Fall 2022 - HSCI 100 D100

Human Biology (3)

Class Number: 2132

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 18, 2022
    Sun, 12:00–3:00 p.m.



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 major scientific and biological principles relevant to understanding human health and disease. It provides an introduction to human anatomy, physiology, and inheritance over human life history (i.e. human growth, development, reproduction, and senescence) and the context for humans (i.e. environmental, socioeconomic, historical, etc.).

Topics will include, but are not limited to:

· Knowledge production and dissemination through Indigenous and Western science.
· Organization and regulation of biological systems.
· Human cardiovascular system, digestive system, urinary system, respiratory 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.

EXPECTATIONS / IMPORTANT NOTES: 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.**


  • Midterm Quizzes (2 x 15%) 30%
  • Final Exam - in person 20%
  • Knowledge Mobilization Paper 20%
  • Miskasowin Journal (2x online) 10%
  • Tutorial Attendance and participation 5%
  • Weekly packback participation 15%



  1. Most required course materials will made available in Canvas in PDF or other accessible electronic format.
  2. Subscription to Packback discussion and coaching app. Details are supplied at start of course and in syllabus.


Goodenough and McGuire. Biology of Humans: concepts, applications and issues. 4th, 5th, or 6th edition. Benjamin Cummings. Toronto.

Chapter numbers in syllabus correspond to 6th edition of Goodenough and McGuire.

There is a low-cost eText available online at:
The Pearson eText gives learners 12-months access to the title for $49.99. It’s reflowable on any device and accessible offline from the Pearson eText app.


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Registrar Notes:


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