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Revision Date: 05-Apr-18

BIO-1140-VO01X - Human Biology

Synonym: 168696
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 05-22-2018 to 07-09-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 05-31-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 06-19-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Steven Rauch | View Faculty Credentials
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This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Scientific Method
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
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Course Description:

A survey of human anatomy and physiology. Topics will include the organization and structure of the major body systems, including muscular, skeletal, nervous, circulatory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, and reproductive. Emphasis placed on the integration of bodily processes and the impact of technology on human biology.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the structure and function of a cell and understand the major processes involved in its physiology.
2. Understand the anatomy and physiology of how the nervous and endocrine systems control body functions.
3. Describe the processes of development and reproduction at the cellular and structural levels and be able to discuss the role of genetics in this system.
4. Explain the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, and respiratory systems.
5. Explain the basic anatomy and physiology of the digestive and urinary systems.
6. Understand the specific and interrelated functions of the major body systems.
7. Identify the placement of the major bones and muscles of the body and understand their basic physiology.
8. Understand the structure and function of the human sensory organs.
9. Explain how technology affects human biology and discuss the ethical issues associated with this topic.
10. Utilize the scientific method to evaluate well-researched evidence in the area of human biology.
11. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.


Teaching Methods -Textbook Readings in Human Biology by Sylvia Mader. The 14th edition is the latest one however the 11th, 12th and 13th editions are essentially the same and are less expensive. One would need to purchase the 11th thru 13th editions elsewhere than the CCV bookstore, such as Amazon.

This TEXTBOOK is the core 'lecture' material. Generally one should read entire chapters however if there are sections we will not cover, the details will be in the Syllabus. I have power point summaries of each chapter on the course site to help in focusing your study as well. I have suggested links to Khan Academy audio/visuals and these kinds of visual lectures can be found in the online Harkness Library. The information you will be tested on is outlined in the 'Summarizing the Concepts' section at the end of each chapter. They are a variety of ways to learn this 'outlined' material if reading does not work well for you. The textbook also has very good illustrations {I think at least} for more visually oriented learners. All are encouraged to build mental images of some of the major physiologic processes of the living body.

DISCUSSION FORUMS. Participation in the Discussion Forums with at least five postings per week on questions of your choice is required for attendance and is part of your grade. These posts are due by Saturday night. Note that the class 'week' starts on Tuesday morning and ends on Monday night. The content of these postings is graded. Half the grade is just for participation and the other half is on the content. Each week I will post a number of Discussion Forum questions. These serve to directly ask about what I think are the most important points of physiology and anatomy to learn in that chapter and also a few ethical or opinion based questions that might get some discussion going online. The questions are over material in the text in which case your answers represent putting your developing knowledge into your own words. Other questions are not directly about the material but involve the process of sorting between fact and speculation or about ethical issues. Response posts are optional and not graded. Response posts can be to Discussion Forum questions, Clinical Scenario posts or Internet Research posts. Reading other's posts is encouraged, however each student will be unable to read other students posts until after they have submitted their own response, which can be edited for an hour after posting.

WEEKLY QUIZZES. These will be open book quizzes, generally multiple choice, and focus on the core material. The quizzes are not meant to be tricky but rather to reinforce the main learning points and to encourage all students to keep up in their readings. Many are taken from the textbook itself, modified slightly.

Exam ESSAY QUESTIONS. Part of each exam will include about 4 to 6 essay questions taken from a larger list. I will provide the complete list of questions at the start of each third of the semester that the exam covers. You will have a choice between two questions for each of the 6 essays on the exam. The idea is for you to work up answers to all the questions on the list. These questions will cover the core material and you can use your answers on the exam. You may not, however, cut and paste from prepared answers. One must re-write the answer {there is reason behind this!}. Cutting and pasting on exams would result in non acceptance and no points for that essay. You must type your answers, so keep the length of your answers to a length that can be written on the exam. This is one to two paragraphs generally. I can work with individuals on essays or other questions at any time through the course.

EXAMS. The three exams are open book and without time limit. They cover only the material since the previous exam the questions are similar to the quiz questions plus essay questions.

