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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

BIOL 108L: Human Biology Laboratory

Course Description

Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 108. This course is intended for non-majors and those majors who need an introductory course before enrolling in BIOL 110.

You are required to purchase an at-home lab kit.  Access to the lab reading and supplemental materials will be provided through the D2L Content area.  In addition, access to a digital camera is required for submitting photos electronically to the instructor.

Prerequisite: BIOL 108 or concurrent enrollment. BIOL 108 must be completed before BIOL 108L can be used for general education credit.

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required Lab Kit

You are required to order an at-home Lab Kit. Kits may be purchased from MBS.  In addition, students are responsible for gathering weekly supplies for labs. These will be readily available at your local supermarket.

Important! Please do not
order your Lab Kit until you are certain you will take this course. Lab Kits, if eligible for a refund, may be returned for refund only under very strict conditions, within only two (2) weeks of receipt. So, please do not order your Lab Kit until you are committed to taking this course!  

In addition, access to a digital camera is required for submitting photos electronically to the instructor.

MBS Information

The Lab Kit for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to BIOL 108 Human Biology Laboratory, online! This course will introduce you to hands-on approaches for studying scientific reasoning, basic human cellular structure and function, human organ systems, genetics and reproduction, and how humans interact with their environment. Each week we will focus on different issues and concepts relating to the human body through our at-home laboratory kit, with additional online activities and discussions that will reinforce and expand on lab content. Hopefully when this class is finished, you will have a good basic understanding of human biology and health.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Week 1: Setting up a Safe Lab
  • Week 2: Using the Scientific Method to Identify Unknowns
  • Week 3: Biological Macromolecules; Comparative Cell Membranes and Transport
  • Week 4: Homeostasis
  • Week 5: Cardiovascular System: Heart
  • Week 6: Mitosis and Meiosis; Human Genetics
  • Week 7: Human Reproduction (NOVA Life’s Greatest Miracle movie); Cloning case study
  • Week 8: Human Populations; Ecological Footprints


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

Digital Photo Documentation Capability: Most of your lab reports will require digital photographs to document various steps of the experiments, or shown hand-drawn observations. You must have digital photography capability. (Also See “Photo Documentation” in the Assignment Overview Section.)

Course Objectives

  • To demonstrate basic laboratory techniques of experimentation and measurement using exercises which complement topics covered in BIOL 108 lecture.
  • To practice scientific reasoning and methods.
  • To examine basic characteristics common to all life forms.
  • To examine basic human structure and function.
  • To describe how humans have evolved.
  • To describe how living organisms interact with their environment.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and use the scientific method.
  • Recognize basic structures and functions of cells.
  • Demonstrate basic genetic crosses.
  • Explain the basis for several human genetic diseases.
  • Define biotechnology and give examples of its use.
  • Describe the structure and function of one or more human organ systems.
  • Define evolution and list the evidence for evolution.
  • Apply population concepts to human populations.
  • Study the components of an ecosystem.
  • Describe how humans impact their environment.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 346-385 90-100%
B 308-345 80-89%
C 270-307 70-79%
D 231-269 60-69%
F 0-230 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (11) 110 29%
Dropbox Assignments (Lab Report Assistants, Case Studies, Quzzes, Etc.) 275 71%
Total 385 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Your Home Laboratory (Lab 1) 10 Thursday
Lab 1: LabPaq Contents List 10
Lab 1: Signed Safety Agreement 5 Sunday
Lab 1: Photo Set 5
Lab 1: Safety Quiz 15
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Lab 2: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment 10 Thursday
Lab 2: Lab Report Assistant 15 Sunday
Lab 2: Photo Set 2 5
Discussion 2: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 2) 10
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Lab 3: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment 10 Wednesday
Lab 3: Lab Report Assistant 15 Thursday
Lab 3: Photo Set 3 5
Discussion 3: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 3) 10
Lab 4: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment 10 Saturday
Lab 4: Lab Report Assistant 15 Sunday
Lab 4: Photo Set 4 5
Discussion 4: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 4) 10
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Lab 5: Lab Report Assistant 20 Sunday
Discussion 5: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 5) 10
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Lab 6: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment 10 Saturday
Lab 6: Lab Report Assistant 20 Sunday
Discussion 6: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 6) 10
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Lab 7: Lab Report Assistant 20 Thursday
Discussion 7: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 7) 10
Lab 8: Lab Report Assistant 20 Sunday
Discussion 8: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 8) 10
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Lab 9: NOVA Post-Movie Questions 15 Thursday
Lab 9: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Questions 15
Discussion 9: Human Reproduction (Lab 9) 10
Lab 9: Cloning Case Study 15 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Lab 10: Human Populations Lab Report 15 Saturday
Discussion 10: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 10) 10
Discussion 11: Ecological Footprint 10
Total Points 385

Assignment Overview

Each student is responsible for:

• Completing weekly reading assignments.
• Answering weekly discussion questions and responding to your classmates
• Completing lab reports and post-lab questions
• Submitting photo documentation

Discussion

Discussion postings should be completed by Thursday or Sunday of each assigned week depending on the lab schedule (with the exception of Week 8, when all assignments are due on the final day of the course).

