Penn State Lehigh Valley
BI SC 004
Human Body: Form & Function


BI SC 004

* Course Materials

* Objectives

* General Information

* Grading Policy

* University Policies

* Class Syllabus

FALL 2017

Class Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:15am to 12:05pm
Class Room: 207 Saucon
Instructor: Jacqueline McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Biology
Founding Director, CHANCE
Cell and Developmental Biologist
Office: 315N
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: PSLVbiology2017

Biology Tutor:

Donna Wade
Nutrition Instructor
Penn State Lehigh Valley


Penn State Learning Center Information

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, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-13-404243-5

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 it 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. I am happy to hold study-sessions, if coordinated with my schedule, beyond class time.
  • 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 their services.

Academic Expectations and Classroom Decorum

Grading Policy

4 Semester Exams (100 Points Each)
400 Points
10 Online Assignments (25 Points Each) 250 Points
Final Assignment
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 Video Assignment will assess students' ability to blend knowledge of course material with scientific research material and reputable data bases. Students working in pairs are responsible for delivering a 10-minute pre-recorded video on a selected “Current Issue” essay (found in each chapter opening of Johnson, 5th edition.) Students must select their topic by November 1, 2017. Students must showcase draft video to Dr. McLaughlin on, or before December 1, 2017. In their presentation students must address “Questions to Consider.” All student pre-recorded presentations will be given during finals week to the class at large. All students must be present.

NOTE: All of the exams will be used to assess your performance in this course. If you cannot take the exam at the scheduled time, you need to contact Dr. McLaughlin 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: 8/21
The Chemistry of Living

Review of Course Syllabus; Chapter 2 Reading, pages 23-44;  Module Lesson: The Biology Place: Properties of Biomolecules

W: 8/23

Chapter 2

F: 8/25

Chapter 2

M: 8/28

Chapter 2

W: 8/30
Chapter 2
F: 9/1
Online Assessment #1
M: 9/4

University closed for Labor Day

W: 9/6

Structure and Function of Cells

F: 9/8

Chapter 3

M: 9/11
Online Assessment #2
W: 9/13


F: 9/15
From Cells to Organ Systems

Chapter 4 Reading, pages 79-95; Video Lectures: Khan Academy ? Epithelial and Connective Tissues; Muscle Tissue; and Neural Cell Types

M: 9/18

Chapter 4

W: 9/20


Chapter 4

F: 9/22


Online Assessment #3
M: 9/25
Energy and the Human Body
W: 9/27

Chapter 3

F: 9/29


Online Assessment #4

M: 10/2
The Endocrine System, Homeostasis, and  Metabolism

Chapter 13 Reading, pages 300-304, 309, 317-318;  Video Lesson – Metabolism and Regulation of Blood Sugar

W: 10/4

Chapter 13

F: 10/6


Online Assessment #5

M: 10/9


W: 10/11
The Cardiovascular System

Chapter 8 Reading, pages 161 – 177; Module Lessons:
The Biology Place: Cardiovascular System I

F: 10/13

Chapter 8

M: 10/16

Chapter 8

W: 10/18


Online Assessment #6

F: 10/20
The Respiratory System

Chapter 10 Reading, pages 221 – 233;
Module Lesson: Interactive Physiology: Respiratory System
Anatomy Review

M: 10/23
W: 10/25
F: 10/27
Online Assessment #7
M: 10/30

W: 11/1

The Digestive System

Chapter 14 Reading, pages 325-336 and 346-347; Module Lesson: Interactive Physiology:
Digestive System

Anatomy Review

F: 11/3 Continued Chapter 14
M: 11/6 Continued Chapter 14
W: 11/8
Chapter 14
F: 11/10 The Urinary System

Online Assessment #8

M: 11/13 Continued Chapter 15 Reading, pages 353 – 361; 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: 11/15 Continued Chapter 15
F: 11/17 The Nervous System Chapter 15
Online Assesment #9
M: 11/20 Thanksgiving Break No Class
W: 11/22 Thanksgiving Break No Class
F: 11/24 Thanksgiving Break No Class
M: 11/27 Continued

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

W: 11/29 Continued Chapter 11
Online Assessment #10
F: 12/1 EXAM #4
M: 12/4 Video Assignment Preparation/Final Exam Review  
W: 12/6 Video Assignment Preparation/Final Exam Review
F: 12/8 Video Assignment Preparation/Final Exam Review  

Final Exam Period: December 11th - 15th


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