Bio 3058. Physiological Control Systems
Spring Semester 2018

Professor: Paul S.G. Stein

Systems physiology with emphasis on human physiology. Examination Schedule: Tests, at which attendance is required, will be given from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: February 15, March 22, and April 19. No makeup exams will be given. Therefore, do not schedule any conflict for the evenings of the exams. Prereqs: Bio 2960 and Chem 112A. Must be taken for a letter grade.


  1. Final Letter Grades for Biology 3058 Spring Semester 2018 are now posted on WebStac. Graded answer sheets for the final exam are available for pickup in Plant Growth 105 from Erin Gerrity and/or Patrick Clark. Bring your ID card and Erin or Patrick will return your graded answer sheet. Times for exam pickups: Tuesday May 8, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM; and Wednesday May 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
  2. Final Exam median score was 47 out of 50 (= 94%). Final Exam mean score was 45.0 out of 50 (= 90.0%). PDFs of the exam questions, the answer key, and the final exam score distribution are posted on the course website; hardcopy printouts are posted in the NSLC lobby bulletin board. The deadline for Final Exam regrade requests is Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Follow the instructions on the bottom of the answer key or your graded answer sheet for submitting regrade requests. Note that the deadlines for regrade requests for each of the 3 in-term exams have passed.
  3. 50% of the total course score was calculated from the sum of the scores of the best two in-term exams; the score for the lowest in-term exam was dropped. This policy was described on paragraph 8 of page 1 of the handout and was announced on the first day of class. 50% of the total course score was calculated from the score on the final exam. Total Course Score median was 94 out of 100 (= 94%); Total Course Score mean was 90.6 out of 100 (= 90.6%).
  4. The required text for Bio 3058 was the 14th Edition of "Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function" by Widmaier, Raff, and Strang. Vander 14th Edition will be also be used in Spring 2019 and Spring 2020 in Dr. Clark's Human Physiology course, Biology 328. For those who will be taking the MCAT exams, Vander 14th Edition will be a very helpful review of Physiology material.
  5. Professor Stein is now taking applications from students with interests in being a Spring 2019 Bio 3058 Teaching Assistant. Each Bio 3058 teaching assistant will receive $1680 for the semester and will work approximately 140 hours as a Bio 3058 TA. Stein will acknowledge by return EMail each application when received. Applications received by September 30 will receive full consideration. In early October 2018, he will review applications and interview selected applicants. He plans to make offers by late October 2018.

    If you are interested in applying for a Bio 3058 TA position, please send Stein the following information via EMail
    1) a resume that includes your relevant work experience, especially any prior TA, tutor, and/or PLTL experience;
    2) the names and contact information of 2-3 references (phone and EMail); in a sentence or two, briefly describe how each reference knows you and your abilities. Include all supervisors of your work as a TA, tutor, and/or PLTL leader;
    3) your major(s), your overall WashU GPA, and a list of your Biology and Chemistry courses and grades;
    4) a brief paragraph that describes your interest in Physiology.

  6. Preference will be given to those with a grade of A or A+ in Biology 3058, with a WashU GPA of 3.8 or better after Spring 2018 semester, and with prior TA, tutor, and/or PLTL experience. Bio 3058 lectures will be given throughout the Spring 2019 semester on Mondays and Fridays from 12Noon-1PM in Brown 100. In 2019, the first lecture will be on January 14 and the last lecture will be on April 26. There will be 3 in-term exams given from 6:00PM-7:00PM on Thursdays February 14, March 21, and April 18. The final exam will be given from 3:30PM-5:30PM on Friday May 3, 2019.

    TA responsibilities include--
    1) attending the 2 hours of lecture per week (preferred); if you have a scheduling conflict with the MF 12Noon-1PM lectures, then watching streaming videos of course lectures is OK.
    2) holding scheduled weekly office hours in the NSLC.
    3) meeting weekly with small groups of students in tutoring sessions.
    4) holding regularly scheduled weekly review sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6PM-7PM during the semester and preparing lecture notes for posting on the web; there will be 3 teams of TAs; each team is responsible for the weekly review sessions associated with a particular in-term exam and for posting lecture notes for the lectures associated with that in-term exam.
    5) participating in the comprehensive TA review given by all TAs on Tuesday April 30, 2019 from 4:30PM-6:30PM.
    6) assisting in exam preparation, exam proctoring, and exam grading; Stein will write the initial versions of exam questions; Bio 3058 TAs will be invited to write (but not required to write) drafts of new exam questions; Bio 3058 TAs will work with Stein to finalize the exam questions; exam grading will occur immediately after each exam.
    7) meeting with Stein on a regular basis to discuss course issues; regular weekly meetings are for 30 minutes at a time to be arranged that fits everyone's class schedule. In 2018, we met Fridays 4:30PM-5:00PM. Please have this time available to attend our weekly TA meetings.
    8) and general assistance with class matters.

    This is an outstanding opportunity for those with strong interests in Physiology to strengthen their understanding of physiology by holding office hours, tutoring sessions, review sessions, and preparing class lecture notes. Professor Stein looks forward to hearing back from those with strong interests.

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