Dropbox Assignments

Dropbox Assignments must be completed and posted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by the due dates listed above. 

Dropbox Assignment descriptions are as follows:

Lab Report Assistants are required for most labs. Under Content for each week, open the Lab Report Assistant for the lab. This basically includes all the questions and tables that you should fill out as you work your way through the lab. As you complete the lab, fill out these questions, data tables, graphs, etc. Each Lab Report Assistant should be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox no later than the assigned due date.

During weeks when TWO labs will be completed, the first lab will be conducted Monday through Thursday, and the second lab will be conducted Thursday through Sunday. Check the schedule above for specific due dates for quizzes, assignments, and discussion questions.

Photo Sets: Photo documentation is required for certain steps of most labs. Required photos include documenting various steps of the experiments, hand-drawn observations, or personal observations. Digital photos should be pasted into the appropriate place on the Lab Report Assistant, or for additional photos not specifically required in the lab procedure, should be placed into a single Word document. In the Content area of the course, you will find a document called Required Photo Sets. This is a week-by-week list of required photos to be submitted based on each lab. The required photos that are specific steps of an experiment should be embedded directly into the Lab Report Assistant. All others should be submitted as a Word document to the dropbox each week.

Pre-lab Hazard Assessments: Some labs will require a Pre-lab Hazard Assessment to be completed. Use the Prelab Hazard Assessment Template provided under General Course Information to complete these assignments. This assessment involves reviewing possible safety hazards for each lab, researching any potentially harmful chemicals using the MSDS information provided, and writing a brief summary of each hazard. Each Pre-lab Hazard Assessment should be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox no later than the assigned due date.

Other Dropbox Assignments:
Lab Safety Agreement, LabPaq Contents List, NOVA Post-movie Questions, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Questions, and Cloning Case Study. These should all be completed according to the instructions provided in the syllabus and course. All must be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by each assigned due date.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Setting up a Safe Lab
Readings

Complete the following readings from the Start Here module in the Content area:

  • Lab Information: Review the Intro to Labs, Required Photo Documentation, and Appendices.
  • Safety Information: Review all written material, links, and both videos.
Discussion 1: Your Home Laboratory (Lab 1)
Describe your home laboratory.  Why did you choose this area?  What are the potential problems with using this area?  How might you resolve those problems?
Lab 1: LabPaq Contents List

Watch Unpacking Your Kit, found in the Safety Information in the Start Here module. Then using the Contents List provided with your kit, remove each item from the kit and check it off the list. At the beginning of each lab, locate the Materials list. Check the ‘LabPaq Provides’ list and make sure that it aligns with the kit Content List. Complete your check of the LabPaq Contents List. Make sure it is checked and initialed. Scan or photograph the initialed sheet and submit to the appropriate dropbox.

Lab 1: Signed Safety Agreement

In Safety Information, in the Start Here module, you will find a Lab Safety Contract. Read this document, and initial and “sign”. Scan or photograph the contract and submit to the appropriate dropbox.

Lab 1: Photo Set
For this lab, submit a photo of you with your kit in your home lab. 
Lab 1: Safety Quiz
Under course Quizzes you will find the “Safety Quiz”. Complete this quiz and submit.
Week 2: The Scientific Method
Readings
  • Lab 2: Using the Scientific Method to Identify Unknowns Pre-Lab Instructor Notes (these notes are attached to the Lab 2: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment description in the Content area)
Lab 2: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment

Review the Lab 2 Pre-Lab Instructor Notes and all attachments.  Use the Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment Template to review and document the potential hazards of this lab, both chemical and physical.

Complete the template and upload to the appropriate dropbox.

Lab 2: Lab Report Assistant
The Using the Scientific Method to Identify Unknowns Lab Report Assistant includes all the questions and tables that you should complete as you work your way through the lab.  As you complete the lab, make note of your findings in the questions and tables.  Finally, type your writings onto the Lab Report Assistant and submit to the appropriate dropbox.
Lab 2: Photo Set 2
In addition to any photos required as a part of the Lab Report Assistant, submit a photo of all materials for the lab laid out on your work surface prior to the experiment. Paste these photos into a single Word document and upload to the appropriate dropbox.
Discussion 2: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 2)
What worked? What problems did you encounter? What might you do differently if you were to do this again?  What insights did you gain about the scientific method?
Week 3: Biological Macromolecules/Comparative Cell Membranes and Transport
Readings
  • Lab 3: Biological Macromolecules Pre-Lab Instructor Notes (these notes are attached to the Lab 3: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment description in the Content area)
  • Lab 4: Comparative Cell Membranes and Transport Pre-Lab Instructor Notes (these notes are attached to the Lab 4: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment description in the Content area)
Lab 3: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment

Review the Lab 3 Pre-Lab Instructor Notes and all attachments. Use the Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment Template to review and document the potential hazards of this lab, both chemical and physical.

