Human Biology 1 (BIO 60)


Biology 60: Human Biology 1

Class # 74165

FALL 2011


Course Description:

This course combines the elementary principles of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition and very elementary chemistry.  Students are expected to learn the basic terminology of these fields as a foundation for further study of medical problems and diseases.  Biology 60 is designed to fulfill the general science requirement and to meet the pre-requisite needs of the health occupations student.  This course is not open for credit to students registered in or with credit in ANAT 1 and PHYS 1.  Transfer status: transferable to UC/SCU, see counselor for limitations.


This is 4.0 unit lecture course.  It is recommended that for every 1.0 unit of course load that a student spends 2 hours outside of the classroom studying for the course.  Therefore, you should plan on studying a minimum of 8 hours/week to earn an A or B in this course.  Note that some students may require more time than this to gain a comprehensive understanding of the course material.


Required Materials:

Human Biology by Colleen Belk and Virginia Borden (ISBN-10: 0-131-48124X)

Human Biology Student Study Guide (ISBN-10: 0-13-148132-0)

Scantron Form No. 886-E (3 – one for each examination)

3X5 index cards – bring to class each day


Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives:

My goals for you are to take away a basic understanding of human biology and understand how the human body works.


At the end of this course, successful students will have the knowledge to:

·      Use biological terms and names appropriately.

·      Identify the major tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body.

·      Describe the functions of the major components of the human body.

·      Apply knowledge of human biological concepts to issues of general health, medicine, nutrition, reproduction and environmental issues.



Attending all classes is crucial to your success in Bio 60.  I recommend bringing your text to all lectures – this will allow you to highlight/mark pages and diagrams discussed in class.  In the Study Guide, there is an outline, which can be used as a guide to note taking during class (please note that I may not cover all the material in class).  Lecture notes will be posted on the course website – this is meant to be a supplement to the notes you take during class.  Tardiness is disruptive to the class.  If you must enter class late, do so quietly and sit at the back of the room.  If it happens repeatedly, you will be asked to leave.  If you need to miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the information you missed from classmates – I will not provide you with lectures from missed class periods.  You will not receive credit for missed in-class assignments for any reason.


To Succeed in Bio 60, it is important to:

·      Keep up with your studying

·      Refer to your syllabus throughout the semester

·      Ask questions when you don’t understand something

·      Learn and start using human biology vocabulary

·      Look up unfamiliar words immediately

·      Read assignments before class

·      Get help as soon as you need it

·      Take advantage of outside resources (tutors, study groups, LAR, etc)


Grading Policy:

Your final grade will be based on the following scale:

A = 100-90%, B = 89-80%, C = 79-68%, D = 67-60%, F = 59-0%


Student Learning Assessment:

·      Examinations                              3 X 150 points =   450 points

·      Homework Assignments              15 X   10 points =  150 points

·      In Class Assignments                   12 X     5 points =  60 points

·      Perfect attendance                                               20 points

