Syllabi for Dr. Rubin

BSC 1084 Essentals of Human Structure and Function

 BSC 1084 Syllabus 


Instructor Information



Dr. Daniel Rubin




Office location:

Live online via GoToMeeting® or By Appointment arranged by e-mail


Office hours:

GoToMeeting® schedule shown online or at Chat on the course tools menu



only in an emergency and requested by e-mail


A native Floridian, with two children (my best friends) and four wonderful granddaughters.
Dr. Rubin has a Ph.D. in Immunology and a passion for teaching. A coach/facilitator of learning rather than a traditional 'teacher', who uses a variety of multimedia methods both in class and online. "I encourage active participation by students. In my courses students benefit most by: listening and learning; asking questions; participating fully in their learning experience; having fun learning easily and a commitment to excellence in their studies and their lives."


Course Information


Course title:

Essentials of Human Structure and Function  

Course number:

BSC 1084   Valencia College


Course discipline:



Course description

This course provides a basic level study of the structure/anatomy and function/physiology of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on the muscular and skeletal anatomy as well as organ systems and homeostasis.



Blackboard Online 


Meeting day(s):

This is a self-directed online course in Blackboard Learning Management System*.


Meeting time(s):

The course is totally online.   

Withdrawal Deadline

Deadline for withdrawal with a "W" grade is posted in College Calendars on the Valencia Community College Homepage.(See withdrawal deadlines).



*Browser requirement:

EMT program completion and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department approval

Browser for Blackboad: Firefox is the recommended browser for Blackboard. DO NOT USE Internet Explorer! 


Course Goals


To acquire a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. This course is especially designed for individuals preparing for training in emergency medical care and related allied health professions. Medical terminology, pathophysiology (disease), microbiology, and chemistry are introduced as necessary foundations for understanding the human body in health and illness.


Course Content and Evaluation


COURSE DESCRIPTION AND CREDIT HOURS: This is a 3 credit course; there are no prerequisites. This is an introductory course on human anatomy and physiology. Topics to be covered include:

- Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
- The Hierarchy of Organization of the Human Body
- Cells and Tissues
- Musculo-Skeletal Systems

- Nervous and Endocrine Systems
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
- Blood, Lymphatics, and the Immune System
- Digestive and Urinary Systems
- The Reproductive System


Students will be able to:
- understand and describe human anatomy and physiology with special emphasis on emergency medical care
- describe and explain the anatomical and physiological interrelationships of various organ systems
- understand the relationship between health and disease at a fundamental level

The Course will:
build a foundation of essential knowledge in human anatomy and physiology
- provide a framework for interpreting and applying information that can be useful in problem solving in emergency medical care
- provide an introduction to common injuries and illnesses that will reinforce the basic anatomy and physiology principles

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION: This is an online self-study course in Anatomy and Physiology for allied health professionals preparing for training in emergency medical care, using the Blackboard Learning Management System. Orientation to the course is provided online in the course and via GoToMeeting® live online just prior to the beginning of the term. An e-mail invitation is sent to this optional orientation meeting. In addition, there may be an optional orientation on campus as well, and students registered for the course will be notified in advance. The Blackboard login for the course (requires your Atlas ID and password) may be accessed via the Quicklinks on the
Valencia CC homepage until a bookmark is established. In addition, there are tutorials for orientation to getting started in online courses at Valencia Community College and Blackboard specifically.

ASSIGNMENTS:: In addition to a weekly online multiple choice quiz, students have an online discussion assignment and a final exam. The due dates are shown on the Course Schedule.

The final course grade will be determined from a combination of assessments online in the Blackboard Course as follows:

- Weekly Multiple Choice Quiz (20%)

- Discussion Assignment (30%)

- Midterm and Final Exam (25% each)

Discussion Assignment: Each week there are two standard topics,a threaded discussion worth 10 points each week. Although discussion postings are accepted up until midnight on Saturday of the week when the chapters are assigned, to receive full credit and/or qualify for extra credit, messages must be posted before NOON on Saturday. See the Discussion assignment on the Course Tools Menu for details.

There are no dropped tests, no re-tests.
There will be some opportunities to earn extra credit but not to make-up for missed assignments.

The grading scale for the course is as follows: A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F < 60%


STUDENT HELP: The instructor is available for help online by e-mail in the course and live online via GoToMeeting® once a week at a designated time or by telephone by appointment. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the instructor. Help is also available for students through various school resources shown on the Atlas web site and at the CSSC on the Winter Park Campus as noted above.

