Learning Goals for Students in Anatomy and Physiology

 The following goals relate to content and processes that are intended to provide students with a full understanding of anatomy and physiology. A future project of the HAPS Curriculum & Instruction Committee will be to link these goals to specific activities that instructors can use to help students achieve these goals.

Fundamental Content & Process Goals
These goals form the unifying foundation for all topics in anatomy and physiology and are to be emphasized throughout Anatomy and Physiology I and II. They are directly linked to the learning outcomes written by the HAPS Curriculum & Instruction Committee
1.      Develop a vocabulary of appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to anatomy and physiology.
2.      Recognize the anatomical structures and explain the physiological functions of body systems.
3.      Recognize and explain the principle of homeostasis and the use of feedback loops to control physiological systems in the human body.
4.      Use anatomical knowledge to predict physiological consequences, and use knowledge of function to predict the features of anatomical structures.
5.      Recognize and explain the interrelationships within and between anatomical and physiological systems of the human body.
6.      Synthesize ideas to make a connection between knowledge of anatomy and physiology and real-world situations, including healthy lifestyle decisions and homeostatic imbalances.
7.      Demonstrate laboratory procedures used to examine anatomical structures and evaluate physiological functions of each organ system.
8.      Interpret graphs of anatomical and physiological data.
Broader Process Goals
The skills included in these goals should be developed while students are taking Anatomy and Physiology, but will also be reinforced in other curricular coursework. It is recommended that assignments and projects be used that develop these skills within the context of the fundamental content and process goals (1-8, above). The HAPS Curriculum and Instruction Committee has not linked these goals to specific learning outcomes in anatomy and physiology. Rather, the goals can be adapted to fit where the instructor feels they are most appropriate within the course content. There is no expectation of equal emphasis throughout all anatomy and physiology topics.
9.      Demonstrate information literacy skills to access, evaluate, and use resources to stay current in the fields of anatomy and physiology.
10.    Approach and examine issues related to anatomy and physiology from an evidence-based perspective.
11.     Communicate clearly and in a way that reflects knowledge and understanding of the human body and demonstrates the ability to adapt information to different audiences and applications.