The textbook, Human Biology, Concepts and Current Issues , 5th Edition, by Michael D. Johnson (Pearson Education, 2010) is required reading for this course.
It is an excellent textbook designed to teach human biology in a clear and memorable way. The color illustrations, tables, and review questions are useful and have been woven into the course.
Your textbook will help you succeed in this course. To study and learn about human biology is to become conversant in a new language. Boldfaced headings and highlighted descriptive terms will direct you to the most salient information. The concluding material at the end of each chapter will be of great help in reviewing critical concepts, and ascertaining your understanding of such. This course is designed so that your grade will reflect how much effort you put forth.
As you read each chapter, pay particular attention to the section headings and terms in bold.
The course is broken down into three units: lessons 1–8, lessons 9–17, and lessons 18–25. As you complete the course, you will complete Lesson Assignments, write a term paper, and take three exams. There are three steps that will help you learn the material and prepare to take the exams:
Each lesson includes a lecture presentation that includes important information for you to review. The lecture presentations enhance the textbook material and focus your attention on important concepts, ideas, and information.
As you read the chapters assigned in each lesson, complete the questions in the Self Checks. Use this as a study guide. It is for your reference only. You should check your answers with the correct ones in the appendix. These assignments do not count towards your grade, but they are beneficial. Please don't cheat yourself by skipping them!
The course includes a total of eight Lesson Assignments, each worth 1 percent of your total course grade. These assignments contain true/false, multiple-choice, and identification questions. This table shows what lessons each Lesson Assignment covers:
|Lesson Assignment||Contains Questions from Lessons|
This course provides you with the opportunity to develop and display expertise in a specific area of human biology that is of interest to you (subject to approval of the course instructor). See the Term Paper section after lesson 25 for a list of previous topics and detailed instructions for your topic proposal and term paper.
This assignment accounts for 13 percent of your final grade.
I will evaluate your acquired expertise in a written paper, which shall conform to these criteria:
Note: BYU standards expect English language proficiency for all courses. Therefore, your term paper should reflect English fluency. If you are not highly fluent in English, I strongly recommend that you have your term paper edited by someone who is fluent in English.
Betsy Spackman Hopkins, science librarian at BYU has composed the following response to this question: “For your research paper, you must use at least two peer reviewed, primary sources. An article in a peer reviewed journal has been critically examined by experts on the subject before it is accepted for publication. Reviewers will return comments to the editor and author, and sometimes the author must make significant revisions before publication. The easiest way to determine if a journal is peer reviewed is to use the database Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, or Ulrichsweb. Look up the journal name in the database, and if there is a referee shirt icon next to the title, then the journal is refereed, or peer reviewed.
A primary source is one in which authors report new information, usually from original experiments or observations of the natural world. Read the abstract of each article in Pubmed to determine if the article reports new information. Secondary sources, otherwise known as literature reviews, will describe a topic but will not describe any experiment, since none was conducted.
If you have any questions about using Pubmed, peer review, primary sources, or the HBLL’s resources to complete your paper, please contact the science reference desk (firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-422-2987).
You will find additional instructions, the rationale for the assignment, and helpful suggestions to creating a fantastic paper in lesson 26. You will also there find a list of topics that others have chosen to write about.
To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as a Word .DOC or .DOCX file.
Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, PDBIO205_KimJones_TermPaper_BadBloodandFamilies.docx.
Submit the topic proposal and the completed term paper files through the Term Paper section (after lesson 25) for grading.
The midcourse and final exams will consist of multiple-choice, matching, and true/false questions.
The two midcourse exams are worth 24 percent each and the final exam accounts for 32 percent of your course grade.
Note: BYU standards expect English language proficiency for all courses. Therefore, dictionaries of any kind will not be allowed for testing.
Your grade will be based on the following scales:
|8 Lesson Assignments||8 percent|
|Term Paper||12 percent|
|2 Midcourse Exams||48 percent|
|Final Exam||32 percent|
Your final grade will be determined on this grading scale:
|E (fail)||49.9 –||0|
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