Q: How do I find out about the details of the course content, assessments, grading and student expectations?
A: The course Syllabus is the most complete written discussion of the course. You are welcome to contact the instructor if additional questions arise.
Q: Who should take this course?
A: This course is intended for degree and non-degree seeking students and working professionals in the food sciences, health sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, agricultural sciences, and environmental sciences areas. The course requires biochemistry and suggests suggests introductory biology and chemistry through organic chemistry as pre-requisites for success. For degree seeking students, university credit earned for this course may be transferred to your home institution if you are not a local student.
Q: How is it taught?
A: The course has 2 lectures per week that can be viewed as video-on-demand from the Web or downloaded as audio/video files for play on portable media players. The course begins in late August and finishes in late December. The course is designed for a variety of learner types. Text, visual and audio interactive support is a part of the course whether in the classroom or over the Web. The course can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level (see Course Syllabus for details). When the course is not in session, the archived lectures from the previous class are left on the site. Lectures and the supporting course information are updated annually.
Q: What if I am not a student at the University of Idaho?
A: This course is designed to be taken completely over the Web. If you are taking this course to fulfill or supplement curriculum requirements at your home university we can work with your institution to transfer credits. Working professionals or part-time students can register as a non-degree seeking student (no additional charges). This course is posted as open courseware and thus the information is distributed to anyone with an interest in learning.
Q: How do I register for this course?
A: Please visit the Official FoodTox Web Site and select the appropriate link on that page.
Q: How much does this course cost?
A: The course costs are outlined on the University Registrars web site.
Q: How do I do homework, exams and papers for this course?
A: This is a digitally supported course. All students will submit homework, exams and papers electronically. All submissions can be printed out for your use.
Q: What are the terms and conditions for taking this course?
A: You must adhere to the Course Honor Code.
Q: What should I expect from this course? Is it different?
A: You will have a different experience in this course than a typical university level course. If you are on campus, the differences will primarily be in the web resources and course support areas. If you are a distance student, you will be interacting with a variety of students via chat, email and the lectures - you can do live chat with the instructor during the lecture. Although the course is paced for performance through a semester, you have some freedom on how and when you choose to do the work needed for success. This is especially important for working professionals and graduate students that require flexible course schedules or for those who travel for field research and conferences.
Q: How much time should I budget for this course?
A: University courses typically require 3 hours of work per credit-hour. This is a 3 credit-hour course and you should expect to commit 9 hours per week to course effort for success. Graduate credit success may require additional effort depending on the study habits and skills of the student.
Q: Is this a difficult course? What do students say about the course?
A: Difficulty of a course depends on your level of preparation and the amount of effort you are willing to put towards success. As an interdisciplinary subject area, the course is demanding in its scope of subject, quantity of readings and the requirement for a case study (and a book review for graduate students). Lecture homework is a simple support for ensuring the student keeps pace with the course readings. Some of the exam problems are challenging while others are a drill of material to be mastered. The course case study is a major part of the learning experience in this course and requires significant effort. Depending on background and individual student abilities, the course has been regarded by students as everything from easy to hard. There are tradeoffs in a digitally supported course and certain shifts in classroom culture (more email and chat - less classroom discussion). Overall, students give the course very high marks in review and remark favorably on the information resources available, the lecture style, the holistic nature of the course material and the anywhere-anytime accessibility of the course.
Q: What software do I need to see and hear the lectures? Is it free?
A: Most modern browsers now have an embedded video player. The downloadable lecture audio/video files for personal media players can be managed by iTunes or other media support manager.
Q: Why won't the lecture video/audio play?
A: Check to make sure you have the browser video player installed correctly. You may try going to another video website to see if you can play videos from there.
Q: What happens to the information I send through this web site? For example my homework, or questions that I ask.
A: When you click the "SEND" or "SUBMIT" button your homework, quizzes, and questions will be sent to the e-mail address: foodtox(at)uidaho(dot)edu. This is the course e-mail address which will be retrieved by your professor Greg Möller.
Q: How will exams be administered during this course?
A: Exams will be delivered at the regularly scheduled class time via an E-mail attachment.
- Exams will be DUE by a specific time after delivery.
- You need to e-mail your exam as an attachment to foodtox(at)uidaho(dot)edu.
- Exams should be completed with Microsoft Word or compatible program, or an application that can produce the MS Word file type (.doc) Word Drawing tools are useful for exam diagrams.
Q: Is there homework, and how will it be administered?
A: Because this is a web assisted course much of the outside class activity will be on the Web. Each lecture (found under the Lectures) will have a Homework in the BlackBoard LMS. You will fill out the Homework form and press the submit button which will automatically send your homework to your instructor. Homework for registered students is managed confidentially through Blackboard.
Q: Who do I contact if I have technical problems with the course web site?
A: First contact Professor Greg Möller. He will then either answer some of your questions or forward the question on to the appropriate technical staff here at the University of Idaho, Moscow.
Q: Who do I contact if I have technical problems with my computer?
A: There are several options you may consider depending on the problem you are experiencing. If you have a system administrator who looks after your computer contact them first to see if they can be of assistance. If you are having internet connection problems contact your internet service provider. You may contact your Professor Greg Möller if you think that your problem is related to the course Web site. Another option is to contact the University of Idaho Helpdesk: helpdesk(at)uidaho(dot)edu