ACADEMIC related matters (Sakai)

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SPRING SEMESTER (2015):  I will be teaching two double sections of Biology 3.  In Biology 3, the textbook we will be using is What is Life?  A Guide to Biology with Physiology and with LaunchPad (*). AND a Biology 3 lab manual by multiple authors.  The former can be purchased new or used . . . from wherever (Bookstore, A&R, Amazon.com, etc), although see below.   A new copy of the textbook purchased from the SMC  bookstore will be soft cover, shrunk wrapped, & includes some ancillaries:  We will be using the website access.  If you purchased your textbook used, it will likely not have all of these ancillaries or access to the online version.  This is also the case on Amazon.com, which often has several different "versions" of the textbook (with different ancillaries).  That said, if you are real poor, you can use these books or even the 1st ed of the textbook, which is almost identical to the 2nd edition and often costs just a few dollars.  That said, I have not done the comparison  But the ancillaries will still be required and an issue.  (*)  If you purchase the textbook without LaunchPad (e.g. used or from someone), you can purchase access to LaunchPad from the publisher.

Although the online SMC bookstore says it sells used copies of the lab manual, normally you can only purchase a new copy (it is shrunk-wrapped, loose-leaf).  If you wish to save $6.75 plus tax, I will give you a CD with the lab manual as a PDF file(s) for free.  The lab manual is also available for free on the campus mainframe.  The caveat is that you must access the lab manual from a network computer on campus, and you must print from campus.  All of this also means you will have to print the appropriate pages for each lab, which will require you to be a responsible student.  
     Thus, you can say I am saving you the cost of the lab manual but requiring you to get the textbook with the ancillaries.

One observation is that I have seen students spend hours and days looking for a "deal" on the textbook, time better spent studying.  Last Spring, in the third week of the semester, I had one student who had not yet purchased her textbook still looking for a deal on textbooks, behind three weeks in her readings.  This is like going to Vons to buy onions on sale, driving to Ralphs to buy some potatoes on sale, driving to Albertson's to buy carrots on sale, and finally driving to Whole Foods to buy bell peppers on sale.. . . spending more money on gas that one saved on sale items.
    The above student was busy searching for a textbook, using her 4G Smartphone.  Maybe if she gave up her cell phone for a month, she could afford a textbook

My Biology 3 sections will be full before many of you reach your enrollment date, and you will be wanting to crash (enroll) in the class, as you absolutely "need" this class.  I can only accept 32 students per lab section.  Do not ask for special consideration, as everyone has a "story," Stories ranging from this is the last class I need to graduate, I need to have this class to take the next class, or I will die unless I get this class.    I also can not enroll you prior to the first day of class, as enrollment is by computer and is "dynamic."  There is some sort of waiting list, called a "Wait Pool."  About 90% of those on the Wait Pool never show up, so come even if you are not on a list.  Any open seats will be filled by lottery on the first day of lab.   "Warm bodies" only may enter the lottery. 
    In spite of the supposedly crunch of getting into classes, I had a half dozen spaces when the enrollment period was over (2nd week).  It is amazing how many students flake out in the first few weeks of school.  How you plead me to let you in, yet when I call your name in the lottery, you have disappeared.

WINTER SEMESTER (2015):  I will be teaching Biology 3 in the winter session.  The textbook we will be using is  What is Life?  A Guide to Biology with Physiology, 2nd ed, by Phelan AND a Biology 3 lab manual by multiple authors. Be sure you purchase text WITH PHYSIOLOGY and WITH the LaunchPad Access code.  Do not waste your time surfing the net looking for deals on the textbook. Going without a textbook for the first week in winter is like going without a textbook for 3-4 weeks during the regular session.  Although the online SMC bookstore says it sells used copies of the lab manual, normally you can only purchase a new copy (it is shrunk-wrapped, loose-leaf).  If you wish to save $17.50 plus tax, I will give you a CD with the lab manual as a PDF file(s) for free.  The lab manual is also available for free on the campus mainframe.  The caveat is that you must access the lab manual from a network computer on campus, and you must print from campus.  All of this also means you will have to print the appropriate pages for each lab, which will require you to be a responsible student.  Thus, you can say I am saving you the cost of the lab manual but requiring you to get the textbook with the ancillaries.  That said, many students end up buying the lab manual because it ends up too much trouble remembering to print & bring the appropriate lab exercise each week.
    For the winter, although there are four Biology 3 sections, they will be full before many of you reach your enrollment date.  You will be wanting to crash (enroll) in the class, as you absolutely "need" this class.  I can only accept 32 students per lab section.  Do not ask for special consideration, as everyone has a "story," Stories ranging from this is the last class I need to graduate, I need to have this class to take the next class, or I will die unless I get this class.    I also can not enroll you prior to the first day of class, as enrollment is by computer and is "dynamic."  There may not be a wait pool for winter classes.  Any open seats will be filled by lottery on the first day of lab.   "Warm bodies" only may enter the lottery. 
    In spite of the supposedly crunch of getting into classes, I had a half dozen spaces when the enrollment period was over (2nd week).  It is amazing how many students flake out in the first few weeks of school.  How you plead me to let you in, yet when I call your name in the lottery, you have disappeared.

 

   

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