BIOL101: Biological Science I
Section: E52     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSummer II 2014 / (6 weeks): Jul 7, 2014 to Aug 14, 2014
(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 13 - 20 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 Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain 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

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:7/1/14
Time:5:00-6:30pm
Location:Gateway 205 (If your orientation is a face-to-face meeting, the orientation location is Newtown Campus unless otherwise indicated.)

Other Orientation Information

Students are recommended to participate and complete the face to face orientation (Tuesday,JULY 1,2014,5-6:30PM, Gateway205).

In addition to CANVAS, CONNECT is used, which contains a complete e-pack for the text, assignments, labs, and exams. You will be introduced to both learning programs. If you are not familiar with either program, it is essential for students to attend. If you are familiar with both programs,open CANVAS and begin with START HERE. Focus on the modules containing COURSE FORMAT and COURSE POLICY. Once you understand the former, you may begin the course content modules beginning with chapter 1,Learning Module 1.


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, go to WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. 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

Check Canvas for viewing access only, as early as 6/30/14.

The only purchase required is the the text book: Inquiry into Life, 14th 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 new 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 the day of orientation or as you register into CONNECT. A additional option is to purchase the e-pack, using a credit card, once the student has registered into CONNECT. How to do this will be explained at the orientation. However, there are detailed instructions concerning how to purchase e-pack, the access code if required, and how to register into CONNECT should you chose not to attend the F2F orientation. 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 assignments, virtual labs, and exams are on 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 AND ADMINISTERED AT THE BUCKS TESTING CENTERS located at Newtown, Lower Bucks, and Upper Bucks campuses. The final is also administered in the testing centers at the Newtown, Lower Bucks,and Upper Bucks Campuses. Arrangements can be made to utilize alternate locations which provide proctors. These arrangements must be made at least 1 week prior to the exam. The exams,including the final,are available over a three to four day period of time. With the exception of the orientation, there are no required class meetings.

The instructor will be available periodically for those students requiring a "face to face" meeting. Convenient times can be determined via e-mail in the Canvas course space. 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 meeting with you on 7/1/14,5-6:30 PM in G205 at which time we will review the course format,register into CONNECT, practice how to access exams, virtual labs and course modules.