Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.
Your instructor will be handling orientation as indicated below.
Other Orientation Information
Orientation for Biol 101 - E59 and E60 is a MANDATORY component for this course! Orientation will be a Learning module called "Start Here", as well as other supplement Announcements in the beginning of the semester.
You will need to obtain 100% in the Orientation Quiz, in order to gain access to the rest of the course! During this orientation I will cover our syllabus, schedule, exam and assignment parameters, and our virtual lab. All labs are virtual labs, which is probably a new experience even for experienced online learners. All Exams and the Final Exam are to be taken at a testing center and be PROCTORED!!!
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.
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
All classes, including labs will be online. If you would like to meet f2f, Face Time, and/or Skype; I will be available for appointments as necessary. The first day of the semester is OUR first day of class! You will have components due the first week of class.
Remember online courses do require a large amount of discipline on your part. KEEP THIS TIME REQUIREMENT SERIOUSLY!!! Face-to-face biol 101 courses meet for four hours and forty minutes per week. Students are then recommended to double that time for studying and doing homework outside of class. Therefore to be successful in this online version of the class I recommend at least 15 hours of work per week for class. You must be organized and disciplined in your scheduled times of study to succeed in this course! I will always be there to help you succeed in the class. Do not hesitate to email me at anytime for help related to the class.
The Final Exam, Exams, Quizzes, Labs, Homework Assignments, and Discussions will all be online components. The Final Exam and ALL Exams will be PROCTORED and are to be taken AT ONE OF THE THREE BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE TESTING CENTERS, and will require a security code that I will provide solely to the test proctor at the testing center!!! These are the only components that will need to be taken or completed at the testing center. If you are not local or will be traveling, alternative test-proctoring sites can be discussed. The Exams and Final Exam will be available to take over a couple of days for your convenience. This is a security feature of the course.
You are only required to purchase one textbook, the customized version for just Biol 101 or the complete version of Inquiry into Life (by Mader - 15th ed.), and the Connect Plus access code. The BCCC bookstore has the required textbook with Connect listed as follows:(digital) Inquiry Into Life with Connect Plus. This is an eBook with Connect plus. You are not required to purchase a lab book, as all of our labs are virtual labs. You are absolutely REQUIRED to purchase the Connect Plus component though! All Homework Assignments and Assessments (i.e. Exams and Quizzes), other than the Virtual Labs and Discussions, will be in Connect only! The Labs and Discussions are in Canvas.