Psychology Via The Internet

Generic Syllabus

All Classes

 

This Syllabus is generic for all of my Internet classes in General Psychology (2301), Child and Lifespan Development (2314) and Child Development (TECA 1354).  All Internet classes except Minimester and Summer classes have the same components.  The components for the Minimester and Summer classes are described below in red and blue colors respectively.   Please note the explanation of the components as they pertain to the course that you are taking this semester.

 

Course Description

 

Course Description for Psychology 2301, General Psychology:

Course Description:  General psychology is a study of human behavior.  Specifically, this course will deal with the following areas:  historical aspects of the field of psychology; research methods; biology and behavior; stress; sensation and perception; learning principles; theories of emotion and motivation; personality; states of consciousness; psychological disorders and treatment; and various therapies used in the field of psychology.

 

Course Description for Psychology 2314, Child and Lifespan Development:

Course Description:  Child and Lifespan Development is a study of development of the individual from conception through late adulthood.  Various stages in the process and factors that influence development are noted in the areas of physical, cognitive and social-emotional domains are reviewed.

 

Course Description for TECA 1354, Child Development:

Child Development is a study of development of the individual from conception through adolescence.  Various stages in the process and factors that influence development are noted in the areas of physical, cognitive and social-emotional domains are reviewed.

 

Instructor:

Dr. Paul Bowers

(903) 463-8630 (office) I am not in my office during the minimesters and summer months.

(E-mail) Use BLACKBOARD e-mail to communicate with me in this course.

 

Courses:

General Psychology (Psychology 2301); Child and Lifespan Development (Psychology 2314); and Child Development (TECA 1354).

 

Textbooks:

Psychology: Concepts and Connections by Spencer Rathus,  Ninth Edition.  Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers (for Psychology 2301, General Psychology)

 

Life-Span Development by John W. Santrock,  Eleventh Edition.  McGraw Hill Publishers (for Psychology 2314, Child and Lifespan Development)

 

Life-Span Development by John W. Santrock,  Eleventh Edition.  McGraw Hill Publishers (for TECA 1354, Child Development) [Please note that this is the same textbook used in Psychology 2314; the course only covers prenatal development through early adulthood]

 

Primary Components

 

There is one primary component in each of my Internet courses.  That component is Chapter Tests.

 

What are Chapter Tests?

 

There are ten (10) Chapter Tests in this course in a fall and spring semester.  Each Chapter Test consists of multiple choice questions based upon the material found in the chapters in the textbook.  Several questions will require some analytical thought to determine the best response.  These tests are open-book and do not require on-campus attendance to complete.  The value of each test is 100 points. 

 

 

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR ALL COURSES:

 

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY CLASS

 

FOR MY GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (2301) CLASSES TAUGHT IN THE FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS:

 

For information about the chapters covered on each of the Chapter Tests, review the Schedule of Class Activities found in “Course Content” on this website.  Each Chapter Test has a designated due date noted in the Schedule. 

 

FOR MY GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (2301) CLASSES TAUGHT IN MINIMESTER AND SUMMER SEMESTERS: 

 

For information about the chapters covered on each of the Chapter Tests, review the Schedule of Class Activities found in “Course Content” on this website.  Each Chapter Test has a designated due date noted in the Schedule. 

 

For information about the chapters covered on each of the Chapter Tests, review the Schedule of Class Activities found in “Course Content” on this website.  Each Chapter Test has a designated due date noted in the Schedule. 

 

 

CHILD AND LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT

 

FOR MY CHILD AND LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT (2314) CLASSES TAUGHT IN THE FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS:

 

For information about the chapters covered on each of the Chapter Tests, review the Schedule of Class Activities found in “Course Content” on this website.  Each Chapter Test has a designated due date noted in the Schedule. 

 

FOR MY CHILD AND LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT (2314) CLASSES TAUGHT IN SUMMER SEMESTERS:

  

For information about the chapters covered on each of the Chapter Tests, review the Schedule of Class Activities found in “Course Content” on this website.  Each Chapter Test has a designated due date noted in the Schedule. 

 

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

 

FOR MY CHILD DEVELOPMENT (TECA 1354) CLASS TAUGHT IN THE FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS:

 

For information about the chapters covered on each of the Chapter Tests, review the Schedule of Class Activities found in “Course Content” on this website.  Each Chapter Test has a designated due date noted in the Schedule. 

 

 

 FOR MY CHILD DEVELOPMENT (TECA 1354) CLASS TAUGHT IN THE SUMMER SEMESTER:

 

 For information about the chapters covered on each of the Chapter Tests, review the Schedule of Class Activities found in “Course Content” on this website.  Each Chapter Test has a designated due date noted in the Schedule. 

