DeBakey High School for Health Professions

    Practicum In health Science II

    Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

    Instructor: Marie C. Bielamowicz, DC


    Room 207


    Course Syllabus


    Course Description, Goals, and Objectives:


                    This course is a 12-week rotation for seniors intended to help students gain an understanding of the organization and complexity of the human body and become familiar with the location and function of major body organs.   Students will define medical terminology as it relates to the human body, diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of the major body systems.  The students will be able to describe biological and chemical processes that maintain homeostasis; analyze forces and effects of movement, torque, tension, and elasticity on the human body; associate the disease process with changes in homeostasis; indentify changes in structure and function due to trauma and disease; and identify normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology.  Students will work in laboratory groups to use comparative anatomy in our sheep brain and heart dissections as well as the complete cat dissection.  All laboratory activities will require critical thinking skills and allow for hands-on investigation.


    Required Materials:

    ·         2 inch 3 ring binder notebook

    ·         Loose leaf notebook paper

    ·         Pens (black or blue) and #2 pencils

    ·         Other materials will be requested as and when needed

    ·         Textbooks will be issued to the student at the beginning of the course.  It is the student’s responsibility to bring this book to class each day along with all required materials and supplies.

    ·         The most important things the student should bring to class every day are their full attention, enthusiasm, participation, and curiosity.  All the previous materials in this list and everything I provide in class of are no use without them.

    Course Outline:

    1.        Laboratory Safety

    2.       Medical History, Ethics, and Infection Control

    3.       Orientation

    a.       Overview of Anatomy and Physiology

    b.       Levels of Structural Organization

    c.        Homeostatisis

    d.       Language of Anatomy-Regional Terms

    4.       Skin and Body Membrane

    5.       Skeletal System

    6.       Muscular System

    7.       Nervous System-W/Sheep brain dissection

    8.       Endocrine System

    9.       Blood and Cardiovascular-W/Sheep heart dissection

    10.     Respiratory System

    11.     Digestive System

    12.     Cat Dissection

    13.     Major Project (TBA)


    Practicum in Health Science II

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Grading Policies



    I. GRADES                                                                                                                                                                                                          

    1. Cheating will not be tolerated, and all penalties will be strictly enforced.  See time tracker.
    2. B.  Late work will have 30 points deducted from the score the work would have earned had it been turned in on time.   A zero will be recorded for work turned in more than 2 school days after the assignment was originally due.
    3. If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to find out what they missed and to make arrangements to make up the work.

    D.      If you were absent for any daily work or quizzes, it is your responsibility to arrange and complete make up work within five (5) days.  Makeup work can be done by appointment with the teacher before school, during study/tutorial hall, or after school. Major exams will be made up during the next class meeting if possible or at the soonest time agreed upon by the student and instructor.

    E.       A comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of each rotation.

    F.       If a student receives a failing grade on a major grade (see categories in section I-H), he/she may request a re-do or re-take of the assignment/test.

    a.       The request must be made in writing to the instructor on the day the failing major grade was issued.

    b.       The re-do/re-take must be completed within two school days of receiving the failing grade.

    c.        The re-do/re-take score will be an average of the original and new score with a maximum possible score not to exceed 70.  Regardless of the average of the two scores, a student will not earn a grade higher than a 70 for a re-take/re-do.

    d.       Re-do/ re-takes are not allowed for non-major grades, common assessments, or for any major grade that is administered in the last week of any grading cycle.

    e.        The re-do/retake can only be done before school, after school, or during lunch Monday through Thursday.

    G.      All test, quizzes and Scantrons are never to leave the classroom.  These items are part of official records that are kept on file.  Review of any test or quiz can be done by appointment before school, after school, during lunch, or during the study hall period. 

    H.      All students are different and each has their own way of learning.  Therefore, several methods will be used to evaluate a student’s performance.   Grade breakdown will be as follows:

    a.       50%    Major Grades (Tests, projects, notebook, portfolio, etc…) 

    b.       40%    Daily Grades (Quizzes, Class work, etc.)

    c.        10%       Participation (Homework and Class Participation)


    II. Tardy Policy (Per Semester)


            Being Tardy will not affect numerical grades, however it will affect your conduct grade.  You must be in your assigned seat when the tardy bell rings.  If you are not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings, you must obtain a permit from the office in order to enter the classroom.    TARDY POLICIES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!!!  The tardy policy as listed in your Time Tracker is as follows:


