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LECTURE POLICIES- SPRING 2012 - 4-credit BIOLOGY 141 -Human Anatomy and Physiology I

(Instructor reserves the right to alter this document at his/her discretion during the semester)

Instructor: Hong P. Nguyen Office Location: Room 352, Bisdorf Building Phone: 703-845-6506 Email honguyen@nvcc.edu

Office Hours: Monday Wednesday: 10:15AM -12:15AM AND 3:15PM – 4:15PM

Tuesday and Thursday: 10:15AM -11:15AM and 6:15PM - 7:15PM

COURSE IDENTIFICATION: LECTURE: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30PM – 3:10PM / Bisdorf (AA) Bldg. Room # 475. All communications during the semester will be posted on BB. It is your responsibility to check BB at http://learn.vccs.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp for new announcement of the following week. If you miss the class, check BB for information that has been given in that class. Please note that the first lab is this Thursday 01/12/12. You are responsible for printing out the safety rules, lab schedule, and lab policies from the biology lab website.  http://www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/science/s_biolab.htm

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Anatomy and Physiology 6th Edition/Author: Kenneth S. Saladin


  • Quiz is given throughout the 8-week course as indicated in the following schedule of classes via BB. The quiz is based on the previous class lecture. I will post quizzes on BB by the end of Friday. You will do those quizzes on your own time before 12 NOON of the next Tuesday lecture. You should study before taking the quiz since no handout or textbook is allowed during the quiz time. You do not have time to check handouts or textbook since there is time limited for the quiz. If you go over the time limit, I will deduct points depending on how much time you exceed. If you have problems while taking the quiz, you must contact me and come in to my office to take another quiz before the next Tuesday lecture. I will go over the quiz during the Tuesday lecture or lab. After the quiz is returned, you are not allowed to redo it. I drop one low grade quiz at the end of the course and that should be the one you drop.

  • Four exams will be given throughout the semester. The lecture exam format includes the in-class multiple choice questions and take home questions. The multiple choice exam includes the information from handouts, in-class lectures, chapter-related assignments, and reading from the text book. Reading text book should be mandatory for you to verify the information given in the in-class lecture and to gain your knowledge. You should read the chapter review before lecture to learn terminology and to get some ideas of the chapter. Extra credit will be given for each exam. You are allowed to make up exam with the legitimate reason but it should be done at the testing center within a week from the exam date. Please note that (a) study guide is not provided for those four exams; (b) I will not drop any tests; and (c) only one make-up test is permitted during the semester. Permission to make up an exam will only be granted for legitimate reasons. The make-up exam will be done at the testing center. It is advisable that you call the testing center to confirm the testing center hours before arriving. All students will be required to show picture identification when taking a make-up test at the Testing Center.

  • A multiple-choice comprehensive final exam is mandatory for all students at the end of the semester. Study Guide for the final exam is provided.

  • Homework/Assignments and/or presentation might be given throughout the semester. There will be NO make-up for in-class activities. If you have missed the class, you are responsible for information and assignments covered during that time. It is advisable to exchange phone numbers with another student or check BB for information covered in that class. Only hand-written assignment submission is accepted. Late work assignments without permission will be reduced in score by 10%.

  • You need to have green scantron for each test. I will take off two (2) points if you do not have scantron at the testing time. You have to follow the instructions how to fill out the scantron sheet. If you change an answer from the scantron, please make sure to erase it carefully and note your correct answer with the ink pen next to that question. I do not re-grade if the scantron did not mark your answer correctly unless it happens to the whole class.

  • Withdraw and Audit Policy: Please note that the last day to DROP with Tuition Refund or change to audit is January 17th. Last Day to Withdraw without Grade Penalty is February 13rd

  • Bonus Points will be given for each quiz, test, or in-class assignments.

  • Under no circumstances you are allowed to use an electronic or paper language translator, dictionary, thesaurus etc. on a quiz, test or examination of any type. If you have problems in language skills to be successful in the class without the use of this tool, then you should need to work through the ESL courses offered by NVCC before attempting BIO/NAS. 

  • The “I” grade should be assigned only if a student complete more than 50% of the course requirements and is unable to complete a course due to unavoidable, verifiable circumstances. It requires the permission of the dean. The student must complete the remaining course work by the end of the subsequent term.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE COURSE: Read the chapter that is being discussed before coming to class. Work on the assignments and review material on a regular basis. Once a chapter has been completed in class, go back and read the lecture handout, lecture notes and the text book. If you feel lost at any point in the course, please see me as soon as possible. Do not wait until the last minute to get help.

