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“Greetings”

Hello everyone! My name is Terry Wiseth and I will be the instructor for A&P 1 Online.  Enclosed in your mailing from Northland, please find a LECTURE CD ROM for A&P 1 Online. Instructions on how to use the CD can be found from the INTRODUCTION AND INSTRUCTIONS link from the Home Page. 

Instructions
Follow these instructions explicitly in order to have the best chance of success.

1) Insert the LECTURE CD and it should automatically start the program. You may be asked to install a POWERPOINT VIEWER. If so, just answer YES to the default questions as they are asked.

2) An INDEX PAGE will be opened by your browser. Select the hyperlink you would like to follow.

3) Use your BACK button at the top of your browser to return to pages you have previously visited.

4) Go to FAQ on the A&P 1 Home page if you get stuck, lost or have any questions.

5) e-mail or call the instructor if you encounter further problems

You may also follow hyperlinks to interesting places on the internet. One of the first places you should go is to the A&P 1 Online Home Page. It is from this site that you may access quizzes, assignments and other up to date information.  

There will be no other LECTURE CDs that you will receive in the mail. There is only one LECTURE CD for A&P 1. Your computer must have a CD-ROM and internet connections in order to be successful in using the CD.

The course you are taking is a hybrid course using CD ROM and Internet technology to deliver the course. The text we use is "Principles of Anatomy & Physiology" 12th edition by Tortora and Derrickson. You will be able to purchase this text from your local bookstore or you can contact the bookstore at Northland TRF to purchase the text. The contact person is Charlene Abrahamson at the following email address:

Charlene.Abrahamson@northlandcollege.edu
 

You will also be required to have a lab manual for this course. The lab manual is in a CD format to allow you the highest degree of interaction. The LAB BOOK CD also contains virtual labs which you will need in order to perform the lab exercises. Access to the LAB BOOK CD can be acquired by contacting the publisher as indicated in the syllabus. The link given below can be used to find how to secure the LAB BOOK CD.

LAB BOOK CD

A STUDY GUIDE is available for the course. This STUDY GUIDE  has all of the notes for the course. The STUDY GUIDE  is available to you by an ebook via email. The STUDY GUIDE  can be sent to you as a pdf file by email attachment. You can use the link below to access the STUDY GUIDE .

STUDY GUIDE

Read your syllabus carefully. There are due dates for exams, quizzes, labs and summary papers that cannot be overlooked. Your grade may suffer for handing in late work. Work submitted after the listed due date may only be eligible for half credit for the assignment. I have arranged for the labs to be done completely online. You will not have to travel to Northland to perform any of the labs.

You will also need to complete the online survey which you can link to from the A&P 1 Home page.

Be sure you are complete and accurate with this survey. Again filling out the survey immediately is imperative.  I will give 10 extra credit points for all that complete the survey. Your proctor information will be gleaned from the survey. Be sure that you have read the criteria for selecting a proctor which can be found in the syllabus. I will need that in order to send the exams to them.

Proctor Specifications
This course will require you to provide a volunteer who will agree to serve as your proctor for Unit exams. This individual should be someone who will be available for you at the times that you are required to take the exams. This individual will need to supply their time in proctoring the exam and also must send the completed exams to the instructor. The proctor cannot be a family member. Local teachers, counselors, or administrators would be acceptable. The instructor will need the name, address, phone #, e-mail address and relation or position that your proctor holds. You can supply this information by filling out and submitting the student survey. The student will be required to incur any costs involved in sending the exams to the instructor for correction. Approval of a proctor rests completely with the instructor. Upon approval the exams will be sent to the proctor.
The college (i.e. course instructor) may allow supervised tests and assessments to be administered by an approved test proctor at an alternate site. Proctors have a responsibility to ensure integrity during testing situations and should have no vested interest in student success on the exam. The college reserves the right to verify proctor qualifications, require additional evidence of eligibility, or require a different proctor be selected. The student is responsible for selecting a qualified proctor who then must be approved by the course instructor.  Individuals who are eligible for approval include:  College or public librarians, high school or college faculty, college testing or learning centers, or education officers in the military. Individuals who may NOT serve as proctors, regardless of other qualifications, are relatives, friends, neighbors, tutors, work supervisors, co-workers, clergy, or coaching staff. Falsifying proctor information or not following proctor testing procedures is considered a violation of the NCTC Student Code of Conduct and the student may be subject to college sanction (i.e. suspension) or course failure. The student will be required to incur any costs involved in sending the exams to the instructor for correction. As well any payments made to a proctor for their services will be the responsibility of the student in their entirety.  Approval of a proctor rests completely with the instructor.

A recommended process for finishing each unit is described below.

1) Read chapter in textbook for each section.

You can find the TEXTBOOK-LECTURE CORRELATIONS and assigned readings from the textbook for each unit by using the CLASS RESOURCES link from the A&P 1 Home Page

2) Copy the notes to hard copy for each of the sections you will be studying for the Unit

Access to the notes is from the STUDY GUIDE which can be accessed from the link below.

STUDY GUIDE

3) Using your LECTURE CD ROM move through each section. Take notes as you might in an ordinary lecture course.

4) Perform the quiz or quizzes at the end of each section when you are satisfied that you are ready. This is an open book and open note quiz.

You can find the QUIZ INDEX for each unit by using the CLASS ASSIGNMENTS link from the A&P 1 Home Page

5) Read and research the topic papers as instructed and submit a one-page summary as instructed.

You can find the the SUMMARY PAPER INDEX for each unit by using the CLASS ASSIGNMENTS link from the A&P 1 Home Page

6) Perform the lab or labs associated with the unit you are working on.

