BIOL121: Biological Principles I
Section: H01     (Hybrid)

About This Course

Semester and YearSpring 2013 / (15 weeks): Jan 23, 2013 to May 21, 2013
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Donna Fiedler   Email:
Phone: 215-858-4414
Campus Location: F22

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

Classroom and Web-based instruction

Official College Course Description

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Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

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Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

REQUIRED Campus Meetings

There are MANDATORY campus meetings or tests other than orientation. You should NOT register for this course if you are unavailable to attend these meetings.

This hybrid section meets Weekly

Dates/Locations of required meetings: M 9-12:15 F015

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Other Technologies

Your instructor has indicated the following:

McGraw Hill Connect

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

  • 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.

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.

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Other Information about the Course

Dear Student,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Biological Principles I at Bucks County Community College for the Spring semester of 2013. This course will involve reading, working with course content, and completing lab exercises. The course format outlines the expectations for completing the course.

Classes will meet for face to face labs and for exams on Monday 9:30am-12:15pm in F015. Grades will be determined by test scores, laboratory assignments and written assignments. I look forward to meeting with you.

I can be reached at, phone 215-858-4414. My office hours are Mon. 8-9 am or by appointment. Please contact me if you have any concerns.

Sincerely, Donna Fiedler

Official College Syllabus for BIOL121:

Prerequisites: Prior to admission into this course, the student must have successfully completed (with a minimum grade of C) CHEM101 or CHEM121 or High School Chemistry. If these prerequisites have not been met, approval of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is required.

Textbooks: Biology Second Edition, Brooker (Customized)

Investigating Biology, Seventh Edition Morgan/Carter

Course Learning Goals

Students will be able to:
  1. explain the molecular logic of cells: structural – functional relationships on molecules, organelles, and processes;
  2. describe the energy transformations that occur in photoautotrophs and chemoheterotrophs;
  3. explain the processes of mitosis and meiosis; and
  4. describe the transmission of genetic information within a cell and between generations.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
  1. chemistry review
  2. macromolecules of the cell
  3. energy and enzymes
  4. cellular organization and function
  5. cell membrane: structure - function
  6. cellular metabolism
  7. photosynthesis
  8. cellular division: mitosis and meiosis
  9. mendelian genetics
  10. non-mendelian genetics
  11. molecular genetics