19 September 2019 C.E.

Examination 1 %
Historic Low Mean: 63.7
Historic High Mean: 79.9
Historic Overall Mean: 75
Current Term Mean: 63.7

19 September 2019 C.E.


16 September 2019 C.E.

I've been told that this link might work better for those of you who have had problems with the field-trip form.

12 September 2019 C.E.

My history of teaching BIO182:

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06 September 2019 C.E.

Maricopa has changed the way it processes legal forms. Unfortunately, that means you will all have to resubmit a form for the field trip. The paper one you already signed is no longer valid. You will have to submit an electronic form, using the following link:

I'm sorry for the hassle, but it's actually pretty painless. You should take care of it at the first opportunity, but it must be submitted by the beginning of the next class meeting (11 September 2019 C.E.).

05 September 2019 C.E.

I have updated the syllabus with the correct due dates for all the Mastering work, which is due on Thursdays, not Wednesdays. I'm sorry for any confusion.

23 August 2019 C.E.

It's good to see that the majority of the students have already successfully enrolled in Mastering. I want to make something clear about enrolling with temporary, free access (as some of you have done). If you allow your free trial period to lapse without paying, not only will you be prevented by Pearson from submitting any additional assignments, but Pearson will also make it impossible for me to see the work that you have already completed. There is no way around that, so please set yourself a reminder to pay for access before the trial period ends. Enjoy the weekend.

22 August 2019 C.E.

It's important for you to realize that you will not be able to get Mastering to work unless you:
  1. Enable Javascript
  2. Allow pop-ups from the site

22 August 2019 C.E.

I forgot to mention during the first meeting that Estrella has changed its policy, and (unfortunately) they will no longer provide students with Scantron forms for examinations. This means you will need to buy your own from the campus bookstore. You will need at least five forms, but it's probably best to buy a couple extras in case you need to start over. I will not have any extras to provide to students who forget to bring them to examinations, so please don't forget. You should purchase form 882-E, which looks like the image below.


15 August 2019 C.E.

The course syllabus has been updated. I added an optional resource in the Supporting Texts section. Also, this class might have a waitlist, so if you are registered, then be sure to show up on time on Wednesday to avoid being withdrawn. If you are on the waitlist, be sure to show up on time, and tell me as you walk in that you are on the waitlist.

05 August 2019 C.E.

Some of you might be interested in the job discussed in the following email I received.

Dear Professor,

I’m the Regional Manager for a terrific company called Play-Well TEKnologies and we are currently looking for a few smart, dynamic, and creative students to help us teach our LEGO® Engineering camps and enrichment classes to kids in the Phoenix area. We’re betting that you may know some students who are a good fit for our organization and could use a well-paid, resume-building part-time job that supports their course of study.

In our camps and classes, Play-Well’s part-time instructors teach STEM concepts to children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. That's right--Play-Well instructors get paid to play with children and LEGO®! Our mission is to build curiosity in today’s future engineers, architects, and problem-solvers. Our Play-Well participants today will one day be your college students.

Our instructors expose children to the world of engineering by figuring out how things work while they create and play. They also gain valuable teaching experience building techniques in classroom management and communication, and have a blast doing it.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to colleagues, post to your social media pages, and share with your networks. You can also learn more about our organization and access the job application online at: Link to Phoenix Application

Thank you in advance for helping us find our next great Phoenix instructors!


-- Jennifer Gaona
Play-Well TEKnologies
Regional Manager - Arizona, Texas, Seattle and Oregon

16 April 2019 C.E.

Depending on how you have your Canvas preferences set, you might receive some notifications from Canvas about your scores in BIO182 for the upcoming autumn term. Please rest assured that nothing is due before the first meeting on 21 August, and you may safely disregard those automated messages from Canvas. I'll see you on the first day.

03 April 2019 C.E.

Introductory Remarks

Welcome to BIO182. Since you have already made it through BIO181, you already know that biology courses are full of information and require learning a huge number of new words. This course is no different. There ARE large differences between this course and BIO181, however, and I'd like to say a couple things about two of those differences.

BIO182 is a hybrid course, and perhaps you have never taken a hybrid course. This means that the course is partly a live (in-person) course and partly an online course. So we will be meeting only twice per week for a lecture and a laboratory exercise. While this is convenient for students, because it allows for greater schedule flexibility, it comes at a price. The price is extra responsibility. One thing that you likely learned very well from BIO181 is that it is very difficult to do well if you try to put off studying until just before an examination or a due date. You should put that lesson to good use in this course, because the online half of BIO182 will require an extraordinary degree of self-discipline. Therefore, the biggest mistake you can make in this course is to think that having only two weekly meetings means that you don't have to think about BIO182 on the other days. PLEASE start the term off well and commit to setting a schedule for yourself, so you can be sure to devote some time to this course each day.

The other big difference I want to discuss is one of scope and level of study. BIO181 was biology at the intracellular level. We spent the entire term "inside the cell". BIO182 studies biology at the extracellular level, so we are going to "step outside the cell" and study life's other levels of organization (organisms, populations, ecosystems, etc). We're also going to delve much deeper into evolution as a topic. Introductory two-term biology sequences can be (and are) taught in either order (cell level first or cell level second). I happen to think it makes more sense to study biology at the cellular level first, but some instructors prefer the reverse. In any case, you have already completed study at the cellular level, so I hope that you can put your BIO181 knowledge to good use as we continue our study of biology from a now wider perspective. I encourage to you to try to make connections between what you will learn in BIO182 and what you already learned in BIO181.

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. The menu at the left might contain some items that are not yet active links. That's just because not everything is ready yet, but eventually all menu item will be activated.

There are two 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 in this course, so it is foolish not to submit that.

You should also realize that checking the website FREQUENTLY is absolutely required. If you'd 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). Always use the refresh link at the top to ensure you have the latest information.

I'll see you in class.