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR LECTURE GRADE: First, you make a total of all the grades that you earn from your quizzes and tests. Second, you divide your total by 700 for estimated lecture grades; third, you time the second with 100; fourth, you time the third with 0.70. Last you add the fourth with your lab grade to find the overall final grade

You are responsible to record your grade for each quiz and test and make the calculation if you wish to know what your status in class during the semester. Please do not ask me to do that for you. I only provide you the final grade at the end of the semester.


The lecture grade is 70% of the course grade and based on quizzes, exams, and activities points. The laboratory grade is 30% of the course grade. Lab exams and quizzes are used to evaluate laboratory progress. A passing grade must be received in the laboratory in order to pass the course. The student is expected to complete the course with a 70% or better score. Successful completion of the course work will result in the following grade. 90-100= A; 80-89= B; 70-79= C; 60-69= D and below 60 is not passing. Please discuss any foreseen problems in advance with the instructor.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance to all classes is expected. Please try to be on time. You are responsible for knowing materials covered during lecture whether you are in class or not. It is not necessary to call if you miss a lecture, except missing an exam.

THE ACADEMIC CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE - WRITING ASSISTANCE, TUTORING SERVICES AND DISABILITY SERVICES: The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) can be found on the Alexandria campus in AA 229 and reach by phone at 703-845-6054 or 6363. ACE houses the Writing Assistance Center, Tutorial Services and Disability Services. If you feel you require any of these services please feel free to contact their office. ACE website: http://www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/alexandria/campus-resources/academic-center/index.html

Specifically regarding Disability Services, if you have special needs, problems and/or require special accommodations, please address these with me at the beginning of the semester.  Reasonable accommodations will only be made for students who have a verifiable need.  If you are seeking accommodations based on a disability, you must provide a disability sheet, which can be obtained from the counselor for Disability Services. At the Alexandria campus the disabilities counselor is J’Naudia Hunter-Phillips, jhunter@nvcc.edu.  Her office is now located in room 193. FIRE/EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES: In case of emergency, please follow the emergency procedure as discussed on the first day of class and as posted in the classroom.

STUDENT SAFETY: NVCC is a place for learning and growing. Students should feel safe and comfortable anywhere on this campus. In order to meet this objective, a student should: (a) let the instructor, supervisor, Dean of Students or Provost know if any unsafe, unwelcome or uncomfortable situation arises that interferes with the learning process; and (b) inform the instructor, within the first two weeks of classes, if the student has special needs or a disability that may affect the student’s performance in this course.


If you question whether the college is closed during a storm, listen to a local radio or television station for this information. You may also call 703-323-3300 to hear the college’s recorded message about school closure. Please note that the college may decide to close for day classes and yet open for evening classes, or be open for day classes and close for evening. Please listen or look closely to the weather announcement for the decision that pertains to evening class. You also need to check BB for closing announcement and also for assignments.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: When College officials award credit, degrees and certificates, they must assume the absolute integrity of the work done by you; therefore, it is important that you maintain the highest standard of honor in your scholastic work.

Academic dishonesty cannot be condoned. When such misconduct is established as having occurred, it subjects you to possible disciplinary action ranging from admonition to dismissal, along with any grade penalty the instructor might, in appropriate cases, impose. Procedural safeguards of due process and appeal are available to you in disciplinary matters.

Academic dishonesty, as a general rule, involves one of the following acts:

Cheating on an examination or quiz, including (1) giving, receiving or soliciting of information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials during the examination or quiz. (2). Buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting any material purported to be the unreleased contents of a forthcoming examination, or the use of such material. (3). Substituting for another person during an examination or allowing such substitution for one's self. (4). Plagiarism. This is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one's own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one's own work. (5). Collusion with another person in the preparation or editing of assignments submitted for credit, unless such collaboration has been approved in advance by the instructor. (6).Knowingly furnishing false information to the College, forgery and alteration or use of College documents or instruments of identification with the intent to defraud.



Schedule of Lecture Classes/Spring 2012

(This schedule is subject to change)


Discussion Topics




Lecture Chapter 1 (combine with lab) and chapter 2


Lecture Chapter 2 con’t

Chapter 3



The last Day to Drop with Tuition Refund or change to audit


Blackboard Quiz

Lecture Chapter 3 con’t


Chapter 4

Test #1



Blackboard Quiz

Lecture Chapter 5 (combine with lab)


Chapter 18 the blood



Blackboard Quiz

Lecture Chapter 19


Chapter 20

Test #2



Blackboard Quiz

Lecture Chapter 22: The respiratory system


Chapter 22 con’t



The last day to withdraw without grade penalty


Blackboard Quiz

Lecture Chapter 6 and 7


Chapter 7 con’t

Chapter 8 the skeletal system (combine with lab)

Test #3



Blackboard Quiz

Chapter 11


Chapter 9

Selected topics for Chapter 10



Blackboard Quiz

Test #4

Review previous tests


Comprehensive Final (Study guides will be provided)


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