Rajnish Verma

Rajnish Verma

A course of study covering the structure and function of human cells, tissues and organ systems including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. It is a Core Curriculum Course.

This course is intended for students majoring in one of the physical sciences or life sciences, engineering, or for students who are pursuing pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or other health programs. The course is also beneficial to students who are preparing themselves for higher-level science courses in their respective curricula.


*** Use ACGM course description per course.


Core Curriculum Objectives (CCOs)


BIOL. 2101 satisfies the Life science requirement in the HCCS core curriculum. The HCCS Biology Discipline Committee has specified that the course address the following core objectives:

  • Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information, and creative thinking by completing a written assignment such as a book report, research paper, or essay.
  • Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication by completing a written assignment such as a book report, research paper, or essay.
  • Quantitative and Empirical Literacy: Students will demonstrate the ability to draw conclusions based on the systematic analysis of topics using observation, experiment, and/or numerical skills by completing textbook reading assignments, completing assignments, and answering questions on quizzes and exams that pertain to Course Student Learning Outcome #2 below.
  • Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate cultural self-awareness, intercultural competency, civil knowledge, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities by completing textbook reading assignments, completing assignments, and answering questions on quizzes and exams that pertain to Course Student Learning Outcome #4 below.




Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)


  1. Will display an understanding of biological systems and evolutionary processes spanning all ranges of biological complexity, including atoms, molecules, genes, cells, and organism
  2. Will integrate factual and conceptual information into an understanding of scientific data by written, oral and/or visual communication. (This may include successful completion of a course-specific research project or a case study module).
  3. Will demonstrate proficiency and safe practices in the use of laboratory equipment and basic laboratory technique
  4. Will apply principles of the scientific method to problems in biology in the collection, recording, quantitative measurement, analysis and reporting of scientific dat




Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)


Anatomy and Physiology I is the first part of a two-course sequence. It is a study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses. The lab provides a hands-on learning experience for exploration of human system components and basic physiology. Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. 


Completion of the specific course Student Learning Outcomes listed below does NOT and will NOT guarantee the student any specific final course grade at the end of the semester!

  • Use anatomical terminology to identify and describe locations of major organs of each system covered.
  • Explain interrelationships among molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ functions in each system.
  • Describe the interdependency and interactions of the systems.
  • Explain contributions of organs and systems to the maintenance of homeostasis.
  • Identify causes and effects of homeostatic imbalances.
  • Describe modern technology and tools used to study anatomy and physiology.


Learning Objectives

  1. Consistently able to demonstrate understanding and application of feedback loops on homeostasis without the instructor’s help.
  2. Consistently able to explain membrane transport and determine the outcome of scenarios concerning membrane transport
  3. Always able to describe muscle structure and use that knowledge to explain muscle function
  4. Always able to apply knowledge of the structure of the skeletal system to its functions.
  5. Consistently able to demonstrate knowledge of interactions involving changes in membrane polarity without the instructor’s help.
  6. Consistently able to demonstrate all parts, functions, and steps involved in a reflex arc.
  7. Consistently prepared and able to demonstrate skills using the body system models and laboratory techniques at the classroom standards. Consistently able to find and focus the specimen on the microscope slide without the instructor’s help.
  8. Consistently uses online tools to prepare for class, always ready for classroom discussions and instructor’s Q&A sessions, completes all online quizzes prior to due date.


Learning Objectives for each CSLO can be found at Learning Objectives for PSYC 2301