Fall 2016 Online PSYC 300 Orientation
Enrolled and waitlisted students must complete the online orientation in D2L as soon as the course begins on August 20th. Students who are on the waitlist will need to contact me by email, RegalaM@scc.losrios.edu on August 20th, letting me know that you are still interested in registering for the course. I will then send you a permission number in order for you to enroll in the course as soon as possible and complete the orientation online in D2L. The course website will become available in D2L by August 20th.
The first assignment you must complete in order to remain enrolled in the course is the mandatory orientation. Once the D2L course website opens on August 20th, everything you will need to complete the required orientation successfully can be accessed from the Content area of the course website in D2L. This includes the course syllabus and access to the Quizzes area in D2L where you will complete the required Orientation Quiz once you have read and understand the course syllabus. Completion of the Orientation Quiz with a score of 100% is necessary in order to remain enrolled in the course. You will not be able to continue in the course if you have not completed the Orientation Quiz with a score of 100% by August 28th.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to interacting with you as we proceed on our journey to seek more understanding about human behaviors and mental processes and as we apply this understanding within the context of life experiences.
Best wishes for a successful beginning,
Please follow the course syllabus below as you complete the orientation:
Sacramento City College
Fall 2016 Semester
Psychology 300 – General Principles, (3 units)
Course # 17697, 17827, & 18892
Class Days and Times: ONLINE Instructor: M. Regalado, Ph.D.
Office: Main Campus, Rodda South 282
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:30 AM
Phone: (916) 650-2734 Email: email@example.com
Required Text: Mastering the World of Psychology, Fourth or Fifth Edition by Wood, Wood, and Boyd, Published by Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, ISBN # 978-0-205-96808-4
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGRD 110, ENGWR 101, and/or LIBR 318
SCC General Education Pattern: AA/AS Area V(b). Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Course Transferable to CSU General Education: Area D9: Psychology
Course Transferable to UC IGETC: Area 4I: Psychology
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Students will be introduced to foundation principles and current trends in the field of psychology. Concepts that are explored include methods of psychological inquiry, the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, motivation, emotion, stress and health, personality, human development, psychological disorders, psychotherapy, and social psychology. This course is designed for psychology majors, behavioral and social science majors, and other students who desire a broad overview of the field.
Online Course Components: The Desire2Learn online learning management system will be used throughout this course. All students must have access to a computer that supports this system. The computers at the learning center will support this system. Instructions regarding the use of Desire2Learn will be given during the online course orientation.
Contacting Your Professor: In addition to meeting with me during my office hours in my office, you may also contact me by phone or through email.
Email Messages: All email messages must have the words “Psyc 300 Online” and your first and last names as the SUBJECT line. Failure to write “Psyc 300 Online” and your first and last names as the SUBJECT line of your email message may result in your message not being read as you cannot be identified by your email address only.
Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
- utilize critical thinking strategies to differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and popular beliefs about psychological topics
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the various psychological research methods and their applications
- demonstrate knowledge of the various subject areas of psychology
- evaluate the various theoretical and research perspectives in psychology
- examine applications of psychological concepts, theories, and research findings to personal, interpersonal, occupational, and social/community contexts
- utilize the basic elements of APA style in writing papers and citing references
- examine the role that culture and diversity plays in the various aspects of human behavior
- evaluate the relative influences of biological and environmental factors on behavior and mental processes
1. Class Attendance and Participation: According to Sacramento City College attendance policy, “Students are expected to attend all sessions of classes in which they are enrolled. Excessive absence may result in the student being dropped from class by the instructor. Excessive absences are defined as 6% of the total hours of class time.” For this online course, excessive absence means the equivalent of two missed weeks of assignments. These can be any combination of missed Chapter Discussion and Question & Answer discussion forums, quizzes or exams. Students with any combination of missed assignments that is equivalent to two weeks of coursework before the “Drop” deadline will be dropped from the course. Chapter Discussion topics after the “Drop” deadline are worth twice the amount of points as before the “Drop” deadline.
Participation in the discussion forums, quizzes, and exams is critical as we will be moving very rapidly through the course material. Participation in discussion forums, quizzes, and exams is required and will be recorded. Students who do not participate in a discussion forum, quiz or exam will be counted as absent. The absence will be counted when the deadline for submitting the discussion post, quiz or exam arrives.
Students are also required to participate in the mandatory online orientation. Any student who does not fully participate in the mandatory online orientation will be dropped from the course.
Students are responsible for enrollment and voluntary withdrawal from the course. The deadline to drop classes for this course is November 15.
2. Weekly Online Chapter Discussion Forum: There are 11 weekly online chapter discussion topics in this forum. Each discussion topic is based on a chapter in the course textbook or other important course information. Each discussion topic will open at 6:00 AM on Monday and the deadline for submitting your discussion posts is 11:59 PM the following Sunday. Each of your discussion posts must be supported with material from the assigned chapter or other relevant course material in order to receive the full amount of points possible for your contribution to each discussion forum. You must submit three posts for each chapter discussion. One of your posts must be a thread that you begin by posting an original analysis of a theory or concept that is in the chapter being discussed that week. You must also submit two additional posts that are replies to two other students’ posts. This makes a total of three posts you must submit every week for each chapter discussion. The number of points possible for each chapter discussion topic is 20 before the Drop deadline and 40 after the Drop deadline for a total of 260 points possible for the 11 chapter discussions.
3. Weekly Q & A Discussion Forum: There are 11 weekly question and answer discussion topics. In this forum, each student will post a weekly question to the instructor regarding the current week’s course material for a total of 11 questions by the end of the semester. The instructor will provide answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding that week’s course material in the News area in D2L. Each student will receive 10 points for each weekly question for a total of 110 points possible toward your course grade.
