Welcome to my online Introductory Psychology class! Whether your are a non-traditional student with a full time job and family responsibilities, or an on-campus student who is looking for a convenient way to fit another class into your schedule, I am confident that you can succeed in this course. The online format may be different for some of you, but you'll find that it can be a rewarding experience. This course is designed to strengthen your critical thinking skills and develop a connection with other students in the class as part of a learning community.
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, which most people should find interesting and valuable. By the end of this course, you will have a greater understanding of why we do the things we do. I hope you enjoy the journey!
|Instructor:||Jeffrey R. Stowell|
|Room:||1055 Physical Sciences|
|Office Phone:||217-581-2279 (Office)|
|Home Phone:||217-348-6286 (Home) or 217-512-0521 (Cell)|
|Textbook Web Site:||Textbook web site|
|Office Hours:||Monday 11-1 pm. I check my email daily, except for Sundays. If you email me during the week, expect a reply within 24-48 hours. Feel free to call me at home if needed. After June 6, I will not be on campus and you should try to reach me at my home or at my cell phone number.|
Are you prepared to take an internet class? I strongly suggest you take a survey to help you decide. If you need help with something please ask!
Required textbook: Psychology: Concepts and Applications, Third Edition (2009), by Jeffrey A. Nevid
The textbook web site contains tutorials, critical thinking exercises, and practice quizzes. The publisher's content with a padlock icon is not accessible to you.If you are near campus, pick up your book from Textbook Rental. If you live off campus, your textbook should be mailed to you. If you have not received your course materials, please contact Textbook Rental Services.
Adapted from the American Psychological Association. (2007). APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major.
Announcements to the class are posted in WebCT under the link "Announcements." A green asterisk next to the link means there is an announcement that you have not read yet.
Midterm Exam: The midterm will be comprised of 50 questions (10 questions per chapter). You may see some of the same questions that you had on previous quizzes (because of the random selection of midterm questions from the same pool used for the quizzes).
Final Exam: The final will be comprised of 50 questions (5 questions from each of the 10 chapters). You may see some of the same questions that you had on previous quizzes.
Chapter discussions (and assignments) have the same due date as the quiz. You can complete them anytime before or after your quiz, but before the due date. Most chapters will have a topic that we will discuss as a class on the WebCT discussion board. Here you will have the opportunity to share your own opinion about the topics we cover. It is expected that you will write at least 3-4 full paragraphs in response to each question. I will grade you on how well you support your opinion and your ability to communicate effectively (grammar and clarity of writing). There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, but I want you to demonstrate that you've thought about your responses. Each posting is worth up to 15 points, according to the following grading scale:
Discussions are usually graded a day or two after the due date. If you complete a unit early, it may not be graded until after the regular due date.
Please note the following discussion topics that are also available.
Class Participation. To encourage class participation, 50 points (10%) of your final grade will come from interaction that you have with other students in the class. For each quality reply to another student's discussion message, you will earn 5 points. Thus, to earn the full participation points, you will need to make a total of 10 replies throughout the course to other students' discussion postings, before the last day of class. You are welcome to comment on more than 10 postings and I encourage you to do so. Your replies should be several sentences long, be stated in a supportive manner, and can contain questions for further clarification, alternative viewpoints, and your own personal interpretations of the topic. These 10 participation posts should be spread out over at least 3 different discussion topics.
Appropriate network etiquette should be followed at all times. Messages that are deemed inappropriate may be deleted.
Chapters 1, 3, 5 and 12 have exercises that are completed in place of the chapter discussions. Instructions for each assignment are found under the "Assignments" link on the course menu. For chapter assignments that require you to submit your assignment through the "Assignments" link, you can either 1) upload your document as an attachment or 2) copy and paste your text into the submission box. It's easier for me if you use option 2. If you use option 1 and your uploaded attachment ends with .lnk, you have only uploaded a link on your computer to the file and not the actual file itself. Make sure you browse to the actual file location to upload it. (If this doesn't make sense to you, you're probably ok. I will tell you if I have a problem opening your submitted assignment).
These are the PowerPoint lectures to supplement your textbook reading. They are not a replacement for the textbook, but they will have helpful information. There are two formats of each PowerPoint presentation
If you find a broken link, please let me know which presentation and slide number.
After you login, if there is new e-mail for you, a small envelope icon will be displayed next to the course name. Feel free to e-mail other students in the class. They are private messages (I don't have access to what students email each other).
You can view your grades at anytime by clicking on the "My Grades" link on the course menu. To view your graded quiz, go to the assessments page, click on the action menu icon (down arrow) to the right of the quiz name, select "View Submission", then click on the attempt number (1) to see your graded quiz.
|Assessments (10 chapter quizzes x 20 points)||200|
|Discussion postings (6 x 15 pts)||90|
|Assignments: Online exercises (4 x 15 pts)||60|
Please note this schedule is subject to change. Due dates are listed as the last possible date, but you can work ahead! Late discussion postings may be penalized by 20% of the total points, except for excused situations. At the beginning of the course, I will be more flexible on due dates.
Because some students schedules prevent them from completing mid-week assignments, I have set most deadlines to be on Monday. However, note that there may be two chapters due on the same date. This arrangement gives students the needed flexibility to work on assignments over the weekend, but if you can, I would recommend completing one of the two chapters early (mid-week). This is an 8-week class so it moves quickly!
|Lecture Topic||Due Date|
Chapter 1: What is Psychology
|Chapter 2: Biological Foundations||May 28|
| Chapter 3: Sensation & Perception
Chapter 4: States of Consciousness
| Chapter 5: Learning
| Chapter 6: Memory
Chapter 9: Human Development
|Chapter 12: Psychology and Health
Chapter 14: Abnormal Psychology
|Chapter 16: Social Psychology||July 3|
|Final Exam||July 6|
If you have a documented disability and wish to receive available accommodations, please contact the coordinator of the Office of Disability Services (581-6583) as soon as possible.
Cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic misconduct will not be tolerated. As a student, you have a personal responsibility to maintain high standards of academic conduct to preserve academic integrity. Academic misconduct will result in appropriate disciplinary action according to university guidelines.