INTG285: Integration of Knowledge
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSpring 2014 / (15 weeks): Jan 22, 2014 to May 19, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Mae Sakharov   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8270
Campus Location: Founders 210
Instructor's Website:
Richard Hartwell   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8410
Mary Ellen Bornak   Email:
Phone: 215-504-8592
Fax: 215-968-8148
Campus Location: L117
Instructor's Website:

Course Credits

3 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

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 Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains 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


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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

  • 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.

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 1/15/14.

Students will be required to log into the course space frequently, interact with classmates in discussion and actively participate in group projects. Course text is Jared Diamond's "Collapse." All other material and media is presented in the course space. The material we will be covering is interesting and provocative, and differences of opinion is expected and will be respected and encouraged. COLLAPSE has been created to give students a global perspective on how societies deal with threats. "For the first time in history we face the risk of global decline. But we also are the first to enjoy the opportunity of learning from developments in society anywhere in world today and what has unfolded from societies in the past." Jared Diamond with the help of the Diamond book and material from other sources, we evaluate societies from the past and apply lessons learned to how we live today. We will also look at how social media changes the local landscape to a global one - making all problems global. This course will look at issues from scientific, societal and artistic perspectives. We will use Diamond's study of how other societies faced and either addressed or ignored threats as a framework. Counter opinions also will be considered. Students will individually research the disposal of electronic waste among their circles, measure the threat and create a hypothesis of how to deal with the problem. That study will include a the creation of a call to address the potential threat. Students also will collaborate in teams to create two group projects which then will be shared for class discussion. Each week students can expect to spend 3 to 4 hours on material. A short quiz follows all content. Weekly discussion requires reading or viewing, posting an idea or opinion and then responding to at least one other classmate's posting. Discussion is expected to be a conversation that delves into each topic. We welcome all to this conversation and endeavor to develop and use skills that have lifelong value.