Course Syllabus

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Course Description and Prerequisites | Course Objectives | Course Requisite Technical Skills | Time Expectation | Textbooks and Materials | Course Grading | Course Policies | Student Rights & Responsibilities | Overview of Assignments | Taking Proctored Assessments Your Email Account | Student Resources | Technical SupportAccommodation Policy and Statements | NOVA Online Policies and Procedures | Schedule (Course Summary and Critical Dates)

Course Title:  BIO 101 - General Biology I (4 credits)


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Course Prerequisites and Description


Course Objectives


Time Expectation


Course Requisite Technical Skills

In order to succeed in this online course, you must be comfortable working with technology. At a minimum, you must possess the following technical skills:

  • Ability to use the Internet in an effective and efficient manner, including installation and management of browser plug-ins and add-ons
  • Basic knowledge about the operation of a computer, file management, and software installation
  • Working knowledge of the Canvas learning management system
  • Capable of using Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Proficient searching the web for information
  • Able to download and print information from websites
  • Able to download, view, and/or print PDF files


Textbooks and Materials

Acquiring Textbooks and Course Materials


Course Grading


Course Policies

Attendance Policy


Lab Policy


Discussion Policy


Communication Policy


Plagiarism Policy


Late Work Policy


Assignment Submission


Grading Turnaround Time

All completed assignments will be graded no later than seven days after the due date, and sooner when possible.


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Student Rights & Responsibilities


Overview of Assignments


Taking Proctored Assessments


Your Email Account


Student Resources


Technical Support

For technical assistance, please visit the NOVA Online IT Support website for contact information and support resources.


Accommodation Policy and Statements

External Tools Used in the Course

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Mastering Biology from Pearson

You can find the accessibility information about MyLab and Mastering on Pearson's accessibility web page.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is an online subscription service, which makes its accessibility features work a little differently than Office desktop programs. Here is the link to its accessibility statement.

eol - encyclopedia of life

Accessibility statement is not available. 

Bozeman Science

The biology videos on are all captioned. Accessibility statement is not available on its website.

Accessibility statement is not available on its website.

Apple iTunes

Here is the Accessibility Statement for iTunes.

You can find Apple's Accessibility Support on its website.


Accessibility statement is not available on YouTube's website. Here is the link to the instructions on how to use YouTube with a screen reader.

You can find the transcript of a YouTube video by clicking More and then select Transcript.


NOVA Online Policies and Procedures


Schedule (Course Summary and Critical Dates)

This section only includes graded assignments and their due dates. Please visit the Modules section for readings, practice quizzes, and detailed instructions.


Course Summary:

Date Details Due