CLINICAL SCENARIOS. Each week we will look at a clinical situation taken from my memory of these real cases. This will be done in a separate Discussion Forum than mentioned above. The scenario will involve content from that weeks readings but will require some extra information which I will either provide if it is beyond the depth of this course or ask students to find answers to off the Internet. I will be trying to stretch your thinking ability some with these cases. If there is a particular scenario that an individual student would like for us to cover as a group, please let me know and we can discuss it and likely do that instead. Participation with at least one posting per week on the scenario is required. This is due by Monday night. Simple participation is half of the grade for this part of the course but the content is the other half so students are encouraged to put thought into these postings.

INTERNET RESEARCH. This part of the course explores how to use the Internet to obtain scientifically valid information. The topics will be on the material being covered that week. One post is all that is required. It is due by Monday night. Some weeks I will direct you to a specific article to read and comment on. Other weeks will have you exploring on your own. These posts are graded half for participation and half on content.

TOPICAL REPORT. Each student will write a 1000 word {3-4 or so pages} report on any topic of their choice that involves some aspect of human biology. This can be a disease process, a topic involving social debate and disagreement, or some technological aspect of providing health care in our society. It is a chance for an individual to explore a subject they perhaps always wondered about but have not pursued in much detail yet. At least 3 references from either online or library sources is required. These reports are due just after mid-semester to allow some discussion and response

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation Summary

Weekly Discussion Forum participation is 20% of the overall grade. Participation is five postings per week and is used to determine attendance.

Clinical Scenario Forum participation and content is 15% of the overall grade. Participation provides half the grade and evaluation of the quality of the content is the other half. For a general sense of A vs B vs C content, see the grading criteria section.

Weekly Quizzes are10% of the overall grade. The percent correct on all the quizzes is used to figure the final quiz grade.

Internet research reports are15% of the overall grade. Half the grade is for participation and the other half is on the content of your returned assignments. See the grading criteria section for a sense as to how the content will be graded.

A single Topical Report during the semester is 10% of the overall grade.

Exams: there are three exams, each covering only that third of the course material and together are 30% of overall grade. Each exam is 10% of the final grade. There is no overall final exam. The percent correct on all three exams is used to figure the grade. Each exam will have essay questions and multiple choice or fill in the blank type questions.

Again, all questions are not intended to be tricky. The student who has kept up on the readings, discussions, essay question attempts and quizzes can reasonably hope to do well on the exams.

Grading Criteria:

Letter Grade Criteria

A (numerically 90% and above): An ‘A’ grade represents clearly exceptional or outstanding work. The work demonstrates deep understanding, original thinking, and the ability to synthesize complex concepts from individual pieces of information. An ‘A’ grade also reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning. A- (90 to 93%)

B+ (87 to 90%) B (83 to 87%): A ‘B’ grade represents good to excellent work. The work demonstrates strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A ‘B’ grade also reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning. B- (80 to 83%)

C+ (77 to 80%) C (73 to 77%)-: A ‘C’ grade represents work that meets the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates basic comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A ‘C’ grade also reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning. C- (70 to 73%) no course credtit D (60 to 69%): A ‘D’ grade represents work that marginally meets the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A ‘D’ grade may also reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning. No credit is given for the course F (less than 60%): Work that receives an ‘F’ grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. An ‘F’ grade also may reflect a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor. No credit is given for the course.


Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Steven Rauch
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Martha Rainville

Attendance Policy:

Attendance Policy

Completing all assignments for that week is required for attendance. This includes answering at least 5 discussion questions and the Internet research and clinical scenarios assigned each half-week. Weekly attendance will cover two half-weeks worth of assignments.

The online teaching environment allows wonderful flexibility in individual life schedules however this online environment also can easily lead to a sense of isolation or getting behind on work. This course attempts to cover a great deal of material which I have worked to narrow down and focus using the power points.

Getting behind can lead to a sense of being overwhelmed when one tries to catch up. The student is strongly advised to set aside regular times for study and postings. Although a bit ‘big brother-ish’, a students logging on and use of the course site is recorded, including the cutting and pasting function.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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