BI115 Human Biology

for FA 2007

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BI 115 Human Biology


FA 2007 HO


Gabor, Timothy M.


Associate Professor of Biology


PhD, Wildlife, Texas A&M
MS, Biology, Memphis State
BS, Wildlife, U of Wisc--Stevens Point

Office Location

Sc 113A

Office Hours

MWF 9-11

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6869


Web Page

Semester Dates

20 August-14 December 2007

Class Days

Lecture MF 12:25-1:40; Lab M or W, 1:50-4:40

Class Time

Lecture MF 12:25-1:40; Lab M or W, 1:50-4:40

Credit Hours



Chiras, D. D.  2005.  Human Biology, 5th edition.  Jones & Bartlett, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
         ISBN # 0763728993
Welsh, C. J.  2006.  Human Biology Laboratory Manual.  Jones & Bartlett, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
         ISBN # 0763738433

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Course Description:

Human Biology is intended to give the student a broad overview of biology with respect to humans. The complexity of the human organism, both in its present form and over the course of its evolution is studied. This course includes a survey of human physical systems, an overview of genetic theory, and the placement and evolution of the human species within the context of Earth history, and interactions with the environment. Emphasis will be placed on student understanding of the scientific method, ways of evaluating scientific evidence, and the recognition of uncertainty in scientific theory. 3:3:4

Educational Philosophy:

In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment based on lectures, class discussions, laboratories, exams, quizzes, and various technologies. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Describe the approach to gathering and analyzing information generally accepted by the scientific community; discuss its strengths and limitations
  2. 2. Analyze our impact on the environment and the environment
  3. 3. Explain how genes are expressed and inherited and discuss the current role of genetics in human variability and evolution
  4. 4. Use a conceptual and factual framework for understanding the basics of how humans function as biological entities
  5. 5. Describe applications of biotechnology to human health and other applications
  6. 6. Apply knowledge of normal body function to find solutions to case study problems
Class Assessment:


Lecture Exams                                       2 @ 100 = 200 points

Lecture Final (comprehensive)                1 @ 150 = 150

Laboratory Exams                                                    225
Laboratory Reports                                                    50
Papers                                                     50 + 75 = 125


Total                                                                        750 points



A = 90.0% and higher

B = 80.0%

C = 70.0%

D = 60.0%

F = less than 60.0%



Lecture Exams              2 @ 100 = 200 points

Lecture Final                 1 @ 150 = 150

Laboratory                                     275
Papers                                            125

Total                                                750 points



A = 90.0% and higher

B = 80.0%

C = 70.0%

D = 60.0%

F = less than 60.0%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date.  Assignments not received by this time will be given a grade of zero.  Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor.  All other excused and unexcused absences must personally hand the instructor the assignment or make arrangements for the assignment to be hand delivered before the due date.  Assignments that are mailed, e-mailed, slid under the door, etc. will not be graded.  Missed laboratory exams can not be "made up".  Students must give the instructor at least 1 weeks notice prior to an absence for a university-sponsored event; all assignments and exams during this absence must be completed prior to the absence.


No "extra credit" is available in this class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not allowed in class.  Disruption of class by one of these devices will result in that student being counted as absent for the day and removed from the class for the day.  Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and removed from the class.  Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) such as loud talking, snoring, going to the bathroom/snack machine/soda machine during class time, etc. will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent.  Multiple disruptions (loud talking, cell phone, etc.) over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





Introduction & Chemistry

1 & 2








Nutrition & Digestion






EXAM & Blood









Fall Break


Nervous System & Senses

10 & 11


Skeleton & Muscles



Endocrine & Immune

13 & 14


EXAM & Chromosomes



Heredity, Genes, & Cancer

17, 18, & 20




16 Evolution & Ecology 23 & 24



Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Instructor's attendance policy.-- It is the student's responsibility to initial the attendance sheet each day they are in class.  Students may not initial for other students (even if they are in attendance); this constitutes academic dishonesty. Three absences (for any reason) are allowed without penalty; 5% will be deducted from the student's final grade for each additional absence.  Students more than 5 minutes late for class or that leave more than 5 minutes prior to the end of class will be considered absent.  If less than 5 minutes late, the student will be counted as tardy.  Two tardies constitute an absence.  Students who miss a class due to a school-sponsored event (e.g., athletics) will not be counted as absent if the instructor is given at least 1 week notice prior to the event and work is turned in and exams taken prior to the event.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .
Please inform the instructor of any allergies (latex, pollen, etc.) and/or other medical/physical conditions at the beginning of the semester that may need special attention during laboratories in the lab or outside in the field.


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