ATTENDANCE: This is an online course with assignments due each week. It is up to the student to establish their own study routine and plan to meet the course requirements.
No Show reporting: according to new Federal Guidelines from the U.S. Dept. of Education, students must complete an online course assignment during the first week of the term. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the student being reported as a ‘no show’ ? ? ? ? and entered as a Withdrawal ((W) on the Atlas Final Grades Report during the ‘No Show’ Reporting period. In order to meet this requirement, students in this course must complete and submit the “ First Assignment – Top Priority” that is found in the course Start Here folder (see the Course Menu). If you have any questions about this, send me an e-mail within the course.

WITHDRAWAL: Students may officially withdraw from a course during any given term provided the appropriate policy and procedure is followed. For a complete statement of the new Valencia Policy 4-07 please go to: ValenciaPolicy and General Counsel. Following the conclusion of the Drop/Add period, a student may officially withdraw from any credit course online through the student's Atlas account before the established withdrawal deadline and receive a "W". Students may not withdraw after the withdrawal deadline.  A faculty member may withdraw a student up until the final exam for failure to participate in the course or violation of course policy.
WORK MISSED: Students must complete course assignments and activities according to their weekly due dates (Weekly Assignments are due no later than midnight on each Saturday, except for the Discussions which have earlier, Noon deadlines for full or extra credit See the Course Schedule and Instructions for and Overview of the Discussion Assignment). As a general rule, there are no make-ups for missed assignments and there are no dropped exam scores or retests. With advance notice of extenuating or mitigating circumstance, the instructor may approve an extension of an assignment deadline, and usually there will be a 10% or 1 grade penalty under these circumstances. The only exceptions are: death of a family member; immediate family medical emergency, or military duty, each of which must be documented.

The Valencia Student Core Competencies (Think, Value, Act, and Communicate) are an established component of the College's curriculum development and review process. A detailed overview can be found in the current Valencia Catalogue or on the
Valencia Web site: Developing these core competencies will be enhanced in this course through critical thinking exercises, discussions and making reasoned choices in acquiring, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating knowledge. Students will also need to read, listen, write, and speak effectively.

This program is designed to provide you with the greatest opportunities to learn and apply your new knowledge and skills to your selected discipline. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any form. Credit to the author must be given in any papers or projects that you might complete. This includes citations and/or attribution for Internet sources. Also, sharing other student's work is not acceptable. Your work should reflect your knowledge and skills.

All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited at Valencia Community College. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, furnishing false information, forgery, alteration or misuse of documents, misconduct during a testing situation, and misuse of identification with intent to defraud or deceive. Any student determined by the professor to have been guilty of engaging in an act of academic dishonesty shall be subject to a range of academic penalties as determined by the professor. These penalties may include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following: loss of credit for an assignment, examination, or project; reduction in the course grade; or expulsion from the course with a grade of "F". For further detail, refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the current Valencia Student Handbook.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT: Valencia Community College is dedicated not only to the advancement of knowledge and learning but is concerned with the development of responsible personal and social conduct. By enrolling at Valencia Community College, a student assumes the responsibility for becoming familiar with and abiding by the general rules of conduct. The primary responsibility for managing the online classroom environment rests with the faculty and student. Online, students will observe common standards of 'netiquette': no obscene or otherwise foul language or flaming is allowed in chat rooms or Discussion Topics. Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class. Violation of any online classroom or Valencia Community College rules may lead to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from Valencia. Disciplinary action could include being withdrawn from class, disciplinary warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate and authorized actions. You will find the Student Code of Conduct in the current Valencia Student Handbook.

Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must provide a letter from the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD) and discuss specific needs with the professor, preferably during the first two weeks of class. If you have special needs please contact me via e-mail at the beginning of the course and provide notice from the OSD. The Office for Students with Disabilities determines accommodations based on appropriate documentation of disabilities.
The needs of students with appropriate documentation will always be supported in class.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: Changes in this syllabus and/or course schedule may be made at any time during the term by announcement of the professor. A revised syllabus may be issued at the discretion of the professor.

A Note from your guide and facilitator/ instructor:

I hope you enjoy this course and contribute to everyone's learning. Here is a suggestion: rather than approach this course wondering how much you have to memorize to pass tests, think about what you will learn, know and use, have an opinion about and discuss, that will benefit you in your life after the course is over.
Remember, your online participation, especially in the Discussion assignments, is important to your classmates as well as contributing to your grade. I am here to support your success. Let me know if you have questions, issues, or concerns. I take requests, not complaints and excuses, and want you to be successful and have fun in this course. I look forward to your participation. I hope to see you in the chat room. Enjoy the course, and Be well.



Required reading:

Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Care, Martini et al. 2nd edition, Brady/Pearson, 2008,