Complete the template and upload to the appropriate dropbox.

Lab 3: Lab Report Assistant

The Biological Macromolecules Lab Report Assistant includes all the questions and tables that you should complete as you work your way through the lab. As you complete the lab, make note of your findings in the questions and tables. Finally, type up your writings onto the Lab Report Assistant and submit to the appropriate dropbox.

Lab 3: Photo Set 3

Submit a photo of each of the following: (1) the final results of the sugar test test tubes), (2) the final results of your starch test, (3) the final results from your protein test, and (4) the results of your lipid test. Paste your photos into a single Word document and upload to the appropriate dropbox.

Discussion 3: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 3)
What worked? What problems did you encounter? What might you do differently if you were to do this again?  What insights did you gain?
Lab 4: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment

Review the Lab 4 Pre-Lab Instructor Notes and all attachments. Use the Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment Template to review and document the potential hazards of this lab, both chemical and physical.

Complete the template and upload to the appropriate dropbox.

Lab 4: Lab Report Assistant
The Comparative Cell Membrane Transport Lab Report Assistant includes all the questions and tables that you should complete as you work your way through the lab.  As you complete the lab, make note of your findings in the questions and tables.  Finally, type your writings onto the Lab Report Assistant and submit it to the dropbox. 
Lab 4: Photo Set 4

Submit a photo of each of the following: (1) photo of the diffusion through an artificial membrane during the 1-hour waiting period and (2) a photo of the results of the diffusion at different temperatures test. Paste your photos into a single Word document and upload to the appropriate dropbox.

Discussion 4: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 4)
What worked? What problems did you encounter? What might you do differently if you were to do this again? What insights did you gain about cell membranes?
Week 4: Homeostasis
Lab 5: Lab Report Assistant

The Homeostasis Lab Report Assistant includes all the questions and tables that you should complete as you work your way through the lab. As you complete the lab, make note of your findings in the questions and tables.  Finally, type your writings onto the Lab Report Assistant and submit to the appropriate dropbox.

Discussion 5: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 5)
What worked? What problems did you encounter? What might you do differently if you were to do this again?  What insights did you gain?
Week 5: Cardiovascular System: Heart
Readings
  • Lab 6: Cardiovascular System: Heart Pre-Lab Instructor Notes (these notes are attached to the Lab 6: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment description in the Content area)
Lab 6: Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment

Review the Lab 6 Pre-Lab Instructor Notes and all attachments. Use the Pre-Lab Hazard Assessment Template to review and document the potential hazards of this lab, both chemical and physical.

Complete the template and upload to the appropriate dropbox.

Lab 6: Lab Report Assistant

The Cardiovascular System: Heart Lab Report Assistant includes all the questions and tables that you should complete as you work your way through the lab. As you complete the lab, fill out these questions and tables. Type up your report, using the Lab Report template and submit it to the appropriate dropbox.

Discussion 6: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 6)
What worked? What problems did you encounter? What might you do differently if you were to do this again?  What insights did you gain?
Week 6: Mitosis and Meiosis/Human Genetics
Readings
  • Lab 7: Mitosis and Meiosis Pre-Lab Instructor Notes (these notes are attached to the Lab 7: Lab Report Assistant description in the Content area)
  • Lab 8: Human Genetics Pre-Lab Instructor Notes (these notes are attached to the Lab 8: Lab Report Assistant description in the Content area)
Lab 7: Lab Report Assistant

The Mitosis and Meiosis Lab Report Assistant includes all the questions and tables that you should complete as you work your way through the lab. As you complete the lab, make note of your findings in the questions and tables.  Finally, type your writings onto the Lab Report Assistant and submit to the appropriate dropbox.

Discussion 7: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 7)
What worked? What problems did you encounter? What might you do differently if you were to do this again?  What insights did you gain?
Lab 8: Lab Report Assistant

The Human Genetics Lab Report Assistant includes all the questions and tables that you should complete as you work your way through the lab. As you complete the lab, make note of your findings in the questions and tables.  Finally, type your writings onto the Lab Report Assistant and submit to the appropriate dropbox.

