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Page updated January 21, 2020

Denise Lim

Cabrillo Biology Faculty since 1994

BIO 5 :: Human Physiology

This course is an introduction to the functions of the healthy human body. Emphasis is on the underlying chemical basis of cells, tissues, organs, and body systems. This course examines general physiological principles, specific body systems, and the integration of multiple body systems.


BIO 6 :: Microbiology

Biology 6 is an introductory microbiology course that covers the cell structure, growth, metabolism, genetics, and control of microorganisms. The history of microbiology and the role of microorganisms in disease causation and transmission are also covered. While all microorganisms are introduced in this course, the emphasis will be on the bacteria. The laboratory exercises demonstrate the appropriate methods for handling, transferring, culturing and identifying bacteria.


  1. Test Anxiety? Read this! And watch this video!
  2. Know Yourself: Play to your strengths when you study. Go to and take a simple, fast assessment quiz that will help you understand your learning styles. This website also has tips for effective studying for each learning style.
  3. Joe McCullough from the Physic's department has an amazing website full of great ideas about learning, study, and life skills at Accelerated Learning and Life Skills Blog. Check it out for fun and useful tips!
  4. Study Guide: I have prepared a Study Guide for each course that contains all the material for which you are responsible.  The exams will be based on the Study Guide, so USE IT!
  5. Get Organized: Learning a large amount of material will be easier (note that I say "easier" not "easy"!) if you organize all that information into an logical, meaningful framework.
  6. Concept Mapping:  Draw connections and illustrate relationships between processes and concepts. Rote memorization is not enough! Your textbook uses concept maps extensively and contains some techniques for creating your own maps on pages 6 & 7. Here are some internet resources that might help as well:;;;
  7. Tutoring:  Cabrillo Tutorials offers free tutoring to those planning to pursue careers in the Health Occupations.  Contact Tutorials in Rm 1080A (upstairs in the Library) and at 479-6470 to see if you qualify.
  8. MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement): The MESA program is in Room 834 in the STEM Center and provides drop-in tutoring for Chemistry, Math, Physics, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology (usually). Check out tutors and hours at or call 831.479.5785.

How to Succeed in a Science Course: (7 Keys to Academic Success, plus my own advice)

1. Attend lectures and take notes. Here are links to articles and online resources you may find helpful.
Cornell Method of Note Taking –

Study Guides and Strategies (links to many learning resources) –

2. Study to teach! Watch this video on how we learn and remember.

3.  Be all in! Commit to scheduled study time every day. Don't rely on catching study time whenever you have a break or worse, one long weekend before a test – watch the video in item 2 above.

4. Re-listen, re-write, and re-organize. Studies have shown that success on exams depends on the level of detail in lecture notes and that notes taken during class are only 20 – 40% accurate and complete. To get the most out of lectures, it is important to rewrite and reorganize your notes to fill in missed information and understand the relationship between concepts. Relisten to lectures either by recording them yourself on your phone or other device, or they will be made available through arrangements with me.

5.  Write down your questions as you read the textbook and rewrite your lecture notes. Make sure that your questions are answered during lecture, office hours, or in a study group.

6.  Use your textbook effectively. The assigned reading should at least be skimmed before coming to lecture, such as reading the paragraph headings and looking at pictures and diagrams. Read the chapter more carefully while you rewrite your lecture notes after lecture. Read short sections of a chapter at a time. There is too much information to absorb all at once in one, or even two, readings.

7.  Form a study group with one or two other students. Not only is this a beneficial means to review and clarify the course information, it is an excellent way to get to know your classmates.

8.  Talk to the instructor regarding your questions either in class, during office hours or at some other pre-arranged time.

9Accommodations. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to ensure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodations, please contact the Learning Skills Program at 479-6220 (for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder) or Disabled Student Services at 479-6379, to make arrangements as soon as possible.


         Students are expected to attend all lectures and laboratories and to be on time for them. Excessive absences and repeated tardiness will be noted and will be reflected in the grade received at the end of the semester. If, due to an emergency, you are unable to attend class, it is your responsibility to obtain the information you missed from another student. Going on a vacation is not an emergency, and such an absence is unexcused. If you are not present for the laboratory introduction, you will not be able to participate in that day's exercise. If you have a prolonged illness or other unexpected circumstances, be sure to notify me as soon as possible.


For the sake of your fellow students, be attentive and quiet until the class is over. Please observe courteous classroom etiquette. Turn off all cell phones during class. If your phone rings in class, you will be asked to stand, introduce yourself and apologize to the rest of the class. No text messaging during class, please.


Be sure to check Cabrillo's academic caledar for the deadlines to ADD, REGISTER, or DROP a course.

If you do not drop yourself through WebAdvisor, you will not get a refund of your fees.

You are responsible for dropping yourself through WebAdvisor if you choose to withdraw from this course at anytime during the semester. Do not rely on the instructor to drop you. Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” on your transcript.


A state mandated change prohibits a student from enrolling in a course more than three times if the student has withdrawn or received a substandard grade (D, F, NP, or NC). This policy is retroactive (all your previous attempts count).


The District is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, employment, and all access to institutional programs and activities.  The District, and each individual who represents the District, shall provide access to its services, classes, and programs without regard to national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because  he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The Accessibility Support Center (ASC) offers academic support for students with disabilities at Cabrillo College. We are here to assist students with disabilities in achieving their academic goals by providing equal access to educational content and facilities.  For more information, contact

Support Services: 

Cabrillo College has many programs and services designed to help you during your academic journey.  You can visit the website at for a complete listing of support services.  These services are provided free of charge while you are a student.    Please take advantage of them.   
Financial Aid:   Cabrillo College provides several financial aid opportunities for students.  For tuition and/or book assistance information, go to
Student Rights and Responsibilities:   You are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment.  Your responsibilities as a student include:                                                                                     *Respect for your fellow students, staff, and faculty
*Actively participating in the learning environment
*Taking responsibility for learning and progressing in your course
*Requesting assistance from the instructor when needed
*Adhere to all academic integrity principles
*Reading and understanding the Cabrillo Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. (the student grievance procedure is outlined beginning on pg. 18 of the handbook).  
*Following all school policies and procedures (All policies and procedures can be found at 


Cabrillo College is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment.   The college will not tolerate acts of harassment or violence.  For campus safety and security information, go to



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