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Online Blackboard Course: BI-234-30, Introductory Microbiology
Course Link:
http://clackamas.blackboard.com (link may be unavailable until first day of the term) 
Credits: 4
Instructor: Aarti Kapila; akapila@clackamas.edu; 503-657-6958, ext. 2029           

Course Start Date: Distance Learning classes begin on the first day of term.
Online Orientation Winter Term: BI234 Orientation PDF (print off)

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. Exams are also online, but must be taken in a proctored environment. This is a laboratory course required for nursing and dental hygiene majors (medical emphasis). Includes characteristics, physiology and growth requirements for microorganisms, interactions between humans and microorganisms, immunology, infection, and principles of microbial control. Students complete labs at home using specially designed kits and materials found in the home. The course fee includes an $85 lab kit deposit and a $26 lab fee. Lab kits will be available the 4th week of the term from the Science Department -- (503) 657-6958, ext. 2207 -- and will be sent to students at a geographical distance. There is a $27.00 non-refundable handling fee for mailed or issued kits. No lab kit refunds (maximum $84) after 6/30/06 or 2 weeks after official withdraw date from the course. Along with the textbook, students will also need "Microbiology: An Active Learning Guide" by Strickland, 2006.A digital camera and a computer with CD-ROM capabilities are required. Prerequisite: Pass BI-101 and CH-104.

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 a free, non-credit "Blackboard Introduction" workshop 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