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BIOSCI202 - Intro to Human Physiology - Dr. Sean Gandomi

Course:Intro to Human Physiology
Professor:Dr. Sean Gandomi
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Hello Every one! My name is Dr. Sean Gandomi. I have a background in internal medicine. Although I have been teaching in the College of the Canyons since 2017, my teaching experience goes back to almost two decades ago.

Human physiology is my favorite subject. I think I can relate to human physiology more than any other, because of my clinical background that it helps me to relay relay information to my students using clinical examples.

I know for fact that physiology is a tricky subject. In order for my student to succeed, I have created a diverse grading criteria that includes several types of activities and assignments to help students who might be strong in one thing and not the other. Punctuality and good time management is primary key to success in my class. 

Before pandemic, I enjoyed lots of camping, fishing and moderate outdoor activities. Just like you, I have been endured a lot of stress during last few months but I intend to stay strong and carry on!

Course Description

Units: 4.00 - UC:CSU, May Be Taken Once for Credit

Prerequisite: BIOSCI-100 or BIOSCI-100H Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for college level English (ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H). Eligibility for college level Math course with an Intermediate Algebra prerequisite (MATH-103, MATH-140).

Examines the functioning of the human body, including cells and membranes, nerve and muscle function, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal physiology, metabolism, sensory organs, lymphatic and immune systems, endocrinology and reproduction. Students gain experience in the use of standard and computerized physiological equipment. UC credit limitations: BIOSCI-201, 202, and 204, 205 combined; maximum credit 8 units. 

What to Expect in this Course

  • Online/remote classes require strong organizational skills and self-discipline and your success depends on your continuous work from day one. Students should plan to spend at least 8 hours per lecture on coursework, daily visit the Canvas pages to check on discussions, review the learning modules and complete weekly online homework assignments. Do not fall behind!
  • In order to not fall behind you must start early and even before class start.
  • For this course, you must have an email address, regular access to reliable internet connection, a web browser, a computer with a webcam, and a word-processing program such as Microsoft Word.
  • Physiology is a rigorous course that needs strong anatomy background and hard work.
  • It is important to know the structure (anatomy) first, before you start learning the function (physiology) of each organ system. Since we won’t have time to go over anatomy, you’d better review your biology and anatomy notes before the course starts.
  • Understanding the processes is much more effective than memorizing.
  • After second week, You will need to purchase the McGraw-Hill Education Smart Connect access code in order to complete your online homework and virtual lab experiments.
  • All exams will be administered online. Exams will be open for up to 24 hours and will be proctored by Proctorio. For more information refer to the course syllabus.
  • It is impertaive to make up your mind if you are comfortable with proctored online exams and drop the course if  you are not.
  • You must have a computer or lap top with a working webcam and microphone in order to take the exams.
  • This class uses a combination of synchronous and asynchronous method. It means we will meet online once a week during the regular class hours that are posted on the official schedule. However, all material will be available on CANVAS. Lectures will be pre-recorded on ConferZoom. Attendance of the live meetings is mandatory for two weeks and anytime after that I will announce. Anyway, according to the department chair we have to have live meetings.

Types of Assessments

Proctored Exams( Proctorio)/ Home Assignments / Virtual Lab Assignments / Discussion Boards

Textbook Information

Online Version of FOX Human Physiology- Do not purchase in advance! I will post the link every semester one week before the class start through the syllabus!

Updated link to the online textbook and homework will be provided every semester through the syllabus at least one week before the class starts!

Other Relevant Course Information

BioSci 202 is an online live class. To confirm your place in the class, you should log in to the Canvas page and attend the live two meetings( no exception).

Otherwise, you will be considered absent and will be dropped from the class. You will also need to regularly check your email( twice a day), visit the Canvas pages ( twice a day)to keep up with the announcements, assignments, readings, and to take tests.

Absence in the first class meeting or early departures WILL BE dropped( NO EXCEPTION)

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.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 1024