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BIOSCI-100-56583 - General Biology - Dr. Maryam Sanei

Course:General Biology
Professor:Dr. Maryam Sanei
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to Bio 100,

Biology is the study of life. By the end of this course, you will be more curios and aware about your surrounding environment. My name is Dr. Maryam Sanei, I have been working as a scientist/ instructor since 2003. I love teaching and helping my students to learn about natural world.

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

Through this semester I will open a new module in CANVAS each week (including my PowerPoint slides, homework, projects, discussion board and interesting videos and resources that you can use for that week). You can log in to this course via your CANVAS user and password using this link: to access these resources.

We will meet via zoom twice a week, once for the lecture (Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm) and the second time for the lab (Thursday 6:00-9:00 pm). There will be 30-60 minutes for each lab introduction, and you can finish your lab asynchronously. Please plan on being "in class" during these times. Lab meetings are mandatory.

Make sure to attend the first two zoom meetings, students that fail attending those sessions will be dropped to bring in students from the wait list.

The main method I will use to communicate with students is through COC email and Canvas notifications and announcements.  You should check these every day and set up alerts on your phone for these messages so that you receive communications from me in a timely manner. This is my email address:       

Types of Assessments

This course has no exam! even though there are no exams, the assignments will require substantial group and individual work including but not limited to:

Weekly discussion boards, original lab writeups, assignments, projects, online simulations (Labster), videos (JoVe, YouTube, shape of life and HHMI) and chapter reviews.

All assignments will be administered through the Canvas learning management system every week and will be due every Sunday midnight.


Textbook Information

Textbook: Concepts of Biology, from Openstax. Access for free at

BioSci 100 Lab Manual: Building Knowledge Through Experiments, 4th ed.  Hard copy is only available from the COC bookstore.  You can also access a digital copy for free on our class Canvas site (hardcopy is not required).

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.


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Last updated: 07/21/2021 Sub#: 396