Course Syllabus



Course Description:

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Structural organization of the human body: gross and microscopic structure of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems, from cellular to organ system levels of organization. This course is primarily intended for nursing, allied health, kinesiology, and other health related majors.

(Other C-ID descriptors Concepts of Biology textbook from OpenStax correponds with:  BIOL 110B, BIOL 120B, BIOL 115S, BIOL 140).


Student Learning Outcomes:

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe key structural features of different human cell and major tissue types.
  • Identify and describe the anatomy of the systems of the human body
  • Relate structure and function at the cellular through system levels of organization of human body systems
  • Describe structural or anatomical changes that occur in disease, injury or aging of the human body systems.

Course Content:

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  • Cellular structures
  • Histology
  • Embryology
  • Integumentary system
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Surface (External) Anatomy
  • Nervous system including special senses (sensory organs)
  • Endocrine system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Lymphatic system
  • Respiratory system
  • Urinary system
  • Digestive system
  • Reproductive system
  • Comparison of normal versus diseased, injured or age-related structural changes in any or all of the above organ systems.

This course must include a laboratory component with greater than 80% hands-on learning supporting the course outcomes. Laboratory content must be considered when matching courses to this descriptor.

  1. Identification of microscopic structures and tissues.
  2. Identification of bones and bone features.
  3. Identification of skeletal musculature and muscle features.
  4. Identification of internal organs.

    And all or most of the following:
  5. Dissection of organs or observation of dissected organs.
  6. Dissection of organisms or observation of dissected organisms.
  7. Identification of structures on models.


Great newsyour textbook for this class is available for free online!
Concepts of Biology from OpenStax, ISBN 1-947172-03-4 

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Important Notes:

  • All first week assignments need to be completed and submitted by the due date to avoid possibly being dropped from the class.
  • Any student needing accommodations should inform the instructor. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) [link to your college's DSPS website] early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact the DRC by visiting the Center (located in room A205) or by phone (541-4660 ext. 249 voice or 542-1870 TTY for deaf students). All information will remain confidential.
  • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Using someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. "Ideas or phrasing" includes written or spoken material, from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences, and, indeed, phrases but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc.  Please see the YourCollegeName handbook for policies regarding plagiarism, harassment, etc. [link to your college's academic honesty policies]

Course Summary:

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