·      Workshops                                  2 X    10 points =   20 points

                    Total = 700 points


  1. Lecture examinations.  There will be 3 lecture exams; each exam is worth 150 points.  Lecture exams will consist of a mixture of multiple choice, matching, short answer and essay questions.  Lecture exams will cover lecture material, assigned readings and assignments.  Bring the appropriate scantron to each exam.  If you miss an examination, you cannot make it up!
  1. Homework Assignments.  There will be 15 homework assignments; each homework assignment is worth 10 points.  12 homework assignments are from the study guide – you can turn in the pages of the study guide or transfer them to a separate sheet of paper.  You will construct a skeleton and label all of the bones we cover in class.  The Pathway of Blood and My Last Meal assignments are writing assignments – a minimum of one typed page (Times New Roman, 12 point font) is required; we will discuss the written assignments in class.  Late work will not be accepted for full credit!
  1. In Class Assignments.  There will be 12 in class assignments; each worth 5 points.  You must be in class to receive credit for the assignment.  You will use a 3x5 index card for in class assignments.  If you miss class, you cannot make up in-class assignments for any reason (even with a doctor’s note or other documentation)!
  2. Perfect Attendance.  You will receive an additional 20 points at the end of the semester for perfect (100%) attendance.
  1. Workshops.  You will be required to attend two Study Skills Workshops offered by the Multidisciplinary Student Success Center (L212).  You can view the workshop schedule online (, I have also attached it to the syllabus.  You do not need to sign-up for workshops in advance, but you must arrive on time!  Make sure you sign in with the workshop instructor – this will be your verification that you attended the workshop.  If you cannot attend the workshops, you can view the workshops on VHS during regular hours (  If you watch the video, you must check in and get the corresponding handout from the front desk staff (this is to be turned in to me as verification that you attended the workshop).  After attending the workshop/watching the video, you must write a one-page summary of the workshop stating what you learned in the workshop and how you will change your study skill habits – turn in this write-up to receive credit for attending the workshop/watching the video.  Each workshop is worth 10 points.  You have all semester to complete the workshops, however it is strongly recommended you attend them early in the semester, as they will be helpful to you and your success in the course.
  1. Extra credit.  You can earn 20 points of extra credit by attending additional study skills workshops; only after you have attended the required two workshops and turned in those write-ups.  Each additional workshop you attend is worth an additional 5 points, with a maximum of 4 extra credit workshops during the semester.  After attending the workshop/watching the video, you must turn in the appropriate paperwork (as stated above).  All extra credit must be turned in by the last day of class (December 2, 2011).  No additional extra credit will be offered!


College Policies:

Information on student rights and responsibilities, academic honesty, standards of conduct, etc., can be found in the catalog (


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Reasonable accommodation will be provided to any student who is registered with the Office of Disabilities and requests needed accommodation.  Please present the appropriate paperwork to me as soon as possible to allow me time to assist you.  Student note takers are needed this semester – if you would like to assist a fellow student, please see me the first day of class.  Note takers will receive duplicating notebook paper – so no additional time is required of note takers, however, note takers must have a commitment to attending every class period.


Student Conduct:

All students must conform to the Standards of Student Conduct, which have been established by students and college staff and have been approved by the Board of Trustees.  The Standards of Student Conduct are listed in the Academic Policies section of the catalog ( and are strictly enforced by the Office of Student Life.


  1. Cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off upon entering the classroom.  They are disruptive to student learning and teaching.  If you use your phone during class, I will ask you to leave.  If you use an electronic device of any kind during an examination, I will ask you to leave and you will receive a 0 for the exam without the option of making up the exam.


  1. NO FOOD OR DRINK (other than water) is allowed in the LAC D building.


  1. Academic dishonesty is not tolerated by Long Beach City College.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not restricted to plagiarism, cheating, and copying homework and exam answers from someone else.  Academic dishonesty on any assignment or exam will result in an F grade in the course.  Additionally, the Dean of Student Affairs will be notified in writing of the incident; further action may be taken by that office.


  1. Make-up exams are not given!  If you have a personal emergency and will miss an exam, you must to contact me immediately – the day after class is not considered immediately!  You must provide documentation of your absence (e.g., doctor’s note).  You cannot miss more than one exam and still be expected to pass this class.  If you do not contact me immediately and provide legitimate documentation, you will receive a 0 for the missed exam.


  1. You are responsible for keeping track of all of your course work including all assignments and exams.  Keep all of your assignments and exam Scantron forms that I hand back throughout the semester.  If you wish to discuss a grade with me, you will need to present the assignment/exam.  Do not throw anything away until your final grade has been posted! I recommend using the Student Grade Tracker so that you know how you are doing throughout the semester (attached).


Dropping and Adding:

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about adding and dropping the course.  Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes.  It is your responsibility to make sure that your adds and drops are processed – don’t assume anything; get conformation to avoid unpleasant surprises.  You will be dropped if you are not in attendance on the first day of class!


