Human Biology

Human Biology

13th Edition | See Newer Edition

By Sylvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht

  • Copyright: 2014

  • Publication Date: Jan 07 2013

  • ISBN 10: 0073525480

  • ISBN 13: 9780073525488



Instructors consistently ask for a human biology textbook that helps students develop an understanding of the main themes of biology while placing the material in the context of the human body. Mader'

Instructors consistently ask for a human biology textbook that helps students develop an understanding of the main themes of biology while placing the material in the context of the human body. Mader's Human Biology was developed to fill this void.

To accomplish the goal of improving scientific literacy, while establishing a foundation of knowledge in human biology and physiology, Human Biology integrates a tested, traditional learning system with modern digital and pedagogical approaches designed to stimulate and engage today’s student.

Multimedia Integration: Michael Windelspecht represents the new generation of digital authors. Through the integration of multimedia resources, such as videos, animations and MP3 files, and in the design of a new series of guided tutorials, Dr Windelspecht has worked to bring Dr. Mader’s texts to the new generation of digital learners. A veteran of the online, hybrid, and traditional teaching environments, Dr. Windelspecht is well versed in the challenges facing today’s students and educators. Dr. Windelspecht guided all aspects of the Connect content accompanying Human Biology.

The authors of the text identified several goals that guided them through the revision of Human Biology, Thirteenth Edition:

  1. build upon the strengths of the previous editions of the text,
  2. enhance the learning process by integrating content that appeals to today’s students,
  3. deploy new pedagogical elements, including multimedia assets, to increase student interaction with the text,
  4. develop a new series of digital assets designed to engage the modern student and provide assessment of learning outcomes.

    • Language: English

    • Imprint: WCB/McGraw-Hill

    • Dimension: 8.9 x 10.7

    • Page Count: 672

    New Features

    • New Chapter Openers and Featured Readings
      To focus on the relevancy of biology to our everyday lives, the authors developed a series of new feature readings for this text. Each of these readings has a human focus, and in many cases represent topics that have recently been in the news. Each feature is supplemented by a series of questions that instructors may use to promote conversations in the classroom, or as the basis for one-minute opinion papers.
    • New Guided Tutorials Authored and Narrated by Michael Windelspecht
      The author of the textbook has prepared a series of 2-minute guided tutorials of some of the more difficult topics in the text.
    • Media Integration and Media Study Tools
      Multimedia, including MP3 files, animations and videos are integrated into every chapter. At the end of each chapter, a media table lists each of the media assets.
    • McGraw-Hill LabSmart™ THE Virtual Lab Experience
      Based on the same world-class, super-adaptive technology as LearnSmart, McGraw-Hill LabSmart is a must-see, outcomes based lab simulation. It assess a student’s knowledge and adaptively corrects deficiencies, allowing the student to learn faster and retain more knowledge with greater success.

    Key Features

    • Learning Outcomes
      The author has identified 3-4 Learning Outcomes for each heading. These have been constructed using Bloom's Taxonomy and will allow assessment of key concepts.
    • Before You Begin
      Allows the students to assess whether they have mastered prerequisite key concepts before proceeding further into the chapter material.
    • Connecting The Concepts
      Develops a series of learning threads that allow the instructor and student to bring related concepts together more easily.
    • Connections and Misconceptions
      These applications are designed to connect interesting topics to the student's life and address common misconceptions regarding the science of biology that students frequently have.
    • Check Your Progress
      Questions at the end of each section help students assess and/ or apply their understanding of the material in the section.
    • Infectious Diseases Supplement contains an up-to-date discussion of pandemic and emerging diseases as well as antibiotic resistance.
    • Updated Boxed Readings Throughout Human Biology features three different types of boxed readings. Theses readings have been thoroughly updated to remain current.
      Health Focus boxes provide relevant information and ideas that contribute to our overall well-being.
      Science Focus boxes describe how experimentation and observations have contributed to our knowledge about the living world.
      Bioethical Focus boxes describe modern situations that call for value judgments and challenge students to develop a point of view.
    • McGraw-Hill Connect® Biology provides online presentation, assignment, and assessment solutions. It connects your students with the tools and resources they’ll need to achieve success.
      With Connect Biology, you can deliver assignments, quizzes, and tests online. A robust set of questions and activities are presented and aligned with the textbook’s learning outcomes. As an instructor, you can edit existing questions and author entirely new problems. Track individual student performance—by question, assignment, or in relation to the class overall—with detailed grade reports. Integrate grade reports easily with Learning Management Systems (LMS), such as WebCT and -Blackboard—and much more.
      ConnectPlus Biology provides students with all the advantages of Connect Biology, plus 24/7 online access to an eBook. This media-rich version of the book is available through the McGraw-Hill Connect platform and allows seamless integration of text, media, and assessments.
    • McGraw-Hill LearnSmart™ is available as an integrated feature of McGraw-Hill Connect® Biology and provides students with a GPS (Guided Path to Success) for your course. Using artificial intelligence, LearnSmart intelligently assesses a student’s knowledge of course content through a series of adaptive questions. It pinpoints concepts the student does not understand and maps out a personalized study plan for success. This innovative study tool also has features that allow instructors to see exactly what students have accomplished and a built-in assessment tool for graded assignments. Visit the following site for a demonstration.
    • Human Biology Companion Website
      The Mader Human Biology companion website allows students to access a variety of free digital learning tools that include
      • Chapter-level quizzing
      • Vocabulary flashcards
      • Animations and videos
      • Chapter outlines









