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Fall 2014


Rational Human Anatomy & Physiology Course Design: Incorporating the HAPS outcomes into new and existing courses.

(2 credits) Sept 15 - Nov 7, 2014
Dr. Margaret Weck
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
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This 8-week course briefly reviews the major concepts associated with the “backwards design” model of rational course development, which stresses the value of thinking through the ultimate outcome goals (both in content mastery and cognitive skill development) for a course as a first step the course design process.  Participants will examine the HAPS Course Guidelines for Undergraduate Instruction and A & P Learning Outcome statements and think about the design elements, teaching methodologies, and assessments (both formative and summative) that would best foster student achievement of these outcomes.  The course will be conducted entirely on-line.  Participants will produce syllabi for new or existing courses that demonstrate the principles of rational course design.  As part of this process sample assignments and assessments will also be developed that could be used in any course to demonstrate student achievement of the A&P Learning Outcomes.

The Physiology of Reproduction
(2 credits) August 24 - December 15, 2014
Dr. Chad M. Wayne, University of Houston
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Register now:  Graduate Credit or Professional Development

This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand and refine their understanding of key molecular and cellular concepts and processes as they relate to human sexual reproduction. Participants will be introduced to material through directed readings from the current literature that examine the mechanisms that govern the union of the human gametes, the organs that promote pregnancy, and the mechanisms of parturition from the molecular level through the organ level. The participants will explore the material through the directed readings, but will also be encouraged to participate in online discussions to test and expand their understanding of the material. Ultimately, participants will need to demonstrate mastery of the material which will be assessed through specific application in online exercises and in a terminal, peer-reviewed project. Participants will be expected to independently develop at the end of the course, a college-level lecture appropriate for the course that the participant normally instructs. This project should demonstrate a deeper understanding of the key themes in human sexual reproduction, integrate molecular and cellular mechanisms into the participant’s normal lecture routine, and expand the college course beyond the typical A&P or physiology lecture. The participants’ projects will be discussed at the end of the course, either in person at the HAPS annual conference in Jacksonville, FL or via electronic methods. The participant will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including performance on online exercises, participation and the quality of final project.

Female Reproductive Physiology
(2 credits) August 24 - December 15, 2014
Dr. Chad M. Wayne, University of Houston
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Register now:  Graduate Credit or 
Professional Development

Description of course: This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand and refine their understanding of key molecular and cellular concepts and processes as they relate to female reproductive physiology. Participants will be introduced to material through directed readings from the current literature that examine the female reproductive system from the molecular level through the organ level and provide the participant a deeper understanding of how these structures are integrated into a whole system responsible for oocyte production and delivery. The participants will explore the material through the directed readings, but will also be encouraged to participate in online discussions to test and expand their understanding of the material. Ultimately, participants will need to demonstrate mastery of the material which will be assessed through specific application in online exercises and in a terminal, peer-reviewed project. Participants will be expected to independently develop at the end of the course, a college-level lecture appropriate for the course that the participant normally instructs. This project should demonstrate a deeper understanding of the key themes in female reproduction, integrate molecular and cellular mechanisms into the participant’s normal lecture routine, and expand the college course beyond the typical A&P or physiology lecture. The participants’ projects will be discussed at the end of the course, either in person at the HAPS annual conference in Jacksonville, FL or via electronic methods. The participant will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including performance on online exercises, participation and the quality of final project.

Male Reproductive Physiology
(2 credits) August 24 - December 15, 2014
Dr. Chad M. Wayne, University of Houston
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Register now:  Graduate Credit or Professional Development

Description of course
: This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand and refine their understanding of key molecular and cellular concepts and processes as they relate to male reproductive physiology. Participants will be introduced to material through directed readings from the current literature that examine the male reproductive system from the molecular level through the organ level and provide the participant a deeper understanding of how these structures are integrated into a whole system responsible for sperm production and delivery. The participants will explore the material through the directed readings, but will also be encouraged to participate in online discussions to test and expand their understanding of the material. Ultimately, participants will need to demonstrate mastery of the material which will be assessed through specific application in online exercises and in a terminal, peer-reviewed project. Participants will be expected to independently develop at the end of the course, a college-level lecture appropriate for the course that the participant normally instructs. This project should demonstrate a deeper understanding of the key themes in male reproduction, integrate molecular and cellular mechanisms into the participant’s normal lecture routine, and expand the college course beyond the typical A&P or physiology lecture. The participants’ projects will be discussed at the end of the course, either in person at the HAPS annual conference in Jacksonville, FL or via electronic methods.  The participant will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including performance on online exercises, participation and the quality of final project

