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    Mar 15, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I really enjoyed this course, and the only reason that I gave it 3 stars is because I do not believe that this course should be taught online. I'm in 11th grade and took it under the impression that it would be the equivalent of AP Biology (as suggested by my counselor). It was certainly not! The only prerequisite for this course was High School/10th grade Biology, which I do not think was enough. If it were up to me, I would also require some form of High School Chemistry and liekly would recommend that you take the BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology class that Rio Salado offers (I never took it but feel that I could have benefited from it). From what I can tell, most of the students taking this course are actually going into the medical field, whereas I was just trying to fulfill a college biology requirement. I'm giving the course 3 stars instead of 5 because I passionately believe that this is something that should not be taken online. Other community colleges that use the Marieb textbook have the exact same course structure, but they have in-person classes/lectures and labs. This means that you are taking the same quizzes and exams without any of this supplemental material, and this material exists for a reason. I especially do not recommend taking it online if you actually are pursuing a medical career (as most students are); in my situation, it was a good introduction to the body for someone who has no plans to become a nurse or doctor. I think we would all prefer a doctor who has more experience practicing anatomy on cadavers rather than merely reading about it or observing anatomical pictures/diagrams (which can only be so accurate). Having a hands-on experience would be really important for something like this. I would recommend listening to online lectures on Youtube, such as those by Mandi Parker, Chet Cooper, Jeff Keyte, Fuzail Majoo, Aaron Mullally, Armando Hasudungan, Hank Green ("Crash Course"), and Rishi Desai on Khan Academy. None of these videos are substitutes for actually experiencing an in-person lecture, but these instructors come very close to bringing that experience to you. If you take the online course, you are all on your own. Rio Salado does not condone collaboration with other students, as stated in the course's syllabus. The class does come with an online teacher (who was very kind and quick in providing personal feedback on my exams and essays), but depends highly on your own self-motivation.

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    I feel that no course describes "us" more than Human Anatomy and Physiology; we learn about our culture in history, but we learn about how we're alive in A&P. Because this course is the study of us, it makes sense to take it in-person where you can ask questions and learn alongside others with an instructor who explains the material. I enjoyed learning about A&P and did walk away with a better understanding of myself. I took BIO201 as a 16-week course. I understand that it is also available as an 8-week course, but I could only imagine condensing this much material into half the time if this is the only course that you are taking. The course covers anatomical terminology and multicellular organization (1 week), histology (1 week), the integumentary system (1 week), the skeletal system (4 weeks), the muscular system (3 weeks), and the nervous system (6 weeks). I got a B in the class, largely because I am bad at memorization! I was better at physiology than anatomy, meaning that I was better able to describe how muscles work than explain what bone supported a certain muscle, what its nerve supply was, and what its antagonist/synergist pair was. Some students report success with this with flash cards; however, there are 206 bones and 640 muscles in the body, and even though this class doesn't require that you memorize them all, you do have to have a good understanding of many of them that extends beyond where it is and what it does. Is this a short bone or long bone? What kind of joints surround it? What is the insertion of this muscle? What is its origin? What is its nerve supply?

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    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    If you do choose to take the online course, I would suggest working a little at it every day (it is a lot of reading). I would also recommend watching ALL of the aforementioned instructors/YouTube channels, because they all have a different way of explaining A&P concepts, and watching them all offers a really comprehensive understanding that nearly mimics what you may get in an actual class. I bought the optional Marieb workbook, and it is helpful, especially for the anatomy. I think it's really important to utilize all of the CDs and the Anatomy Atlas wherever applicable. There is certainly not a shortage of material on any of these topics: the real challenge is whether you are willing to apply yourself to it for 12+ hours every week. Take it in-person if this is something that you really care about, especially as a career.

    • Fall 2015
    • Nickie Chouinard
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Feb 06, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It is mandatory for certain science majors to pass A&P BIO 201/202

    Course highlights:

    Structure of the human body and how it works.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Check your professor before signing up. And, clear your schedule of everything else to make time for this class.

    • Summer 2016
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    Dec 12, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course for anyone truly interested in anatomy and physiology (or the medical field). I usually worked in this class for 4-5 hours a day and it was the first B I ever received. It's time consuming but certainly has the opportunity to be very rewarding!

    Course highlights:

    Anatomy and physiology is the study of what the human body "is" and how it works. In that sense, the course is applicable to anyone (which is definitely a highlight! It's universal!), but I think it is most beneficial to STEM fields. It would be an excellent, challenging general anatomy class to pursue if you are truly interested in medicine.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Each period lasts a week and is usually one chapter of reading in the regular textbook as well as a chapter or two in the lab textbook. I took this class online, so the lab component only consisted of the book, which was probably the most challenging aspect of it. I would recommend taking this class in-person because it becomes very lonely very quickly. I would also make use of all the materials given, including the 2 CDs, atlas, and recommended "coloring workbook." From what I can tell, the Marieb textbook is widely used in colleges all across the country, so there are several videos online that pertain to the exact same material even though they aren't produced by Rio Salado (look up professors Mandi Parker, Jeff Kyte, and Fuzail Majoo). I also liked Hank Green's Crash Course videos as supplemental material. The only prerequisite from the course was High School Biology. I'm 16 and my school said that this was the equivalent of AP Biology - I disagree wholeheartedly because it really is more about the body than "molecular" biology. It's very different and 10th grade biology is not enough of a prerequisite, and I would also recommend having taken chemistry. Rio also has a BIO160 Introduction to Human Physiology and Anatomy, and I wonder if I should have taken that first.

    • Fall 2016
    • Nickie Chouinard
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading

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