Biology 104 – Topics in Human Biology
Instructor: Marcelle Darby
Office: Shiley Technology 433
Telephone: ext. 4074, e-mail: email@example.com
Biology Office: Shiley Technology 372, 260-4729
Textbook: Human Biology, Concepts & Current Issues (2E) by M. Johnson
Topics in Human Biology (with Lab) is a one semester course designed for non-majors, fulfilling the GE
requirement for a Life Science with lab. The general principles of biochemistry, physiology, and genetics are
illustrated by reference to normal and abnormal human body function. Evolution and ecology are also treated
with a primarily human emphasis.
Midterm Exams: 3 x 100 points each 300
Final Cumulative Exam: 100
Laboratory Assignments: 6 x 20 points each 120
Lab Quizzes: 5 x 10 points each 50
Cumulative Lab Practical: 30
Students taking the course Pass/Fail must obtain 70% or more of the total points for a passing grade.
You are expected to strictly observe USD rules regarding academic honesty, including abstaining from cheating
on exams, properly referencing published written and electronic material, and only submitting work that is your
own. If you have any questions regarding what behavior is proper, including what constitutes plagiarism,
please do not hesitate to ask.
Attendance , Make-up Policies, and Class Contribution
Attendance for all six laboratory sessions is required for credit. There will be no make-up labs or
quizzes. Attendance at all exams is also required. Exam Dates: February 18, March 24, April 28. If you
miss an exam for a genuine emergency and can document the reason, I will allow you to take a make-up exam.
Any make-up exam will be full essay format.
Attendance in lecture is not required, but highly recommended. Faithful participation is expected in all
lecture and lab sessions: your active involvement is the basis of this course and will be considered in making
final grade determinations, particularly in borderline cases. Behaviors that count as positive contributions
include: 1) answering questions asked by the teacher or other students; 2) asking questions about material being
presented in class or material in the text; 3) making comments that might include relating a personal experience,
sharing relevant content form another class, or responding to something another student said in class; 4)
contributing within small groups toward the successful completion of tasks.
Tips for Success
Never miss a lecture.
Read the text chapter before coming to lecture.
Answer the questions at the end of each chapter and be sure you understand the listed terms and
Give yourself time to learn.
Rewrite your lecture notes as soon as possible after lecture.
Review your lecture notes.
Form a study group.
Ask questions in class.
Consider my office hours a tutoring session and use them to work with me before you fall behind.
Lecture and Lab Schedule for Sections 3 and 4
Date Topic Lecture Chapter Sect # Lab Topic
Characteristics of Living
26-Jan Things 1
Properties of Water,
28-Jan Hydrogen Ions 2 no Lab
2-Feb Macromolecules 2
4-Feb Macromolecules 2 1-3 Scientific Method, Microscopes
9-Feb Macromolecules 2
11-Feb Cell Structure and Function 3 1-4 Scientific Method, Microscopes
16-Feb Cell Structure and Function 3
18-Feb Exam 1 2-3 Functions & Properties of Cells
23-Feb Passive & Active Transport 3
25-Feb Cellular Respiration 3 2-4 Functions & Properties of Cells
1-Mar Levels of Organization 4
3-Mar Levels of Organization 4 3-3 Functions of Tissues & Organs I & II
8-Mar Class Cancelled
10-Mar Skeletal System 5 3-4 Functions of Tissues & Organs I & II
15-Mar Spring Break
17-Mar Spring Break
22-Mar Muscular System 6
24-Mar Exam 2 4-3 Circulatory & Respiratory Systems
29-Mar Immune System 9
31-Mar Nervous System 11 4-4 Circulatory & Respiratory Systems
5-Apr Endocrine 12
7-Apr Nutrition & Digestion 5-3 Sensory
12-Apr Easter Monday
Cell Reproduction &
14-Apr Differentiation 17 5-4 Sensory
Cell Reproduction &
19-Apr Differentiation 17
21-Apr Cancer 18 6-3 Useful Applications of Genetics
26-Apr Genetics 19
28-Apr Exam 3 6-4
3-May Genetics 19
Lab Practical, Field Trip: Museum of
5-May Evolution 22 7-3 & 4 Man
Final Exam, 11:00-1:00, IPJ Cumulative
17-May 218 Final