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Aug 5, 2022

Host Kevin Patton discusses the importance of the course syllabus in setting the tone for a course and helping to create a positive course culture. He includes a list of practical steps we can take as we review and update our anatomy and physiology course syllabus.

00:00 | Introduction

02:02 | What, If Anything, Is a Course Syllabus?

13:03 | Sponsored by AAA

14:16 | Sparking a Course Culture

23:58 | Sponsored by HAPI

25:07 | Odds & Ends: Part 1

36:13 | Sponsored by HAPS

37:28| Odds & Ends: Part 2

47:15 | Staying Connected

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A typical syllabus is a boring list of mostly unrelated rules, regulations, and procedures. Wouldn't it work better if our syllabus was instead an engaging, illustrated story? (Kevin Patton)


What, If Anything, Is a Syllabus?

11 minutes

Getting the plural form of syllabus straightened out, we explore what sorts of syllabus exist and which one we'll focus on in this episode. Below are some other episodes related to the anatomy and physiology course syllabus:

The Syllabus Special | TAPP 75

Warnings & Safety Tips in the A&P Syllabus | Episode 57

The Syllabus Episode | Bonus | Episode 24

Are You a Warm Demander? | TAPP 115

The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 1 | TAPP 108

The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 2 | 8 More Tips to Include All | TAPP 109

The Proper Order of Topics in A&P | Leaderboards | Student Frustration | TAPP 88

Cover for Anatomy & Physiology Syllabus: It's an Art | TAPP 120


Sponsored by AAA

69 seconds

A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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Sparking a Course Culture

9.5 minutes

We sometimes fail to realize the power of a syllabus in providing a foundation—a spark—at the beginning of a course to form a course section's culture. That culture influences every aspect of teaching and learning for the entire term. Let's be artists when it comes to making—and tweaking our A&P course syllabus.

Faculty Mindsets & Minority Student Achievement Gaps | Journal Club | TAPP 71

The Cheater! Academic Integrity in Remote Learning | TAPP 81

Are You a Warm Demander? | TAPP 115


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

96 seconds

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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Odds & Ends: Part 1

11 minutes

Let's talk about specific, practical things we can do make our syllabus more artful and more effective. How exactly can we make our syllabus smile and chuckle? Why is illustrating our syllabus a good idea? What about transparency?

The Case for Transparency | Episode 51

Finding Media | Images and More for Teaching Anatomy & Physiology

Using Media in Our A&P Course: Advice From Barbara Waxer | Episode 28


Sponsored by HAPS

72 seconds

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Odds & Ends: Part 2

10 minutes

The artful syllabus includes inclusion (see what I did there?), but how can we do that? What if our syllabus is getting too long—what strategies can we use to trim it? Come on, can we really make our syllabus into a story?! What do we mean when we say that students read and raid their syllabus?

The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 1 | TAPP 108

The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 2 | 8 More Tips to Include All | TAPP 109

The Case for Transparency | Episode 51

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★ A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

★ Kevin's sample land acknowledgement

★ Improve Accessibility with Heading Styles (a how-to from Microsoft Support; principles apply to other apps, too)



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