Welcome to the “Should We Have Prerequisites for Anatomy and Physiology?” Survey! We will need about 10-20 minutes of your time—depending on the number of courses you choose to report on—we'll be asking for some particular information about the final grade distribution in any anatomy, physiology, or A&P1 and A&P2 courses you have taught over the last 3 years. So, you will need to assemble your class lists before you can effectivey answer the survey.
We aim to serve HAPS and its membership by exploring the relationship between pre-requisite college coursework and student success and retention in the Human Anatomy and Physiology cycle of coursework that is fundamental to many pre-professional and allied health programs in higher education worldwide. We all can use the information you'll contribute about current success rates, whether in conversations with our administration, or in ongoing course "tweaking" work.
We could ask your institutions, who are obligated to retain some of this grade information practically forever, but since faculty do the work of teaching, create and give the assessments, and ultimately assign the grades, faculty are the logical first place to inquire about how their students are doing.
WHILE WE ARE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SCHOOL, WE ARE NOT SOLICITING ANY INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF YOUR STUDENTS AS INDIVIDUALS, NOR ARE WE ASKING ABOUT INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS’ TEST RESULTS OR GRADES.
Rather we’re trying to look to see if large or small patterns emerge in instructor-reported final grade distributions across a wide swath of the Anatomy & Physiology when we try and correlate grades with the presence of prerequisite college courses that A&P students must successfully complete before attempting A&P.
So — if you’re willing to share a little bit of demographic data about yourself, some information about your institution and the course(s) you teach, we’ll be ready to ask you for particulars about courses in ANY semesters for which you are an instructor and have the following data.
1) Student enrollment (at course beginning).
2) Term (we’ll collect this to avoid duplicate entries)
3) Course number, name & title
4) Prerequisites for this particular course (if any)
5) Distribution of final grades*
(*i.e., percentage of students earning As, Bs, Cs, Ds, Fs and withdrawals).
The survey is being administered through the Educational Task force of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, and the primary investigators are Drs. Kerry Hull and Jon Jackson. Permission to use human subjects (e.g., you) in this work, otherwise known as IRB approval, is from Bishops University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Please click the link below to proceed to the Consent Form, and then we’ll ask you some questions!