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.

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:

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

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


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

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

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

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