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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 26-Apr-24

Fall 2024 | BIO-1140-VO04F - Human Biology

Flex Class

FLEX courses are online courses with flexible assignment submission, allowing students to manage their completion pace during the semester. FLEX courses remain open for enrollment throughout the first half of the semester. Flex course enrollment for Fall 2024 ends on October 30.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 11 (as of 07-24-24 8:05 PM)
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Laura Gannon-Murakami
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Danielle Lafleur Brooks

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Natural Science
  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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is a survey of human anatomy and physiology. Topics 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.
12. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss the impacts of diversity and inclusion on scientific research and practice.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

BIO-1140-VO04F Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

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


  • Virtual Lectures
  • Videos
  • Articles
  • Weekly Discussion Forums
  • Weekly Prep. Quizzes
  • Weekly Final Quizzes
  • Disease Project
  • Menstrual Cycle Assessment
  • Cumulative Mid-term exam
  • Cumulative Final Exam

Evaluation Criteria

Assignment Category Grade Weight Percentage
Demonstrate Your Learning Forums 20%
Preparatory Quizzes (two attempts) & Assignments 10%
Module Quiz (one attempt) 15%
Mid-Term Exam 15%
Project 20%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introduction to Human Biology and the Scientific Method


Ch. 1, Videos, and PowerPoint Slides


Discussion: Introduce Yourself AND Analyzing Dr. Salk's nationwide polio experiment

Assessments: Module 1 Prep. Quiz AND Module 1 Final Quiz



The Chemistry of Living Things


Ch. 2, Videos, and PowerPoint Slides


Discussion: The importance of lipids in life

Assessments: Module 2 Prep. Quiz AND Module 2 Final Quiz



The Cell


Ch. 3 + 4, Videos, and PowerPoint Slides


Discussion: What do cells use their mitochondria for?

Assignment: Disease Project - Review the Instructions

Assessment: Module 3 Prep. Quiz AND Module 3 Final Quiz



The Skeletal System and the Muscular System


Ch. 5 + 6, Videos, and PowerPoint Slides


Discussion: Botulin toxin - disease or remedy?

Assignment: Bone and Muscle Identification

Assessments: Module 4 Prep. Quiz AND Module 4 Final Quiz



Cardiovascular System


Ch. 7, Videos, and PowerPoint Slides


Discussion: The importance of maintaining adequate blood pressure

Assessments: Module 5 Prep. Quiz AND Module 5 Final Quiz



The Immune System


Ch. 8, Videos, and PowerPoint Slides


Discussion: Vaccinations

Assessments: Module 6 Prep. Quiz, Module 6 Final Quiz, AND Mid-Term Prep. Quiz



Mid-Term Exam


Review Ch. 1-8 materials and notes


Assignment: Disease Project - Abstract

Assessment: Mid-Term Exam Parts 1 AND 2



Respiratory System and Digestive System


Ch. 9 + 10, COVID article, videos, and PowerPoint slides


Discussion: The 2020 pandemic Covid-19 and the hunt for effective treatments

Assessments: Module 8 Prep. Quiz AND Module 8 Final Quiz



The Nervous System and the Special Senses


Ch. 11, Videos, and PowerPoint slides


Discussion: How do local anesthetics work?

Assessments: Module 9 Prep. Quiz AND Module 9 Final Quiz



The Endocrine System


Ch. 12 Videos, and PowerPoint slides


Discussion: Maintaining Homeostasis

Assignment: Disease Project - Presentation Draft

Assessments: Module 10 Prep. Quiz AND Module 10 Final Quiz



The Urinary System


Ch. 13 Videos, and PowerPoint slides


Discussion: Acute kidney failure in marathon runners

Assessments: Module 11 Prep. Quiz AND Module 11 Final Quiz



The Reproductive System


Ch. 14 Vdeos, and PowerPoint slides


Discussion: Contraceptive pills

Assignment: Menstrual Cycle Assessment

Assessments: Module 12 Pr



Cell Reproduction, Differentiation, and Cancer


Ch. 15 Videos, and PowerPoint slides


Discussion: Side effects of radiation treatment and chemotherapy

Assessments: Module 13 Prep. Quiz AND Module 13 Final Quiz



Inheritance and Biotechnology


Ch. 16 Videos, and PowerPoint slides


Assignment: Disease Project - Final Presentation

Assessment: Module 14 Prep. Quiz, Module 14 Final Quiz, AND Final Exam Prep. Quiz



The Final Exam


Review all previous chapters, lectures, and prep. quizzes


Assessments: Final Exam Parts One and Two


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Participation Expectations

As this is a flex course, the only real due date is the end of the term. All assignments and assessments must be completed by the end of the term without exception. You are free to move at your own pace; however, there is a great deal of work and I do not recommend waiting until the last few weeks to complete everything. If you begin at the start of the term, I suggest completing one module per week. The course is designed for you to complete each module in order (please see the schedule for details). I will grade every 48-hours or so. This ensures you will have feedback on your work prior to moving onto the next module's work. I am excited to meet you all soon and look forward to working with you this term!

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.