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BMS 307 Anatomy

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    Jul 21, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it gives people a better understanding of their own bodies. It is a very difficult course so only take it for fun if you enjoy memorizing things like bones and muscles. This course is especially good if you are pre-health professions because the exams get you thinking like a physician or other medical professional examining a patient and how to treat the injuries of said patient. The best part of Anatomy is the lab. You'll get to work with real human cadavers and see what muscles and other structures actually look like instead of just on a model. This is the only class where I spent a lot of time in the lab outside of class but the students alongside you taking Anatomy are more than happy to help you out, making the 300+ lecture class feel like we're all working together instead of everyone vying for the top score in the class.

    Course highlights:

    Similarly to what I said in why I recommend taking the course, I learned to think like a physician. Every unit you will have a case study to complete where there is a patient exhibiting certain symptoms and you have to be the one to find out what is wrong with them and how to properly treat their condition. The lecture exams are a dumbed down version of this, with there being a paragraph you have to read for each question that will say, for example, a woman fell off her bike and landed on her shoulder and can no longer raise her arm over her head, determine what nerve is damaged. So the exams make you tie all the systems together which is pretty tricky if you haven't taken an anatomy class before but with some extra time studying you should be fine. The lab exams are pretty basic for the most part. There will be a pin with a number on it in a certain spot on the cadaver and the corresponding number on the board will say identify the nerve, muscle, or structure. You have to write out all the nerves and muscles on the exam so you can't guess like you can on the lecture exams.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would highly recommend getting a study group with some people in your lab class. The best way to study for the lecture exams is to study for the lab exams because the lab exams are the basic questions saying "What muscle is this and what is it innervated by?" Being in a study group will hold you accountable to go to the study sessions your group sets up so you won't procrastinate until the last minute like a lot of students who dropped the course did. When you can start to piece together the locations of the muscles and their insertions and innervations then you will be in shape for the lab as well as lecture exams. When in lecture it is best to sit in the front of the class. This will make you less prone to playing on your phone or sleeping while Dr. Morris is talking because he will see you doing those things and you don't want a professor to have a bad impression on you, right? I will also print out the lecture notes Dr. Morris posts to BlackBoard. It all of the important things you need to know in case he goes through is PowerPoints too fast for you in lecture. His PowerPoints are mostly pictures, making it hard to know what to write down, which is where the lecture notes come in handy. Overall, you can pass Anatomy if you're willing to put the work into it. You will not get an A in this class if you do not start studying for both lecture and lab exams at least one week in advance. I'm not saying you need to stay up every night looking at the cadavers, but once you've memorized all the muscles, their functions, insertions, and innervations you should be able to rock the exams!

    • Spring 2017
    • tyler morris
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Meetings Outside of Class
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    Jan 29, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend BMS 307 for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the health care field. Knowing the Anatomy of the human body is essential in most careers. It is the basic fundamentals of most health-related courses. A general knowledge of Anatomy will be helpful when continuing on in your college career. I would suggest taking it as soon as possible.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course was the cadaver lab. At Missouri State University, undergraduate students are very fortunate to have an Anatomy lab with human cadavers. This allows you to gain the best knowledge and understanding of the human body. You also have 24/7 access to study, which is very helpful for the success of the lab portion of BMS 307.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in BMS 307, spend as much time in the Anatomy lab as possible. It will help in lab and lecture substantially! Also, establish study groups early in the semester. Within these groups, study weekly and do not wait until the week of the test. You will have less stress and be more successful if you continuously study instead of cramming. I found that recording the lectures and writing notes from the recordings is also helpful. This allows you to make sure you do not miss any information during the lectures.

    • Fall 2014
    • LyonHough
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Meetings Outside of Class
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    Dec 12, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Hough is very knowledgable. He clearly understands the subject thoroughly and although he lectures from PowerPoint slides, he speaks from his knowledge and does not simply read off of the slides.

    Course highlights:

    This course covers a basic understanding of all structures of the body and an introduction to how the systems of the body work together.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study the quizzes on Blackboard before the exam— some of the questions are exact duplicates.

    • Fall 2016
    • LyonHough
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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