|16 Weeks - Distance Education course |
|IMPORTANT TEST INFORMATION: All exams are administered at Citrus College in the Testing Center, no exceptions.|
Welcome! You are either enrolled in, or you are interested in enrolling in, the Biology 145 Distance Education class. As described in the class schedule, a lecture course exploring contemporary global environmental concerns. Basic concepts covered will include the Earth's life support systems, population dynamics, environmental pollution, food production, and natural resource utilization. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing global environmental problems and exploring various solutions for them.
First, it is important that you send me an email. If you are enrolled in the class, please email me now. You will need to use your official Citrus College issued email account. Your email is established when you are registered for classes. You must have access to your email account prior to starting the class.
Second, on this class site, review all materials by clicking on the navigation items on the left side of the browser window, and familiarize yourself with the course. Get your textbook and get started with your initial assignments. A major key to your success in this course will be keeping up with both the reading and the other assignments.
Environmental Science - Bio 145 DE Class and Grading Parameters
CLASS SUMMARY: I am not going to lie to you; this is a challenging class, especially in the DE format. In order for you to be successful you will need to be 100% committed to this class by reviewing the PowerPoint lectures, reading the book, completing all homework assignments, answering all discussion board questions, and taking all exams.
SYLLABUS: You must utilize the syllabus!!!! The syllabus is your calendar with test dates and due dates.
GRADING: Your grade will be comprised of:
3 lecture exams - 100 points each
Homework Chapter Questions - 75 points
Discussion Board Questions - 25 points
Comprehensive Final - 200 points
Total Points - 600 points
100 - 85 A
84 - 74 B
73 - 60 C
59 - 51 D
50 - 00 F
EXAMS: Your three exams will consist of mostly multiple choice, some true/false, fill-ins, list, short answer and essay questions. Your comprehensive final will be 100 questions multiple choice and true/false questions worth 2 points each. All Exams are computer based on Chi Tester.
IMPORTANT: THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS!
NOTE: You must take the exam within the dates given at the Citrus College Testing Center. Missed exams will be a “0”.
HOMEWORK: Specified Chapter (Practice Quiz) Questions from each of the three sections will be due before each exam, with each chapter worth 5 points.
NOTE: Homework will not be accepted after the due date. This homework is my way of getting you to read your book!
NOTE: you must do your own work! If I find answers the same (this is cheating and plagiarism) those involved will receive 0 points for that work. If it continues, you will either be dropped from or given an F in the class.
Please, do not blow these points off, they can drop you a letter grade or help your overall grade!
DISCUSSION BOARD: I will post discussion board questions for each of the three sections. Participation is MANDATORY and will be worth 25 points. All questions posted must be answered for full credit.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance will be monitored through completion of homework and participation in discussion board questions. Check Wingspan for the last official drop date for which you can receive a “W” (Withdrawal). After that date, you must be given a grade in the course. Also, do not expect me to drop you. If you plan on dropping the class, you must do it on your own.
LOW EXAM REPLACED: Participation in any DE class is extremely important for success. But, monitoring participation in a DE class is a challenge. So, in this Bio 145 DE class your participation will be monitored through completion of your chapter questions, discussion board questions and taking all exams.
NOTE: ONLY Students who complete ALL CHAPTER QUESTIONS, turn them in on time, answer ALL DISCUSSION BOARD QUESTIONS on time, and take ALL 3 EXAMS will be rewarded! How does it work? Well, should you have a low lecture exam score and you do well on the final, you may use 50% of your final exam points (200 possible) to replace your lowest lecture exam score.
AGAIN: This accommodation will only be given to those students who have completed and turn in on time all of their chapter questions and discussion board questions.
Example: Three exam scores are 45%, 60%, and 65%. Score on your final is 140/200. If all chapter questions are turned in on time and discussion board questions answered, then half of your final score (70%) will then replace your lowest exam score (45%). If you think about it, that is 25 points of extra credit. That sounds like a good deal!!!!!!!!!!
Details regarding the course are set forth in the class website. When you go there (see below), pay particular attention to the syllabus section and the assignment section.
- Your WingSpan ID becomes your Blackboard Username
- Your WingSpan PIN (Personal Identification Number) becomes your Blackboard password
- To change your PIN/password requires, change it in WingSpan
- Data will be transferred from WingSpan to Blackboard on a regular basis
Once you get to the Blackboard welcome page, click on the Environmental Science course link on the right, and you will go to the course site. Familiarize yourself with the course site and if you have any questions please email your instructor with your concerns. Get your textbook and get started with your initial assignments. A major key to your success in this course will be keeping up with both the reading and the other assignments.
If you have a disability documented by a physician or other appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the DSP&S office at (626) 914-8675. Please discuss your accommodations with your instructor by email. Be sure to allow at least one week for appropriate accommodations to be arranged.