BIOL122: Biological Principles II
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearFall 2014 / (15 weeks): Aug 27, 2014 to Dec 19, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Paul Phillips   Email: Paul.Phillips@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8362

Course Credits

4 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 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
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is recommended.

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 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

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.


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

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.