textual similarity review to any commercial service engaged by NYIT to detect plagiarism. Each student also agrees that all papers submitted to any such service may be included as source documents in the service’s database, solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.

Plagiarism is the appropriation of all or part of someone else’s works (such as but not

limited to writing, coding, programs, images, etc.) and offering it as one’s own. Cheating is using false pretenses, tricks, devices, artifices or deception to obtain credit on an examination or in a college course.

For all Life Sciences courses the following policy will be applied:

  1. If it is the first time a student is caught cheating, committed plagiarism, or otherwise violated NYIT's Academic Integrity Policy, then that student shall receive a grade of "0" on that exam, project, paper, etc. The student will also be warned that he or she will receive a final course grade of "F" if he or she ever violates the Academic Integrity Policy again in that course. Such a grade of "0" cannot be dropped when the instructor determines the final course grade, even if the lowest grade is normally dropped when course grades are determined.
  2. If a student has cheated, committed plagiarism, or otherwise violated NYIT's Academic Integrity Policy for a second time in a given course, then the student shall automatically receive a final course grade of "F."

In both cases, the faculty member will immediately inform the Dean of Students Office of this violation of NYIT's Academic Integrity Policy.

Support for students with disabilities

NYIT adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. The Office of Disability Services actively supports students in the pursuit of their academic and career goals. Identification of oneself as an individual with disability is voluntary and confidential. Students wishing to receive accommodations, referrals and other services are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early in the semester as possible although requests can be made throughout the academic year.

Advice to students – College semesters are short & it is easy for students to fall behind. Thus, it is important to work hard & consistently from the outset. If you have questions or problems, seek the advice of the Professor as early in the semester as possible. There is very little the Professor & Institutions of the college can do for the student towards the end of the semester. Hard work & diligence pays off, but procrastination leads to serious academic difficulty.

TEXT: Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function

12th Edition, E.P. Widmaier, H. Raff, K. Strang

McGraw Hill, Publisher, 2011


1Homeostasis and Chemistry reviewChap. 1-2

2Cell Structure, Proteins & Metabolism Chap. 3

3Movement of MoleculesChap. 4

4Chemical MessengersChap.5 5 Nervous System Chap. 6

6EXAM I (Chapt. 1-2-3-4-5-6)

7Sensory PhysiologyChap. 7

Consciousness and Brain FunctionChap. 8

8Muscle Chap. 9

Body MovementChap. 10

Endocrine SystemChap. 11

9Cardiovascular PhysiologyChap. 12

10EXAM II (Chapt. 7-8-9-10-11-12)

11RespirationChap. 13

12KidneysChap. 14

Digestive SystemChap. 15

13MetabolismChap. 16

Reproductive SystemChap. 17

Immune SystemChap. 18

14EXAM III (Chapt. 13-14-15-16-17-18)


Revised 8/15