Sierra College Department of Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences 6

Human Physiology

Instructor Contact Information:

Instructor: Keri Muma
Phone: (916) 660-7921
Office: S120, Rocklin Campus
Fax: (916) 630-4501

Welcome to Biology 6!

In this course we will be focusing on the physiological principles which are fundamental to understanding the human body, your health, and to prepare you for your future careers. As humans we are all biological specimens so it is important for all of us to have a general understanding about life don’t you think? Human biology is one of the most exciting disciplines! Being a human, you have a huge head start on understanding how your body functions (which is physiology), so in every way you should find some kind of relevance in this course. We all will have to make decisions about our health, our family’s health, or a future patient’s health, and we need to be able to make educated choices as consumers and voters.

This a vigorous course, so plan on working hard. A science class should develop your critical thinking, problem solving, data analyzing, and observational skills. Be prepared to learn a lot of new terms and concepts. You will have to invest time and effort in order to succeed. One thing you will also need to accept is that in physiology there is often not just one correct answer therefore; prepare to shift to critical thinking mode. I encourage all of you to get to know your peers and collaborate with each other. Each of us comes from a unique background and has had different life experiences. We can all learn something new from every single person in this class. I expect you to respect one another and create a classroom environment where all students feel comfortable participating and sharing their thoughts. Finally, my overall goal in this course is that you will gain a deeper appreciation for human physiology and we will have a lot of fun together this semester! I am excited to start the new semester, and I am looking forward to getting to know each one of you better.
Keri Muma

Bio. Sci. 6 Hybrid Online Class Information - Spring 2012

This section of Bio. Sci. 6 is being taught as an online hybrid class. “Online hybrid” means that although much of the work is conducted online using the Internet, there are required classroom meeting times and laboratory sessions conducted on the Rocklin campus of Sierra College. The specific laboratory meeting times are listed in the Sierra College class schedule (listed under the correct year, semester and Bio. Sci. 6).

In addition to lab sessions you are also required to attend four lecture exams that will be taken on campus on the following dates:

Thursday February 16th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM in room V-324
Thursday March 15th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM in room V-324
Thursday April 19th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM in room V-324
Thursday May 17th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM in room V-324

Please review the schedule and make sure you will be able to attend these important lab and class sessions before continuing in the course. It is important that you attend the first lab meeting. If you are a NO SHOW you will be dropped from the course and your position will be given to a student who would like to add.

**If you are interested in trying to add Bio 6, please attend the first scheduled lab meeting. Adds will be done by a lottery at this first meeting and you must be present.

This online class will utilize Sierra College's Blackboard Distance Learning Site. When you enroll as an online student you MUST complete the Blackboard orientation materials, if you have not done an online class before. Please view the following Web site for general online information and Sierra College's Blackboard Orientation Requirements: Without this information you will not be able to access class instructional materials (lectures, labs, announcements, assignments, quizzes, etc.) Please contact me if you have questions.

Required textbooks: There is a textbook required for this course. The textbook is available in two versions, a hard-bound copy and a cheaper loose-leaf version. The content of the two versions is the exact same it just depends on your preference. The loose-leaf version is cheaper and you are able to carry around a chapter at a time but the down side is that the bookstore might not buy it back from you. You can always check with the bookstore when you purchase the book and weigh the pros and cons.

The textbook for this class is: "Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach” – 5th edition, by the author Silverthorn - ISBN # 9780321559395. This book can be purchased at the Sierra College Bookstore or online. The media CD that comes with the book is NOT required so you can purchase a book without a CD however; the CD that comes with the book is very helpful since there are activities and great animations to supplement your lectures that I will often refer you to. There is also a 4th edition of the textbook out there that you may be able to get cheaper which will work perfectly fine for the course since much of the content is the same. The only problem you may run into with using the older edition is that page numbers or images may be slightly different between the two.

For lab you are required to purchase the Bio 6 Lab Manual and Lecture Study Guide CD by Paul Badaracco. This CD can be purchased at the Sierra College Bookstore.

When our class session starts additional course material will become available on the Blackboard site at the following address: This is the primary location to find required lecture materials, assignments, announcements and syllabus information. I'm glad you have decided to study physiology this semester! It will be fun and I can't wait to see you all at our first lab meeting. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Contact Information:
Instructor: Keri Muma
Phone: (916) 660-7921
Office: S120, Rocklin Campus
Fax: (916) 630-4501

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