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 for Biol 102 will be self-paced ONLINE. NO face-to-face meeting will be required.
Orientation is mandatory, and MUST be completed ASAP once you have access to this course in Canvas! 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.
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
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
All classes, including labs will be online. If you would like to meet f2f, 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. Face-to-face biol 102 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.
Exams, Quizzes, Labs, and Homework Assignments will all be online components, EXCEPT the Final Exam. The Final Exam will be taken AT ONE OF THE THREE BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE TESTING CENTERS, and will require a security code that I will provide. This is the only component that will need to be taken or completed at the testing center. The Final will be available to take over a couple of days.
You are only required to purchase one textbook, the customized version of Inquiry into Life (by Mader - 14th ed.), and the Connect Plus access code. The BCCC bookstore has the required textbook with Connect listed as follows: INQUIRY INTO LIFE W/Connect
ISBN: 9780073525525 (MADER (COMES IN OPTION #2)). You are not required to purchase a lab book, as all of our labs are virtual labs. You are REQUIRED to purchase the Connect Plus component though! All Homework Assignments and Assessments (i.e. Exams and Quizzes), other than the virtual labs, will be in Connect only! The Labs are in Canvas.