Biology (BIOL) 235

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Revision 10)

BIOL 235

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: None. However, we strongly recommend that students have a solid knowledge of basic chemistry and anatomy or biology. [Chemistry 30 and Biology 30, or their equivalents, provide a good background.]

Precluded Course: BIOL 230 (BIOL 235 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for BIOL 230.)

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

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Welcome to Biology 235: Human Anatomy and Physiology, a six-credit, university-level course that covers all major elements of the human body, including basic anatomy, fundamental organic chemistry, cellular structure and function, and the integration, organization, and control of all the body systems. While completing this course, you will acquire an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology, of physiological adaptations to special conditions, and of some of the physiological factors in disease processes.


Unit 1: Levels of Organization

  • Chapter 1 An Introduction to the Human Body
  • Chapter 2 The Chemical Level of Organization
  • Chapter 3 The Cellular Level of Organization
  • Chapter 4 The Tissue Level of Organization

Unit 2: Support and Movement

  • Chapter 5 The Integumentary System
  • Chapter 6 Bone Tissue and the Skeletal System
  • Chapter 7 Axial Skeleton
  • Chapter 8 The Appendicular Skeleton
  • Chapter 9 Joints
  • Chapter 10 Muscle Tissue
  • Chapter 11 The Muscular System

Unit 3: Regulation, Integration, and Control

  • Chapter 12 The Nervous System and Nervous Tissue
  • Chapter 13 Anatomy of the Nervous System
  • Chapter 14 The Somatic Nervous System
  • Chapter 15 The Autonomic Nervous System
  • Chapter 16 The Neurological Exam
  • Chapter 17 The Endocrine System

Unit 4: Fluids and Transport

  • Chapter 18 The Cardiovascular System: Blood
  • Chapter 19 The Cardiovascular System: The Heart
  • Chapter 20 The Cardiovascular System: Blood Vessels and Circulation
  • Chapter 21 The Lymphatic System and Immune System

Unit 5: Energy, Maintenance, and Environmental Exchange

  • Chapter 22 The Respiratory System
  • Chapter 23 The Digestive System
  • Chapter 24 Metabolism and Nutrition
  • Chapter 25 The Urinary System
  • Chapter 26 Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid–Base Balance

Unit 6: Human Development and the Continuity of Life

  • Chapter 27 The Reproductive Systems
  • Chapter 28 Development and Inheritance


Your final grade in Biology 235: Human Anatomy and Physiology is based on the grades you achieve in two quizzes, two written assignments, and two exams. The Study Schedule in the Course Orientation suggests when you should complete each quiz and assignment, and when you should write the exams. The passing grade for this course is “D” (50 percent).

In order to complete the course, you also must achieve a minimum passing grade of fifty percent (50%) on each quiz, each assignment, and each exam (see below).

The table below shows the mark distribution for the assessment tools in this course.

Assessment Possible Marks Minimum Pass Grade Proportion of Final Grade
Quiz 1 100 50% 5%
Quiz 2 100 50% 5%
Assignment 1 100 50% 15%
Assignment 2 100 50% 15%
Midterm Exam 100 50% 30%
Final Exam 100 50% 30%
Overall course:   50% 100%

The exams for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


The textbook for this course is a customized PDF e-textbook adapted for AU students. You can download the course readings from the course home page.

The original e-Textbook is: OpenStax College, Anatomy & Physiology. OpenStax College. 25 April 2013. < >

Individual print copies (original, non-customized) can be purchased through the OpenStax website.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the BIOL 235 challenge registration, you must achieve a minimum passing grade of on each part of the examination which represents a minimum of 70 marks for Part 1, and a minimum of 20 marks for Part 2.

The Challenge Exam grade should be minimum 50%, and will result from the addition of total correct marks archived for Part 1 (maximum 140) and for Part 2 (maximum 40). The final mark will be calculated as a grade out of 100 (e.g. 180 marks = 100%).

Course materials and the textbook cannot be provided by Athabasca University. The two parts of the exam must be written on the same day.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 10, August 10, 2016.

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