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Course Prerequisites

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.

BYU Department of Psychology Learning Outcomes for Majors

Course Objectives

  1. Expand your understanding of and facility with the concepts by which behavior analysis makes sense of learning phenomena;
  2. Connect those concepts to the behavior of a simulated laboratory subject; and
  3. Gain familiarity with applications of learning theory to human behavior, including your own.

Course Materials

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.

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Course Structure

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.


Lesson Assignments

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.

Sniffy Exercises

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.

Personal Essays

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.

Bonus Opportunities

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.

Formatting and Submitting Written Work

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.

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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).

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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)
Midcourse exam 13
Final exam 24
Total 100

Grading Scale

The following shows the percentages based on which your course grade will be determined:

A 100–94
A- 93–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–82
B- 81–80
C+ 79–73
C 72–65
C- 64–60
D+ 59–56
D 55–52
D- 51–48
E (fail) 47 or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

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University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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