Announcements (refresh)

01 May 2014 C.E.

There are two important things to know about the upcoming examination:

1. We begin at 11:00, NOT 11:30.

2. if you accept Examination 5 from my hands, then you will no longer have the option of withdrawing, and you will get a letter grade that will be factored into your GPA.

Enjoy the weekend.

22 April 2014 C.E.

Here is the link to the survey for the option to retake a lecture examination. You must submit it by noon on 2 May.

07 April 2014 C.E.

The enzyme report will be due on 22 April 2014 C.E.

20 February 2014 C.E.

I didn't mean for the osmosis report to interfere with Examination 2, so I am pushing back the due date for the osmosis report to 08:30 on the morning of 4 March.

07 February 2014 C.E.

To see my comments for the salt water report, you need to go to TurnItIn from Canvas. There should be some sort of icon next to your score in Canvas. Clicking on that should take you to TurnItIn (at least I think so; stupidly, Canvas won't let me see exactly what you see). When you're in the TurnItIn window, you'll see three tabs at the upper left (Originality, GradeMark, and PeerMark). Click on GradeMark, and blue comment balloons will appear. If you mouse over a balloon, the comment will expand.

24 January 2014 C.E.

I have activated the Salt Water Report assignment on Canvas. To submit your report (which must be saved in either DOC or DOCX format), click on Assignments, then click on Row 39: Salt Water Report , then click on Submit Assignment (near the upper right of the window) and follow instructions.

17 January 2014 C.E.

I'm sorry that I didn't realize until I was notified Thursday that the links to the practice metric system problems were broken. That has been repaired.

12 November 2013 C.E.

Introductory Remarks

Welcome to BIO156. 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. BIO156 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 classes might have seemed.

Since BIO156 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 semester 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.

There are two other details you should take care of as soon as possible. Those are the two electronic forms that are available here. The Rules Consent Form is absolutely required. If you do not submit it by the end of the first week of classes, then I will withdraw you from my class. The Bonus Points Form is not strictly required, but it is the only opportunity you'll have for any extra points this semester (and points are going to seem precious when things get started), so it is foolish not to submit that.

You should also realize that checking the website FREQUENTLY is absolutely required. 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. BIO156 is for allied health majors, whereas BIO181 (which I also teach and which is very similar to BIO156) is for biology 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. 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 class.