Discussion 8: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 8)
What worked? What problems did you encounter? What might you do differently if you were to do this again?  What insights did you gain? 
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Human Reproduction
Readings

The following materials are located under the Week 7 Instructional Materials:

  • NOVA: Life's Greatest Miracle
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Facts
  • Case Study: Bringing Back Baby Jason: To Clone or Not To Clone
Lab 9: NOVA Post-Movie Questions

Answer to the following questions should be based on the NOVA video. Submit these answers in one document to the appropriate dropbox.

  1. What is the difference between reproduction in bacteria versus humans?
  2. Why is variety in creating offspring important?
  3. How is egg production in females different from sperm production in males?
  4. What are three obstacles that sperm face on their journey to reach and fertilize an egg?
  5. What is gastrulation, and how long after conception does gastrulation take place?
  6. At what point is the developing baby called a fetus?
  7. What crucial events happen during the 3rd trimester of fetal development?
Lab 9: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Questions

Use the information provided to answer these questions and submit these answers in one document to the appropriate dropbox.

  1. Would binge drinking once or twice a week be more likely to affect facial features during the first, second, or third trimester of pregnancy? Explain your answer.
  2. If a pregnant woman drinks two glasses of wine every day during her third trimester, would that be more likely to affect development of facial features or brain function? Explain why.
  3. If a nursing mother continues to drink heavily, could her drinking continue to affect the baby's growth? Facial features? Brain development? Explain your answer.

You are an adoption counselor for high-risk babies. Your job is to review each case, perform any additional research you think is necessary, and then write a short summary citing your concerns for each of these newborns.

  • Adam—Adam's mother is 35 years old. She drank heavily throughout the first seven weeks of her pregnancy, not knowing that she was pregnant. When she discovered that she was pregnant, she stopped drinking entirely for three weeks, then slowly resumed. During the last two trimesters, she alternated between binge drinking and periods of sobriety.
  • Barbie—Barbie's mother is 20 years old. She has a history of heavy drinking, and was still drinking heavily during the first three weeks of pregnancy. When she realized she was pregnant, she entered a residential treatment program and joined AA. She has not had a drink since that time.
  • Carlos—Carlos's mother is 19 years old. Throughout her pregnancy, she drank on weekends. While she got drunk once or twice, she usually just drank a six-pack of beer over the course of the weekend.
  • Danielle—Danielle's mother is 25 years old. She insists she does not have a drinking problem. She has two or three drinks each evening. She maintained this pattern throughout her pregnancy.
Discussion 9: Human Reproduction (Lab 9)
Genetic and environmental factors influence both male and female reproductive systems. What are some of the positive and negative environmental influences on sperm production and pregnancy, including nutrition, exercise, and exposure to chemicals?
Lab 9: Cloning Case Study

Answer the following questions based on the case study. Answers may not be provided by the case study, but must be research using links provided in the reading. Each questions should be thoroughly and carefully answered. "I don't know" is not an acceptable answer. Submit your answers to these question in one document to the appropriate dropbox.

  1. What is cloning? From a scientific standpoint, what procedures would be used to clone a human?
  2. Is cloning humans different procedurally from cloning animals? Are there any physiological risks to cloning humans? Are these risks different for animals? Why or why not?
  3. What is imprinting? What role does imprinting play in cloning humans? Animals?
  4. How does cloning differ from sexual reproduction?
  5. What role do meiosis and mitosis play in maintaining the integrity of the genetic code during cloning? Sexual reproduction?
  6. Will Jason II be “identical” to Jason I? Why or why not?
  7. What is the difference between a somatic cell and a sex cell?
Week 8: Human Populations
Readings
  • Lab 10: Human Populations and Final Tasks Pre-Lab Instructor Notes (these notes are attached to the Lab 10: Human Populations Lab Report description in the Content area)
  • Nature Conservancy's Carbon Footprint Calculator (a link to this can be found in the Week 8 Instructional Materials)
Lab 10: Human Populations Lab Report

For this lab, you will be collecting grave marker information for men and women based on year of birth. Open the Virtual Cemetery Walk and find as many graves as you can to complete Data Table I.

In the Human Population Lab document, complete the Pre-lab Questions, all data tables, and the end-of-lab questions. Submit the completed lab to the appropriate dropbox no later than 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday.

Discussion 10: Post-Lab Reflection (Lab 10)
What worked? What problems did you encounter? What might you do differently if you were to do this again?  What insights did you gain?
Discussion 11: Ecological Footprint

Use the Nature Conservancy's Carbon Footprint Estimator to calculate your ecological footprint. How many planets would you need assuming your current lifestyle? What about your lifestyle contributes the most towards you footprint? What one thing would be the easiest to change dramatically?



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted. No late assignments will be accepted without a penalty assessment unless there are truly extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student.  I will count off 20% of the total points possible for lab reports and photo documentation each day they are late (11:59 p.m. CT marks the end of a day).  Late pre-lab quizzes will not be accepted. The instructor must be notified prior to the due date of the assignment if it will be late.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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