SRJC Course Outlines

12/7/2023 4:55:41 AMBIO 13 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 13Title:  HUMAN BIOLOGY  
Full Title:  Human Biology
Last Reviewed:1/25/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Primarily for students not majoring in biological sciences; presents topics from biology dealing specifically with humans. Topics include: cellular biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, reproduction, evolution, and human impacts on the environment. Not an anatomy and physiology course.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Course designed for students not majoring in biological sciences. Biological topics dealing specifically with humans.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Summarize the structure of atoms, molecules, biological polymers,
and relate their significance to cell structure and function,
anatomy, physiology, genetics and evolution.
2. Relate knowledge of enzyme reactions with cellular functions,
metabolism, cell respiration and organ function.
3. Examine cell structures, ultra structures, membranes, and describe
the functions of these structures in human cells.
4. Compare and contrast methods of cellular reproduction (mitosis,
meiosis) and their significance.
5. Explain how DNA codes for proteins, how the code is translated by
the cell, and the relationship of genes and alleles to specific
traits and inheritance.
6. Compare and contrast the different inheritance patterns observed
in human traits, and analyze these patterns using pedigree analysis.
7.  Compare and contrast the structures and functions of human organ
8. Summarize knowledge of the mechanisms of evolution, adaptation,
and speciation.
9. Relate the principles of genetics to the processes of evolution.
10. Evaluate the impacts of human population growth and resource use,
as a whole and by country, on the environment and the human species.
11. Describe current research on some aspect of human biology such as
cancer research or the use of genetic technology.

Topics and Scope
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Topics will include but not be limited to:
I. Cell Biology
 A. Cell chemistry
  1. Atomic structure
  2. Molecular bonding
  3. Acids/bases/pH
  4. Macromolecule structure and function
  5. Enzymes: structure and function
 B. Cell structure and ultra structure
  1. Eukaryotic cell organelles and their functions
  2. Cell membrane structure and transport functions
 C. Cell Respiration
  1. Glycolysis, Kreb's cycle, electron transport chain
  2. Importance of ATP
  3. Aerobic vs. anaerobic respiration
 D. Cellular Reproduction
  1. Mitosis
  2. Meiosis including sources of genetic variation
II. Molecular Genetics
 A. DNA replication
 B. Protein synthesis, genetic code
 C. Mutations and mutagens
 D. Changes in chromosome number and chromosome structure
III. Transmission Genetics
 A. Mendelian genetics:
  1. monohybrid and dihybrid crosses
  2. autosomal and sex-linked human genetic disorders
 B. Post Mendelian genetics
  1. incomplete dominance and co-dominance
  2. polygenic inheritance
  3. autosomal and sex linkage
 C. Effects of environment on genetic expression
IV. Human organ systems- overview of all systems will be covered,
additional material on specific systems may be included at discretion
of instructor.
 A. Digestive System
  1. structure and function
  2. diet and nutrition
 B. Respiratory System
  1. structure and function
  2. effects of smoking
 C. Circulatory System.
  1. structure and function
  2. heart and degenerative vascular diseases
 D. Immune System
  1. infectious disease, including AIDS
  2. immunization
 E. Musculo-skeletal system
  1.  muscle structure and function
  2.  bone growth and development
  3.  joint structure and function, arthritis
 F. Nervous system
 G. Excretory system
 H. Endocrine system
 I.  Reproductive system
  1.  structure and function
  2.  sexually transmitted diseases
V. Human Evolution
 A.  Mechanisms of evolution
  1. natural selection
  2. genetic drift and gene flow
  3. mutation
  4. non-random mating
 B.  Speciation
 C.  Evidence for evolution
  1. the fossil record
  2. comparative anatomy and physiology
  3. molecular and biochemical evidence
VI. Human Population
 A. Exponential growth
 B. Carrying capacity and limiting factors
 C. Resource use and ecological footprint
 D. Environmental change and its affect on human well-being
VII. Current research topics in human biology

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Assignments will include:
1. Reading scientific papers, handouts, and text assignments (10-50 pages
per week).
2. Essays or written term paper (6-10 double-spaced pages).
3. Multiple choice and essay exams (2-4 midterm exams and 1 comprehensive
4. Quizzes.
5. Participation including attendance and/or participation in classroom

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
6-10 pg (double spaced) paper may be required
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 90%
Multiple choice, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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HUMAN BIOLOGY by Starr,C. and McMillian,B.  Brooks/Cole: 2002
HUMAN BIOLOGY: Health, Homeostatis, and the Environment. Chiras, D.
Jones and Bartlet: 2004

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