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Course Details

Course Code: SCIN132 Course ID: 3819 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology emphasizing the structure and function of the human body. The course will begin with a general introduction to biology and the scientific method. It continues with an overview of organic chemistry, a study of cellular and tissue structure and function, the organization and regulation of body systems, and then move on to survey each of the following organ systems of the human body: cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive. The course closes with introductions to genetics, and human evolution and ecology. Online laboratory experiences and exercises are incorporated which will provide the student with a deeper and practical understanding of the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology by using laboratory simulation software.

Course Schedule

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Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1 Explain the characteristics common to all living things, describe the levels of organization of life, explain the theory of evolution, and describe the scientific method.

CO-2 State the basic principles of cell theory and describe the structures cell are composed of. Differentiate the methods of transport across the plasma membrane and identify the various types of tissues. Explain the concept and mechanisms involved in homeostasis.

CO-3 List the functions of blood and describe the structure and function of the heart and blood vessels.

CO-4 Describe the basic structures and functions of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems.

CO-5 Identify the structure and location of bones, list examples of the various types of joints, describe the process of muscular contraction, and identify the muscles affected by specific movements. List the structures and basic functions of the nervous system and describe how a nerve impulse is generated and conducted.

CO-6 Describe the function and organization of the endocrine and lymphatic systems, and define metabolism and describe its importance in homeostasis. Explain the functions of the male and female reproductive organs.

CO-7 Describe patterns of human genetic diversity and explain the role of DNA and issues in DNA technology.

CO-8 Describe how organisms interact with their environments and explain the relationship of humans with ecosystems.

The grading will be based on the following:

  • Eight Forum Assignments
  • Eight Laboratory Assessments (graded in weekly quiz)
  • Eight Online Quizzes (lowest grade dropped)
  • Three Part Course Project

Detailed directions on each of these assessments are provided in the classroom.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 16.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.00 %
Week 2 Forum 2.00 %
Week 3 Forum 2.00 %
Week 4 Forum 2.00 %
Week 5 Forum 2.00 %
Week 6 Forum 2.00 %
Week 7 Forum 2.00 %
Week 8 Forum 2.00 %
Quizzes 56.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 2 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 3 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 4 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 5 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 6 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 7 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 8 Quiz 8.00 %
Course Project: Prep 14.00 %
Assignment #1: Annotated Bibliography 7.00 %
Assignment #2: The Outline 7.00 %
Course Project 14.00 %
Assignment #3: The Presentation 14.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Week 3 Quiz - Evans 0.00 %
Week 1 Quiz - Beaufort 0.00 %
Week 6 Quiz - Alice 0.00 %
Week 5 Quiz - MacKenzie 0.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at

No Syllabi Found

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.