BIO091 - Biology

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This course is an introduction to the characteristics and functions of human biological systems, cells, tissues, organs, and various organ systems. Structure, function and the maintenance of homeostasis are explored in relation to health. Students examine anatomical models and/or engage in laboratory exercises and/or investigate through computer simulation. The students complete a capstone research project which is presented at the end of the course.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.      Describe the characteristics of life and important life processes of humans.
2.      Describe the structural organization of the human body and how body systems relate to one another.
3.      Explain the fundamental characteristics of cell structure, function, and reproduction.
4.      Describe the general characteristics and function of the four major tissue classifications.
5.      Describe the structure and basic functions of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, nervous and excretory systems.
6.      Explain the relationships between identified human body systems, homeostasis, and health.
7.      Explain the personal, ethical, sociocultural, economic and environmental impacts of changes being brought about by biological research.
8.      Describe lab safety protocols to ensure a safe environment for self and others.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Grade 11 or higher math skills required

Topic Outline
1.      Characteristics of Living Things & Properties of Matter
·         Building-blocks of matter
·         Associations among atoms
·         Special purpose chemicals
·         Molecules of Life
2.      The Cell
·         Topography, Organelles, Cell membrane
·         Cellular metabolism & energy
·         Organization of the body
3.      Tissues
4.      Integumentary System
5.      Musculo-Skeletal System & Movement
·         Anatomical Position & Planes
·         Joint types & Movements
·         Muscle
6.      Respiratory System
7.      Circulatory System
8.      Endocrine System
9.      Nervous System
·         Central Nervous System
·         The Nerve Impulse
·         Sensory & Motor Function
·         Autonomic Nervous System
Excretory System

Mode of Instruction
Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.
Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor.

Prescribed Texts
Latest edition of:
Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences
by Wendi Roscoe
Nelson College Indigenous, publisher

Recommended Texts:

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Please note:  to satisfy the Pre-health graduation requirements, student's must obtain a  minimum grade of 60% if wishing to pursue a BSCN or 65% if wishing to pursue the RPN program.

In Class Section
2 Term Tests 30%
2 Quizzes 10%
3 Labs 20%
1 Assignment 10%
Final Examination 30%
Total 100%

Term Work:

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late take-home assignments will be penalized one letter grade per day and will not be graded after one week (there is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade).  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.
If a student has to miss any in-class quiz/test, he/she must notify the faculty via email or phone messages prior to start time of the quiz/test date.  Valid documentation (such as original stamped doctors’ note) must be submitted to the faculty on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities may be arranged at the Test Centre.
Student Success:

Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood