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23 November 2022 C.E.

Virtually hot off the virtual press, here is the document that describes some things to study for the practicum:

Practicum Study Guide

22 November 2022 C.E.

Two important points about withdrawal:

If you make the decision to withdraw from the course, you do not need to visit any campus office or submit any form. You need only inform me of your decision via email, and I will process the withdrawal.

If you finish the course (i.e., take the final examination), you will no longer have the option to withdraw, and you will receive a letter grade based on your total score, according to the grade levels defined in the course syllabus.

18 November 2022 C.E.

Section 35537 Examination 4 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 46.0
Historic High Mean: 76.6
Historic Overall Mean: 64.1
Current Term Mean: 61.5
Current Term Low Score: 32.0
Current Term High Score: 94.0

Section 35539 Examination 4 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 46.0
Historic High Mean: 76.6
Historic Overall Mean: 64.1
Current Term Mean: 72.0
Current Term Low Score: 22.0
Current Term High Score: 96.0

Section 35541 Examination 4 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 46.0
Historic High Mean: 76.6
Historic Overall Mean: 64.1
Current Term Mean: 60.6
Current Term Low Score: 24.0
Current Term High Score: 98.0


02 November 2022 C.E.

Because of the continued problems with unavailability of materials for the PCR activity, I am eliminating the PCR Prelab Quiz. To make up for the loss of potential points, I am doubling the point-value of the DNA Replication Prelab Quiz.

28 October 2022 C.E.

In today's division meeting, I found out that we will not do the PCR exercise until the week of 07 November, so do not do the PCR prelab this week. There will be no prelab for the upcoming meeting (week of 31 October).

25 October 2022 C.E.

Section 35537 Examination 3 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 43.8
Historic High Mean: 69.9
Historic Overall Mean: 57.1
Current Term Mean: 55.9
Current Term Low Score: 20.0
Current Term High Score: 90.0

Section 35539 Examination 3 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 43.8
Historic High Mean: 69.9
Historic Overall Mean: 57.1
Current Term Mean: 66.6
Current Term Low Score: 26.0
Current Term High Score: 92.0

Section 35541 Examination 3 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 43.8
Historic High Mean: 69.9
Historic Overall Mean: 57.1
Current Term Mean: 62.3
Current Term Low Score: 40.0
Current Term High Score: 98.0


18 October 2022 C.E.

There is no packet required, nor is there a prelab, for the meeting next week (24, 26 or 27 October).

12 October 2022 C.E.

I don't want anything to interfere with your preparation for Examination 3, especially because Examination 3, to many students, is a "make or break" examination. Therefore, I am changing the Osmosis Report's due date (for all three sections) to 30 October.

04 October 2022 C.E.

Section 35537 (Monday laboratory meetings) did not have access to the next handout, so I am providing the PDF version.

Calorimetry.pdf

13 September 2022 C.E.

Section 35537 Examination 1 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 45.0
Historic High Mean: 71.6
Historic Overall Mean: 58.9
Current Term Mean: 55.2
Current Term Low Score: 26.0
Current Term High Score: 84.0


Section 35539 Examination 1 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 45.0
Historic High Mean: 71.6
Historic Overall Mean: 58.9
Current Term Mean: 63.0
Current Term Low Score: 28.0
Current Term High Score: 88.0


Section 35541 Examination 1 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 45.0
Historic High Mean: 71.6
Historic Overall Mean: 58.9
Current Term Mean: 60.9
Current Term Low Score: 32.0
Current Term High Score: 94.0


The numbers listed as "Historic" are for all of the sections I have taught over the years. The "Current Term" numbers are for your section. Please be sure to look at how your Summary & Forecast numbers have changed as a result of your examination score.
09 September 2022 C.E.

I'll be in the wilderness in northern Arizona from 09 September to 11 September, and my connectivity will be spotty, so responses from me to any messages you send might be delayed. I'll try to keep an eye on things as much as possible. Please keep in mind that technical problems should be addressed to the IT folks, so please do not wait on a response from me about computer problems, etc. For those concerns, submit a help ticket. Enjoy the weekend.

