Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy__PhysiologyLooking for a high school anatomy & physiology course for your high school student?

WebEx Time Slot: This class is asynchronous and will meet as needed by student request. I will have regular “office hours” for student help. The time slot is listed as Monday’s from 11-Noon EST but may change.

Cost: $599 (does not include text or lab supplies)

Grades: 11-12 grade

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry

Course Length: 34 weeks

Course Begins:  Thursday, August 25, 2016

Course Ends: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Required Text: Advanced Biology: The Human Body, 2nd Edition by Apologia Press, the Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book and recommended: Advanced Biology: The Human Body Student Notebook

Course Goal: Following this course, the motivated student will be well prepared to succeed in college level anatomy and physiology courses taken by most nursing and pre-med/vet majors.

Web-ex Lectures/Discussions: All course lectures are pre-recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience.  Live discussion sessions will be held as needed.  Any live discussion will be recorded for those unable to attend the live discussion times. Regular WebEx “office hours” will be listed once class begins (student time zones will determine office hours) for homework help.

Course Description: This is a college-prep course that provides an advanced study of the human body’s 11 organ systems. The course will primarily be conducted on a learning management system (LMS) called Canvas. Canvas is very easy for a new user to learn, and I will help students become oriented to the platform. Through Canvas, students will access all of their requirements, video lectures, upload and submit assignments, take their exams, engage in threaded discussions, view my feedback, etc.

Lab Activities: Labs are comprised of microscopic study of human tissues and dissection. Most labs will be supplemented by virtual web-based study.

Student Evaluation and Feedback: Students will be graded on homework, labs, and exams. The homework will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions done on the course website and handouts to be completed, scanned, and uploaded. All student work will be graded and returned within one week of submission (although usual turn-around is 48 hours). All homework is due on the Canvas course website by Friday evenings, midnight EST, unless otherwise noted.

Communications: Course communication occurs through the message system on the course website. I am also available to students through WebEx by appointment.

Technical needs: To access course materials students will need broadband, high speed Internet and their own e-mail account. This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas. Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time. A scanner is required so that students can scan their completed work and upload it to the website for grading.

Instructor Qualifications: I have a B.S. and M.S. in biology with a minor in mathematics. I have experience teaching at both the secondary and college levels. From 1995-present, I have been teaching biology, chemistry, and physics classes (both first year and AP levels) at several home school co-ops and online since 2010. I’ve homeschooled my own four children who are now all college educated and employed in science fields. My own children used online learning as part of our homeschool, so I’m familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities online homeschooling presents both from student and instructor perspectives. I am passionate about sharing the wonders of science with my students.

Who should apply: Students should be in 11th or 12th grade.  Students must have completed high school level biology and chemistry courses. Also, online learning requires a great degree of organizational and time management skills on the part of the student. So students who are capable of taking responsibility for initiating interaction with the instructor if confused or discouraged should register.

To apply or ask a question regarding this class, email Vicki at

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