(40 contact hours) This course is intended to be a comprehensive introduction to the structure and function of the human body, that supports students entering biological, health, or medically-related fields, and is a requirement for the Advanced Gross Human Anatomy program offered in Honolulu, Hawaii.  At the Institute of Energy Wellness Studies, this course is a prerequisite or initial course for all four of the diploma programs offered at the institute.  The course hours for Basic Anatomy are included as part of the total program hours required to receive your diploma from the institute.



Text - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology,
by Tortora and Grabowski (11th Edition)

Suplement - Learning Guide for Tortora and Grabowski: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology,
by Prezbindowski and Tortora (11th Edition)



It's expected that students who pass this course will have acquired the knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology necessary to pass the pertinent sections of their respective certification and registration exams.  For students in other areas, it's expected that the information acquired in the course will allow them to pursue more advanced studies in human anatomy and/or physiology.  This is a unique class that contains the same depth of information that is presented at the first year university level.

Specific knowledge will be assimilated in the areas of: chemistry, cells, tissue histology, integument (skin), skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and sensory systems.

The intent is to learn all the information in the text on the mentioned areas, since this text is a standard for universities and colleges across the United States.  The most important and complex information and concepts will be the focus of the lectures.  Students will also be responsible for all assigned information in the text.



The method of instruction is lecture presentation, and working with the Learning Guide.  The lectures will include diagrams (projected and drawn), an outline, oration, and class discussion.  The lectures will follow the text closely, to make learning as efficient as possible.  The text has the Student Companion CD, and other digital tutorials are available from the publisher of the text on CD and on their website, which you will have access.

Class discussion will have the form of a "Socratic Dialogue", in which the class as a whole and students individually, will be asked a question about the present or past information.  If the question is not addressed completely, then additional pieces of information will be given until an answer can be constructed.  Please feel relaxed with this format.  It is only intended to help find the extent of retention and understanding, and to assist the learning process.  The emphasis of this approach is on reasoning and rationale, which is supported by looking at common patterns and associations.  Examples of clinical and general application of lecture material will be incorporated to help bridge the span between theory and practice.  Students are encouraged to ask questions and/or interject related personal experiences at any time during the lecture.

Students are responsible for obtaining information presented in lecture.  Audio taping of lectures is permissible for personal use only.

Classes will begin and end on time as closely as possible.



The Basic Anatomy course is a very demanding course, requiring development of good study skills.  To remember, understand, recall, and reason with the information requires organization and time (use a schedule planner!!).  Plan ahead to assure there is enough time, and keep up with the schedule.  There is too much material to cram.  An objective of the class is to help develop independent learning skills.  This is necessary since only the most difficult material will be discussed in lecture.  However, again, the student is required to learn all the assigned information in the text (with some exclusion).

A minimum of four exposures to each piece of information is usually necessary.  The first exposure is most important and time consuming.  Read the material in the text slowly and thoroughly the first time, BEFORE the lecture to cover that information.  Pay attention to the diagrams associated with the material in the text.  The following method has been effective for successful students.

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