Announcements (refresh)

19 April 2017 C.E.

ASU will be in need of qualified tutors next term. This is a great way not only to help other students but to cement what you have learned in your brain for permanent storage. If you are interested, you may contact Alternatively, you are able to directly apply for the position by looking it up through the ASU jobs portal using the requisition ID 30155BR.

14 April 2017 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 01 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:

14 April 2017 C.E.

Examination 5:
Mean 74.6%
Range 42% - 98%

27 March 2017 C.E.

Examination 4:
Mean 71.9%
Range 50% - 96%
27 February 2017 C.E.

Examination 3:
Mean 77.4%
Range 48% - 98%
21 February 2017 C.E.

Consider this:


08 February 2017 C.E.

Examination 2:
Mean 81.3%
Range 44% - 98%

07 February 2017 C.E.

Please be aware of this:


01 February 2017 C.E.

On my ride home, I got the feeling that I misspoke today. I think I told you that the RIGHT atrioventricular valve is called the mitral vlave, but of course the mitral valve is the LEFT atrioventricular valve (or bicuspid valve). It doesn't make sense for the tricuspid valve to look like a mitre, because a mitre (bishop's hat) has two flaps (front and back). That's why the bicuspid valve is also called the mitral valve. Sorry about the confusion.

29 January 2017 C.E.

Please be aware of this opportunity:

23 January 2017 C.E.

Examination 1:
Mean 74.1%
Range 36% - 96%

21 January 2017 C.E.

For the upcoming examination, you will need to bring this kind of DataLink form.

12 January 2017 C.E.

An important message from ASU's DRC:

A notetaker is needed for this class. In exchange for providing this service, the selected notetaker will be paid a stipend of $25.00 per credit, i.e. total of $75 for a 3 credit class OR if preferred, awarded a letter of community service at the end of the semester. If you take clear, concise notes and are willing to share a copy, visit the DRC's web page and click on any of the DRC Connect links on the page and click "sign up as a notetaker".

Please visit to access the DRC Connect web portal.

The process is explained in this video:

08 January 2017 C.E.

The laboratory syllabus is now available.

06 January 2017 C.E.

I have added some laboratory links to the menu. A separate laboratory syllabus will be available soon. There is no laboratory meeting during the first week.

12 December 2016 C.E.

I have amended the course syllabus. The current version (12 December) is now available.

09 December 2016 C.E.

The course syllabus has been posted. Please realize that the syllabus might change. If I upload an updated version, I will post an announcement here. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are using the most current version (printed at the top of the syllabus).

11 November 2016 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.