 




Summer 2014


Current Issues in Obesity Prevention and Treatment
Krista Lee Rompolski, Ph.D.Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
(2 credits) July 8 - Aug 31, 2014


Obesity is thought to be caused by the interaction of a genetically susceptible individual with the obesogenic environment. Significant advances in the treatment of obesity, whether behavioral, surgical or pharmacological, have been proven successful at the individual level. However, little success has been achieved in preventing weight gain or maintaining weight loss at a population level. Given obesity’s recent classification as a disease state, it is imperative that instructors of human anatomy and physiology-based courses are familiar with the growing body of knowledge on obesity prevention and treatment. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to understand obesity with a multifactorial approach, addressing the genetic, biological, environmental, societal and behavioral aspects that interact on an individual and population level. Special emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge gained from discussion and critique of published clinical and epidemiological studies into an instructor’s curriculum. 



2014 Conference Courses

 

Current Topics in Anatomy and Physiology
(1 credit) April 18 - June 28, with conference attendance May 2014.
Jason LaPres M.H.S.
Lone Star College - University Park, Houston, TX 
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This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand their understanding of a variety of current topics in the fields of anatomy and physiology, and how these relate to other scientific disciplines. The specific topics covered will depend upon the Update Seminars and workshops offered at a Human Anatomy and Physiology Society’s (HAPS) Jacksonville Annual Conference held on May 24-29, 2014. The course is offered in a hybrid format with both on-line and face-to-face meetings and requires participants to attend the HAPS Jacksonville Annual Conference in May of 2014.

Participants will complete on-line preparatory work before attending the conference. The first part of the course will include critically analyzing scholarly articles related to the Update Seminars, and then discussing the hypotheses, methods, conclusions, strengths and weakness of those articles during on-line discussions. During the face-to-face portion of the course (held at the HAPS Jacksonville Annual Conference), participants will attend all Update Seminars and then meet afterward to discuss and evaluate the speakers’ presentations in relation to the literature reviewed prior to the conference. Participants will be assigned a specific Update Seminar and prepare a brief review of that seminar to share in a meeting with other course participants. This review will be the basis for a more comprehensive review article to be written after the conference. The final review article will include additional citations specific to one assigned Update Seminar topic, and will summarize the speaker’s presentation and the relationship of that presentation to other scholarly research and A&P education. Additionally, the participants will attend workshops in which they review, critique, and expand upon the ideas presented in at least one of those workshops. A final analysis of one of the workshops will be completed after the workshops. 
 

Teaching Respiratory Physiology I - Functional Anatomy and Ventilation 
(2 credits)   April 18 - June 28,  with Conference attendance May 2014
Jason LaPres M.H.S.
Lone Star College - University Park, Houston, TX
 

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This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand their understanding of the anatomy of the respiratory system and pulmonary ventilation. Additionally, students will collaborate on projects that help them to better teach these topics. Students will begin their coursework prior to their scheduled laboratory meeting. Students will have a variety of reading topics, including publically available peer-reviewed articles that they use as a basis of their research project. Students will apply what they learn in the online and face-to-face instruction to write a lesson plan appropriate for A&P faculty teaching undergraduate courses who wish to integrate functional anatomy and/or the mechanisms of breathing into their A&P courses. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a variety of criteria, including attendance, participation in preparatory and workshop activities, and quality of final submitted materials. This course requires participants to attend the HAPS Jacksonville Annual Conference in May of 2014
 

Physiology of Death & Senescence
(2 credits) April 18 - June 28, with Conference attendance May 2014
Dr. Brian R. Schmaesfsky
Lone Star College - Kingwood, Kingwood, TX

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Much of what is taught about the human body is explained from the perspective of normal and sometimes pathological body systems.  Little emphasis is given to the inevitable conditions of senescence and death.  Human senescence and death are elusive constructs that the scientific community tries to explain with concrete descriptions at both the somatic and molecular levels. This course will examine the most approximate descriptions of the gross, cellular, and molecular basis of human death and senescence. Physiological processes associated with somatic death will be discussed in context of the normal and pathological senescent changes occurring at the cellular and molecular levels. The content of the course is directly applicable to those teaching classes including lower level and upper introductory human anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physiology. The course instructor has research experience in the molecular basis of senescence and worked in research and forensic necropsy laboratories.  This course requires participants to attend the HAPS Jacksonville Annual Conference in May of 2014.


