BIOL101: Biological Science I
Section: H01     (Hybrid)

About This Course


Semester and YearSpring 2018 / (15 weeks): Jan 17, 2018 to May 11, 2018
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Jerry Marrington   Email: Gerald.Marrington@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8350

Course Credits

4 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Hybrid:
Classroom and Web-based instruction

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document
  • Proctored Testing is Required

Proctored Testing is Required

Your instructor requires proctored testing. Proctored testing services are available free of charge on a walk-in basis at the Newtown Campus, the Lower Bucks Campus (Bristol), and the Upper Bucks Campus (Perkasie). The specific days and hours for testing services at the Newtown and branch campuses vary by semester.

Your instructor may offer the option of allowing you to propose an alternative proctor if Bucks County Community College testing facilities are otherwise inaccessible to you. However, all proctored testing must occur within the United States during the assigned testing period. Failure to comply will result in your receiving an F for the course.

View the Testing Center schedule and detailed information.


REQUIRED Campus Meetings

There are MANDATORY campus meetings or tests other than orientation. You should NOT register for this course if you are unavailable to attend these meetings.

This hybrid section meets Weekly

Dates/Locations of required meetings: Section H01 meets every Tuesday from 1:30 - 3:30 in Science Center 107.

At that time, lab exercises including virtual lab exercises will be completed.In addition to lab, assigned concepts will be reviewed,questions related to course content will be discussed,Connect study guides may be reviewed, and content reviews for up coming exams.Scheduled exams will also be assigned Tuesday class days. All laboratory due dates are posted in the Canvas calendar as well as under assignments.

Tuesday classes are an excellent opportunity to resolve any questions you may have concerning course content, reading assignments,laboratory exercises, and virtual labs. This is a unique advantage of the hybrid format. As a student you have face to face access to your instructor. It is to your advantage to make use of this time. As your instructor, I look forward to working with you and enhancing your understanding of the living world which we share during these Tuesday classes.

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is recommended.

Other

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

Publisher's Website

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 start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • 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.


Other Technologies

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 department directly.

Click 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.