It usually is helpful when embarking on a new course to arrive with a working vocabulary, to know what the words peculiar to the course mean. That may be a luxury, however, so don’t be put off if you find things to be a bit thicker than you’re used to, especially in the early going. Be patient and persevere and, sooner or later, the light will dawn, and you will find yourself nodding knowingly at all the right places in the lessons (notice: nodding, not nodding off). There are four prerequisites:
At Brigham Young University, the course prerequisites are PSYCH 302 (Psychological Research Design and Analysis), 303 (Writing Within Psychology), 304 (Psychological Testing); or equivalent skills.
You will need these items to successfully complete the course:
While both books will require close reading, it will be especially important for you to read the Sniffy manual thoroughly and to carefully follow the instructions given there. You will need access to a computer (IBM compatible or Macintosh) to perform the Sniffy exercises, and you will need to store files either on a hard disk or another storage device.
Thirteen lessons, which focus on the chapters in the textbook, compose the course. There are also exercises in the Sniffy manual and personal essays that make a connection to concepts in the textbook.
The lessons that focus on the textbook provide the reading assignment, an overview of the chapter (with its major concepts identified in bold type), and a set of learning objectives (what you should be able to do following your reading and study of the chapter). The reading assignment for each lesson specifies the sequence you should follow in preparing for the lesson assignment. The items are all multiple-choice. You should not consult your textbook, your notes, or another person in completing the quiz.
The Sniffy assignments each ask you to complete three of the exercises in the manual and to submit responses to a pair of items per exercise. Most of those responses will require you to include samples from the data displays in the exercise. The Sniffy manual contains instructions on how you can transfer the data displays into a word processor, such as Microsoft Word. It would be unusual for the response to an assignment to be longer than two double-spaced pages. Submit your responses through the appropriate assignment links in your course.
The three essay assignments ask you to compose a personal essay. These essays are keyed to chapters in the textbook. The length of your essays should not exceed two double-spaced pages. Submit your responses through the appropriate assignment links in your course.
You will have two opportunities to earn up to a total of 10% in bonus points in the course. The opportunities follow lesson 5 and lesson 13.
Note: You must turn in your work for the bonus opportunities before you request your final exam. I will not be able to accept or grade your work after that.
Send your Sniffy exercises and personal essays as .DOC or .DOCX files so that I can grade them using the Track Changes tool in Word.
Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, PSYCH361_ JaneSmith_PersonalEssay1.docx.
Note: I will not accept PDF files.
Following lesson 5, you will take the midcourse examination. It will consist of 30 multiple-choice items drawn equally from the first five chapters of the textbook. The final examination will follow lesson 13, as you probably predicted. It will consist of 60 multiple-choice items drawn from all 13 chapters of the textbook but with a larger concentration on the final eight chapters (the approximate ratio of items from those chapters to those from the previous five is 5:1).
I am committed to your success in the course, whether you translate success as D or A or something in between. If at any time you are confused (and possibly disappointed) by my evaluation of your work, are unsure of how to improve your work, or are discouraged otherwise by your performance in the course, please contact me through the course. Although I am a doctor (Ph.D.), I can’t promise a remedy but will do my best to help you find a suitable one.
The following is a breakdown of your assignments:
|Course Requirement||Percentage of Grade|
|13 lesson assignments||26 (13 at 2% each)|
|Sniffy exercises||25 (5 at 5% each)|
|Personal essays||12 (3 at 4% each)|
The following shows the percentages based on which your course grade will be determined:
|E (fail)||47 or below|
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