1 Exploring Life and Science
Unit 1 Human Organization
2 Chemistry of Life
3 Cell Structure and Function
4 Organization and Regulation of Body Systems

Table of Contents

1 Exploring Life and Science
Unit 1 Human Organization
2 Chemistry of Life
3 Cell Structure and Function
4 Organization and Regulation of Body Systems
Unit 2 Maintenance of the Human Body
5 Cardiovascular System: Heart and Blood Vessels
6 Cardiovascular System: Blood
7 The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
Infectious Diseases Supplement
8 Digestive System and Nutrition
9 Respiratory System
10 Urinary System
Unit 3 Movement and Support in Humans
11 Skeletal System
12 Muscular System
Unit 4 Integration and Coordination in Humans
13 Nervous System
14 Senses
15 Endocrine System
Unit 5 Reproduction in Humans
16 Reproductive System
17 Development and Aging
Unit 6 Human Genetics
18 Patterns of Chromosome Inheritance
19 Cancer
20 Patterns of Genetic Inheritance
21 DNA Biology and Technology
Unit 7 Human Evolution and Ecology
22 Human Evolution
23 Global Ecology and Human Interferences
24 Human Population, Planetary Resources, and Conservation



About the Authors

Sylvia Mader

Sylvia S. Mader has authored several nationally recognized biology texts published by McGraw Hill. Educated at Bryn Mawr College, Harvard University, Tufts University, and Nova Southeastern University, she holds degrees in both Biology and Education. Over the years she has taught at University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Massachusetts Bay Community College; Suffolk University; and Nathan Mayhew Seminars. Her ability to reach out to science-shy students led to the writing of her first text, Inquiry into Life, that is now in its thirteenth edition. Highly acclaimed for her crisp and entertaining writing style, her books have become models for others who write in the field of biology. Although her writing schedule is always quite demanding, Dr. Mader enjoys taking time to visit and explore the various ecosystems of the biosphere. Her several trips to the Florida Everglades and Caribbean coral reefs resulted in talks she has given to various groups around the country. She has visited the tundra in Alaska, the taiga in the Canadian Rockies, the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, and tropical rain forests in South America and Australia. A photo safari to the Serengeti in Kenya resulted in a number of photographs for her texts. She was thrilled to think of walking in Darwin’s steps when she journeyed to the Galápagos Islands with a group of biology educators. Dr. Mader was also a member of a group of biology educators who traveled to China to meet with their Chinese counterparts and exchange ideas about the teaching of modern-day biology.

Michael Windelspecht

As an educator, Dr. Michael Windelspecht has taught introductory biology, genetics, and human genetics in the online, traditional, and hybrid environments at community colleges, comprehensive universities, and military institutions. For over a decade he served as the Introductory Biology Coordinator at Appalachian State University where he directed a program that enrolled over 4,500 students annually. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of biology at ASU where he teaches nonmajors biology and human genetics in the online and hybrid formats. He was educated at Michigan State University and the University of South Florida. Dr. Windelspecht is also active in promoting the scientific literacy of secondary school educators. He has led multiple workshops on integrating water quality research into the science curriculum, and has spent several summers teaching Pakistani middle school teachers. As an author, Dr. Windelspecht has published five reference textbooks, and multiple print and online lab manuals. He served as the series editor for a ten-volume work on the human body. For years Dr. Windelspecht has been active in the development of multimedia resources for the online and hybrid science classrooms. Along with his wife, Sandra, he owns a multimedia production company, Ricochet Creative Productions, which actively develops and assesses new technologies for the science classroom.