BIOL 100L - Human Biology Laboratory

CRN 64279 - 01 Credits

INSTRUCTOR: David A. Krupp, Ph.D.
OFFICE: Hale 'Imiloa 107
OFFICE HOURS: M T W R 9:30 - 10:30 AM
TELEPHONE: (808)-236-9121


Windward Community College is committed to excellence in the liberal arts and career development; we support and challenge individuals to develop skills, fulfill their potential, enrich their lives, and become contributing, culturally aware members of our community.


Laboratory to accompany BIOL 100 (Human Biology).  Emphasizes the application of the scientific method, basic laboratory methods and procedures in biology, and facts and principles of human anatomy and physiology.  (3 hrs. lab)


Credit for or registration in BIOL 100 or equivalent preparation or consent of instructor.


The student learning outcomes are:

Use the scientific method of inquiry to investigate biological phenomena.
Apply the concepts learned in BIOL 100 to an experimental and hands-on observational setting.
Collect, reduce, and interpret biological data.
Prepare written objective reports describing and interpreting experimental and observational results.
Demonstrate the use of some of the standard tools of the biological scientist, such as microscopes, scales, spectrophotometers, computers, and other analytical tools.
Apply the standard analytical procedures needed to study human biology, such as dissection, separation of biological compounds, microscopic examination of cells and tissues, membrane transport mechanisms, energy metabolism, genetics, digestion and nutrition, excretion, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiovascular function, nervous system function, respiration, and blood analyses.
Recognize and identify basic human tissue types and their distinguishing characteristics.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of the fetal pig (using preserved specimens) and human body (using models and figures).


Course Content and Topics:

Data collection and analysis.
Analyzing personal nutrition.
Fetal pig anatomy.
Human anatomy.
Using the microscope.
Cell transport mechanisms and permaeability.
Recognizing and identifying basic human tissue types and their distinguishing characteristics.
Human physiological function.


The previously described objectives will be achieved through the aid of the following learning activities:

Active participation in laboratory activities at home.
Televised laboratory presentations and demonstrations.
Multimedia presentations, including computer-assisted and Internet-assisted activities (e.g., Laulima).
Dissection of preserved specimens and examination of models.
Computer-assisted data collection activities and simulations.
Recording and interpreting results from laboratory activities and simulations.
Written reports and/or summaries of laboratory activities. Considerable out-of-classroom time will be spent completing lab reports and summaries.
Nutrition monitoring and reporting.
Laboratory examinations administered via Laulima.
Analysis of blood.
Respiratory system mechanics and acid/base balance
Neurophysiology of nerve impulses

***Because of the distance-learning modes (described above) used in this class, it is imperative that the student have access to an Internet-connected computer with a CD-ROM drive and access to cable television.***


LAB EXAMINATIONS.  The student will take one midterm practical examination (100 points) and a non-cumulative final practical examination (100 points) to demonstrate acquisition of laboratory skills and an understanding of information presented during laboratories.  These "closed-book" examinations will be taken as proctored exams, using Laulima, at a U.H. Learning Center.

LABORATORY REPORTS AND SUMMARIES.  The student will complete a written laboratory report or summary for each lab activity.  Each report or summary must be completed and turned in no later than the beginning of the first laboratory meeting after the assignment was given (200 points total). Please see instructions regarding assignment submissions.

NUTRITION ASSIGNMENT.  The student will complete a major written (typed) assignment involving an evaluation of the student's diet and nutrition over the period of one week during the semester (50 points).  This assignment will involve a detailed documentation of food eaten and a quantitative assessment of the diet in fulfilling nutritional needs.  The specific details and instructions for how to complete this assignment will be made available at the course website or through a written class handout.


The assignment of points will be according to the following protocol:

Laboratory Summaries



Nutrition Assignment



Midterm Examination



Final Examination






Letter grades will be assigned as follows:


90% or above in total points.


80-89.9% of total points.


65-79.9% of total points.


55-64.9% of total points.


Below 55% of total points or informal or incomplete official withdrawal from course.


Incomplete; given at the INSTRUCTOR'S OPTION when student is unable to complete a small part of the course because of circumstances beyond his or her control.  It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to make up incomplete work.  Failure to satisfactorily make up incomplete work within the appropriate time period will result in a grade change for "I" to the contingency grade identified by the instructor (see catalog).


65% or above in total points; the student must indicate the intent to take the course as CR/NC in writing by the end of the 10th week of classes (see catalog).


Below 65% of total points; this grade only available under the CR/NC option (see above and see catalog).


NOT GIVEN BY THIS INSTRUCTOR EXCEPT UNDER EXTREMELY RARE CIRCUMSTANCES (e.g., documented serious illness or emergency that prevents the student from officially withdrawing from the course); never used as an alternative for an "F" grade.


Official withdrawal from the course after the third week and prior to the end of the 10th week of classes (see catalog).

Waiver of minimum requirements for specific grades may be given only in unique situations at the instructor's discretion.

Students involved in academic dishonesty will receive an "F" grade for the course.  Academic dishonesty is defined in WCC's college catalog.


The required resources are:

Fetal Pig Anatomy Kit with Dissecting Set.  Carolina Biological Supply Company

Zao, P., T. Stabler, G. Peterson, and L. Smith. 2009. PhysioEx 8.0 Laboratory Simulations in Physiology. CD-ROM Version. Benjamin Cummings

Handouts and other online resources will be made available at the course website and the course website and Laulima site.


Important Dates:

First day of instruction August 25
Last day to add a class August 29
Last day of erase period September 14
Last day for official withdrawal November 3
Last day of instruction December 11
Exam period December 15 - 18


The student is expected to attend and actively participate in all course lectures and lab activities, and complete all assignments and examinations on time.

The student is expected to be prepared in advance before the class sessions.  Being prepared includes the following:  having read text materials (e.g., textbook readings, and laboratory descriptions) assigned for that day's activities and bringing required work materials (e.g., textbook, handouts, writing supplies, etc.) to the session.

Any changes in the course schedule, such as assignment due dates, examination dates, other deadlines, etc., will be announced ahead of time in class or on the course Laulima site .  It is the student’s responsibility to be informed of these changes.  Students should visit the course Laulima at least twice per week.

It is the student’s responsibility to be informed about deadlines critical to making registration changes (e.g., last day of erase period and last day for making an official withdrawal).

The student should understand that “introductory” does not mean “easy”. The student should not assume that the lack of science prerequisites for this class ensures a low level of difficulty for this course.  While the instructor assumes that students enrolled in BIOL 100L have little or no science background, the student should expect a level of difficulty comparable to other 100-level science classes.  When difficult concepts and detailed information are presented, it is the student’s responsibility to take the appropriate steps to learn and understand these concepts and information.

Science courses generally require two to three hours of independent private study time for each hour in class (depends upon the student’s science background), in addition to the completion of assignments.  It is the student’s responsibility to allocate the appropriate time needed for study in an environment conducive to quality study.  The student must budget time efficiently and be realistic about all personal and professional commitments that consume time.

If you have a physical, sensory, health, cognitive, or mental health disability that could limit your ability to fully participate in this class, you are encouraged to contact the Disability Specialist Counselor to discuss reasonable accommodations that will help you succeed in this class.  Ann Lemke can be reached at 235-7448,, or you may stop by Hale ‘Akoakoa 213 for more information.

Page Last Updated 15 August 2008

Dave Krupp