BIOL 1593: Anatomy and Physiology I

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 situation, in-person labs are currently not being offered for the foreseeable future. As such, the corresponding in-person lab (BIOL 1595) for this course is not available. We are exploring alternative arrangements for students and will communicate as soon as we have more information.

This is the first of two comprehensive courses covering 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. BIOL 1593 is designed for students who have little formal knowledge of the human body but who wish to train for a career in the health-related professions.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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 outline

  • 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

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. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at start of course.

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