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1 It is the responsibility of all PSL 310 students to read and understand this entire Syllabus. Questions may be posted on the Discussion Forum titled “Questions about the Syllabus or the Course?” in the “Course Introduction” module of D2L. Hybrid PSL 310 (Sections 740-749) Spring Semester 2020 Physiology for Pre-Health Professionals Professor Dr. Adele Denison Phone 884-5067 (feel free to call) Office 2201K Biomedical and Physical Sciences (in the Physiology Department main office) Email [email protected] Office Hours Tues, Wed, Thurs 1:00-2:30 and gladly other times by appointment Exams* MONDAYS at 6:00-6:50 pm for all sections (except the last Exam, PSL 310 has a “Common Final Exam” Tues, Apr 28, 2020 at 8:40-9:30 pm-room posted on D2L) *IMPORTANT: EXAMS FOR ALL SECTIONS ARE ON MONDAYS AT 6:00-6:50 pm in 1281 Anthony Hall on January 27, February 17, March 16, and April 6, 2020. All Monday exam dates and times were posted on the Schedule of Courses before you enrolled. Teaching Assistants Jasiel Strubbe [email protected] and Meena Sudhakaran [email protected] TA Office Hours email to arrange an appointment via D2L or the email address immediately above Reviews: Optional Reviews each Friday before an exam at 3:00-4:00 pm in room 1410 BPS. The reviews will be recorded for those that cannot attend. The time and room for the Review will be posted in the calendar on D2L. Help Sessions: The Help Sessions begin the week of the first exam. These sessions include study tips and an opportunity to go over your exam answers with the Instructor or a TA (bring your feedback email). The time and room of the Help Sessions will be posted in the calendar on D2L. Because it is so important for doing well in the class, “Tips for Success” are listed with the most common mistakes of previous PSL 310 students included. Tips for Success 1. This is very important: don’t let the course get ahead of you because it can severely affect your grade. Always keep up with the material in the course by following the “Recommended Daily Schedule” on the last pages of this Syllabus. Do your Homework and Case Studies early. These are ways to keep up and help you do well in the class! 2. Write out in your OWN words and understand (don’t just try to memorize) the Learning Objectives. Results of a survey from previous students: 80% agreed that doing the Learning Objectives made the material “stick with them” (75% strongly agreed, 5% agreed). People are different but it is very likely that doing the Objectives will help you a lot. They are time consuming, but are a very important way most students really understand lecture material. All exams count – don’t make the mistake of failing an exam to learn you need to do the Objectives. 3. DO THE LEARNING OBJECTIVES IN SMALL DOSES! You should do the Objectives after watching the videos listed for each day in the Recommended Daily Schedule. This is the best way for students because you know more going forward and it also keeps you from being overwhelmed. This tip is very important because if you save the Objectives you can get in the situation where you can’t finish them, and therefore, do poorly on the exam. 4. One of the biggest mistakes students can make is to treat the “Challenge Questions and Reading Questions” (in the Appendix of the Course Pack) as only an assignment and not as an important LEARNING tool. YOU SHOULD NOT IGNORE ANSWERS to the Challenge Questions and Reading Questions. The Challenge Questions and Reading Questions and the ANSWERS to the Challenge Questions and Reading Questions contain NEW material that students are responsible for on exams. Important message! Several questions on each Unit Exam are likely to come from the2 Challenge Questions and Reading Questions and the ANSWERS to those questions! You should work through and understand the Challenge Questions and Reading Questions, including the textbook readings assigned with those questions, and read and understand the ANSWERS to the Challenge Questions and Reading Questions – all are fair game for exams. 5. Do all Practice Questions* to help you understand the material and to help prepare you for exams. Figure out why the right answers are right and FIGURE OUT WHY THE WRONG ANSWERS ARE WRONG. This can be huge; “memorizing” the right answers can be a recipe for failing exams. *WHAT ARE THE “PRACTICE QUESTIONS”? The practice questions include the Comprehension Checks (answered in videos posted on D2L), the Study Questions (after the Learning Objectives in the Course Pack), Extra Study Questions (in the Appendix of the Course Pack), Challenge Questions and Reading Questions and the ANSWERS to those questions (in the Appendix of the Course Pack), Homework questions and Case Study questions (answers posted on D2L after the week’s in-class sessions, in “Homework Answers” and “Study Guide for the Case Studies”). 6. DO THE STUDY QUESTIONS IN “ROUNDS”. THE QUESTIONS WILL BE MORE EFFECTIVE IF YOU DO SOME AND COME BACK LATER AND DO MORE. Research has shown that you will learn the most if you come back later and have to retrieve what you learned earlier. The Study Questions are written in rounds; you can easily do some and then some later and then some later (it’s much less effective if you do them all at once and only once). You should also come back and re-do the other Practice Questions many times to enhance your learning. 7. Realize that for almost all students, physiology is one of their most challenging courses and that it is the kind of course which requires at least 2-3 hours of studying a week for each hour of lecture. Make sure you devote enough time to studying the material and enough time for it to “sink in”; allow enough time for the “light bulb to come on”. 8. Do not memorize all the details of the figures in the Course Pack. You are not directly tested on the figures (that is, you are not required to identify different parts of a figure or be able to draw a figure....there are a few exceptions to this, but those exceptions are specifically noted in the Learning Objectives). The main function of the figures is to reinforce your learning and to help you remember and understand concepts (since “a picture paints a thousand words”). 9. For some students, try writing out your responses to the Objectives while watching the Lecture videos again. It can be a real effective way to


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