Life Science B

Course Description:

Life Science deals with the study of all types of living organisms, such as
microorganisms, plants, animals, and humans. In Life Science B, you will learn how life
evolved on Earth. You’ll analyze fossil data to determine the evidence it provides about
evolution. You’ll study ecosystems, the flow of energy in an ecosystem, and the various
relationships in an ecosystem. In addition, you will discover the interdependence that is
present in all ecosystems. At the end of the semester, you’ll determine the effects that
humans and environmental factors have on the ecosystems and devise solutions to
protect the biodiversity of ecosystems from these effects.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Life Science B
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Life and Physical Sciences—Other
Course Provider : City of Harper Woods Schools
Content Provided By : My Virtual Academy
Online Instructor Provided By : City of Harper Woods Schools
Standards Addressed : CCSS, MMC
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Open Entry / Open Exit, Semester, Trimester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Life and Physical Sciences
Course Identifier : Life and Physical Sciences—Other
Course Level : (B) Basic or Remedial
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 2 of 2

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://www.myvirtualacademy.com/section21f
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Phone : 800-297-2119

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Additional Course Information:

By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
– Model the geological process that makes fossils from leaves.
– Explain how the characteristics of living and extinct organisms can be used to construct an evolutionary lineage.
– Classify organisms based on their shared characteristics, and explain why embryos and anatomical similarities of different species provide evidence of evolution.
– Explain the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy, and develop a model that shows how organisms use food to create energy for growth and development.
– Plan an investigation that answers a scientific question about the growth needs of yeast.
– Construct an explanation that relates the influence of environment and genes on the
growth of organisms.
– Identify relationships between organisms in ecosystems, and analyze the cause and-effect
relationships between the availability of resources and the growth of organisms in an ecosystem.
– Understand how changes to the physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations of organisms, and research one effect that humans have on the ocean’s ecosystem.
– Evaluate solutions to maintain biodiversity in an ecosystem and design a solution to an environmental problem in an ecosystem.

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met Every course contains a syllabus, with clear goals and objectives for the course. Each lesson also states the objective. Students are tested after each lesson.
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met All standards are met.
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met Syllabus provided to students upon enrollment in the course. Units have specific objectives.
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met Parents and students are contacted regularly by teacher. They receive a welcome email with all pertinent teacher contact info.
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met Students sign all documents upon enrollment.
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met Privacy policy is presented, reviewed and signed with student at enrollment.
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met Teacher can upload any help resource as needed.
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met Lessons, quizzes, and tests provide multiple types of instruction, questions, and learning methods. i.e. fill in the blank, hands on, multiple choice, matching etc.…
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met Many lessons are self driven and require higher order thinking skills to complete.
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met Instructor can upload supplemental activities as needed or modify course to meet the student's needs.
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met Students can interact with their instructor via phone, email, text, instant message, or video message.
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met MVA policy states that students will communicate with their instructor multiple times during a week to ensure engagement and learning within the course.
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met Teacher to student interaction is readily available. Student to student interaction is available, but is more limited due to privacy concerns.
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met Students have access to translator, dictionary, reader tools, notebook etc.
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met Students can check their progress or grades any time they wish, in real time.
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Fully Met Grading rubrics are built into any assignment that may need them.
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met Students are able to see a progress report throughout the course.
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met The course allows for setting individual end dates, by student.
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met Students can run a compatibility check from the program help page to determine if they have the proper equipment. Our tech department constantly ensures all school provided equipment is compatible
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met Student work is kept confidential within the school database system and courseware.
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met The software provider continuously updates courses to keep them relevant.
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met All teachers hold valid certification in content area.
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met All staff attend ongoing professional development sessions throughout the year to remain current with students and families needs.
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met Tech support is provided by the school and the software company, if needed, as well.
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met

Review Conducted By : My Virtual Academy
Date of Review : 04/30/2019

Unit 1: Evolution
Unit 2: Energy Flow in Ecosystems
Unit 3: The Interdependence of Ecosystems

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Open Entry / Open Exit 04/01/2019 11/30/2019 500 $375.0000 0.0000
Open Entry / Open Exit 12/01/2019 04/01/2020 500 $375.0000 0.0000
Open Entry / Open Exit 04/02/2020 11/30/2020 500 $375.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
N/A Must pass course with D- (60%) or higher. Open Entry / Open Exit 04/01/2019 11/30/2019
N/A Must pass course with D- (60%) or higher. Open Entry / Open Exit 12/01/2019 04/01/2020
N/A Must pass course with D- (60%) or higher. Open Entry / Open Exit 04/02/2020 11/30/2020

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