Human Health Issues

Weekender, Spring 2004



Dr. Jerry Skinner, Capwell Hall 208, 570-945-8404. email:

Class Meetings: B Schedule
     Capwell 214, Saturday 11:45 am - 2:45 pm;  Sunday 8 - 11 am, 3:10 - 5:10 pm               

Required Materials
Texts: Johnson, Michael D.  2003.  Human Biology:  Concepts and Current Issues, 2nd ed.  Benjamin Cummins Publishing.  517 pp.  ISBN 0-8053-5098-5.

Biology 102/111 Lab Packet.  Available only in Keystone's Campus Shoppe.

Course Website:

Course Description
Biology 111 is a one semester general biology course designed for the non-science major. This general biology course focuses on basic human anatomy, physiology and disease.  Upon completion of this course, you should gain sufficient knowledge to be an active consumer of contemporary health care.  Personal health maintenance is also a focus of this course.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  1. describe how the structure of various human organs relates to their respective function.
  2. describe how each system plays an integral role in maintaining homeostasis.
  3. describe the basic chemistry of life
  4. analyze how you, as a consumer, can make intelligent choices concerning your health maintenance and care.

Course Policies

Attendance, Exams, and Assignments
Please attend all lectures and labs, and read all assigned materials beforehand. Attendance and participation will be considered in the final grade.  

Assignments are expected to be turned in on time.  Late assignments will not be accepted except in the most adverse circumstances.  No lab assignments will be accepted for labs you have not attended.

Grading Policy:

Two exams @100 pts  = 200 pts
Comprehensive final = 100
Debate/Group Project = 100
Laboratory  = 250
Participation =100
GRAND TOTAL     750 pts.

Grading scale:

    B+ 87-89.9 C+ 77-79.9 D 60-69.9
A > 93.0% B 83-86.9 C 73-76.9 F < 60%
A- 90-92.9 B- 80-92.9 C- 70-72.9    


Tentative Schedule
January 23-25 Course business; The scientific method #1:  Scientific Method

#2:  The Microscope



Feb 6-8 From Cells to Organ Systems; Skeletal System; Muscular System #3:  Anatomy & Diversity of Cells

Skeletal & Muscular

  27-29 Blood; Heart & Blood Vessels Cardiovascular I & II  
March 12-14 Immune System; Respiratory System Respiratory  
April 2-4 Nervous System; Senses Nervous System I & II  
  23-25 Digestive System; Urinary System; Reproductive System Digestive, Urinary, Reproductive Systems  
    Makeup Weekender (if necessary