Human Disease/Pathophysiology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MDCA-1302-002 Human Disease/Pathophysiology


Course Description

A study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on human pathophysiology, including etiology, prognosis, medical treatment, signs and symptoms of common diseases of all body systems.

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Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Diseases Of The Human Body by Carol D. Tamparo, PhD, F.A. Davis Company,  5th Edition


Textbook, computer, and reliable internet access

Student Performance

 End-of-Course Outcomes:  Distinguish between normal and abnormal physiologic functions of all body systems; identify etiology, signs, and symptoms of diseases of all body systems; and correlate the prognosis, medical treatment, and procedures with patient morbidity and mortality.

To develop an understanding of the human body in health and disease and to acquire an acceptable level of knowledge necessary to understand common diagnoses.  A knowledge of medical terminology will be of benefit.


The student will be able to perform the following as evaluated by the program's faculty:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology of body systems and the relationship of these body systems to normal functions.
  • Identify the disorders of body functions that cause disease.
  • Cite the history of medicine.
  • Assess the various etiological factors in diseases and differentiate between environmental, congenital and other causes of specific diseases.
  • Recognize the clinical signs and symptoms of specific diseases and injuries. 
  • Repeat knowledge of medical terminology of body systems.
  • Define and list disease classifications.
  • Identify the cell and apply knowledge gained that the cell is the basic structure of life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of systemic and cellular metabolism.
  • Apply general chemistry concepts to biochemical processes in human cells.
  • Illustrate the difference between cellular and tissue adaptation, especially regarding hypertrophy, atrophy, metaplasia, and hyperplasia.
  • Examine and compare knowledge gained from discussion of the following body systems and their associated diseases: integumentary, musculoskeletal, neurologic, endocrine, sense organs, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and male reproductive system, female reproductive system, hereditary diseases and immunity, vaccines, and serums.
  • Employ the use of outside reading material to further expand the knowledge gained from the text.  These reference materials can be found in the classroom and in the library. 
  • Gain knowledge that will help the student to facilitate further learning in their area of specialization and effective interaction as members of the health care team.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw  from a course.  Failure to officially withdraw may result in the student receiving a grade of “F” in the course.  The student may obtain a withdrawal form from his academic advisor, the counseling center or from the registrar’s office.  It is also the responsibility of the student to take the drop slip to the registrar’s office in order for the student to be officially dropped from a course.  The student may withdraw from a course online.  Students are not automatically dropped from their class roles as a result on non attendance.

A student who has a problem with the course or the course instructor should make every attempt to resolve the problem with the course instructor.  If that is not successful, the student may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Program Director, the Dean of the Health Sciences Division, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, and the President -- IN THAT ORDER.   Please refer to the current Amarillo College catalog for complete explanation of the grievance procedures.

Pagers and telephones are disruptive during class time.  Telephones must be turned off during class time with the exception of emergency personnel, pagers must either be turned off or set on vibrate during class time.   Please notify me in writing if you fall in this category, otherwise failure to comply will result in you being asked to leave class for that day.  You will still be responsible for the material covered in class.  If you feel that you will have an emergency during class time, leave the number of the student services office and they will contact you immediately.  The number is 371-5300. 
Academic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of the college rules & regulations & is punishable as prescribed by Amarillo College Board policies.  Academic dishonesty shall include, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.  “Cheating on a test” shall include:

•    Copying from another student’s test paper.
•    Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
•    Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator/instructor.

•    Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an administered/unadministered test.

•    Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self, to take a test.
•    Bribing another person to obtain an administered/unadministered test or information about an administered/unadministered test.

“Plagiarism” shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work. 

“Collusion” shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.

Grading Criteria

•    Daily quizzes or assignments will be given at the discretion of the instructor. 
•    Quizzes may or may not be announced by the instructor. 
•    Material covered by these quizzes will consist of review material or new material assigned in class.



•    Daily quizzes and assignments will be worth 20 % of your FINAL GRADE.  
•    No quiz or assignment grades will be dropped.

•    There will be eight exams, seven(7) major exams and a final exam, given in this course. (subject to change)
•    These exams will be listed and available in the content folder with due dates.
•    All major exams will be taken on On-line including the final exam.
•    The student will have a 77 hour window or 3 day window to take the exam. (For most exams)
•    The student will have 50-75 minutes to complete an exam.
•    Once an exam is started the clock is running, remember you have only 75 minutes to complete the exam.
•    As you answer each question, the student must submit the answer and proceed to the next question.
•    When the student is finished with the exam, the student must submit the exam for grading.
•    The student will be able to see their exam score after the exam has been submitted for grading
•    All exams will open at 7:00 pm.  All exams will close at 11:55 pm.

