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Bio 100 - General Biology - La France Daniels Jr

Course:General Biology
Professor:La France Daniels Jr
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome Students to General Biology,

I am a Professor of Biology here at COC. I am passionate about introducing my students to the vast, variety of living organism sharing plant earth with us. I enjoy helping students succeed in my class.



Course Description

This course explores the structure, function and growth of organisms from the smallest, atom to the largest, biosphere.

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

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

What to Expect in this Course

The lecture and lab components of this course are setup in a combination of Online and OnlineLive formats. The course will require

you to devote a lot of your time and attention to be successful. All lecture presentations and laboratory experiments will be presented

live on zoom therefore, I encourage you to attend all the live zoom lectures during this semester. In addition, during the live zoom meetings 

you can ask me questions about course material and interact with your classmates.


The primary method of communication I will use to communicate with the class is

through the COC email and canvas announcements and discussions. You should check your email

and the course canvas website everyday for important announcements. You can set up alerts on your phone

to ensure you receive all communications from me. 


If you require special accommodations you need to contact the office of DSP&S (Disabled Students Programs & Services)

at COC prior to the start of the semester so, they may work with you in identifying the best accommodations

to help you succeed in the class. Once assessed they will provide you with an official accommodation letter

for the current semester. You will then need to send me a copy of this letter no later than the second week of the semester. 

That will ensure that your needs are met in a timely manner (see Disabled Students Program & Services below for more details). 



Types of Assessments

All course material/assignments, will be administered through the course Canvas website. 

No special type of proctoring software (i.e. Proctorio) will be used in this course. Assessments

will consist of a variety of lecture and lab exams, quizzes, and discussion board assignments.


Textbook Information

Textbook: Concepts of Biology, can be acquired from Openstax.

This is an OER textbook that you can view online and download for free at:



Laboratory Manual: BIO 100 Lab Manual: Building Knowledge Through Experiments, 4th edition.

Available for purchase only through the COC bookstore.

You may also access a digital copy on the course Canvas website.


Other Relevant Course Information

All students are required to attend the Zoom meeting on the first day of class so as not

to lose their spot in the class to students on the waitlist.  


Attendance is required per college policy, which states, “Any student absent for

any reason for more than 10% of the class meetings may be dropped by the instructor

prior to 75% of the course.”  For this course, regular “attendance” will refer to completing

the weekly lecture and lab homework assignments and completing the tests by the due

dates listed. You should communicate with me right away if you anticipate a disruption in your

schedule that will impact your ability to complete the assigned coursework by the due date. 

If you miss two weeks’ worth of course work without contacting me, you may be dropped from the course

for “non-attendance.”


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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • 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)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

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.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/03/2021 Sub#: 447