This text is designed specifically for human anatomy and physiology at the university level. This text may be used during lab sessions in the first course in a year long sequence. The lab manual covers the topics of human movement and control, including all aspects of the skeletal system, the muscular system and basics of human movement. The lab manual is design for courses that do not have access to human cadavers and rely on text, models, videos, and other methods that permit students to have a hands on lab experience. When possible, suggestions of alternative methods for material presentation is provided.
This lab manual is designed specifically for students who will be pursuing careers that rely on mastery of the topic. This lab manual will be especially useful for those students in the biological and medical sciences, with every attempt made to present material with clinical significance.
For the Students:
The study of human anatomy is essential for those who wish to pursue a career in the biological sciences, medical sciences, performance enhancement, coaching, or those who wish to become enlightened concerning their own bodies. This lab manual is written for you! This manual will guide you through human anatomy while providing a direct application to your chosen career. Often times students struggle with the massive amount of material required for lab courses. This text is intended for you to preview and prepare for labs. The questions in the Pre-Lab Knowledge Check relates directly to material that is presented in the pre lab reading which will enhance your experience in the lab session. Labs are designed to allow for the greatest amount of hands on opportunities. Above all, your success will depend upon your willingness to do the work both prior to class, in the class period, and after the class period in order to reinforce essential material. This material is tough, but if you dedicate the time and effort to master the content, it will pay benefits for the rest of your professional career.
For the Instructor:
This manual is designed for courses that lack the access to human cadavers, of course the material may still be useful in these classes, however this manual will not contain the information needed for the step by step dissection of human tissue. Each lab will provide an introduction with background material. Following this material there are a series of questions in the Pre-Lab Knowledge Check that instructors may wish to use as course preparation assignments or part of an entrance ticket for the lab period.
A student who engages with the material prior to the lab session will be able to benefit more during the experience with your expertise. The introduction material is written in a manner in which one lab will flow into the other and creates a holistic approach to the material.
How to Use This Manual
In each lab students and instructors will find a similar organization. The first section of each lab unit is the pre-lab assignment. This is intended to be assigned prior to lab and will present the student with background knowledge, terminology, and pre-lab knowledge check questions. Instructors are encouraged to release each section of the unit separately, rather then all at the same time.
The second section in the unit is the actual lab activities. Materials are listed for each lab and step by step instructions are provided for each activity. There are no questions that are assignable in this section as students and instructors are encouraged to interact with the materials in a hands on fashion.
The third section in the unit is the lab report. This should be released after the completion of lab in order to discourage students from answering the questions while they are completing the activity. The aim is to have students reflect upon the material and review the material in order to complete the lab report. While this lab report is only composed of 5-8 questions, it does not preclude the instructor from creating their own lab report for students to turn in. Instructors are encouraged to modify the requirements as is appropriate for their students.
Through sequential releasing of the the material students must engage with the content on multiple occasions, encouraging learning over time and repetition.