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Human Anatomy and Physiology

Note: CIS applications to teach U of M PSTL 1135 will only be considered from schools seeking to replace a current CIS teacher at this time. Applications from teachers at new schools may be considered in future years. Contact Jan M. Erickson, Associate Director, at 612-624-9898 or j-eric1@umn.edu, with questions or to be added to the wait list.

PSTL 1135: Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Sponsoring U of M Academic Department: Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

Credits: Four University of Minnesota semester credits

Additional Credit Information: PSTL 1135:

  • is a freshman-level introduction to human anatomy and physiology
  • satisfies the U of M liberal education core requirement for a biological science with lab
  • is not the first semester of a two-semester anatomy and physiology course
  • is not a substitute for higher-level (3000-level) anatomy or physiology courses

U of M Requirements Met with this Course: Meets a U of M liberal education requirement in Biological Science

U of M Catalog Description: Fitness, disease, body systems such as muscular and cardiovascular systems. Cooperative learning groups, computer-enhanced learning, inquiry-based lab activities.

Additional Course Information: This course is taught over an entire high school academic year.

PSTL 1135 examines specific topics in human anatomy and physiology, including fitness and disease and body systems, such as the respiratory, muscular, and cardiovascular systems. Students engage in a wide range of learning tasks, such as Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), cooperative quizzes, and many other endeavors that promote the social nature of knowledge, ie, group discussions. There is very little lecture in this course.

Teachers must be open to new ideas, and be risk-takers in terms of instructional strategies. We are moving to a “problem based” course. Students will be required to learn anatomy online, and we’ll focus more and more classroom time on problems in physiology. Our goal is to lecture as little as possible, thereby generating a classroom atmosphere in which students use inquiry to learn the concepts of human anatomy and physiology. To better understand the philosophical and pedagogical orientation of the course, prospective teachers of Human Anatomy and Physiology are asked to read several  essays, written by the faculty coordinator.

Student Qualification Requirements: Students must have earned a B or better in a rigorous high school chemistry course and be juniors or seniors in high school.

Visual Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Martini, F., Ober, W., Bartholomew, E., Nath, J. (2012), Benjamin Cummings, publisher. ISBN-10:0321780779 | ISBN-13: 978-0321780775; cost is approximately $67 in 2013. Teachers may use another text, if approved by the CIS faculty coordinator.
PSTL 1135 Lecture Study Guide by Murray Jensen (made available without cost to CIS teachers who choose to use it).
Lab handouts (made available without cost to CIS teachers who choose to use them).

Internet usage: PSTL 1135 uses Moodle and several open internet sites and makes extensive use of Technology Enhanced Learning.

Faculty Coordinator: Murray Jensen is a member of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and has received both University of Minnesota Alumni Association's Horace T. Morse Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, and the Society of College Sciences Teaching's Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award. In addition to anatomy and physiology, Professor Jensen also teaches biological science: Principles, and The Science and Politics of Genetics and Reproduction. His research interests include the use of technology in science education, cooperative learning, and students’ understanding of evolution.

Sample Syllabus
Note for Parents and Students from the Faculty Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are the texts and readings specified or mandated by the University of Minnesota? If not, what are some of the choices?
CIS does not require schools to use the textbook used in PSTL 1135 on the University campus. CIS instructors may choose from a variety of the introductory anatomy and physiology texts offered by major publishing companies; the chosen text must, however, be approved by the faculty coordinator. Currently there are five to ten different texts to choose from. Instructors are not required to use either the lecture guide or lab handouts.

Do teachers have choice in assignments? Are there required assignments?
All schools are required to implement cooperative quizzes and use inquiry-based instructional methods.

Who creates the exams?
Individual teachers create their own exams.

Is there a training and mentoring system for Anatomy and Physiology teachers new to CIS?
Yes. When you begin teaching anatomy and physiology you will be joining a group of high school teachers who share ideas and materials with each other through e-mail and teacher workshops held in the summer and throughout the school year. New teachers also benefit from an orientation to College in the Schools that will familiarize them with the support available through CIS as well as prepare them for administrative tasks such as registering students and posting grades.

High school class schedules vary; can a teacher in the block system teach Anatomy and Physiology?
This course is taught over an entire high school academic year.

What happens at typical teacher workshops?
Typical activities at CIS workshops include meeting University faculty and hearing about their recent research in the discipline; reviewing and/or developing student assessment tools; sharing instructional materials; discussing particular content, pedagogy, or assessment of the University course; and receiving updates on CIS program policies and practices. Anatomy and physiology workshops focus especially on discussion of class assignments, development of new curriculum, and work with Technology Enhanced Learning.

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