Syllabus for Human Biology 109BSL

Meeting times: MW 1-2:15

Instructor: Jason Arnold

Webpage: Then click on Academics, Academic divisions(faculty web pages), Life sciences, Biology and then my name.

Office: RTC 224M (in the nursing suite)

Phone number: (270) 886-3921 ext. 6343

Office hours: MW 10:25-noon, TR 12:05-1pm and by appointment.

Textbook: Mader. 2000. Human Biology, 6th edition. McGraw-Hill.

Course description:

BSL109 Aspects of Human Biology:

Aspects of human biology will be introduced from the molecular level to the

integrated whole. Attention will be given to the biological bases of various

health and wellness issues.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the scientific method;

2. Describe the characteristics and properties of the classes of the

molecules of life;

3. Explain the biological basis of health issues;

4. Explain the inter-relatedness of various body cells, tissues, organs and


5. Define and explain health-related factors, including environmental

factors that affect the quality of life;

6. Describe the common genetic maladies and their patterns of


7. Explain where human beings fit into biological diversity and a diverse

biological world.




General education competencies:

All courses which fulfill General Education Requirements are required to contain the following competencies:

Writing: to communicate effectively using standard written English. Students in

BSL 109 will fulfill this competency by answering essay questions on lecture exams.

Reading: To understand, analyze , summarize, and interpret a variety of reading

materials. Students in BSL 109 will fulfill this competency by reading sections of the textbook applicable to lecture topics.

Integrated Learning: To think critically and make connections in learning across

the disciplines. Students in BSL 109 will fulfill this competency through classroom discussions relating lecture material to health and social issues.

Creative Thinking: To elaborate upon knowledge to create thoughts, processes,

and/or products that are new to the students. Students in BSL 109 will fulfill

this competency by completing essay questions on lecture exams that will present a fictitious scenario or problem that students will have to creatively respond to or solve. In addition to addressing scenarios groups of students will creatively present topics from the textbook to the rest of the class.

Ethics/Values: To demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations in making

value choices. Students in BSL 109 will fulfill this competency through class discussions of ethical concerns relating to health and social issues.

Classroom policies:

Classroom discussions and questions are strongly encouraged. If you donít clearly understand something, chances are that other students donít either.

All students are expected to act as adults and to show respect to others. Students who fail to do this will be asked to leave the classroom or will be escorted out by a security officer.

Grading: The lowest exam score will be dropped

Exams: 9 exams @ 100 pts =900

Final exam 100pts =100

Drop the lowest exam= 900 = total pts. possible

Scale: Standard 90, 80, 70, 60- no curve

Exams will contain an assortment of multiple choice, true/false, matching and essay questions. The final exam will only include material from the chapter covered after the last regular exam.

Ten exams will be given and the lowest exam score will be dropped.





Lecture: Attendance is strongly recommended, but not required.

Exams: Exams will be scheduled during the lecture period at least one week in advance. Makeup exams must be completed within 1 calendar week after you return. The makeup exam will be an essay exam. You will have 50 minutes to complete this exam and it must be scheduled with me at least one day in advance.

Withdrawal: You may withdraw up until the last regular class meeting. You may not withdraw during finals week.

Course outline:

Chapters I-3 Introduction to human biology and basic chemistry

Exam 1

Chapters 15-16 The reproductive system and STD's

Exam 2

Chapters 18-19 Inheritance

Exam 3

Chapters 20-21 Cancer and Biotechnology

Exam 4

Chapters 7 and 17 The Immune system and Development/aging

Exam 5

Chapter 13 The Senses

Exam 6

Chapter 10 Skeletal system

Exam 7

Chapter 4 Digestive system

Exam 8

Chapter 9 Circulatory system

Exam 9

Chapter 10 Repiratory System

Final exam