different about this program?
How much does this program cost?
How much time is involved?
How many CEUs will I receive per module?
What about graduate credit?
What kind of computer and software
do I need?
What if I have AOL?
Do I have to take all 3 modules?
Which modules use the Lab Kit from Connecticut Valley Biological
What if my school vacation or a professional
conference falls during the time I’m enrolled in a
different about this program? [TOP
different is the interaction. Through the online component
of this course you can interact with other teachers all over
the U.S. and beyond.
To see a demonstration course and what we mean by interaction, login to UMassOnline with
the username “demo” and
the password “welcome”. Then in the box called
My Courses choose UMOL
101.D - Prometheus Student
Be sure to click on the link from the Outline to the session
about The Discussions Area.
A second difference is the applicability of each module
to the National Science Education Standards, as well as modeling
inquiry-based learning, so teachers can plan student activities
that are interesting, relevant, and engaging.
How much does this
program cost? [TOP
Each module: $195 plus a $5 registration fee per semester with the University of Massachusetts Division of Continuing Education
Food Safety FIRST
Lab Kit (includes supplies for 2 modules):
$34 (plus shipping)
Food Safety FIRST CD and Science and Our Food Supply curriculum:
Depending on your interests and needs, there may be additional
- You may also have
to purchase a few items, at a minimal cost, to complete
- If you want CEUs or graduate credit,
there as additional costs/fees.
How much time is involved? [TOP
module is 5 weeks long and is designed to take approximately 15 hours
to complete, so plan on spending about two to three
hours per week on the activities. Although each module
is designed to be finished in five weeks, you will have
six weeks to complete a module.
How many CEUs will
I receive per module? [TOP
You can request 1.5 CEUs for each module you complete for
an additional $10 fee. After you have completed the modules,
you may apply for CEUs by mailing your name, address, email,
and social security number or birthdate, along with a check
payable to the UMass Division of Continuing Education to:
Marcie Savoie, CEU Credits Food Safety FIRST
Division of Continuing Education
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
358 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9206
What about graduate credit?
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Participants who complete all three modules may register for 3 credits of NUTR 696 (LINK TO SYLLABUS) Independent Study: Food Safety. Additional activities to integrate Food Safety FIRST into your teaching and apply inquiry-based learning into your classroom will be required. Contact Dr. Nancy Cohen for more information
For graduate credits there is an additional cost of $100 per credit ($300 for 3 credits) plus a $35 registration fee. Total cost= $335.
of computer and software do I need? [TOP
- have access to a personal computer (Mac or PC),
- have a CD drive,
- be familiar with basic computer skills,
- be connected to
the Internet with at least a 56 Kbps modem,
- have Netscape 5 or Internet Explorer 4,
- have an e-mail account that you check at least every
For more specific information on technical requirements
go to: http://www.umassonline.net/amtech
What if I have
AOL? [TOP OF
This online course WILL NOT function correctly
with AOL's proprietary web browser. You must use a web browser
that meets the requirements listed above. Internet Explorer
is shipped pre-installed on both Windows and Mac computers.
Once you have connected with your AOL service,
launch either Internet Explorer or Netscape and navigate
to the course.
Do I have to
take all 3 modules? [TOP
Although there is some commonality between the modules, particularly
with respect to laboratory techniques, each module has
been developed to stand alone.
use the Lab Kit from Connecticut Valley Biological Supply? [TOP
When you purchase your Food Safety FIRST
Lab Kit you will
have the science supplies that you need to complete 2 experiments – one
in the Bacteria Are Everywhere module and the other in the
Food Handling is a Risky Business module. You will have to
gather together some kitchen utensils and purchase some perishable
foods to complete the labs. However, you will only have to
purchase one Lab Kit to complete both modules.
If you are enrolling in Current
Controversies in Food Science,
you will not need the Lab Kit.
my school vacation or a professional conference falls during
the time I’m enrolled in
a module? [TOP
You can work on the modules from anywhere that you have access
to the Internet, such as hotel business offices, Internet
cafés, and public libraries. We have had enrollees
join in the Food Safety FIRST online discussions from as
far away as Hawaii and St. Croix in the Caribbean.
Or, if you really want to get away from it all, just let
your instructor know that you will be traveling and you can
catch up with the activities in Food
Safety FIRST when you