Course Details

Course Number
BIOL 4444
Section Number
BIOL 4444
Fall 2016
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

TR         12:30-1:50 pm BO 209 (lecture)

T            2:00-4:50 pm BO 207 (lab)

Dr. Michael M. Shipley (view Profile)


Leboffe, Michael J. A Photographic Atlas of Histo,

Course Objectives

Goals and Objectives:


The goal of this course is to introduce you to the microscopic anatomy of the human body, with emphasis on light microscopy of human cells, tissues and organs. It is expected that you will achieve a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body at the level of the tissue and their constituent cells. You will be able to apply this information in pre-professional areas such as medical and dental schools, as well as clinical lab science or graduate school.

Course Expectations



One year (8 hours) of Biology

Grading Standards

Examination Material:


            The exams will consist of lab exams (3) that include tissue identification from photographic and microscope slides, and lecture exams (2) that will be written. Students should study the assigned text chapters, review lecture notes, and study assigned microscope slides and Internet images in preparation for the exams. See the preceding schedule for exam dates.


            Grade Determination:


The grade for this class will be based upon your performance on the exams. There will be three lab exams and two lecture exams, and none of them will be comprehensive.


            The final grade is based on the system below:     Grade Breakdown:

90 and above   =         A                                              Lab Exams (3):           60%

80 - 89             =          B                                              Lecture Exams (2):     40%

70 - 79             =          C                                                                                  100%

60 - 69             =          D                                             

Below 60         =          F                     

Final Exam

12/15/2016 10:30 AM

Submission Format Policy

See attached syllabus

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No late exams will be given. Please see schedule for exams on the attached syllabus.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

You are expected to abide by a proper mode of conduct in the histology class, which includes attending all scheduled class meetings and being on time. Additionally, you are expected to achieve a high level of competence in histology by devoting extra time to the study of microscope slides. Additional study time of microscope slides beyond the three-hour lab is essential. You should become familiar with the BO 207 schedule to plan additional study time. Please refer to the current MSU Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policy on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities.

Other Policies

See attached syllabus

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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