Announcements (refresh)

17 April 2015 C.E.

I am giving you the option to retake the examination on which you scored the lowest. This applies only to Examinations 1-5. Please read the following points very carefully.

1. If you choose to retake, then you must retake the examination on which you scored the lowest. You do not get to choose which examination to retake unless your lowest examination score occurred on more than one examination. 

2. Choosing to retake cannot hurt your score. If you score the same as or lower than you did the first time, nothing will change. If you score higher on the retake version than you did originally, I'll replace your original score with the higher score. 

3. You will not have the option to retake unless you submit this survey by the deadline (noon on 02 May). There will be no exceptions.

4. If you retake, you will be given the retake version of the examination immediately upon submitting Lecture Examination 6. (This means that you will take both the final examination and the retake on the day of the final examination.)

5. You have only one chance at Lecture Examination 6 (the final examination). Therefore, be sure you study fully for Lecture Examination 6, and do not study for the retake (since it cannot hurt you) unless you are sure that you are fully prepared for Lecture Examination 6. 

6. Your guidance scores (Blow-Off Score, etc.) are calculated on the assumption that you will not improve on the retake version. However, it is of course possible for you to improve.

7. The retake is not identical to the original examination. However, the retake is of equal difficulty, and it is also made up only of multiple-choice questions.

Use the following link by the deadline to exercise your option:

01 April 2015 C.E

Zainab noticed my glaring and embarrassing error on the key for examination 4, so some of you will notice a slight adjustment to your scores.

27 March 2015 C.E.

Here's an example of an animation explaining how the medullary gradient is created in the first place:

13 February 2015 C.E.

I accidentally left my recorder in the lecture room, so I won't be able to post Friday's recording until Monday.

11 February 2015 C.E.

I'm pleased to see a huge increase in the mean.

Examination 2's descriptive statistics:

Mean 71.0%
Minimum 44%
Maximum 94%

09 February 2015 C.E.

Consider volunteering:

02 February 2015 C.E.

Consider the following opportunity, if interested:

Hello. My name is Dr. Mahmood Vahedian, Founder of Phoenix Medical Scribes. We are currently looking for 3-5 individuals to add to our scribe team that will be able to work 3-4 days a week with 7-8 clinical hours a day. Currently we are hiring for our OB-GYN practices in the West Valley, therefore our scribes will need to be female. Soon we will also be looking for male scribes.


Working as a scribe will allow future medical professionals the opportunity to work alongside a physician or physician assistant and gain experience that exceeds any shadowing opportunity. As a scribe, one will be able to enhance their skills, work ethic, time management, and interpersonal skills. Scribes will be taught an abundance of medical knowledge greatly from their responsibility documenting the physician/patient encounter including the patient's history, reason for office visit/medical attention, physical examination, test results, procedures, and the assessment/plan for medical treatment.  

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28 January 2015 C.E.

Now that the deadline for the Chapter 17 Connect homework has expired, I have updated Blackboard with the current scores, using the better of your two scores (if you made two attempts). If your score had been automatically entered in Blackboard previously (because you chose to link Connect to Blackboard), you might have noticed that your score has decreased by a tiny amount. That's just because Connect sends Blackboard scores in points, whereas the values that matter (and that are used to compute your total) are percentages. On a related note, if any future score from Connect gets automatically forwarded to Blackboard before the due date, you should realize that that score has not yet been incorporated into you total score. Only when I upload Connect scores as a class (after each due date) will the Connect scores be incorporated into the total score. As of today, all total scores are current.

26 January 2015 C.E.

Examination 1's descriptive statistics:

Mean 60.2%
Minimum 26%
Maximum 98%

25 January 2015 C.E.

Please remember to bring a green Scantron form.

21 January 2015 C.E.

Interested students should check out the Summer Research Opportunities Program.
15 January 2015 C.E.

I will need to cancel my office hour on Tuesday 20 January. If you were planning on coming to speak with me on that day, please email me and let me know, so we can make arrangements. I will have a lot of availability on Wednesday, for instance.

15 January 2015 C.E.

I forgot to mention that some of the questions on Connect are not well-suited to (or perhaps even possible on) mobile devices, so you should plan on completing the Connect assignments using a desktop computer.

06 January 2015 C.E.

The slide shows and the recordings page are also now available. Please let me know if any part of the website does not work.

06 January 2015 C.E.

The course syllabus is now available.

05 January 2015 C.E.

Please be aware that, although purchase of a textbook is optional as explained on the Textbooks page, BIO202 requires purchase of access to Connect. The details for purchase and registration are found in this PDF.

23 December 2014 C.E.


Welcome to BIO202. For various reasons, I am choosing to use my own website (this one) for this course, but you will be required to visit Blackboard to view your scores. If any item in the menu to the left is unavailable as a link, that is because the corresponding page is being amended. When changes have been made, the menu item will become an active link.

You are required to check these announcements daily throughout the term, and any announcements that appear here will be official. It is a good idea to take a few minutes right now and familiarize yourself with this website. You should also take a look at the global site to see whether there is anything that might be helpful to you in any of your courses. It would be silly not to at least take a look to see what's there that might help you.

I want you to succeed in this course, but doing so is going to require a commitment on your part. Part of that commitment is carefully reading everything, including all parts of this website. You should do that BEFORE you become busy (that means before the term starts).

There are two things that you should take care of immediately. You should visit the link for Bonus Points, because you will not have a chance for any extra points later in the term. Also, you MUST read and submit the Rules Consent Form. You will receive no credit for any work until that electronic form is submitted.

I'll see you soon.