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Introduction to Human Biology

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2017
Bolin Hall
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Kimberly Beck (view Profile)
Course Objectives

Learning Objectives


General Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills, including creative and innovative thinking, analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Effectively develop, interpret and express ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Analyze numerical data and observable facts to result in informed conclusions
  • Consider different points of view and work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal

Course-Specific Learning Objectives

  • Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools to collect and analyze data.
  • Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions
  • Communicate the results of scientific investigations effectively.
  • Identify major cell structures.
  • Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis.
  • Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.
  • Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and use statistical methods to analyze results.
  • Apply tools of karyotyping, pedigrees, and biotechnology genetic analysis.
  • Describe the structure and function of DNA molecules.
  • Identify major structures of the human body and describe their functions.
Grading Standards

The lecture portion of this course counts for 60% of the final grade; lab is 40%.


Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


In general

The only absences that are counted as excused by MSU are those required for MSU organizations or events. All other absences are deemed as excused or unexcused at the instructor’s discretion.

You are responsible for all material, announcements, reminders, and changes to the syllabus (should they occur) discussed in class whether or not you were present.


In Lecture:

Attendance in lecture will be recorded every day, thought it will not be used in calculating your grade.

However, if you have excessive absences or have missed an exam, you may be instructor-dropped from the entire course. I will contact you by email before I do this.


In Lab:

While there is not a physical lab classroom to attend, it is expected that you will complete all lab assignments.

Since you have an entire week to complete lab assignments, late work will not be accepted.

Missing more than two labs can result in an F in the entire course or being instructor-dropped from the entire course.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at