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Online Blackboard Course: BI-101-30, General Biology
Credits:
4
Instructor: Heath Keirstead; heathk@clackamas.edu; 503-657-6958, ext. 2904        
Course Start Date: Distance Learning classes begin on the first day of term.

Course Description: This is an Online Distance Learning Course using Blackboard course delivery software. Students are not required to come to campus to participate in this class. This is a laboratory course for non-science majors. Studies the cellular aspects of biology including genetics. Labs are completed at home using a lab kit available from the CCC Bookstore. Maximum refund for opened kits is $70. Access to television and VCR to view lab videos is needed. BI-101/102/103 meets the science sequence for the AAOT degree. Recommended: Placement in MTH-060. Placement in RD-115 and WR-121. Fully transferable to most universities. Satisfies non-majors and nursing biology sequence requirements.

Textbooks and Materials: Textbooks, course materials and some software may be purchased either in the Clackamas Bookstore or online at www.cccbooks.com

Computer Requirements: To participate in this course, students should have the following technology:

Technical Skills Required: To participate in this course, students should be able to:

Readiness and Recommended Preparation: Students can attend free, non-credit "Blackboard Introduction" workshops to prepare for online classes. Workshop dates and times can be found on the Distance Learning Web page at http://dl.clackamas.edu/DemoClasses.

How an Online Class Works: When students take an online class, they access their course materials over the Internet. Here's a list of things a student might do for an online class:

  1. Register for the course using Clackamas registration procedures and make arrangements to pay tuition and fees.

  2. Create a Blackboard account, giving access to the course Web site.

  3. Purchase textbooks and other materials from the college bookstore.

  4. Login to the course Web site on the first day of class.

  5. Complete assignments and readings.

  6. Submit assignments using e-mail or Blackboard's Student Drop Box.

  7. Communicate electronically with the instructor and classmates through Blackboard's Discussion Board, Virtual Classroom and E-Mail tools.

  8. Take quizzes and tests online in Blackboard.

  9. View grades using Blackboard's Check Grades feature.

How to Get Started in Class: Students who have read all the information in this Course Packet are ready to create a Blackboard account, as described below. Students should follow the directions for creating a Blackboard account exactly as they are given. Every step must be completed!

Create Blackboard Account:

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Technical Difficulties? Students who have technical difficulties while participating in an online course should send an e-mail to the course instructor right away and describe the problem. Here are the most frequently occurring technical problems, the cause, and how to correct them:

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Frequently Asked Questions