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Summer 2013 BIO 202 Human Biology (3 units)

Section 8024 & 8076    Begins 6/10 and Ends 7/18

Course Description

Welcome to Human Biology!
This course is designed for non-science majors as a survey of the characteristics, structure and processes of the human body as they relate to society and the environment.  This course is also designed for those students who need a review of the fundamentals of the human body before taking science courses required for the allied health sciences.  This course is transferable to UC and CSU.

  • Instructor:  Rachel Donham
  • Email:, after the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information:
    • Textbook:  978-0-07-352548-8: , Approximate cost new $150
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 10 to 14 hours per week reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions. Remember this is a 17 week class condensed into 6 weeks!
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class.
  • Assignments & Tests: This course is divided into 4 modules.  Within each module there are multiple lectures.  Please read the posted lectures, then the chapters in the book which correspond to the lectures posted online.  After each lecture, there is a 5 points quiz you should take under Assignments, Tests and Surveys to help you prepare for the module exams. 

    At the end of each module, there is a module exam (also found under Assignments, Tests and Surveys). There are exam reviews posted for each module that should be used to guide your studies.  Please see the schedule below for lecture topics, readings and due dates of materials.  Exams will be posted by 9 a.m. on the date they are scheduled to open.

    During the course, there will be one discussion topic per week (for a total of 6 discussions).  To obtain full credit, your initial response must be at least 20 words, and you must also respond to two other student comments, these should also be 20 words each.  Responses to discussions will be worth up to 20 points.  Respect of others is required in the discussions!  An announcement will be sent to your email when the discussions are available.

    Although this is an online class, the goal is to make it as interactive as possible, so please use the Chat Room, Private Messages and Questions Folder (found under Discussions and Private Messages) to ask questions, make comments and learn from each other! 
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes program. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Login ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021045
Username = joga21045

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411