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Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual: Cat Version


Author: Elaine Nicpon Marieb

Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Pub Co


Publish Date: Mar-04

ISBN-10: 805355170

Pages: 1016

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Preface to the Instructor

The philosophy behind the eighth edition of this manual mirrors that of all earlier editions. It reflects a still-developing sensibility for the way teachers teach and students learn engendered by years of teaching the subject, and by listening to the suggestions of other instructors as well as those of students enrolled in multifaceted health-care programs. Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual: Cat Version was originally developed to facilitate and enrich the laboratory experience for both teachers and students. This, its eighth edition, retains those same goals.

This manual, intended for students in introductory human anatomy and physiology courses, presents a wide range of laboratory experiences for students concentrating in nursing, physical therapy, dental hygiene, pharmacology, respiratory therapy, health and physical education, as well as biology and premedical programs. It differs from Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual, Main Version (Seventh Edition, 2005) in that it contains detailed guidelines for dissecting a laboratory animal. The manual’s coverage is intentionally broad, allowing it to serve both one- and two-semester courses.

Basic Pedagogical Approach

The generous variety of experiments in this manual provides flexibility that enables instructors to gear their laboratory approach to specific academic programs, or to their own teaching preferences. The manual is still independent of any textbook, so it contains the background discussions and terminology necessary to perform all experiments. Such a self-contained learning aid eliminates the need for students to bring a textbook into the laboratory.

Each of the 46 exercises leads students toward a coherent understanding of the structure and function of the human body. The manual begins with anatomical terminology and an orientation to the body, which together provide the necessary tools for studying the various body systems. The exercises that follow reflect the dual focus of the manual—both anatomical and physiological aspects receive considerable attention. As the various organ systems of the body are introduced, the initial exercises focus on organization, from the cellular to the organ system level. As indicated by the table of contents, the anatomical exercises are usually followed by physiological experiments that familiarize students with various aspects of body functioning and promote the critical understanding that function follows structure. Homeostasis is continually emphasized as a requirement for optimal health. Pathological conditions are viewed as a loss of homeostasis; these discussions can be recognized by the homeostasis imbalance logo within the descriptive material of each exercise. This holistic approach encourages an integrated understanding of the human body.

Features and Changes

In this revision, I have continued to try to respond to reviewers’ and users’ feedback concerning trends that are having an impact on the anatomy and physiology laboratory experience, most importantly:

• the growing reluctance of students to perform experiments using living laboratory animals, the declining popularity of animal dissection exercises, and the growing demand for student-based experimentation
• the increased use of computers in the laboratory, and hence the subsequent desire for more computer simulation exercises
• the replacement of older recording equipment with computerized data acquisition and compilation systems
• the continued importance of visual learning for today’s student
• the need to reinforce writing, computation, and critical thinking skills across the curriculum

The specific changes implemented to address these trends fall neatly into two areas: pedagogical and multimedia. Changes made in each of these areas are described next.

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