Rational Human Anatomy & Physiology Course Design: Incorporating the HAPS outcomes into new and existing courses.
(2 credits) May 11 - July 15, 2014
Dr. Margaret Weck
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
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This course briefly reviews the major concepts associated with the "backwards design” model of course development, which stresses the value of thinking through the ultimate outcome goals for a course in the process of course design.  Participants will examine the HAPS Course Guidelines for Undergraduate Instruction and A & P Learning Outcome statements and think about the design elements, teaching methodologies, and assessments (both formative and summative) that would best foster student achievement of these outcomes.  The course includes both distance learning before the conference and a face-to face component at the annual meeting in Jacksonville, FL (during the workshop days Tues. May 27th and Wed. May 28th, 2014).  Participants will produce syllabi for new or existing courses that demonstrate the principles of rational course design and sample assignments and assessments that could be used in any course to demonstrate student achievement of the A&P Learning Outcomes.



Spring 2014 - Online courses
 

The Physiology of Reproduction
(2 credits) January 12 - May 29, 2014
Dr. Chad M. Wayne, Department of Biology & Biochemistry
University of Houston
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Description of course: This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand and refine their understanding of key molecular and cellular concepts and processes as they relate to human sexual reproduction. Participants will be introduced to material through directed readings from the current literature that examine the mechanisms that govern the union of the human gametes, the organs that promote pregnancy, and the mechanisms of parturition from the molecular level through the organ level. The participants will explore the material through the directed readings, but will also be encouraged to participate in online discussions to test and expand their understanding of the material. Ultimately, participants will need to demonstrate mastery of the material which will be assessed through specific application in online exercises and in a terminal, peer-reviewed project. Participants will be expected to independently develop at the end of the course, a college-level lecture appropriate for the course that the participant normally instructs. This project should demonstrate a deeper understanding of the key themes in human sexual reproduction, integrate molecular and cellular mechanisms into the participant’s normal lecture routine, and expand the college course beyond the typical A&P or physiology lecture. The participants’ projects will be discussed at the end of the course, either in person at the HAPS annual conference in Jacksonville, FL or via electronic methods. The participant will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including performance on online exercises, participation and the quality of final project.

Male Reproductive Physiology
(2 credits) January 12 - May 29, 2014
Dr. Chad M. Wayne, Department of Biology & Biochemistry
University of Houston
View syllabus  |  Register now

Description of course: This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand and refine their understanding of key molecular and cellular concepts and processes as they relate to male reproductive physiology. Participants will be introduced to material through directed readings from the current literature that examine the male reproductive system from the molecular level through the organ level and provide the participant a deeper understanding of how these structures are integrated into a whole system responsible for sperm production and delivery. The participants will explore the material through the directed readings, but will also be encouraged to participate in online discussions to test and expand their understanding of the material. Ultimately, participants will need to demonstrate mastery of the material which will be assessed through specific application in online exercises and in a terminal, peer-reviewed project. Participants will be expected to independently develop at the end of the course, a college-level lecture appropriate for the course that the participant normally instructs. This project should demonstrate a deeper understanding of the key themes in male reproduction, integrate molecular and cellular mechanisms into the participant’s normal lecture routine, and expand the college course beyond the typical A&P or physiology lecture. The participants’ projects will be discussed at the end of the course, either in person at the HAPS annual conference in Jacksonville, FL or via electronic methods.  The participant will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including performance on online exercises, participation and the quality of final project.

Female Reproductive Physiology
(2 credits) January 12 - May 29, 2014
Dr. Chad M. Wayne, Department of Biology & Biochemistry
University of Houston
View syllabus  |  Register now

Description of course: This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand and refine their understanding of key molecular and cellular concepts and processes as they relate to female reproductive physiology. Participants will be introduced to material through directed readings from the current literature that examine the female reproductive system from the molecular level through the organ level and provide the participant a deeper understanding of how these structures are integrated into a whole system responsible for oocyte production and delivery. The participants will explore the material through the directed readings, but will also be encouraged to participate in online discussions to test and expand their understanding of the material. Ultimately, participants will need to demonstrate mastery of the material which will be assessed through specific application in online exercises and in a terminal, peer-reviewed project. Participants will be expected to independently develop at the end of the course, a college-level lecture appropriate for the course that the participant normally instructs. This project should demonstrate a deeper understanding of the key themes in female reproduction, integrate molecular and cellular mechanisms into the participant’s normal lecture routine, and expand the college course beyond the typical A&P or physiology lecture. The participants’ projects will be discussed at the end of the course, either in person at the HAPS annual conference in Jacksonville, FL or via electronic methods. The participant will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including performance on online exercises, participation and the quality of final project.