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Bio 100 - General Biology - Alexandra Mokhnatkina

Course:General Biology
Professor:Alexandra Mokhnatkina
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Greetings fellow biologists! My name is Prof. Mokh, and as your lecture instructor I’d like to welcome you to Introductory Biology. I have been teaching this class for 9 years. This is a fully online class and in this course we will be exploring a vast array of topics such as genetics, evolution, plant diversity, ecology, and the cell. This should be an exciting semester with lots to learn!

Course Description

Explores the structure, function and development of living systems from cells to ecosystems.

Lecture Student Learning Outcome: Characterize the nature of science and scientific inquiry, and describe and analyze biological concepts from cells to ecosystems on a basic level.

Laboratory Student Learning Outcome: Evaluate and analyze data and observations based on standard methods of scientific inquiry.

What to Expect in this Course

Your Canvas portal will be your resource center and I will be your guide throughout the class. We will spend plenty of time chatting, discussing, and online conferencing over the course of the semester.

This course is composed of a Lecture AND a Lab component both of which will be done Online and OnlineLive. We will meet every week over Zoom to cover a broad range of topics. I recommend you not miss any Zoom meetings as they will cover lecture and lab material. Online classes offer a large amount of flexibility, so it’ll be up to you to log into Canvas multiple times a week to watch all the videos, do all the reading, and complete all the assignments and quizzes.

Be prepared to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week to complete the core coursework and set-aside extra time to study and review the material. Additionally, you will need to have good internet connection, a webcam, and computer equipment to succeed in this class.

Types of Assessments

Assessments will be administered through the Canvas system and include exams, quizzes, and discussions. The exams and quizzes will be given using Proctorio or a similar proctoring software which requires Google Chrome and the installation of Proctorio extension.

Textbook Information

The main textbook for the class is Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology 7th Edition by Simon, Dickey & Reece. It is ok to use an older edition, purchase or rent the online version of the textbook, or borrow it from the library if it’s available.

The lab manual is called the BioSci 100 Lab Manual: Building Knowledge Through Experiments, 4th Edition. A digital version will be available for printing/saving on our Canvas shell or you can buy your copy at the bookstore.

Other Relevant Course Information

You MUST attend the Zoom meeting on the first day of class to secure your spot. Once the semester begins, you can reach me by sending me a message through the Canvas Inbox or emailing me directly at I will respond within 24 hours if you contact me during the week, and by Monday if you contact me over the weekend.

Again, welcome to the class I look forward to meeting you all soon! Let's have a great semester!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 08/09/2021 Sub#: 488