Human Biology, Bio 103                                                                                   Spring 2006

Instructor:  Jim Taulman,





Course Description – This course provides information about human physiology, ecology, and environmental relationships, with discussions of current bioethical issues.


Prerequisite – College Success 103 with a grade of C or better.


Learning Objectives – It is expected that the student will become familiar with concepts of general biology with special focus on the human body.  Evaluation will be made through scheduled exams.


Conferences – Student conferences will be by appointment.  If you need to meet with me email or call and set up a time to meet before or after class.  I can be contacted at:  605-745-3959 or by email at:


Required Text – Human Biology by Sylvia Mader, available at OLC bookstore.


Attendance – Please plan on attending class.  If you have a schedule conflict with this class, drop it and take it again another semester.  A student who has missed 5 classes should drop the class.  It will not be possible to pass with 5 or more total absences. 


Homework – Work assignments will consist of reading and being familiar with chapters in the textbook for each class period.  You may be asked to describe your interpretation or understanding of concepts presented in the textbook chapters for a given class period.  


Grading - Four lecture tests will be given and the lowest grade will be dropped.  The remaining tests will be averaged to determine your grade in the course.  Do not plan on being able to change a grade after the semester is over.  Make your best effort during the semester because the grade you earn will be a permanent entry on your transcript.


A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 70 - 79

D = 60 – 69

F = 59 and below


Food – You can bring a drink into class but we won’t be eating in class.


Schedule of Classes


Human Biology, Bio 103                                                                       Spring 2006                

Instructor:  Jim Taulman




Jan. 23             Introduction, Chemistry Basics                          1


Jan. 30             Chemistry and Cells                                                      2, 3


Feb. 6              Digestive System                                                          4


Feb. 13            Circulatory System                                                       5, 6, 7


Feb. 20            Test #1, Excretory System                                            8, 9


Feb. 27            Skeletal and Muscular Systems                         10, 11


Mar. 6              Nervous System and Sense Organs                               12, 13


Mar. 13            Spring Break


Mar. 20            Test #2, Endocrine System                                           14


Mar. 27            Reproductive System and Diseases                               15, 16


Apr. 3              Development and Inheritance                                        17, 18


Apr. 10            Test #3, Genetics and DNA                                          19, 20


Apr. 17            Evolution                                                                      24       


Apr. 24            Ecology                                                                        25                   


May 1              Biodiversity and Species                                               26, 27


May 8.             Final Exam