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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 26-Mar-24

Fall 2024 | BIO-1140-VU01 - Human Biology

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 08:30A - 11:15A
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-10-2024
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 07-13-24 3:05 PM)
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Diana Arteaga Alvarez
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jen Guarino

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

BIO-1140-VU01 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.


A. Instructional Methods

To develop this class, a variety of teaching and learning methods will be used, reading and development of the topics, class discussion, group activities, videos, regular assignments, tests, and a final research project.

Participation Expectations

Actively participating in class discussions, activities and assignments is expected, as well as attending the class in accordance with the class attendance policy.

Missing and Late Work Policy

Late submissions (Assignments, Quizzes, Final Project and Final Exam) will not be accepted unless you have discussed your situation with the instructor in advance.

B. Textbook Information

Weekly reading will be assigned before class; therefore, a textbook will be needed.

Human Biology by Sylvia S. Mader. McGraw Hill

The 17th is the most recent edition; the 16th, 15th, the 14th, 13th, and 12th will work as well.

Evaluation Criteria

A grade of 70 is required to pass the course.

1. Lesson tests 50% of the final grade. There will be short quizzes at the beginning of each

class with multiple choices questions, and short answer questions.

2. Final exam 20%

3. Writing assignments and presentation 10% of the final grade. This is a major homework

assignment given during the course that needs to be completed on time.

4. Final project 20% of the final grade. This is a project that you will work on throughout the

course and present at the end. Students will be allowed to choose the topic they will

present and every student will do his/her research. The last two classes will be used for the


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


Cell Structure and Function


Human Biology Chapter 3


Online Discussion: Stem Cells

Assignment: The Cell

Quiz #1



Organization and Regulation of Body Systems


Human Biology Chapter 4


Online Discussion: Skin Cancer

Quiz #2



Cardio Vascular System: Heart and Blood Vessels


Human Biology Chapter 5


Online Discussion: Cardiovascular Diseases

Quiz #3



Cardiovascular System: Blood


Human Biology Chapter 6


Online Discussion: Anemia

Quiz #4



The Lymphatic and Immune Systems

Biology of Infectious Diseases


Human Biology Chapter 7

Human Biology Chapter 8


Online Discussion: Covid-19

Assignment: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Quiz #5



Digestive System and Nutrition


Human Biology Chapter 9


Online Discussion: Cirrhosis of the Liver

Quiz #6



Respiratory System


Human Biology Chapter 10


Online Discussion: Respiratory System

Quiz #7



Urinary System


Human Biology Chapter 11


Online Discussion: Kidney Stones

Quiz #8



Skeletal System


Human Biology Chapter 12


Online Discussion: Osteoporosis Statistics

Assignment: Osteoporosis

Quiz #9



Muscular System


Human Biology Chapter 13


Online Discussion: Muscular System

Quiz #10



Nervous System


Human Biology Chapter 14


Online Discussion: Drug Dependency

Quiz #11



Endocrine System


Human Biology Chapter 16


Online Discussion: Type 2 Diabetes

Quiz #12



Reproductive System


Human Biology Chapter 17


Online Discussion: Cervical Cancer



Final Project Submission


Human Biology text book and other sources



Final Exam


Human Biology


Online Discussion: Course Reflection


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.

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.