is this course different from a regular Human Biology
The content of Human Biology Online is identical to the
content of the face-to-face version of Human
Biology. One difference is that you will be doing
all of your work on a computer rather in a
classroom. Another difference is that you get
to decide when you will "go to school". This is an
ideal course for a busy person who is
self-motivated. Otherwise the course is the same and
you will get the same chance to interact with your
classmates and teacher. You will also get the same
do I register?
You register just like you would for a regular course.
Click on Online
to register online.
I need to do after I register?
1. Check your student email account regularly.
All Hartnell students have student email accounts
(email@example.com). You should
check your student email account regularly (everyday once
the fastrack session begins) for important information
about this course. For more information about student
email accounts visit: http://www.hartnell.edu/students/mail.html.
This is VERY IMPORTANT. All course communications will be
sent to your Hartnell student email account.
2. Send your name, an alternate email address (not your
Hartnell student email account), and phone number to your
The first weeks assignment is posted at the bottom of this
page. You can get ahead by a few days if you start
your first assignment as soon as you register!
Use of Multiple Browser
Windows is a no-no! Avoid this
practice, or do it at your own risk! It is easy
to log yourself out of one and get logged out of
the others, losing what you were working on -
assignments, tests, etc. You will be prompted to
log back in!
if I don't have a computer?
Computers are available at the Hartnell
Library. Computers are also available at the Hartnell
open computer lab. Public libraries have computers as
well. Click here
to learn more.
I don't know how to use E-mail or the Internet?
You will need to learn how to do this before you sign up
for the course. Visit the following site to learn about
the internet: web
All Hartnell students have student email
accounts. You should check your student email
account regularly for important information about this
course. For more information about student email accounts
the course organized?
Course is organized into units. Since
is a fastrack course, students will complete three
units each week. (In a normal course,
each unit would be completed in 1 week)
Students must keep up with the current unit. This is
not a self paced course.
For each unit students will:
Read assigned chapter (s).
View a lecture.
Complete Guided Practice Questions.
Go on a Virtual Field Trip (visit websites
relating to that unit's topic)
Participate in Discussion (a minimum of 2
Turn in Assignment.
Complete Take Home Quiz.
How you do on quizzes, midterms, your participation in
discussion, and your assignments determines your grade.
time will I spend on this course?
You will need to put 20+ hours of time into this class a
week. You should expect to be on your
computer everyday during the 6 week course.
It is ideal to turn work in early in the week to receive
the maximum amount of feedback before taking the quizzes.
will I be graded?
Midterms and Quizzes
A. 40% of your grade is based on the take
quizzes, 5 midterms and a final.
B. The Guided Practice Questions in each unit will help
prepare you for the quizzes in each unit. The "Take Home
Quizzes" are short quizzes that count toward your grade,
but are open book and may be taken at home. The
questions are very similar to what you will encounter on
the midterms. The midterm and quiz questions are based
primarily on the textbook reading for each week. Each
student gets one chance only to take a quiz or midterm.
The quizzes and midterms are timed to encourage you to
study before taking the quiz. Prepare using the guided
practice and you will be able to finish in the time
A. 30% of your grade is based on assignments. You must
have a valid excuse to turn in late assignments.
B. All assignments are worth 20 points.Copying
the text is not permitted. Anyone caught doing this will
receive a zero on the assignment and could face
consequences from Hartnell College. Please refer to your
student handbook for more information on academic
A. 30% of your grade is based on discussion
participation. You must post one time a unit when a
discussion topic is assigned and respond once to other
student's postings. If you don’t post by the stated due
day, you won’t get any points. You are expected to only
post quality information that pertains directly to
course content. I will create a topic area for you to
talk freely, however, this is a way for you to make
friends, not gain class credit, and any postings in this
area will not be included in your grade. You are
expected to be polite and respectful in your
communications at all times. I also suggest you
spell check your postings.
B. Each discussion post is worth 10 points, for a
total of 20 potential points per unit. A discussion
rubric will be included in your orientation
You will get your midterm and quiz scores immediately.
Please allow one week for discussion and assignment
You will earn at least an A if you earn 9-10 points/10
points, at least a B if you earn 8-9 points /10 points,
and at least a C if you earn 7-8 points/10 points.
Discussion and quizzes are worth 20 points per
week so you need to double the points: 18-20 =A,
16-18 =B, and 14-16 =C.
What is my
Read Chapter 1 What is Life? and complete the
plagiarism unit in Week 1. Then answer the following
a. In your own words, explain what plagiarism is and how
to avoid it.
b. What is the course policy for those who plagiarize? Part B
a. In order to maintain life, organisms must maintain a
relatively constant internal environment, called
homeostasis. How is this accomplished?
b. What is the difference between a hypothesis and a
a. Write the answer to the above questions in your own
words (i.e. don't copy straight out of the book and don't
copy someone else's work).
b. Use the dropbox for Unit 1 to turn in your assignment
once class begins.
Week 1 Discussion: You can start writing an
introduction of yourself to the class which you will
post once you gain access to the course site.
Some ideas for your introductory statement include:
Your year in school
Your biology background
Your academic goals
Why you are taking this class
Your work experience
Anything else we should know about you :)