Access to the labs is from the LAB BOOK CD. The link given below will give you instructions on how to access the LAB BOOK CD.

LAB BOOK CD

7) Take the exam. (See your proctor to arrange the exam)

8) You may choose to perform a case study for the unit, at your option, for extra credit.

You can find the the CASE STUDIES INDEX for each unit by using the CLASS ASSIGNMENTS link from the A&P 1 Home Page

If you did not receive your LECTURE CD within a week of submitting the STUDENT SURVEY, let me know by phone or email.

Good Luck!!!!

Sincerely,

Terry Wiseth

Terry Wiseth
Biology, Anatomy & Physiology Instructor
Northland College
1101 Hwy One East
Thief River Falls Mn 5670

Terry.Wiseth@northlandcollege.edu

Phone 218-683-8726

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Instructions for exams 

1)     On the scantron sheet be sure to enter correctly:
a.     Name
b.     Subject: A&P 1 Online
c.      Exam #
d.     Date

****One Point will be deducted from your score for each item listed above which is not included on your exam

2)     The machine, which corrects the scantron sheets, is extremely sensitive. Be sure to make no extraneous marks outside the spaces provided for the answers.

3)     Use a hard #2 pencil to indicate your answers

4)     If you need to erase or change an answer be sure you erase completely. I have provided extra scantron sheets in case the marks are not able to be erased completely

5)     Marks or notations may be made on the Exam

6)     Answer only 35 of the 50 questions provided. It will be the student’s option which 35 of the 50 questions they wish to answer. If more than 35 questions are answered, we will take 10 % off for each question answered over 35

7)     When the exam is finished hand in both the exam and the scantron answer sheet to the proctor

8)     The exam is not a timed exam. My experience is that most students will need about ˝ hour to an hour to complete the exam. If students require additional time please provide that time to them. The exam must be taken without break and in one sitting however.

9)   The grading of the exam will take place within two days of the receipt of the exam. The student test scores will be indicated by updating the grades which are accessible from the A&P 1 Home Page.

10) This is not an open book or open note exam. Please provide a quiet setting for the student to take the exam. The exam must be completed in one sitting. Also be sure that access to the text, notes or other students during the exam is not allowed.

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  Concerned Student

The following is an email message that I received from a student. The concerns voiced by this student may be similar to your own. My response is given below.

Terry, I have to say that exam #1 was hard. I talked to other students in the class and they felt the same. I think it would benefit all of us, if you would give us some clues of what is going to be on the exam. The other teachers we had have done this in the past. I know every teacher is different, but I think I will get more out of this class if you zeroed in on the important things that will benefit us to succeed in this class. Sometimes it is overwhelming to learn such a large quantity at once, and you are not even sure you understand what the teacher wants from you.

A&P Student

MY RESPONSE

It is nice to know there still are students out there who take their studies seriously. It is obvious to me that you and your fellow students fall in this group. I hope that my response to you below can help to alleviate some of the stress and concerns you refer to in your email to me. Remember that anything that is worth having does not come easily. I know that you are up to the task and again I am here to help you with the course and not here to put up any roadblocks for you. When you feel the need please lean on me to help you and I will do the best that I can. I have summarized some important points to keep in mind in answer to some of your concerns. Please read them carefully and let me know if there is more that I can do to help you.

Points to keep in mind during the course:

1) Remember that each of the exams are worth only 50 points of the total of 800. A poor test score on one exam is not a disaster. Each unit is worth a total of about 100 points, the exam score is only about ˝ of that. Your scores on quizzes, summary papers and labs are important as well.

2) You have the opportunity to score up to 10 extra credit points in each of the units by performing the CASE STUDIES. These extra credit points can make up for some if not all of the missed points on an exam. Remember as well that you have an opportunity to score up to 80 extra credit points on a term paper. (Criteria for the term paper is given in the syllabus)

3) When I write the exam, I sit down with the class notes to use a reference for writing the exam. The textbook offers a great deal of information for each unit. The lectures from your CD attempt to focus on the most important parts of the textbook presentation. Further the class notes which are provided attempt to focus on the important parts of the lectures.

4) The quizzes which you perform can be a kind of insight into the type of questions you may find on the exam. The style and the type of questions can be observed from them.

5) The material presented in A&P is very diverse and seemingly overwhelming. You cannot learn everything there is to know about the human body, even in a lifetime, so with that in mind, the question is: "What is most important?".  Believe it or not the textbook itself is a very condensed version of what scientists currently know about the human body and how it works. This makes the lectures and the class notes even further condensations of a very complex system. What you are learning is only scratching the surface of what is known, and what is known is by far from complete. So hang in there you are only just starting on your quests to learn more about how the human body works and your learning will continue even as you find jobs as LPN's and RN's. What is important is to learn all that you can and are capable of. That is all that we can ask.

6) Typically the first exam for all of our students, whether they are online students or on campus, does not go very well. Scores on the first exam are typically lower than the average for the semester. My belief, especially for online students is that the first couple of weeks end up being so confusing because a large amount of time and energy is spent on learning how the course works, and how to perform the assignments for the course. As the semester progresses, more time can be spent on content of material instead. This usually results in higher exam scores. I would not say that the course gets easier, but I would say that as the course progresses, students become more comfortable in the administrative workings of the class and with this comfort comes a better chance for learning.

7) If you have been a good student in the past and you are working hard and putting long hours in for the course, you will do well. This course is not for individuals who are not serious and conscientious about their education.

Good Luck in the class and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any problems. Remember I am here to help you through this course.

Terry Wiseth
Biology Instructor
Northland College
 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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