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You are invited to join me on campus at 5 or 7:15 PM on Jan, 22  2003, in Chesapeake Hall, Room 109, for an orientation to this course.  This orientation is recommended but is not required.  I will give you specific information about the course in the email message which I will send to you.  (see Contact Me below)

This is the first step into "cyberspace" for many of us and it should prove to be an exciting adventure for all of us.  Our "virtual classroom" will differ in many ways from the "instructional" classroom in which we are accustomed to learning.  There will be NO lecture here.    I will be here to serve as your guide, helping to facilitate the process, and provide activities which will promote your better understanding of the material.  You must teach yourself with the help of your fellow students.

Your first academic task will be to read the following materials, paying particular attention to the following:

Contact Me

Login to Blackboard

What You Should Do First

Because you teach yourself with the help of the other student enrolled in this class, it is important that you connect with your classmates and interact with them often.  This interaction can happen by way of email or in the chat room that will be established.  The chat room will be available 24 hours a day, but I have set aside two (2) times in particular,  

You should begin by reading the "Greeting" page, the "Survival Tips" page, and the "Syllabus and General Course Information" page.

Course Materials

You will be able to access course materials beginning January 23, 2003.
The URL for this course is:
You will need a Username and Password to "Log In."

Your first initial and your last name, all in lower case letters.
For example, if your name were Jane Lawrence, and your birth month and day is April 18, your user name would be:     jlaw

Password:   Your Social Security number (no spaces and no hyphens)

For example, if your social security number is 123-45-6789, then your initial
password is 123456789

You can change your password after you logon. Click on "Personal Information" in the Tools frame and then click on "Change Password."

Blackboard 6.0

Our web course management system will be Blackboard 6.0 Although you cannot access the course materials site until January 23,  you can access information about Blackboard 6.0 and take a self-guided, self-paced tour:

1. Go to:

bulletbullet From there, click on "Introducing Blackboard 6.0"
2. Next click on "Demo" under Infrastructure Products.
3. Then read the Demo page and click on "Click here to begin"
    Be sure that your speakers are on.
   You will able to take a self-guided, self-paced tour of Blackboard 6.0

    E-Mail Policy

    Please use the following guidelines when sending e-mail to me.

      1.  In the subject area, enter FOS 101 and clearly identify the topic of your email           

       2. I will check my e-mail every business day (Monday through Friday).

       3. Homework assignments will be returned within seven days.

        4. I will try and respond as soon as possible.  If your e-mail is a quick question or comment, I will try to respond each business day.  I will usually respond within 24 hours.          

Please send me an e-mail from the account that you will use for this course.  Send your e-mail to  I will create an e-mail list for the class.

Have a great semester,

Prof. Ray Harris, Director Forensic Science
Prince George's Community College