Fall 2020 - HSCI 100 D100

Human Biology (3)

Class Number: 5773

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

    We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2020
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby



An examination of the biological processes that underlie human health and well-being, with emphasis on the evolutionary and ecological influences affecting human populations. Students with credit for BISC 101 may not take HSCI 100 for further credit. Breadth-Science.


This course focuses on the evolutionary principles relevant to understanding human health and disease. It provides an introduction to human anatomy, physiology, and genetics within the context of human life history (i.e. human growth, development, reproduction, and senescence).
Topics will include:

  • Knowledge production and dissemination through Indigenous and Western science.
  • Organization and regulation of biological systems
  • Human cardiovascular system, digestive system, respiratory system, urinary system, nervous system, endocrine system, immunity, and reproduction
  • Origin of life, genetic inheritance, phenotypic plasticity
  • Evolution and ecological relationships
  • Environmental and social contexts or challenges and their impact on human life and health.


  1. Explain the basic biological principles that underlie human health and well-being.
  2. Describe broadly the organization and regulation of the major biological systems in humans and their relation to each other and the natural world.
  3. Describe the proximate and ultimate causes and factors affecting human health and well-being.
  4. Explain the differences, similarities, and combined possibilities of Indigenous and Western science or ways of knowing.
  5. Reflect on the way culture and worldviews shape understandings of the human body and our health and well-being.


  • Quizzes 24%
  • Final Exam 20%
  • Knowledge Mobilization Paper 20%
  • Journal 10%
  • Wiki/blog 26%


The professor may make changes to the syllabus if necessary, within Faculty / University regulations. **Students with credit for BISC 101 may not take HSCI 100 for further credit.** 

(The grading scheme may change before/after the start of class.  Students will be notified through Canvas).



Required readings will be made available in the course Canvas page.


Goodenough and McGuire. Biology of Humans: concepts, applications and issues. with Mastering Biology.  Benjamin Cummings. Toronto.  6th Ed.

The 5th Edition of this textbook is also suitable for use in the course.  The textbook is recommended for students who have not taken high school biology, not taken related courses recently or those who simply want additional study and preparation resources.
ISBN: 978-0134045443

An electronic or 'ebook' or 'eText' version of this textbook is also available.  It offers easy offline reading via the Pearson eText app (free from the App Store or Google Play). Students can highlight and take notes that then sync between their devices when they're back online.  Note that this version does not come with "Mastering Biology" tools or resources.
ISBN: 978-0134874104

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).