BIOL101: Biological Science I
Section: E11     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSummer I 2018 / (6 weeks): May 21, 2018 to Jun 28, 2018
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Millicent Heeney Stemple   Email: Millicent.HeeneyStemple@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8305

Course Credits

4 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 15 - 22 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:
  • Proctored Testing is Required
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

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 REQUIRED.
Failure to participate in a REQUIRED orientation, as specified below, may jeopardize your grade.

Online

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.


Other

Your instructor will be handling orientation as indicated below.


Other Orientation Information
Orientation for Biol 101 - E11 is a MANDATORY component for this course! Orientation will be a Learning module called "Start Here", Syllabus, 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 any of the three Bucks County Community College's testing centers and be PROCTORED!!!

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.


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.


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

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 3 hours * 4 days a week (12 hours) in the classroom and requires approximately double that time outside of the classroom to study per week (24 hours), then the total amount of time a F2F student would require for Biol 101 in the summer sessions would be about 36 hours each week. 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; all of which can be completed anywhere you would like. 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, requiring 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. 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.