Ty

03 September 2022 C.E.

An important message from DRS:

A notetaker is needed for this class. In exchange for providing this service, an incentive will be offered. Each Maricopa college offers different incentives; please see your local DRS office for incentive choices.*If you take clear, concise notes and are willing to share a copy, please use the following information to sign up online.

FOR POTENTIAL NOTETAKERS:

SIGN UP AS A NOTETAKER (Part 1 of 2):
Go to: https://olympic.accessiblelearning.com/gccaz/ Click on "SIGN UP AS NOTETAKER"
Enter login information using your MEID and Maricopa email address
Specify Personal information and click to register as notetaker
Sign out and sign in for part 2

REQUEST A NOTE TAKING ASSIGNMENT (Part 2 of 2):

Go to: https://olympic.accessiblelearning.com/gccaz/
Click on SIGN IN (sign in using your MEID username and password)
Click on Note taker Tab on top left of page
Choose the appropriate term/semester
Enter course registration numbers (5 digit class #)
Click to continue to verify classes
Review and sign online notetaker contract

*If you are matched and assigned in DRS CONNECT you will receive a confirmation email. You MUST log into DRS connect and confirm the note taking assignment within 3 days.

CONFIRM AND VIEW ASSIGNMENT:

Sign in to DRS CONNECT
Click Notetaker tab on top left
View list of classes. Under STATUS click CONFIRM my assignment
Once confirmed, status changes to assigned
Click VIEW to see contact information for students receiving notes for this course.

If you have questions please contact the DRS office near you.

26 August 2022 C.E.

I have added a link to the LS Assessment, which can earn you some points for this course. Please read the instructions as soon as possible, and remember to complete it by 4 September. I put the link near the top of the Canvas menu. Thanks for participating in the study.

23 August 2022 C.E.

Thomas (the person in charge of the server on which the Hoffman site resides) has figured out why some students were not able to access the Hoffman Site. He will fix it today (23 August 2022 C.E.).

17 August 2022 C.E.

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO YOUR COURSE

You will not be required to purchase a laboratory manual for BIO181. If you already purchased the manual, you may return it for a refund. I am in the process of updating the syllabus to eliminate mention of the manual, but I wanted to get this message out as soon as possible. I'll see you in the classroom.

22 May 2022 C.E.

Introductory Remarks

Welcome to BIO181. If you've never taken this course before, the most important thing you can do to help you succeed is to realize IMMEDIATELY what you are in for. BIO181 is a very demanding course that will require many hours outside of the classroom to learn the huge amount of information that will be presented. Please do yourself a favor and just believe me on this, regardless of how easy your other courses might have seemed.

Since BIO181 is going to consume so much of your time just to stay afloat, it is worth taking some time right now looking at the various items that are on this website. After the term starts, you will be very busy, and if by then you already know what's available here to help you, you'll be able to work as efficiently as possible.

Although this site and Canvas might not yet be complete at the time your are reading this, you should fully explore both sites to see what's there and to get a feel for how things are organized. Click on every menu item to explore the contents. This includes the Rules Consent Form, which is absolutely required. If you do not submit it, then you will receive no credit for your work, and you will not be able to see your total score.

You should also realize that checking the website FREQUENTLY is absolutely required. If you would like to receive automated email notifications of new announcements, then simply join the list.

Even if no announcements are posted for several days, you still need to check for new announcements, because announcements will be official (and therefore binding).

It's also important to be sure that you are enrolled in the correct course. BIO181 is for biology majors, whereas BIO156 (which I also teach and which is very similar to BIO181) is for allied health majors.

If I sound like I'm trying to scare you, that's because I'm trying to scare you. But I only want to scare you into believing me about how demanding this course will be, because I want you to succeed, and I want you to get a lot out of the course. I certainly don't want to imply that you cannot enjoy this course. It'll be a lot of work, but it's also a very good course, and I think you'll learn a lot and have some fun. I'll see you in the classroom.

Ty