Getting Started With This Course
Orientation for this course is recommended.
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 Orientation Information
Orientation will be via a prerecorded audio posted on the course’s Canvas home page, accessible on the first day of class. Navigation for the course is straight forward. I highly recommend that students purchase the text book and lab book before or as soon as the course opens. Both are REQUIRED as they contain REQUIRED access codes. Both are available in the campus Book Store. (Please note that the Lab book for this eLearning course is specific for this course, and is not the same one used in face-to-face classes.)
Text Books: 1. Biology by Brooker, Widmaier, Graham and Stiling, THIRD Edition; McGraw Hill Publishing Co. with CONNECT access code.
2. Biology Labs On-Line by Michael A. Palladino, Benjamin Cummings Co. with it’s own separate access code.
Used copies, or new copies of these books purchased from another vender, are not recommended. They may not include the correct or unused access codes. These codes are a required part of the course. For the text book it is the publisher’s interactive web site called CONNECT. For the lab book it is for access to the on-line virtual labs. Having these ahead of time will be helpful (but not required) for the orientation and allow you to begin the class immediately. The access codes may be purchased directly from the publishers of the respective books.
Note: If you have just taken Biol. 121 on-line in either the Summer or Fall of 2013, your access codes are still valid.
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, 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
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
The on-line version of Biol. 122 will include lecture slide review, various videos, utilization of CONNECT (the Publishers interactive web site), participation in Biology Labs On-Line, practice exam and exam reviews.
All of the exams are proctored and must be taken in a Testing Center located on any one of the Buck's campuses.
Other arrangements may be possible for students who do not live near campus. They must be discussed with me and made well in advance, and are the responsibility of the student. The online orientation session is very important.