Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus

Health Science I          

Central Academy of Technology and Arts

Shonna Black, M.Ed, BSN, RN, NCSN



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Course Description:

This course uses advanced investigative approaches to the study of human and social sciences as related to medicine and health care. Emphasis includes the language of medicine, body chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and the current and futuristic study of diseases and disorders.  Skills in science, mathematics, health, and social studies are reinforced in this course.  Biology, Algebra I, and Health Education are recommended prerequisites.        

Honors Statement: 

Health Science 1 Honors is an honors level course.  This course is also available in the Program of Studies at the College Preparatory level.  Students earning credit for an Honors level course receive an elevated number of Quality Points for their Grade Point Average.  

Students choosing this Honors level courses should be aware that the Honors level course will include:  

Required extension opportunities that are directly related to the Standard Course of Study.  Students will be expected to demonstrate higher levels of understanding for grades.  Projects and presentations will be more in depth. 

Students will have to focus and study regularly to master the content. The expectation that students can move through the coursework at an accelerated pace and students experiencing difficulty should quickly seek guidance from their teacher on how they can be more successful. 

Materials needed

3 subject notebook

Three Ring Binder - soft - 1/5 inch .  

Pen/pencil for taking notes

Charged Chromebook and charger


Divider tabs for 3 ring binder

File Folders - yellow ones provided - students often prefer lighter ones of variety of colors - 12 needed          

Grades: Grades are based on total points earned.  Classwork is a large portion of the total grade, accounting for about 50% of total points.  Quizzes, Labs and Tests make up the remaining 50%.

Grading Scale












Grading: I update my grade book regularly. If you see a “1,” this signifies that you can still make up the assignment (think of it as a place holder). If there is a “0,” this signifies that you may no longer make up the assignment.  Missed assignments may be made up the day a student returns after an absence, or within 5 days of returning to school if multiple days have been missed.  Students are responsible for scheduling a time to make up assignments.

Canvas: Many assignments will be submitted through Canvas.  Assignments may be submitted in a variety of ways, including uploading files, typing into text boxes, and sharing Google documents/presentations.  Students will be shown how to submit assignments on Canvas, as well as how to create a shared Google folder for submitting Google documents and presentations at the beginning of the semester.  Individual assignments will indicate which method of submission is expected.  If students need a refresher or have questions, they can access the Canvas Student GuideLinks to an external site. for specific instructions.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure assignments are submitted on time, in the appropriate manner, and to contact the instructor if there is a problem.

 Canvas tips on uploading files    Canvas uploading tips-1.pptx

*****Please note that student activity is logged while in Canvas. This includes a log of student activities during on-line tests and quizzes.  Students are not allowed to leave the testing window during assessments.  Doing so is considered cheating and will be handled as set forth in the CATA handbook.


Classroom Rules (Respect and Responsibility)

  1. Be respectful at all times to your teacher, classmates and school.  
  2. ONE VOICE at a time.  Respect teacher, classmates by paying attention, no side conversations while someone is speaking.
  3. No food is allowed in class.  Drinks in closed containers are permitted; NO GLASS WATER BOTTLES.
  4. We are in a lab setting therefore there will be absolutely no brushing hair or applying makeup. DO NOT apply scented items like perfumes in class; many people are sensitive/allergic to the chemicals in these items, INCLUDING YOUR TEACHER.
  5. If you use something in class, please return it to its place.  Keep your work space clean.
  6. Bring all classroom materials and a good attitude to class with each day.
  7. Be in your seat, or logged in to the virtual learning platform, ready to learn when the bell rings. Not being in your seat or logged in is considered a tardy.
  8. Do wear required clothing on lab days; this is a safety requirement. There is also no eating, drinking, or horseplay.
  9. Do not speak out of turn. Raise your hand if you would like to speak.
  10. Remain in seat until the teacher dismisses you.
  11. Classwork and projects will often be completed in groups.  Participation is required, and individual grades will reflect this.

***Cell phones and use of personal electronic devices of any kind are prohibited during class time.  Use of non-classroom approved devices during class may result in a “0” for daily classwork grades.  Multiple violations will result in phone call to parents, then referral to administration. 

