Penn State Lehigh Valley BIOLOGY 110
Human Body: Form & Function


* Course Materials

* Objectives

* General Information

* Technical Requirements

* Grading Policy

* University Policies

* Class Syllabus

FALL 2015

Class Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:00pm to 12:50pm
Class Room: 224 Saucon
Instructor: Jacqueline McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Biology
Cell and Developmental Biologist
Office: 3N
Office Hours: Monday and Friday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Office Phone: 610/285.5109
On-Line Resources: Biology Place
Interactive Physiology  

Login Name: psubiology

Password: LV240WIP

Biology Tutor:

Courtney Beam


Penn State Learning Center Information

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs. Kandiss Schrader, M.S.

BI SC 004 (GN) Human Body: Form and Function (3) A general survey of structure and function--from conception, through growth and reproduction, to death. Students who have passed BIOL 129 and 141 may not schedule this course.

Course Materials

Textbook: Human Biology – Concepts and Current Issues, Michael D. Johnson, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-70167-1

Objectives (what students will be able to do upon completion of this course):

  • Understand and make use of these basic chemical and cellular/molecular concepts: the structure of atoms; H2O's polar nature; organic macromolecules like proteins, carbohydrates and lipids and their monomers; cell/organelle structure and function; and, DNA, RNA, and gene expression.
  • Construct the human body from organic macromolecules to cells, cells to tissues, tissues to organs, and organs to organ systems.
  • Analyze and critically think about the fundamental physiological aspects of each of the major organ systems in the human body.
  • Recognize the complexity of the human body and distinguish the ways its functions to carry-out "life-sustaining" processes. Then, be able to apply this knowledge to your daily living and the decisions you make about your overall health and well-being throughout your life-time.
  • Unravel how research studies are carried out today, and some of the important questions that are being asked to devise medical treatments for some of our society’s most prevalent diseases.
  • Discuss the ethical, social, political, and economic controversies raised by science, e.g., stem cells, based off of knowledge learned from this class.
  • Utilize technology to enhance your engagement in learning.
  • Evaluate how biological principles apply to practical human concerns, such as AIDS, in vitro fertilization, cloning, biotechnology, cancer, diet, exercise, smoking, and aging.

General Information

  • Assignments. Student participation in assigned activities is viewed as essential to the learning process. Thus, it is expected that you complete all book chapter and online video and/or module assignments, taking careful notes as you work through the material.
  • Work Hard! You are expected to work hard, but it is also realized that you may have difficulty learning or understanding the material. If so, then come to class and ask questions; and, if you prefer, you can make arrangements to go over the material during my office hours. Don't be intimidated or afraid. I am on your side and stand ready to work with you.
  • Participate in a Study Group. It is strongly recommended that you participate in a study group of some type, and that you use the group to assess your comprehension of the course material.
  • Meet with Class Tutor. You have been granted tutor hours with a knowledgeable scholar who is very well established as a physiology student. Please utilize his services.

Academic Expectations and Classroom Decorum

Technical Requirements

Operating System:

Windows 2000/XP, Vista, or Windows 7; Mac OS X 10.3 or higher (10.4 or higher recommended)


2 GHz or higher


1 GB of RAM

Hard Drive Space:

20 GB free disk space


We recommend the latest Angel-supported version of Firefox or Internet Explorer. To determine if your browser fits this criteria and for advice on downloading a supported version, please refer to the following ITS knowledgebase article:

Note: Cookies, Java, and JavaScript must be enabled.
Pop-up blockers should be configured to permit new windows from Penn State websites.

Due to nonstandard handling of CSS, JavaScript and caching, older versions of Internet Explorer (such as IE 6 or earlier) do not work with our courses.


Adobe Reader [Download from Adobe]
Flash Player (v7.0 or later) [Download from Adobe]
Apple QuickTime [Download from Apple]

Additional Software:

Microsoft Office (2003 or Later)

Internet Connection:

Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required


Access to graphics-capable printer



Sound Card, Microphone, & Speakers:



Monitor (Capable of at least 1024 x 768 resolution)

If you need technical assistance at any point during the course, please contact ANGEL Technical Support

Grading Policy

4 Semester Exams (100 Points Each)
400 Points
10 Online Assignments (25 Points Each) 250 Points
1 Cumulative Final Exam
200 Points
850 Points

The semester exams will cover material presented in class, assigned textbook content, and assigned online material. Each exam will consist of multiple choice, fill-ins, short answers, and an essay. The final exam will assess your comprehensive knowledge of the entire semester's material.