Student Assistance:

Long Beach City College provides you with a wide variety of academic assistance and personal support, but it is up to you to know when you need help and to seek it out.


Life Science Learning Center – Is a general study room hosting a collection of audiovisual and reference materials designed to help students master fundamental concepts taught in Biology, Anatomy, Physiology and Health Education courses.  Activities are student-driven with additional assistance provided by a knowledgeable staff member.  The Life Science Learning Center offers a “hands-on” learning experience through the availability of scientific models, bones, plant and animal specimens currently used in classrooms.  In addition, the center hosts a collection of reference books for use in the Center.  The Life Science Learning Center is located in room D214 on the second floor of the Science Building.  Hours of operation are posted on the door each semester.


Learning and Academic Resources – Offers a variety of programs to help students achieve their academic and occupational goals.  Free tutoring is also offered in a variety of subjects including biology.  Students work individually and in small groups; interested students should inquire in person in L-203.  The Learning and Academic Resources Center is located in the L building on the 2nd floor.  For more information and hours of operation check the website (


Course Schedule:



Reading Assignment

Homework Assignment



Due Date

Aug. 19

The Chemistry of Life

Chapter 2


17 - 21

Aug. 26

Cell Structure and Metabolism

Chapter 3

27 - 32

Aug. 26

Transcription, Translation, Mutation and Cloning

Chapter 4


36 - 42

Sept. 2

DNA Synthesis, Mitosis and Meiosis

Chapter 17

180 - 186

Sept. 2


Chapter 19


208 - 211

Sept. 9

Complex Patterns of Inheritance

Chapter 20

216 - 221

Sept. 9

Exam #1 Review





Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems

Chapter 5


48 - 53

Sept. 16

Sept. 16

EXAM #1 (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 17, 19, 20)

Skeletal, Muscular and Integumentary Systems (I)


Chapter 6





Sept. 23

Sept. 23

Skeletal, Muscular and Integumentary Systems (II)

Chapter 6


60 – 65

Sept. 30


Chapter 8

81 - 85

Sept 30

Cardiovascular System

Chapter 9


91 – 95

Oct. 7

Respiratory System

Chapter 10

100 - 104




Pathway of blood

Oct. 7

Immune System

Chapter 12



122 – 126

Oct. 14

Exam #2 Review



Oct. 14

EXAM #2 (Chapters 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12)





Oct. 21

Brain Structure and Function

Chapter 14

145 –149

Oct. 21

The Senses

Chapter 15


157 –161

Oct. 28

Endocrine System

Chapter 16

168 – 173

Oct. 28

Digestive System

Chapter 7


71 – 75

Nov. 4

Urinary System

Chapter 11

110 – 115




My last meal

Nov. 4

Human Reproduction

Chapter 18


196 - 201

Nov. 18

Nov. 11

Holiday – No Class





Nov. 18


Chapter 21


230 - 235

Dec. 2

Nov. 25

Holiday – No Class





Dec. 2

Ecology (Human Demography)

Final Exam Review

Chapter 23




253 – 260


Dec. 9


Dec. 9

FINAL EXAM (Chapters 14, 15, 16, 7, 11, 18, 21, 23)





Student Grade Tracker

When you receive graded in class assignments, homework assignments, workshop write-ups and exams, enter your score below.  This way you always know how you are doing in the class!



            Exam #1          _____ / 150

            Exam #2          _____ / 150

            Exam #3          _____ / 150

            Total points     _____ / 450 points


Homework Assignments:                                                       In Class Assignments:

            #1                    _____ / 10                                                       #1                    _____ / 5

            #2                    _____ / 10                                                       #2                    _____ / 5

            #3                    _____ / 10                                                       #3                    _____ / 5

            #4                    _____ / 10                                                       #4                    _____ / 5

            #5                    _____ / 10                                                       #5                    _____ / 5

            #6                    _____ / 10                                                       #6                    _____ / 5

            #7                    _____ / 10                                                       #7                    _____ / 5

            #8                    _____ / 10                                                       #8                    _____ / 5

            #9                    _____ / 10                                                       #9                    _____ / 5

            #10                  _____ / 10                                                       #10                  _____ / 5

            #11                  _____ / 10                                                       #11                  _____ / 5

            #12                  _____ / 10                                                       #12                  _____ / 5

            #13                  _____ / 10                                                       Total points     _____ / 60 points

            #14                  _____ / 10

            #15                  _____ / 10


How do I calculate my grade?

