Ann Reisenauer - Biology 11

Bio11 Green Sheet – Spring 2013

Human Biology (5 Units)

Instructors:  Ann Reisenauer

  • Lecture: Tu and Th in S34   1:30 pm - 3:20 pm 
  • Lab: Tu or Th in SC2116   10:30 am - 1:15 pm    

Ann Reisenauer

  • email: (please put Bio11 in the subject box of all emails)
  • website:
  • Office Hours: TuTh 10-10:30 am in SC2116 or by appt

Course Description:

Study the human body and how it works. You will learn the anatomy and physiology of different body systems and some of the diseases that develop when the homeostasis of these systems fail. In addition, you will gain a better understanding of what science is and how scientists work.

Class materials

Textbook:        K. Ireland.  Visualizing Human Biology (3rd or 4th edition, recommended)

Lab manual:    Biology 11: Human Biology Laboratory Manual 3rd edition (required)

One pack of 3 X 5 inch index cards – bring to every lecture

Exams (2 midterms and Final @ 100 pts each)                           300 pts

Index card questions & in-class activities (5-10 pts each)         ~100        

Lab worksheets (9 worksheets @ 15 pts each)                           135

Group presentation                                                                        30 pts

         Total                                                                                   ~565 pts        

         Extra credit (see website for details)                                     10 pts

         A         90-100% of total points

         B         80-89%

         C         70-79%

         D         60-69%

         F         <60%

At some point during most lectures, I will also ask you to respond to a problem on an index card or complete an in-class activity. Most cards will be worth 5 pts but some will be 10 pts.

I will sort the 10-pt cards into 3 piles according to the completeness of your answers. They will be marked with either a green marker (well-supported answer = 10 pts), a blue marker (partially-supported answer = 7 pts), or a red marker (incomplete answer = 4 pts). If you do not get a green mark, you may talk with your classmates/me, revise your answer, and turn your card back in to raise your score to a maximum of 8 pts. You may collect your graded cards during lab.

You typically cannot receive credit for index cards done when you are absent. But I don't expect you to be able to attend all lectures, so I will give everyone a "free" card. For example I will count only 20 of 21 index card questions. In the case of certain excused absences, you can make up the 10 pt index cards for a maximum of 8 points.

Lab worksheets (15 pts)

Every student needs his or her own copy of the worksheets each week. When you finish a lab you will show me your notes/worksheets to receive a stamp. That stamp verifies your participation for the day.

After lab you will finish the lab worksheets and turn them in the following week. Worksheets are due in lab one week after the lab date. Lab worksheets handed in without a stamp receive an automatic 6-point deduction. Worksheets turned in two weeks after the lab date receive a 2-point late deduction.  Worksheets that are more than 2 weeks late are not accepted. 

Labs cannot be made up unless you attend another lab section that same week.

Lecture exams

Exam questions will include multiple choice, matching and short answer questions.  Only material covered in lecture will be on the exams and exams are not cumulative.  Please bring a scantron and a #2 pencil with you to the exams.  Make-up exams may be given when a student has a reasonable excuse for missing the exam and notifies me in advance.  Make-up exams will be essay exams and must be taken within a week of the original test date.

  • Investigate the forms and functions of selected human organ systems from the molecular/cellular level to homeostasis at the organismal level.
  • Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the biological principles underlying current human health dilemmas, such as the causes of disease, use of biotechnologies, management of epidemics and public health, ecological/environmental health, and social health inequities.
Attendance, Drop Policy

You are expected to attend all lectures and to complete all labs and assignments. If you choose to withdraw from the class, it is your responsibility to drop the class before the drop date. Students who do not drop the course by this deadline and who stop coming to class will get an F in the course.


In the spirit of collegiality, students are encouraged to work together in lab, form study groups and challenge each other. However, written assessments such as quizzes and exams are considered to be the individual and independent work of the student alone.

Students who cheat will receive zero points on that exam, assignment, extra credit or other means of evaluation. Cell phone use during a test for any reason is considered cheating. Plagiarism will result in zero points for that assignment. 

email Email: Ann Reisenauer
Office: SC1 2nd floor 
TuTh 10-10:30 a.m. in lab, SC2116


Last Updated: 5/11/13