CHumphrey : BIOL 1100 


: 707-272-4451 or Secretary at 706-272-4440
TEXT: Human Biology, by Starr and McMillan
1800-2030; Tuesday and Thursday; S130

Welcome to Biology 1100!!! For most of you Biology 1100 is your first introduction to science at the college level. For many of you this Biology class will be the beginning of a career in a medical field. A good grasp of the basic ideas and techniques underlying Biology will enrich your lives and inform your professional decisions for the rest of your life. Biology is the study of living things, so anyone out there who is not living might not need it, but the rest of us will benefit greatly from knowing something about our bodies and the living components of the world around us.

Biology is a science and science challenges the way that you view the world. Many of the ideas that our culture holds about life as well as all of the comforts provided by technology are the result of applying the scientific method to the world. The scientific method is a way of observing the natural phenomena, analyzing those observations using various scientific methods and drawing reasonable and appropriate inferences.  Student Learning Outcomes for this course are: 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic molecules that are the building blocks of life.
  2. Identify and understand the functions of cellular structures
  3. Describe the structure of the DNA molecule and understand how it serves as the carrier of genetic information.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the following systems:  nervous, circulatory, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the tissues of the human body and of the basic organization of the tissues, organs, and organ systems of the human body.
  6. Identify and locate the specific muscles and bones of the human body.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of common diseases associated with the systems of the human body.

Attendance to class is strongly recommended. Unless you are one of those rare people who learn best by reading something and thinking about it in solitude, lectures should be of great benefit to you. There is a lot of material in this class, I regard lectures as a time for clarifying material and condensing it, pointing out typical pitfalls and problems. But if you choose to be absent, YOU are responsible for announcements and assignments. Attendance to tests are required of all students. Make-up examinations will be given only in extreme cases and only with prior notification. Call the school and leave a message if you cannot contact me. The phone number is 706- 272-4451 or 706-272-4440. My home number is 706-673-4394.

ASSIGNMENTS: Science is a new way of looking at things for most students. The vocabulary is unfamiliar and it requires the use of problem solving and critical thinking skills. Unless you have a photographic memory or a great familiarity with science, it is very important that you keep up with your reading assignments.

STUDY AIDS: There are many learning aids available to help you in this course. There is an excellent study guide available in the bookstore. There will be a Biology tutor available through the ACE Center. Last and perhaps least, I keep office hours for the express purpose of helping students. If you= re having problems come see me - I get lonesome.

ASSESSMENT: The way that your grade will be determined is as follows:

5 tests @ 100 points
Final exam @ 100 points
Bone/Muscle Test @ 100 points

92 - 100 A
83 - 91 B
75 - 82 C 
60 - 74 D
Below 60 F

NOTE: This adds up to 700 points. Your grade will be determined by adding up all your points and dividing by 700. If you miss a test without contacting me you may receive a A 0@ . Anyone caught cheating will receive an A F@ for the course.

Disability Support Services Statement

A Students with disabilities should contact the Ace Center to request reasonable accommodations for academic programs and other activities of Dalton State College. Students must personally request services and provide adequate documentation that explains the disability. Please allow a minimum of five business days for approved accommodations to be arranged. Disability Support Services is located in the ACE Center on the lower level of Pope Student Center. Students who are unable to come to the ACE Center to request services should contact 272-2524 or e-mail for assistance.@

Workforce Development Statement

A If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Add-Drop/Withdrawal form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office first. The office is located in the Technical Education Building, Room 140 and their hours are 9:00a.m. - 12:15p.m. and 1:30p.m. - 3:00p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8:30a.m. - 12:00noon on Friday. Their phone number is 272-2635.@

Drop/Withdrawal Statement

A The last day to drop this class without penalty is Thursday June 21st . You will be assigned a grade of W. After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued. Students who wish to drop this class or withdraw from all classes should go to the Enrollment Services Office in Westcott Hall to complete the necessary form. Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F. Withdrawal from class is a student responsibility. Before dropping any class, the college strongly advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact of a withdrawal on their graduation plans. The college also strongly advises students who are receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid Office in Pope Student Center to discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial aid status. The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.@