Please note the exam schedule. All of the exams will be used to assess your performance in this course; none will be dropped. If you cannot take the exam at the scheduled time, you need to contact me as soon as possible.

Final grades will be determined by a percentage scale based upon the total number of points (850) available.

Penn State University letter grade equivalents:
95-100 A
90-94 A-
87-89 B+
84-86 B
80-83 B-
75-79 C+
70-74 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

University Policies

  • Academic Integrity Policy

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner.

Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

Penn State University Academic Policy 49-20

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information or citation, prior possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.

For further guidance on matching punishment with infractions, see "Sanctioning Guidelines for Academic Integrity Violations"

  • Disability Access Statement

Note to students with disabilities: Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact Disability Services located in 211 Saucon at 610-285-5124. For further information regarding the Office of Disability Services, please visit their web site at Instructors should be notified as early in the semester as possible regarding the need for reasonable academic adjustments.

  • Affirmative Action

Pennsylvania State University is committed to a policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by Commonwealth or Federal authorities. Penn State does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Direct all inquiries to the Affirmative Action Office.

  • Penn State Values

University-wide honor/integrity statement

Class Syllabus

Class Content
Textbook/Online Assignment
M: 8/24
The Chemistry of Living

Review of Course Syllabus; Chapter 2 Reading, pages 22-45;  Module Lesson: The Biology Place: Properties of Biomolecules

W: 8/26

Chapter 2

F: 8/28

Chapter 2

M: 8/31

Chapter 2

W: 9/2
Chapter 2
F: 9/4
Online Assessment #1
M: 9/7

University closed for Labor Day

W: 9/9

Structure and Function of Cells

Chapter 3 Reading, pages 50-61;  Video Lecture: The Cell Membrane

F: 9/11

Chapter 3

M: 9/14
Online Assessment #2
W: 9/16


F: 9/18
From Cells to Organ Systems

Chapter 4 Reading, pages 78-97; Video Lecture: Tissues

M: 9/21

Chapter 4

W: 9/23


Chapter 4

F: 9/25


Online Assessment #3
M: 9/28
Energy and the Human Body
W: 9/30

Chapter 3

F: 10/2


Online Assessment #4

M: 10/5
The Endocrine System, Homeostasis, and  Metabolism

Chapter 13 Reading, pages 300-306, 311, 319-321;  Video Lesson – Metabolism and Regulation of Blood Sugar

W: 10/7

Chapter 13

F: 10/9


Online Assessment #5

M: 10/12


W: 10/14
The Cardiovascular System

Chapter 8 Reading, pages 160 – 185; Module Lessons:
The Biology Place: Cardiovascular System I

F: 10/16

Chapter 8

M: 10/19

Chapter 8

W: 10/21


Online Assessment #6

F: 10/23
The Respiratory System

Chapter 10 Reading, pages 220 – 230
Module Lesson:Interactive Physiology: Respiratory System
Anatomy Review

M: 10/26
W: 10/28
F: 10/30
Online Assessment #7
M: 11/2
W: 11/4

F: 11/6

The Digestive System

Chapter 14 Reading, pages 324 – 338 and 347-351; Module Lesson: Interactive Physiology:
Digestive System

Anatomy Review

M: 11/9 Continued Chapter 14
W: 11/11 No Class (NABT) Chapter 14
F: 11/13 Continued

Online Assessment #8

M: 11/16 The Urinary System Chapter 15 Reading, pages 354 – 364; Video: The Urinary System - The Nephron Video Lessons: (1) Khan Academy Lecture The Kidney and the Nephron and (2) Khan Academy Lecture Parts of a Nephron
W: 11/18 Continued Chapter 15
F: 11/20 Continued Chapter 15
M: 11/23 Thanksgiving Break No Class
W: 11/25 Thanksgiving Break No Class
F: 11/27 Thanksgiving Break No Class
M: 11/30 Continued Online Assessment #9
W: 12/2 EXAM #4  
F: 12/4 The Nervous System

Chapter 11 Reading, pages 244 – 261; Video Lessons: (1) Khan Academy Lecture
Part 1 – Neurons
(2) Khan Academy Lecture
Part 2 – Classes on Neurons; and, (3) The Nervous System

M: 12/7 Continued  
W: 12/9 Continued Online Assessment #10

Final Exam Period: December 13th - 19th

Final Exam Date & Time To Be Announced

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