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Spring 2018

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BIO102 - Human Biology

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology, including the structure of cells, tissues, and organs and their normal physiological interactions. Laboratory experiences reinforce important concepts. Two class hours, two lab hours. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum or students with credit in BIO 150, 152, or 153).

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

On tests, laboratory reports and/or orally, students will demonstrate the ability to:

1. Students will identify the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, and the evaluation of data as documented by performance on a unit test.*
2. Name and describe the organs of the muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular and digestive systems along with their functions, correlating the body structures with their appropriate function. Select a minimum of four other body systems to go along with the previously mentioned systems.
3. Label the larger anatomical features of body systems identified in number 2 using diagrams and/or laboratory models.
4. Define homeostasis and be able to cite an example or mechanism of how it is maintained in each of the systems covered and documented case study, activity or test. *
5. Define homeostatic imbalance as illustrated by using the minimum of one disorder per system discussed in class. Students should be able to describe in writing the factors and/or actions that can lead to the disorder, how the body may be impacted by the disorder, and preventative measure of the disorder.
6. Describe in writing and/or orally at least one basic physiological process for each system covered in class.
7. Present in writing or orally a summary of two articles from the current literature on the topic of human biology.


Students will demonstrate at least nine of the following skills in the laboratory:

1. Display appropriate safety practices in the laboratory while using chemicals, sharps, and biological specimens.
2. Estimate and measure volume, length, and mass using metric values.
3. Measure the pH of solutions using pH indicator.
4. Determine the presence of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats using appropriate chemical tests.
5. Measure blood pressure and heart rate.
6. Measure vital capacity, tidal volume and calculate lung capacity.
7. Do blood typing using simulated blood.
8. Do urinalysis using synthetic / real urine.
9. Demonstrate kidney dialysis using dialysis tubing and salt/starch/sugar solutions.
10. Culture bacteria from body samples and/or environment samples.
11. Explore the senses using standard tests.
12. Explore homeostasis and conduct at least two experiments to demonstrate homeostasis.
13. Demonstrate muscle fatigue through experimentation.
14. Using appropriate models or diagrams locate by name a minimum of 20 bones and 20 muscles.
15. Using appropriate histological images or microscopy identify at least 15 tissues for structure and function.
16. Using appropriate models or diagrams locate by name a minimum of 15 heart structures.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
I. Chemical Foundation of Life

A. Chemistry of Life
B. Cell Structure and Function

II. Human Process and Transporting

A. Body Organization
B. Digestion and Nutrition
C. Circulatory System
D. Immune System
E. Respiratory System
F. Excretory System

III. Human Integration and Coordination

A. Nervous System
B. Musculoskeletal System
C. Endocrine System
IV. Human Inheritance (Optional)

A. Chromosomes and Chromosomal Inheritance
B. Genetic Basis of Inheritance
C. Molecular Basis of Inheritance
D. Human Genome Project

V. Human Reproduction

A. Reproductive System
B. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
C. Development

Effective Term: Spring 2015