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BIOL 1593: Anatomy and Physiology I

This is the first of two comprehensive theory courses in which students survey the anatomy and physiology of all the human body systems, with an emphasis on the relationship between a body organ’s structure and its function. Students who have little formal knowledge of the human body but who wish to train for a career in health-related professions are invited to take this course.

BIOL 1595, the laboratory component of BIOL 1593, is usually offered once per year in the summertime in Kamloops BC.

Note: Please note that credit for this course does not usually count toward the requirements of the Bachelor of Health Science degree. If students need to take this course, please consult advisor before registering.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the overall organization and function of the human body.
  • Describe the chemical structures and their functions, which are important to maintain living organisms.
  • Describe the structure and function of cells and organelles and outline the steps of cell division.
  • Describe the structures and functions of the main tissue types.
  • Describe the structure and main function of each of the following body systems: skeletal system, including bone, muscles, and joints; central, somatic, and autonomic nervous systems; and sensory system.

Course topics

  • Module 1: An Introduction to the Human Body
  • Module 2: Introduction to Chemistry
  • Module 3: Cells
  • Module 4: Tissues
  • Module 5: The Intergumentary System
  • Module 6: The Skeletal System: Bone Tissue
  • Module 7: Joints
  • Module 8: Muscle Tissue
  • Module 9: Nervous Tissue
  • Module 10: Central and Somatic Nervous System
  • Module 11: The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
  • Module 12: Somatic Senses and Special Senses

Required text and materials

The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbook is required for this course and is available for download free of charge:

1.    OpenStax College. (2021). Anatomy & physiology. (1st) Houston, TX: OpenStax College. Retrieved from:

Note: If you have any questions about course textbooks or other materials, email OLMaterials.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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