Human Anatomy

Purpose of Course  showclose

A thorough understanding of the systems of the body and the ways in which they fit together is imperative for study in many fields of biological inquiry, including medicine, physiology, developmental studies, and biological anthropology. This course will provide you with an overview of the body from a systemic perspective. Each unit will focus on one system, or network of organs that work together to perform a particular function. At the end of this course, we will review the body from an integrative perspective, creating a more realistic vision of the ways in which the systems overlap. We will also discuss current body imaging techniques and learn how to correctly interpret the images in order to put our newly-gained anatomical knowledge to practical use.

This is a terminology-heavy course. We will identify tissues and organ systems according to their functional and regional contexts, but information concerning the processes by which the tissues and organ systems actually function will be covered in BIO304: Human Physiology.

Pre-requisites: You should have completed either BIO101A or Bio101B: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology. Co-requisite: Human Anatomy Lab.

Course Information  showclose

Welcome to BIO302: Human Anatomy. General information about this course and its requirements can be found below.
Course Designer: Professor Ann Schlosser
Primary Resources: This course comprises a range of different free, online materials. However, the course makes primary use of the following:
Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned material. All units build on previous units, so it will be important to progress through the course in the order presented.
Note that you will only receive an official grade on your Final Exam. However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, you will need to work through the assessments in this course. 

In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the Final Exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again. 
Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of approximately 116 hours to complete. Each unit includes a time advisory that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit and assignment. These time advisories should help you plan your time accordingly. It may be useful to take a look at the time advisories before beginning this course in order to determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit. Then, you can set goals for yourself. For example, Unit 1 should take you approximately 9 hours to complete. Perhaps you can sit down with your calendar and decide to complete Subunit 1.1 (a total of 3.5 hours) on Monday night, Subunit 1.2 (a total of 3.5 hours) on Tuesday night, etc.
Tips/Suggestions: It is extremely important that you give each assignment the amount of reading and review necessary to grasp the main points and lines of enquiry.  Also, on completing the assignments in each subunit, take a moment to consider how the materials you have just studied relate to the topics covered in previous sections of the course.

Khan Academy  
This course features a number of Khan Academy™ videos. Khan Academy™ has a library of over 3,000 videos covering a range of topics (math, physics, chemistry, finance, history and more), plus over 300 practice exercises. All Khan Academy™ materials are available for free at

Learning Outcomes  showclose

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • identify gross and microscopic anatomy and explain interactions of the major organ systems in the human body;
  • perform and analyze experiments in human anatomy (virtual);
  • use language necessary to appropriately describe human anatomy;
  • explain and identify how structure and function complement each other; and
  • describe how anatomy relates to medical situations in healthy and diseased states.

Course Requirements  showclose

In order to take this course you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.

√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash).

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt,.xls, etc.).

√    Be competent in the English language.

√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

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