Bathroom policy : Students should use the restroom before or after class. In the event that a student needs to use the restroom they will need to take a pass with them. Students are to sign in and out. Student are asked to wait until after the teacher assigns the lesson before asking to use the restroom - do NOT interrupt class to ask to use the restroom.  If a pattern occurs or students are abusing their privilege, the parent/guardian will be contacted. If the behavior continues this could result in being escorted to the restroom by administration. 

Academic Integrity/Honor Code:

In an effort to increase the student’s critical thinking skills, they will be frequently asked to complete projects or assignments, perhaps even in groups. When working in groups, it is still the expectation that each student should complete their own work and not copy another student’s work. “Googling” and copying/pasting material from online or elsewhere is absolutely unacceptable and constitutes a violation of the school’s honor code, unless the source is being cited elsewhere in the document. Assignments should always be in the student's own wording. Per the CATA code of conduct in the student handbook, an honor code violation will result in a grade of zero and a parent contact.

Late work

Homework, projects, lab assignments, etc. are due according to the canvas set due date. 

Late work MAY be accepted depending on circumstances; however, students who are not using class time to complete work will not be allowed to turn in late work.  Late work will NOT be accepted more than 1 week after it's due date, and it will not be accepted across grading periods without prior approval.  At one week late, the most a student can earn is 50% of the original point value. 

If there are special circumstances/absences that prevent work from being turned in on time, please see the teacher on an individual basis. Any test that a student misses should be made up the day they return to school. In the event of multiple days missed, students should schedule a time with the teacher to make up the test. This should occur within a 5 day time period. 



At CATA, instruction is very important. All students are expected to be in their classrooms and ready to receive instruction before the tardy bell rings for each class. Following the tardy bell, students who are not in class must report to the front office for a tardy pass if they are tardy to first period.  During the rest of the day teachers will mark students tardy in the PowerSchool Attendance System.   Only students with a Tardy Pass will be admitted after the tardy bell rings for first period.  There is absolutely no food allowed in the classrooms.  Students may not bring in food. 

Tardies will be recorded as unexcused unless an excuse can be verified by staff. Tardies will result in the following penalties:

All students must report to the office when tardy to first period and to class the rest of the day.  Teachers will mark students tardy who are late to 2nd period, 3rd period, and 4th period.  If a student is tardy twice in third period on Cougar Time days (Once before class and once after lunch), then the teacher will  mark them tardy one time in Power School and write it up as a minor incident in Educator Handbook for the second tardy of the period.   

1st/2nd Tardy:  Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods)

3rd Tardy:  Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods).  The teacher will contact the parent on the third tardy by phone.  

4th/5th Tardy:  Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods). The teacher will submit a discipline referral to the administration and 1 day ASD with administration.  The administration will contact the parent.  

6th/7th Tardy:  Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods).  The teacher will submit a discipline referral to the administration and 2 days ASD with administration.  The administration will contact the parent.  

8th Tardy: Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods).  The teacher will submit a discipline referral to the administration and 3 days ASD.  The administration will set up a parent conference, create a written plan, and possible additional consequences. 

  • Please note that administrator warnings will only come from an administrator in the office for first period tardies.  Please be sure to give warnings to students in all other periods. 

Inappropriate Behavior Interventions/Consequences

  • Verbal Warning
  • Parent Notification
  • Guidance Counselor Involvement
  • Administration Involvement
  • Other interventions/consequences as deemed necessary

Dress Code during labs

Closed toe shoes, capri/long pants are required for your safety in lab activities. Hair will need to be pulled back. Each student will be provided person protective equipment depending on the lab experiment such as goggles or gloves.



Tutoring will be available in the mornings prior to the start of the school day, after school, and virtually on Fridays.  Please make an appointment.  If needed, I will schedule a recurring tutoring time, and post it on Canvas.



Essential Standards/Objectives and Pacing Guide





Understand the structural organization of the body and initial roles

of the first responder




Understand types of body tissues




Understand anatomical structural organization




Understand how to recognize and respond to emergencies as a first responder







Understand the body’s support exchange systems






Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the skeletal system.




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the muscular system.




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the integumentary system







Understand the body’s nutrient exchange and communication systems




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the digestive system




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the urinary system.




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the nervous system.




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the sensory system.






Understand the body’s hormone control systems.




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the lymphatic and immune systems.




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the endocrine system.




Understand the structures, functions and disorders of the male and female reproductive systems.



Course Summary:

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