Online Courses

BIO 40 - Humans and the Environment

Instructor: Amy Chovnick
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Course Description

Identification of problems created by humans' modification of their environment by focusing on ecological interactions involving the human species; investigating the life processes of organisms as they relate to specific environments. Formerly ECOL 10.

As with other classes, attendance in this online course is mandatory. If you have not logged on for two consecutive weeks, you may be dropped from the course.

Textbook: Environmental Science by G. Tyler Miller and Spoolman (13th ed.)

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Read and critically analyze primary and secondary sources of scientific information.
  • Write college-level essays.
  • Discuss and debate ethical issues on the topic of humans and the environment.

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes. DE instructors may drop students if they have not submitted work and/or accessed the class for two consecutive weeks.

There might be an instructional materials fee associated with this course. Learn more about instructional materials fees.

This class begins Jan 19 and ends May 27.

On-Campus Meetings

There are no required on-campus meetings for this class. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on Jan 13 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Jan 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Room 2410. A virtual session will be offered on the Internet on Jan 19 from 5:30-7 pm.Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

The class is divided into 9 modules. They will become available according to the timeline given in the course schedule. This is not a self-paced course. Each module lists the goals for your studies during that time period and the various activities, as well as instructions on what assignments and quizzes you are to submit by their respective dates.

You will use the email function within Blackboard as your main, private communication tool with the instructor. This is where the instructor will send messages and feedback to you and where you should post questions or submit papers.

Class Activities

Writing Assignments
There will be 9 writing assignments for the course, one for each module. They are designed to reinforce select concepts covered in the textbook. You will be asked a series of questions based upon reading material from suggested web sites and your own internet research.

We will also use the Discussion Board to debate controversial subjects and provide a forum for the healthy exchange of ideas related to the written assignments.

Quizzes and Tests
9 Quizzes
1 Midterm
1 Final

Class Project(s)

For select modules, students will be assigned to small groups for collaborative learning projects.

How Students are Graded

Written Assignments/Discussions: 200 pts.
Quizzes: 200 pts.
Midterm: 100 pts.
Final: 100 pts.

Grades are assigned as follows:

90% = A (540 points or more)
80% = B (480-539 points)
70% = C (420-479 points)
60% = D (360-419 points)
<60% = F (less than 360 points)

Succeeding in an Online Course

Students who succeed in online courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the instructor for motivation, can't use a computer too well, have taken less than 21 units of college credit in your lifetime, and/or have a grade-point-average under 2.0, you should probably consider enrolling in a face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if you believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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Page last modified: April 25, 2017