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Course Syllabus

Course: BIOL 1455

Division: Natural Science and Math
Department: Biology
Title: Human Dynamics for Visual Artists and Performers Lab (Formerly BIOL 2155)

Semester Approved: Spring 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2022
End Semester: Spring 2023

Catalog Description: This course is the laboratory component of BIOL 2150 and gives students the opportunity to study laboratory models, skeletal material, and cadavers. It must be taken concurrently with the lecture, BIOL 1450.

General Education Requirements: Life Science Lab (LB)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 0; Lab: 2

Corequisites: BIOL 1450

Justification: The lab component of Human Dynamics for Visual Artists and Performers allows for student application of the principles learned in the lecture with an emphasis on investigative and observational learning through the use of various laboratory material including anatomical models, skeletal material, human cadavers, and live human models. It is required to be taken concurrently with the lecture.For the natural sciences, science is the systematic inquiry into natural phenomena, and organizing and condensing those observations into testable models and hypotheses, theories or laws. The success and credibility of science is anchored in the willingness of scientists to: 1) expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by other scientists, which requires the complete and open exchange of data, procedures, and materials; 2) abandon or modify accepted conclusions when confronted with more complete or reliable experimental evidence. Adherence to these principles provides a mechanism for self-correction that is the foundation of the credibility of science. (Adapted from a statement by the Panel on Public Affairs of the American Physical Society, which was endorsed by the Executive Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1999.) While properties of matter and energy in the physical sciences are common to the life sciences, the emergent properties resulting from the complexities of life require additional study to amplify and clarify the scientific mechanisms of nature.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with a strong understanding of the human form and function as it relates to the natural world and its application in the arts. As students read material from various sources (textbooks, secondary literature, and primary literature), participate in class discussions, and test their knowledge on short-answer questions, problem solving exercises, other testing strategies, and the final exam, they will demonstrate their mastery of human biology, human anatomy, and human physiology and the application of these areas of study.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Lab reports and quizzes include both significant reading and writing components where students will demonstrate effective reading, knowledge retrieval, and clear written communication.

6: A student who completes the GE curriculum can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy. Scientific reasoning is taught and discussed in biological, anatomical, and artistic applications. Students will demonstrate their understanding through discussion, quizzes, and the lab final.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Through the study of these concepts students will examine key scientific hypotheses and theories which seek to explain natural phenomena in the light of the scientific method. Class discussions, short answer and essay questions, problem-solving exercises, and other testing strategies will offer students opportunities to display concept mastery.  

Concept mastery attained above will be further tested in students as they apply concepts to faculty-selected questions dealing with the natural world, and in a limited, illustrative fashion those that impact art and the human experience such as figure studies, biodiversity, genetic engineering, environmental quality, human quality of life, climate change, etc. The main focus of the course is on artistic anatomy as it relates to the visual and performing arts, but will also consider the application of scientific principles to assist in the resolution of problems exemplified by one or more issues. The students will demonstrate their awareness as to how such concepts lead to the development of solutions to these problems through class discussions, short-answer and essay questions, problem-solving exercises, and library projects. 

Not all information available on the internet, or in written form, or spoken, is of equal validity. Peer-reviewed journals and respected reviews as well as constant questioning and research still remain the bulward for evaluating the usefulness or credibility of scientific information. Students will read and discuss key scientific literature to gain skills necessary to discern credibility of sources of scientific information. Class discussion, essays, or library projects are the best vehicles to ascertain student skills. 

Through the study of laboratory models, human cadavers, the students themselves and other lab members, readings, illustrations, photographs, and laboratory discussions, students will obtain a fundamental knowledge of how human anatomy applies to clinical settings. They will demonstrate this knowledge through laboratory discussions, presentations, quizzes, and tests based on anatomical models and human cadavers. 

Evaluated through class discussions and test essay question on the final exam. The answer to this question will direct the teacher in regard to improving the course until all students find at least one concept that they become passionate about. 

Through a hands-on approach and group work, this laboratory course will cover the following topics: scientific method and evaluating issues based in science; the chemistry of life; cell structure and function including protein synthesis; human development; body organization and anatomical terminology; introduction to the skeletal system and the axial skeleton; the appendicular skeleton; muscles of the face; muscles of the head and neck; muscles of the torso; muscles of the pectoral girdle and upper extremity; muscles of the pelvis and lower extremity; eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and other surface features; proportions

Key Performance Indicators:
brief short answer quizzes are given in class at least once a week: 60%-70% of the final grade 

lab exam: 20%-30% of the final grade 

homework assignment such as study group formation and class photo: 5%-10% of final grade. 








Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Eliot Goldfinger, Human Anatomy for Artists The Elements of Form, current edition, Oxford University Press, New York; Paul A. Gardner, A Study Guide for Human Anatomy for the Artist, current edition.

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Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 24
Optimum Class Size: 24