BIOL101: Biological Science I
Section: EG1     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSpring Term C 2018 / (March-May): Mar 19, 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 12 - 18 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

eLearning:
Web-based course

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.

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is recommended.

On-Campus Meeting

Your instructor has scheduled an independent orientation for this course, as specified here.

Date:3/19/18
Time:5:30-6:30pm
Location:TBD (If your orientation is a face-to-face meeting, the orientation location is Newtown Campus unless otherwise indicated.)

Other Orientation Information

An optional Orientation will take place the first day of March Modular classes, 3/19/2018, Monday, at 5:30PM, in SCTR 107(Science Learning Center). An email will be sent to all enrolled students a week prior to the course opening informing them that the course will be open and available in CANVAS and CONNECT 3/14/2018. CANVAS AND CONNECT are the two learning platforms for the course. The EMAIL will contain instructions as how to get started in Canvas and how to register into Connect.Assignments are not permitted to be submitted until 3/19/2018. .

Once you have reviewed the latter, open the Module for chapter one to begin the course. The early opening of the course is to familiarize the student with the overall structure of 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 all the labs are virtual,a lab manual is not required.


Accessing Your Course

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.


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 may purchase the text from the college bookstore. Each text contains an access code for CONNECT. A additional option is to purchase the e-pack, using a credit card, once the student has registered into CONNECT.Purchasing the ePack is the most reasonable way to go. You may purchase the text(e-text) from McGraw while you register into Connect for an additional cost (around $25). The cost of this option is less than the campus bookstore. The access 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. 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. If the used text does not have an access code, you may purchase the code from McGraw-Hill when you register into Connect (this cost is probably cheaper than the bookstore). ALL study guides,and exams are in Connect. Therefore, access to Connect is a COURSE REQUIREMENT.Since all the lab experiences are virtual (on-line), a lab manual is NOT required or necessary.

ALL EXAMS ARE ON-LINE. The exams,including the final,are available over a three day period of time. ALL exams are proctored and administered by Bucks Testing Centers. Alternate arrangements maybe arranged with advanced notification. 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.

An email will be sent to all enrolled students informing them that the course will be open and available in CANVAS and CONNECT 3/14/2018. CANVAS AND CONNECT are the two learning platforms for the course. The EMAIL will contain instructions as how to get started in Canvas and how to 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.

I look forward to working with you this semester.