•    Major exams will be worth 50 % of the final grade.

There are NO makeups on missed quizzes or assignments.

There are NO makeups on missed exams.


•    The student will have 2- 1/2 hours or 150 minutes to complete the Final Exam.
•    Once an exam is started the clock is running, remember you have only 150 minutes (2-1/2hours) to complete the exam.
•    As you answer each question, the student must submit the answer and proceed to the next question.
•    When the student is finished with the Final exam, the student must submit the Final exam for grading.
•    The student will be able to see their Final exam score after the exam has been submitted for grading.
•    If the STUDENT misses the designated time for the FINAL EXAM, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the exam, unless an incomplete has been granted.
•    Arrangements to receive an incomplete "I" grade for the course must be made prior to the date of the final exam.  Incompletes are granted only for emergency situations such as hospitalization of the student, serious injury to the student on the day of the final exam, etc. 
•    Incompletes will not be granted for situations involving vacation plans, transportation difficulties, appointments, etc.
•    Students who need to request an incomplete must do so prior to the scheduled time of the final exam with appropriate documentation given to the instructor

Final grades will not be rounded in this course.

Grading Scale
A = 90.0 % - l00.0 %
B = 80.0 % -  89.9 %
C = 70.0 % -  79.9%
F = 69.9 % or less %

Quizzes/Assignments  =    20% of your final grade.
Major Exams            =     50 % of your final grade.
Comp. Final              =     30 % of your final grade.
                                        100 %  of final grade

Mandatory Tutoring :  In an effort to increase retention in Allied Health courses, any student who scores below a 70 on any exam (excluding the Final Exam week) must complete a mandatory tutoring session with his/her instructor before taking the next exam. Before receiving a session, students must first schedule a time with the instructor. Mandatory sessions will be for 30 minutes.  THIS IS MANDATORY.


"Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class."  Any student who is chronically late to class or leaves early or is absent more than 3 times during the course may earn a failing final course grade.



Calendar is subject to change:

Each Folder will contain the weekly lecture, assignment, quiz, and exam. It is your responsibility to check each folder and due date.

Week 1- Intro and Syllabus Quiz

1. Introduction to Human Diseases

Week 2-Chapter 1   

2. Mechanisms of Disease

3. Neoplasms

Week 2  Exam 1 ( Chapters 1, 2, 3)


Week 3-

4. Inflammation and Infection

5. Immune System Diseases and Disorders

Week 3  Exam 2 ( Chapters 4-5)

Week 4-

6. Musculoskeletal System Diseases and Disorders

18. Integumentary System Diseases and Disorders

Week 5-

7. Blood and Blood-Forming Organs Diseases and Disorders

Week 6-

8. Cardiovascular System Diseases and Disorders

Week 6 Exam 3 (Chapters 6, 18)

Week 7-

9. Respiratory System Diseases and Disorders

Week 8-

10. Lymphatic System Diseases and Disorders

Week 10-Exam 4 (Chapters 9, 10)

Week 10

11. Digestive System Diseases and Disorders

12. Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreatic Diseases and Disorders

Week 11

13. Urinary System Diseases and Disorders

Week 12- Exam 5 ( Chapters 11, 12, 13)

Week 12-

14. Endocrine System Diseases and Disorders

Week 13-

15. Nervous System Diseases and Disorders

Week 14 Exam 6 ( Chapters 14, 15)

Week 14- 

16. Eye and Ear Diseases and Disorders  

Week 15-Exam 7 (Chapters 16, 17)

Week 15

17. Reproductive System Diseases and Disorders

Week 16 Final Exam (Comprehensive)

Calendar is subject to change

Additional Information

HELP:  AskAC or the Student Help Center

If you are in need of assistance, a student  may email or you may call 806-371-500.

AskAC Hours:
Monday - Thursday  7:00am to 9:00pm
Friday                          7:00am to 6:00pm  Summer - Closes @ 5:00pm
Saturday                    10:00am to 3:00pm
Closed                        Sundays and Holidays


Student Help Center:  371-5767 or 371-5992   Location:  Washington Street Campus, Library - Room 111

The Student Help Center provides Amarillo College Students with various assistance.  If you need technical support, need to update your computer or check viruses, the center personnel will provide these services FREE OF CHARGE TO AC STUDENTS.  Your instructor highly recommends that students take advantage of these services. 

Suggested Dictionaries:

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary
Stedman's Illustrated Medical Dictionary



Syllabus Created on:

08/17/21 1:05 PM

Last Edited on:

09/10/21 1:44 PM