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TEXT: Human Biology (10th edition)- Sylvia Mader

LAB MANUAL: Biology for the Non-Major- Weinstein

Class meetings: Monday Wednesday 5:30 –6:45 PM S376

Lab W 10:00 – 11:50 AM Sec 206 S 273

W 12:00 – 1: 50 PM Sec 207 S 273

T 5:30 – 7:20 PM Sec 208 S 273

OFFICE HOURS: M,W 3:30 – 5:00 PM, after class as needed

FINAL EXAM: Wednesday May 6 5:30 PM


This course is an introductory biology course for the non-major. Basic biological principles will be examined using the human as a model. Class format will include lecture and classroom discussion, along with a weekly 2 hour laboratory session. Please consult catalogue for complete course description and prerequisites.


  1. To instill an appreciation of human life and the basis for the manifestations of human diversity.

  2. To realize the process of science in relation to those who regularly perform it.

  3. To enhance the student’s skills of perception and evaluation in light of the growing body of knowledge in the disciplines of science.

  4. To improve the student’s skills of citizenship when public choices are put before them which concern the health and wellbeing of themselves and their environment.

  5. To acquire a deeper understanding of the life processes and how they have been guided through the processes of evolution.


This course will be evaluated as follows:

Five lecture tests which include the final @ 100 points each = 500 points

The best 11 lab grades, modified by attendance and

participation in lab procedures = 110 points

Course total points = 610

Grading: 90% A

80% B

70% C

60% D

These grades will be determined using the total points of five 100-point multiple-choice exams given during lecture (500 points), total points available from the laboratory (110 points). Lecture exams will account for 60% of your final grade, lab points account for 40%. Extra credit is not given in this class.

Exams will consist of multiple-choice questions and will be used to determine your understanding of the concepts, not necessarily memorization of facts. While some material must be memorized, the important thing is that you understand how to use those facts in a concept fashion.

Lab grades will be based on the point values assigned on each question in the lab manual. Each lab will be graded but only the highest 11 will count toward your final grade. Any lab absences over two will result in a zero for that lab. It is my advice to read the lab prior to class in order to budget time wisely. Some labs will be short and we may finish early, but for longer labs sequences of events must be followed and multiple parts of the lab may need to be undertaken simultaneously. Things will run much smoother if you have some idea of what procedures to follow before you get to class.

Academic dishonesty: We will follow the university policy on academic dishonesty as set forth under “Academic Rights and Responsibilities of Students” in the student handbook. Cheating will in no way be tolerated and the instructor will take appropriate academic measures if the need arises.

Attendance: The only way to learn is to attend class. Lectures will be in the form of power point but these are meant to help students identify important areas. Lectures will expand on these outlines. I assume you are adults and I will work with the understanding that you want to learn.

*Lab attendance will be required in order to participate in the activities and earn the appropriate points. Makeup labs will not be possible due to setup time and use of labs for other classes. We will follow the labs in order as per the table of contents on page V.

*Excused absences will be handled according to the guidelines in the Student Catalog. *Severe weather closings will be announced on local radio and television. I do not expect anyone to endanger themselves during emergency situations.

The student is responsible for all class activity and assignments. Whether or not you attend (attendance is required and expected), you will be responsible for ALL lecture notes, ALL materials and assignments, ALL handouts, ALL announcements, ALL quizzes, ALL exams and any other assignments. You are also responsible for all changes in the schedule that will be announced. If you must be absent, or you find yourself in that situation, notify me as soon as possible (email). Students should consult Marshall University Undergraduate Catalogue-Academic Information for guidelines concerning class absences and academic dishonesty. DO NOT ask me if you will miss anything if you do not attend class (because you will indeed have missed something). Instead, make arrangements with other students to obtain any information presented in your absence-I will not provide materials or my notes.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF LABS- (subject to change/refinement)

Week 1 - Safety

Week 2- Microscopy of cells

Week 3 - Scientific Analysis

Week 4- Protein Chromatography

Week 5- Chemical Aspects of Digestion

Week 6- The Circulatory System

Week 7- The Tetrapod Skeleton and Locomotion

Week 8 - Nervous System, Sense Organ and Perception

Week 9 - Embryonic Development

Week 10 - Genetics

Week 11- Protein Synthesis

Week 12 - Topics in Immunology

Week 13- Environmental Impact of Human Population

Schedule of events*

BSC 105

Spring 2009

Date: Chapters

Jan. 12 Introduction, Syllabus, Chapter 1

Jan. 14 Ch. 2 (Chemistry of life) 4 (organization)

Jan. 19 no class

Jan. 21 Ch. 3 (Biology of the cell)

Jan. 26 Ch. 8 (Digestion and nutrition)

Jan. 28 Exam 1

Feb. 2 Ch. 11 (Skeletal)

Feb. 4 Ch. 12 (Muscular)

Feb. 9 Ch. 5 (Circulatory system)

Feb. 11 Ch. 6 (Blood)

Feb. 16 Ch. 9 Respiratory

Feb. 18 Exam 2

Feb. 23 Ch. 13 (Nervous system)

Feb. 25 Ch. 13 (Nervous system)

Mar. 2 Ch. 14 (Senses)

Mar. 4 Ch. 15 (Endocrine)#

Mar. 9 Ch 10 (Excretory)

Mar. 11 Exam 3

Mar. 16 Ch. 7 (Lymphatic)#

Mar. 18 Ch. 16/18 (Reproductive/Chromosomal Inheritance)

Mar. 23 Spring Break

Mar. 25 Spring Break

Mar. 30 Ch. 19, 20 (Cancer/genetic inheritance)

Apr. 1 Ch. 22 (Evolution)

Apr. 6 AIDS/AIDS supplement

Apr. 8 Exam 4

Apr. 13 Ch. 23

Apr. 15 Ch. 24 (Human population, resources and conservation)

Apr. 20 Ch. 25

Apr. 22 Ch. 26

Apr. 27 Ch. 27

Apr. 29 Ch. 21 (Biotechnology)

May 6 Final

*all items subject to minor changes due to weather and class progress.

# subject to deletion

Exams will never be an earlier than scheduled


TEST 1_____________ TEST 2__________

TEST 3_____________ TEST 4 _________


LAB 1______________ LAB 8____________

LAB 2______________ LAB 9____________

LAB 3______________ LAB 10___________

LAB 4______________ LAB 11___________

LAB 5______________ LAB 12___________

LAB 6______________ LAB 13___________

LAB 7______________



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