    Offense                                                 Consequence  


    *1st Unexcused Tardy                                         Warning – sign tardy log

    *2nd Unexcused Tardy                                        ½ hour after-school detention (Thursday)

    *3rd Unexcused Tardy                                        1 hour after-school detention (Thursday) – Written notification to student and parent


    *4th Unexcused Tardy                                        2 hours Saturday detention

                                                                                    Required parent conference

                                                                                    Growth Plan

    *5th Unexcused Tardy                                        Detention during an in-school activity (i.e., Fall Festival, Talent Show, etc…)

                                                                                    Parent Notification

                                                                                    Disciplinary Probation (with requisite office conduct of “P”)

    *6th Unexcused Tardy                                        Disciplinary Probation

                                                                                    Non-renewal Recommendation



    NEW!!  Clarification of policy related to the wearing of scrubs:

            As seniors you have earned the privilege of wearing scrubs to school on any school day.  If you choose to wear your scrubs to school, you MUST wear both the top and bottom to the set.  You may not pair a scrub top with khaki bottoms or pair the scrub bottoms with a club/uniform shirt.  Any shirt worn under the scrub top should be white.  Any deviation from this policy will result in a conduct referral for a dress-code violation.


    III. Conduct (Per Semester)

            Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Conduct is a separate grade.  Points will not be taken from your numerical grade for conduct violations, however bad conduct grades will prevent you from running for elected offices, going on clinical rotations and field trips,  receiving scholarships and being accepted into AP classes.  Continued conduct violations will result in dismissal from this school.  CONDUCT POLICIES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!!!





    The following is a list of the most common conduct violations that are listed on the conduct log. After 3 conduct violations the student will receive an “S” in conduct.  After 4 conduct violations the student will receive a “P” in conduct, and be sent to the office for discipline. After 5 or more conduct violations student will be sent to the office for discipline. Punishment may include parent conference, detention, office “P” or “U”, probation and review for exit.  Please note that any one offense can be so egregious as to trigger a drop in conduct or official disciplinary action.


    Common Violations

    a.             Failure to be in assigned seat (including leaving class without permission, & not signing out to leave)

    b.             Use of bad language

    c.             Chewing gum, eating or drinking in class

    d.             Applying makeup or combing hair in class

    e.             Sleeping in class or putting your head down or feet up on desk 

    f.             Talking while test is in progress

    g.             Writing or passing notes while teacher is lecturing

    h.             Talking while teacher is lecturing or others are presenting (raise your hand if you wish to speak)

    i.              Horse playing or game playing (cards, dice, listening to personal stereos, calculator games etc.)

    j.              Talking too much or too loud

    k.             Disrespecting Instructor or others (this includes taking items off teacher’s desk without permission)

    l.      Failure to return required parent signature documents. (I.e. policy acknowledgement form, progress reports etc.).

    m.           Other offense (See Student handbook)


    IV. Participation Grade

                    In Practicum in Health Science II, you will be receiving a six weeks cycle Participation Grade that will count as 10% of your total grade.  .  In real-life job situations, employees are evaluated on performance.  Excellent evaluations on a job usually will result in awards and promotions in pay, rank, or both.  Poor evaluations may result in either a demotion in pay or rank, or being fired.  Full participation is an integral part of excellent performance.

                    The rules below must be followed in order to prevent losing points from your Participation Grade.  You will begin each six weeks with 100 points.  Ten (10) points will be taken off each time you violate one of the participation rules.   The Participation Grade rules are as follows:

    A. Safety Violations

                    1.     Unauthorized or improper handling of instruments or equipment or supplies.

                    2.     Failure to wear proper safety equipment/attire as instructed

                    3.     Failure to follow safety instructions given by teacher.

                    4.     Failure to replace equipment and supplies in their designated areas.

                    5.     Failure to clean up immediate surroundings and laboratory work areas.

                    6.     Failure to disinfect all contaminated areas.

            B. General Violations (Participation Violations continued)

                    7.     Failure to bring required supplies to class on a daily basis.

                    8.     Failure to participate meaningfully in class activities.

                    9.     Failure to follow teacher’s instructions on assignments (including working on outside assignments).










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    Provide student's name, grade, and class period on the subject line.  In the body of the e-mail put your name and the best daytime number to contact you. 


    My conference period is 8th which is 2:00 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. on B Days only.


    Thank you for your cooperation so that I can better serve you and your student.





    Marie C. Bielamowicz, DC