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Biosci140 - Introduction to Human Genetics - Julie Nguyen

Course:Introduction to Human Genetics
Professor:Julie Nguyen
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello students, I am Julie Nguyen, your Biosci140 Professor this coming fall.  Any questions, feel free to email me at, or visit my office hours (OH) remotely on Monday and Friday (8am to 9:00am) starting Aug 22nd via Canvas Zoom Link.  If necessary, you can request a special OH with me by sending me an email request via Canvas email box.

Please read, follow, and review the listed information below to learn more about the section requirements and layout for the Fall 2022 semester.

Course Description


Course SLO Description:

  • This class introduces the principles of human genetics and the function of DNA; genes, chromosomes and patterns of inheritance are explored.
  • Not designed for biological science majors. 
  • In this course you will learn the basic principles of human genetics that include transmission genetics, patterns of inheritance, structure and function of genes, and chromosomes, genetic disorders, population genetics, genetics of immunity, cancer, and aging, and various genetic technologies (including but not limited to reproduction, cellular, and molecular).
  • The course will be available on Canvas starting at the first week of August 22nd, 2022. 
    You will receive via email a copy of the course syllabus and other course related information a week before class starts – please check your email for updates. 

What to Expect in this Course

What to Expect:

  • In order to do well in all parts of student learning objectives (SLO), you are required to read all assigned reading materials and genetics homework assignments. All text chapter reading materials via ppts, lecture study guides, and/or videos will be made available on Canvas. 
  • This is a fixed-date online course that will start 22nd August and end December 10th, 2022. 
  • Students can access the course content at the starting date August 22nd at 8:00am.
  • All learning materials, syllabus, lectures, outlines, assignments, chapter quizzes, and three non-cumulative exams will be posted on Canvas. 
  • Students will be asked to complete ALL assignments, quizzes, and exams within the specific dates posted on the Canvas platform (also on Syllabus).
  • Since this is a 100% online class, there will be no make-up exams – no exceptions.  The exams, quizzes, and assignments are opened for the duration of a posted due date window.  You need to manage your time/date schedule to complete the assigned course tasks accordingly.
    In the event of a medical emergency due to severe illness, hospitalization, family emergency (i.e., death of a family member), or an extreme hardship, signed official documentation (i.e., physician’s report, hospital receipt, or death certificate) will be required as evidence to be considered for an extended date of taking the make-up exam or quizzes.
  • Students who fail to complete the first Module 1 assignments during the first week of class will be dropped from the course.
  • Students are required to enter and must complete the “Introduce yourself discussion” on the Canvas Discussion Board during the first week of class - failure to comply with these mandatory requirements will result in an automatic drop from the course roster in order to accept students on the waiting list.

Types of Assessments


  • There are 15 modules wherein each module there are reading assignment(s), short end of the chapter quizzes, and/or video simulation that must be completed for credit toward the final grade.
  • Six one-hour length exams from chapters covered within the modules (refer to syllabus)
  • Students must score 70% or higher on each exam and assignment to pass the course.

Textbook Information

Textbook Information (or Link to OER Textbook):  Mandatory

Ricki Lewis: Human Genetics: Concepts & Applications (13th ed. 2021)

You can acquire a hard (loose leaf or bound) copy of the text via COC Bookstore or
electronically purchase McGraw-Hill ebook via registration by viewing this weblink:


Other Relevant Course Information

Tool(s) Used to Meet:  Canvas Platform

  • To connect to Canvas, you will need reliable access to the internet via a computer, tablet or phone. 
  • If you need help with computer questions, Canvas support, and/or computer loans, you can go to:
       ASG Computer support:
    ASG Computer Labs (
       or TLC Canvas support: The Learning Center (
  • Stable internet access via a computer is required, and you should have basic computer skills, including how to attach files to emails or upload to Canvas.  All lecture materials will be made available on Canvas via the Module, Assignment, and Quizzes menu.
  • Students will submit all the required course assignments and exams via Canvas at the indicated due date and time to receive proper credit. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 08/08/2022 Sub#: 1444