Let’s say, for example, you earned 125/150 on Exam #1, you earned 10 points for HW#1, 6 points for HW#2 and 9 points for HW#3, 5 points each on your first three in class assignments, and have completed both of your required workshops and earned 10 points for each.

Total points earned = 185 out of a possible 215.  Calculate: (185/215)*100 = 86.0 %, which is a B.

            Total points     _____ / 150 points




            #1                    _____ / 10

            #2                    _____ / 10

            Total points     _____ / 20 points


            Extra credit #1 _____ / 5

            Extra credit #2 _____ / 5

            Extra credit #3 _____ / 5

            Extra credit #4 _____ / 5

            Total points     _____ / 20 points


How do I calculate my final grade?

At the end of the semester, if you add up all of your points (including extra credit) and you earned 620 points out of a total of 700 points in the class; calculate: (620/700)*100 = 88.57%, you earned a B in the class.


You must earn at least 420 points to pass the class with a D.




*Workshops listed on this handout are presented in room L250 (on the second floor of the “new” library building).  They always begin at 12:00 sharp and last until around 12:45.  Workshops are given by  Scott Brueckner of the Learning and Academic Resources department.  The workshops are free!  You can attend as often as you like.  No prior sign-ups are necessary.  One request... PLEASE be ON TIME.  Thank you!!!


Habits of Successful College Students

Gives and explains ten habits of successful college students and how to develop/strengthen those habits.  In addition, the important topic of motivation (getting it and keeping it) is discussed.



Organizing Your Study Time...Part One

Helps students examine how they spend (and waste) time now, teaches methods for setting and reaching goals, helps them understand the crucial study differences between high school and college, and shows them how to start getting more organized as an LBCC student.



Organizing Your Study Time...Part Two

Shows students how to set up a successful, intelligent study schedule, and focuses on why students procrastinate and how to conquer that bad habit!



Improving Your Listening Skills

Explains problems that get in the way of good listening, and teaches techniques designed to improve listening/concentration skills in (and out) of the classroom.



Taking Better Lecture Notes

Discusses several common note-taking mistakes, and provides techniques for recording, organizing and reviewing important information given during a lecture.



How To Predict Test Questions

Teaches several methods designed to help students create their own practice quizzes in order to prepare more effectively for upcoming tests.



Preparing For Tests

Shows students important study principles, and discusses how to spend the last few days before a test studying in the most intelligent ways.



Test-Taking Skills

Teaches some general test-taking strategies, and focuses on true-false and essay questions.



More Test-Taking Skills

Helps students learn how to budget their time on tests, read multiple-choice questions the RIGHT way, and deal with lack/loss of confidence during a test.



How To Remember For Tests

Uses two memory exercises designed to teach students how to remember more of what they read in textbooks and how to organize material to increase understanding and retention of information.



Memory Tricks

Shows several fun and unusual memory tricks designed to help students memorize school-related information, names, etc.  A few simple but effective math tricks will also be presented!



More Memory Tricks

Gives students several more ideas about how they can use creative memory tricks to help them memorize items in groups, definitions, and exact locations on a map or diagram.



Great Ways To Study

Teaches basic study techniques, focusing on several textbook reading and study methods.



More Great Ways To Study

Covers textbook study methods such as “reducing” and highlighting, and discusses the best ways to use/review flash cards, etc.



More Test-Taking Skills (REPEAT)

Helps students learn how to budget their time on tests, read multiple-choice questions the RIGHT way, and deal with lack/loss of confidence during a test.