Getting Started With This Course
Orientation for this course is recommended.
Your instructor will be handling orientation as indicated below.
Other Orientation Information
Orientation will take place the first class meeting, Tuesday,January 23rd,1:30pm, Science Center 107. An email will be sent to all enrolled students before the class opens outlining instructions how to begin the course on the 17th. Please note that our first meeting is the 23rd. However,I encourage you to begin Module 1 and review Start Here prior to the first meeting. The course will be open and available in CONNECT on Wednesday the 10th, however,assignments are not permitted to be submitted until the 17th. CANVAS AND CONNECT are the two learning platforms for the course. The EMAIL will contain instructions as how to get started in Canvas and register into Connect. ALL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER INTO CONNECT. When you open CANVAS go to START HERE. There you will find the course policies,syllabus, and an overview of course topics.Once you have reviewed the latter, open the Module for chapter one to begin the course. CONNECT contains a complete e-pack for the text,study guides, and exams. The epack is available for those students who are comfortable with an on-line text. For those who prefer a hard copy, a text is available. Since labs are a combination of actual laboratory experiences and virtual lab experiences,a lab manual is not required. Handouts will be provided for the actual laboratory experiences.
Accessing Your Course
This course will use a website developed by a textbook publisher.
Specific details for accessing this website
will be provided by your instructor.
Canvas (by Instructure)
Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the
Canvas Basics course space
to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to
access this space.
You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class.
However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course
Log in to your Canvas course space at
- Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
- Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)
If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.
Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be
able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.
Your instructor has indicated the following:
CONNECT and CANVAS
Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials
While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the
ISBN number available through the course's academic department
where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore
and our online bookstore,
guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link
below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have
any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
The only purchase required is the the text book: Inquiry into Life, 15th ed., Mader. Since this paperback text has been designed exclusively for this course, students are advised to purchase the text from the college bookstore. Each text contains an access code for CONNECT. This code is generally not available in used copies. If a used text purchase is your choice, an access code may be purchased with a credit card. A additional option is to purchase the e-pack, using a credit card, once the student has registered into CONNECT. If purchasing a used copy through Amazon (or some other source) is your choice, be certain to allow enough time for the text to be delivered by the first day of class. ALL study guides,and exams are in Connect. Therefore, access to Connect is a COURSE REQUIREMENT.Since some lab experiences are virtual (on-line), a lab manual is not required or necessary. For labs that are not virtual, lab instructions will be provided.
ALL EXAMS ARE ON-LINE and proctored. Proctored exams will be taken during scheduled class time on Tuesday. This course follows a detailed schedule to assure that all work is completed on time and that the student is prepared to take each of the scheduled exams. I look forward to working with you this semester.