25 June 2019 C.E.

I received a notice from the college telling me that there is a very low participation rate in the Class Climate survey (in which you rate the course and me). I get such a notice every term, because I don't believe in forcing my students to submit what should be a voluntary survey. Some instructors set up computers in the laboratory and instruct students to complete the survey during class time. I don't like to do that, though, because the responses should be genuine and uncoerced. Instead, I ask that the students complete the survey on their own time and with honesty. Each term, the students tell me they will do so, and each term fairly few actually do so. Nevertheless, your input about the course in general and about me specifically is valuable, so please consider submitting the survey. You should have already received information about it via email from Maricopa. Thanks.

07 June 2019 C.E.

Though your scores now appear for the Salt Water Report, I have not yet gotten all the documents uploaded onto Canvas, because Canvas is being even more of a pain than usual. Once the uploads are completed, you'll be able to download (from the Canvas listing of the assignment) a PDF of your document with my comments. I'll see you on Monday.

31 May 2019 C.E.

A couple of you asked me about the answers to the metric system practice worksheets. I erroneously stated that they were on my site. I have since remedied that lie. There is now a link on the Study Aids page.

29 May 2019 C.E.

To properly complete the laboratory report, you should follow the instructions in the manual. There is a page in the manual after the pages for the Salt Water Boiling experiment, and that page tells you how to write the report. All you need to include in the report are the things called for in the instructions. The only deviation from those instructions is that you will not be handing in a hard copy. Simply complete your report in Word (including the graph, whether computer-made or hand-drawn), then upload it according to the instructions on the Laboratory Reports page of the course website.

28 May 2019 C.E.

Today I forgot to mention 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 six 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.


01 April 2019 C.E.

Depending on how you have your Canvas preferences set, you might receive some notifications from Canvas about your scores in BIO181 for the upcoming summer term. Please rest assured that nothing is due before the first meeting on 28 May, and you may safely disregard those automated messages from Canvas. I'll see you on the first day.

05 March 2019 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.

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 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 class.