Psychology 1 Online
This course is an introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes. The primary course objectives are: (1) describe major concepts in the field, (2) describe modern research findings in the field, (3) compare and contrast alternative explanations of behavior, (4) evaluate evidence related to explanations of behavior, (5) apply principles of psychology to everyday problems, and (6) describe the scientific method. While we won't meet regularly face-to-face, I hope to make this course an interesting way for you to learn about psychology. In addition to this page, Psych 1 Online has its own Blackboard site which is password protected. You must be enrolled in the course to have access to that site and the course materials posted there. There is not an on-campus orientation, but you should find answers to most of your questions by clicking on "Important Course Information" (below). There are two in-class midterms on Thursday nights (see syllabus for dates). Each of these has 80 multiple-choice items. There is an in-class comprehensive final exam with 170 multiple-choice items on the Thursday night during finals week. If you cannot take the Final Exam at the scheduled date and time, do not take this class.
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You must access the course website during the first THREE days of the semester to avoid being dropped as a "no show." If you do not log on to Blackboard within the first three days, your "spot" may be given to students on the Wait List. Problems logging on? If you have problems logging onto Blackboard, be sure that you have NOT disabled cookies on your computer. Usually problems are caused by tight security systems installed on home computers; you must enable cookies. You also may need to click on the “Check Browser” link (in the upper right corner) to see if your browser can be used. If you still have trouble, be sure you are using your student ID (not your Social Security Number). If you still cannot log in, get help by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adds will be provided depending on the number of "no shows." Priority is given to students on the Wait List. To be added, you must contact the instructor via email before or during the FIRST week of the semester. In your email provide the following: (1) a statement requesting to be added to the class, (2) the course name & section number, and (3) your full name and student ID or Social Security Number. If you have other communication with the instructor, make your "Add" request a new message. If there is space available, your request will be forwarded to Admissions and Records and you will be notified when you have been added. You will have access to Blackboard within 2-3 business days of being added. No adds will be given after the first week.