4. Quizzes: There are 11 quizzes based on the assigned chapters. The quizzes consist of questions formatted in a variety of ways and will be administered via the D2L online learning management system during the scheduled time frames.
5. Midterm Examination: There is one midterm examination based on assigned readings, class discussions, and other course materials. The examination consists of questions formatted in a variety of ways and will be administered via the D2L online learning management system during the scheduled time frames.
6. Final Examination: There is a final examination based on assigned readings, class discussions, and other course materials. The final exam consists of questions formatted in a variety of ways and will be administered via the D2L online learning management system during the scheduled time frames.
7. Course Grade: The course grade is based on 1070 points: 11 chapter discussion topics (20 points per topic before the Drop deadline x 9 = 180 points; 40 points per topic after the Drop deadline x 2 = 80 points for a total of 260 points); 11 Question & Answer topics (10 points per topic = 110 points); 11 quizzes of varying points = around 300 points; one midterm exam (200 points) and the final exam (200 points). The percentage of the total points will be the course grade: 90%-100% = A, 80%-89% = B, 70%-79% = C, 60%-69% = D, and 59% or less = F.
8. Make-up Exams: The midterm exam may be made up when the instructor is personally notified before the exam and an alternate time and date is set. Students must provide verifiable, written documentation regarding the reason for missing the midterm in order to make up the exam. This documentation must be presented prior to taking the exam. Due to time constraints, the final exam cannot be made up.
9. Classroom Etiquette: Students are expected to communicate with courtesy and in consideration of others who are taking the course. This requirement particularly applies to any communication during the discussion forums as well as any other online class activities. Any behavior that is disruptive to the learning environment of the online classroom will not be tolerated under ANY circumstance and will be subject to the Los Rios Community College District Standards of Conduct R-2441. Disruptive behaviors include inappropriate language during any type of online communication.
Academic Honesty: It is a violation of Sacramento City College policy to plagiarize, to recycle work, or to cheat or attempt to cheat on exams.
Examples of academic dishonesty include taking others’ thoughts or words without using quotation marks; submitting work that has been written or revised in part or in whole by another person; submitting work that you have submitted for another class; cheating or attempting to cheat on a quiz or exam.
Cutting and pasting from other resources such as the internet or journal articles is considered plagiarism.
Cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of dishonest conduct will result in disciplinary actions according to Sacramento City College policy.
Please see the web link “Understanding Plagiarism” made available on the college website under Helpful Websites for more information on plagiarism.
Accommodations for Students with Special Needs: Students who have special needs (e.g., students who need additional time to complete exams due to a language barrier or learning disability) should identify themselves at the Disability Resource Center before the semester begins in order for appropriate arrangements to be made. Please contact:
Disability Resource Center (DRC)
Phone: (916) 558-2087
Learning Resources Division
Phone: (916) 558-2253
If you have already identified yourself as a student with special needs at the DRC, please bring verification of the DRC specialist’s recommendation for accommodating your needs.
Incomplete Grades: Based on the Sacramento City College Catalog, an “incomplete grade (I) may be assigned by the instructor when, in the judgment of the instructor, the student is unable to complete the requirements of a course before the end of the semester because of unforeseeable emergency or other justifiable reasons.” Furthermore, at least 70% of the course work must be completed for an incomplete to be granted. No exceptions will be made.
If you are experiencing difficulty with any of the course requirements, please do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible. The sooner you contact me, the sooner we can work together to help you work through any difficulties.
Promoting a Positive Learning Environment: Finally, creating a positive learning experience is the responsibility of both the instructor and the students. This involves respect for the learning environment by adhering to the course requirements and avoiding any behaviors that will interfere with your own learning and with the learning of others. Following these guidelines will help to ensure a positive and memorable learning experience.
ASSIGNED TEXTBOOK READINGS/ASSIGMENTS
DATE CHAPTER TOPIC & Assignments Due
8/20-8/28 MANDATORY ONLINE ORIENTATION – Must be completed in D2L by 11:59 PM on Sunday, 8/28/16 – Please see the announcement in the News area of the course website in D2L in order to complete the orientation by Sunday, 8/28/16.
8/20-9/4 1 Introduction to Psychology
Chapter 1 Discussion Posts, Quiz, and Q&A Post
9/5-9/11 2 Biology and Behavior
Chapter 2 Discussion Posts, Quiz and Q&A Post
9/12-9/18 3 Sensation and Perception
Chapter 3 Discussion Posts, Quiz and Q&A Post
9/19-9/25 4 States of Consciousness
Chapter 4 Discussion Posts, Quiz, and Q&A Post
9/26-10/2 5 Learning
Chapter 5 Discussion Posts, Quiz and Q&A Post
10/3-10/9 6 Memory
Chapter 6 Discussion Posts, Quiz and Q&A Post
10/10-10/23 MIDTERM (CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6) in D2L Quizzes Area
10/24-10/30 8 Human Development
Chapter 8 Discussion Posts, Quiz, and Q&A Post
10/31-11/6 9 Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 9 Discussion Posts, Quiz, and Q&A Post
11/7-11/13 11 Personality Theory and Assessment
Chapter 11 Discussion Posts, Quiz, Q&A Post
11/14-11/20 12 Psychological Disorders
Chapter 12 Discussion Posts, Quiz, and Q&A Post
11/21-11/27 14 Social Psychology
Chapter 14 Discussion Posts, Quiz, and Q&A Post
11/28-12/11 FINAL EXAM (CHAPTERS 8, 9, 11, 12, and 14) in D2L Quizzes