Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology

PSTL 1135
4 credits

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

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 Information

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.

This course is taught over an entire high school academic year.

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

Student Qualification Requirements

Students enrolling in PSTL 1135 must be juniors or seniors in high school and have earned a B or better in a rigorous high school chemistry course.

Teacher Qualifications

The Teacher Qualifications outline the degree(s) and coursework, required experience, additional evidence of currency/proficiency in the field, and course philosophy and instruction for this course.

Other Considerations

This course is typically taught over an entire high school academic year.

Applications for teaching this course will ONLY be considered if you are applying to replace a current CIS teacher.

Class size limit: Capacity of lab


  • Visual Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Martini, F., Ober, W., Bartholomew, E., Nath, J. (2012), Benjamin Cummings, publisher, is recommended. ISBN-10:0321780779 | ISBN-13: 978-0321780775. (Cost was 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.

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.

Sample documents

High Schools Offering this Course

Academy of Sciences and Agriculture
Apple Valley High School
Bethlehem Academy
Cretin-Derham Hall
Dover-Eyota High School
Eagan High School
Eastview High School
Elk River High School
Faribault High School
Hill-Murray High School
Hmong Academy
Hopkins High School
Johnson High School
Jordan High School
Kerkhoven Murdock Sunberg High School
Mahtomedi High School
Minnehaha Academy
New London-Spicer High School
Pine City High School
Plainview-Elgin-Millville High School
Richfield High School
Rogers High School
Rosemount High School
Shakopee High School
St. Clair Public Schools
Tri-City United High School
Ubah Medical Academy
Wabasha-Kellogg High School
Washington Technical Secondary Magnet
Watertown-Mayer High School
Wilmar Senior High School