BISC 102 Inquiry Into Life Human Biology

BISC 102 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Description: Carol Cleveland

Carol Cleveland, PhD

Telephone: (662) 612-0499 this is a Google number that you can use to text me or call and leave a message (speak clearly so that it is easily understood and transcribed).
Google Hangouts:
Virtual Office Hours: Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm; Saturday 10:00-11:00am or by appointment
Office Hours - in person: contact me to schedule if necessary

Communication Policy:

  • E-mail anytime ( I will try my best to return e-mails within 24 hours (except on weekends where I may not respond until Monday afternoon). Be sure to include the course name in the subject line and state your full name at the end of the email. I cannot respond to messages and emails from people that are not identified. I teach several online classes and need to be able to identify the class that the student is in.
  • Grading may take up to a week (7 days). Please do not email me grade related questions before 7 days have elapsed since you turned in an assignment.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This is a survey course intended for non-biology majors and will cover a wide variety of topics that emphasize how the human body functions. The course will have an introduction to the process of science, genetics and inheritance in addition to an overview of the body systems.

In this course, you will be presented information that will allow you to comprehend and make informed decisions about your basic health and issues that may become apparent over time. The information will also allow you to evaluate and discuss topics associated with health and nutrition and to understand the scientific processes that are the foundation of scientific and medical advances.

The class applies to the science requirement of the core curriculum at The University of Mississippi. The associated laboratory is BISC 103 and cannot be taken online.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the process of science and evaluate the validity of common scientific hypotheses.
  2. Describe the structure and function of the human body, including organ systems involving circulation, eating, breathing, reproduction, nerve control and exercise.
  3. Compare and contrast normal body functions with abnormal as they become apparent in their own bodies.
  4. Interpret the results of genetic screening to predict inherited genetic traits and understand genetic screening and molecular forensics at a basic level.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 13 instructional modules within 5 unit modules and 2 proctored examinations.

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.

*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Unit Module



Due for Grades

Pacing guide to complete the course in a semester

Start Here


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*
NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

  • Syllabus Quiz

Week 1



Introduction videos

  • Log in and register for McGraw-Hill Connect and LearnSmart – Complete Introduction exercise
  • Discussion board – Introduce Yourself

Week 1



Module 1: Scientific Study of Life
Chapter 1 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 1
  • Connect Quiz – Module 1
  • Journal – Extraterrestrial Life
  • Scientific Method Paragraph

Week 2


Module 2: Cells, Tissues and Organ Systems 
3 (all)
23 (pgs 461-468)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 3, 23
  • Connect Quiz - Module 2
  • Journal – Building Blocks
  • Cell Structure and Tissue Quizlet Set

Week 3



Module 3: Energy and Chemistry of Life
2 (all)
4 (pgs 69-75)
6 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 2, 4
  • Connect Quiz – Module 3 
  • Journal – Energy and Our Cells
  • Cellular Respiration Assignment

Week 4


Module 4: Digestive System and Nutrition
Chapter 28 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 28
  • Connect Quiz – Module 4
  • Journal – Digestive and Nutritional Disorders
  • Nutrition Label Exercise

Week 5


Module 5: Transport within the Body
27 (all)
29 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 27, 29
  • Connect Quiz – Module 5
  • Journal – Immune System
  • Interview Assignment and Survey

Week 6

Mid Term Exam

Comprehensive proctored exam covering Unit Modules 1-2 (Lesson Modules 1-5).  Review Available
NOTE: you must submit your midterm exam before the last half of the course materials will appear.

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Week 7


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.



Module 6: Chemical Regulation within the Body
4 (pgs 75-80)
28 (pgs 570-575)
25 (all) 

  • LearnSmart – Chapters 4, 25, 28
  • Connect Quiz – Module 6
  • Journal – Endocrine Disorders
  • Virtual Urinalysis Activity and Quiz

Week 8


Module 7: Nervous System and Special Senses
Chapter 24 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 24
  • Connect Quiz – Module 7
  • Journal – Concussions
  • Drugs and the Brain Summary

Week 9


Module 8: Movement of the Body
Chapter 26 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 26
  • Connect Quiz – Module 8
  • Journal – Performance Enhancers
  • Osteoporosis Interview and Survey

Week 10



Module 9: DNA and Protein Synthesis
7 (all)
8 (pgs 141-144)

  • LearnSmart – Chapters 7, 8
  • Connect Quiz – Module 9
  • Journal – Genetic Mutations
  • DNA and Protein Quizlet Set
  • DNA Extraction Activity

Week 11


Module 10: DNA Technology
Chapter 11 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 11
  • Connect Quiz – Module 10
  • Journal – Ethics of Gene Modification
  • Transgenic Organism Assignment

Week 12


Module 11: Cellular Reproduction and Inheritance
8 (pgs 139-140, 145-150)
9 (all)
10 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 8, 9, 10
  • Connect Quiz – Module 11
  • Journal – Genetic Disorders
  • Punnett Square Practice

Week 13


Module 12: Human Reproduction and Development
Chapter 30 (all)

  • LearnSmart – Chapter 30
  • Connect Quiz – Module 12
  • Journal – Contraception
  • “Life’s Greatest Miracle” Video and Quiz

Week 14



Module 13: Our Health and Bodies Summary

  • LearnSmart – Review for Final
  • Journal – What Did I Learn?

Week 15

Final Exam

Comprehensive proctored exam covering Unit Modules 3-5 (Lesson Modules 6-13)
Review Available

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit
All course work must be submitted and graded to be eligible to sit for the Final Exam.

Week 16


GRADING SCALE: It is the policy of the School of Accountancy not to use the +/- grading scale.
A 90-100%
A- 88-89.9%
B+ 85-87.9%
B 80-84.9%
B- 78-79.9%
C+ 75-77.9%
C 70-74.9%
C- 68-69.9%
D 60-67.9%
F Below 60


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.