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Distance Learning Concepts of Science

A distance-learning section of Concepts of Science, which has a different course number – SCMH 1013, will be available during most fall and spring semester from now on.  This section of Concepts will have a lecture that can be taken at any time of day (but must be viewed on an strict weekly schedule) and laboratory sessions that have two or three components:

(1) a pre-lab that must be viewed and completed on-line before doing anything more,

(2) one or more activities that are based on materials given in the exercise or linked from the exercise, and

(3) a retrospective activity that requires posting comments and responding to others’ posted comments, plus an affirmative oath that you have done your own work.

This distance-learning section of Concepts of Science is an alternative to the standard lecture and laboratory Concepts class but in no way is this section of the course less challenging or rigorous than the standard class.  In fact, the deadlines for viewing lecture materials and completing lecture and laboratory assignments is stricter than the standard class format. 

Potential students should be aware that the two exams and the final are given ON CAMPUS in the Biggio testing center as paper exams.  Students sign up for an exam time, but the days for the exams (one day for exams 1 and 2 and one of two days for the final exam) are set by the instructor and cannot be changed.  It is possible, but relatively difficult, to arrange for paper exam administration in an off-campus setting.  Potential students should communicate with the director (kingdat@auburn.edu) if off-campus testing is a likely request.

Absences (i.e., student illness) in distance-learning classes like Concepts of Science are generally not allowed and you are expected to keep to the schedule and submit work on time.  If evaluation of excuses for more serious illnesses comes into the picture, the standard for proof of absence due to illness or other university-approved reasons is higher than with standard classes.  Absences at the seated exams on campus require documented illness or other reason just like a standard classroom course.

Students are advised to carefully consider whether taking distance-learning Concepts is for them if they are not in a position to stay on a strict schedule for lecture and laboratory sessions or if they do not have access to adequate computer equipment.

It is advisable to communicate with the director, who is also the instructor for the distance learning class each term, if you have any questions or concerns before registering.

Generally, enrollment is limited to 20 to 25 students per term at the present time.