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Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 129P (GN) Mammalian Anatomy Anatomy of a mammal, with special reference to that of man. Students who have passed BIOL 421 may not schedule this course.

BIOL 129P Mammalian Anatomy (4)

Biology 129 is a 4 credit lecture and laboratory course specifically designed to cover the fundamentals of mammalian anatomy, with emphasis on human systems, for students in a variety of life science related majors including Nursing, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, and Science. Successful completion of this course will give the student working knowledge of mammalian anatomy body plan, systems, and nomenclature with the intent on applying this information to future clinical situations they may encounter in nursing, physical therapy, athletic training, dentistry, and medical settings. The course utilizes lecture descriptions and discussions, along with laboratory specimen dissection, identification and nomenclature to give a thorough overview of anatomy. Small group collaboration is emphasized in laboratory.

Course Objectives: The principle objective of the course is for every student to obtain a working knowledge and understanding of basic mammalian anatomy, emphasizing a body system approach, and where possible, relate this to the human anatomical body plan. The lecture portion of the course will stress the construction, function, and relationships between anatomical systems. The laboratory portion of the course will emphasize structure identification and nomenclature of anatomical systems and will utilize human skeletal samples, cat specimen dissections, and anatomical models. Where possible, anatomical relationships that are important in clinical situations and common medical conditions will be emphasized. The end point of both objectives is to obtain a practical understanding of anatomy that demonstrates the relationships between anatomical form and function. Students will leave the course being able to relate this knowledge and nomenclature to future clinical or personal health situations.

Relationship to Courses and Programs of Study: This majority of students enrolled in this course are from the College of Health and Human Development in Nursing, Biobehavioral Health, Kinesiology, and Nutrition majors, although some students are from other colleges including the Eberly College of Science, Liberal Arts, and Agriculture. Because the majority of these students will utilize course information in future clinical settings, anatomy and its nomenclature as it relates to humans is emphasized and important clinical considerations are discussed.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Fall 1998

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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