 

 

MISSED CHAPTER TESTS (All Classes)

 

FOR ALL MY CLASSES TAUGHT ON THE INTERNET REGARDLESS OF SEMESTER TAUGHT: 

 

MISSED CHAPTER TESTS:  This information pertains to all classes taught on the Internet:  Psychology 2301, General Psychology; Psychology 2314, Child and Lifespan Development; and TECA 1354, Child Development:   There are no makeup tests in these courses.  If you do miss taking one (1) of the Chapter Tests, you will earn a grade of zero.  I will replace the grade of zero with a grade of 40 unless one of the remaining nine (9) Chapter Tests grades is less than 40.  In that case, your grade for the missed Chapter Test is equivalent to the lowest Chapter Test grade.  For example, if your grades are 0, 80, 77, 88, 90, 86, 77, 90, 81, and 92, then, the zero will be replaced with the grade of 40.  If your grades are 0, 30, 77, 88, 90, 88, 91, 80, 79, and 92, then, the zero will be replaced with the grade of 30.  Note:  Not applicable if you have two or more zeros on Chapter Tests. 

  

How Are Assignments Graded In This Course?

 

(FOR ALL INTERNET CLASSES TAUGHT IN FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS)

 

Chapter Tests: 

 

There are ten (10) Chapter Tests in this course.  (Students may earn a possible 100 points for each of the Chapter Tests.   I will average these ten (10) grades.  Students can see their on-going averages in the course under the icon entitled “My Grades”.  This average is cumulative throughout the semester with the final average being calculated after all Chapter Tests have been taken.  The grade will be assigned according to the scale noted below. 

 

(Note:  If you miss a Chapter Test, read the policy above concerning missed chapter tests).

 

 (FOR ALL INTERNET CLASSES TAUGHT IN THE MINIMESTER)

 

The following information pertains only to my Minimester class in Psychology 2301, General Psychology:   There are eight (8) Chapters Tests in this course.  I will average the eight (8) Chapter Tests.  Each Chapter Test is valued at 100 points.  The final grade will be distributed according to the chart below.                

 

(Note:  If you miss a Chapter Test, read the policy above concerning missed chapter tests).

  

 (FOR ALL INTERNET CLASSES TAUGHT IN SUMMER SEMESTERS)

 

The following information pertains only to my summer classes in Psychology 2301, General Psychology:  There are eight (8) Chapters Tests in this course.  (Students may earn a possible 100 points for each of the Chapter Tests).   I will average the eight (8) Chapter Tests.  The final grade will be distributed according to the chart below.   

 

(Note:  If you miss a Chapter Test, read the policy above concerning missed chapter tests).

 

 

The following information pertains only to my summer classes in Psychology 2314, Child and Lifespan Development:  There are eight (8)) Chapters Tests in this course.  (Students may earn a possible 100 points for each of the Chapter Tests.   I will average the eight (8) Chapter Tests.  The final grade will be distributed according to the chart below.                                                                             

 

(Note:  If you miss a Chapter Test, read the policy above concerning missed chapter tests).

 

 

The following information pertains only to my summer classes in TECA 1354, Child Development:  There are eight (8) Chapters Tests in this course.  (Students may earn a possible 100 points for each of the Chapter Tests.   The final grade will be distributed according to the chart below.                            

 

(Note:  If you miss a Chapter Test, read the policy above concerning missed chapter tests).

 

 

Grade:  Calculate average based on the components described above.

 

Grade Distribution: 

                              90 to 100              =                         A      

                              80 to 89.99            =                      B

                              70 to 79.99            =                      C

                              60 to 69.99            =                      D

                              59.99 And below   =                      F

 

The following information pertains to all of my Internet classes:

 

Schedule of Class Activities:  The Schedule of Class Activities is a schedule that denotes the due dates of all tests in this course.  It is vital that you review this schedule often to avoid missed due dates.  Remember:  there are no makeup tests in this course for any reason.

 

Course Content:  Students should thoroughly read all of the “Course Content” area on this web site.  You are responsible for reading and understanding all of the information about this course.  It is advisable that students make a copy of the Syllabus and the Schedule of Class Activities for continuous review.

 

Due Dates:  It is imperative that students know when tests are scheduled for this course.  The due dates for all tests are noted in the Schedule of Class Activities and on the “ASSESSMENTS” page.  All tests may be accessed under “ASSESSMENTS ”.       

 

Make-up Tests Policy:

Students are expected to complete all tests in a timely manner.  If you do miss one Chapter Test, you can replace that grade of zero according to policy noted above under “MISSED CHAPTER TESTS”.   The final average has to be hand calculated.    

 

Tests in this Course:   The Chapter Tests can be taken only once.   Make sure that you observe all due dates for tests.

 

Taking Tests in This Course:  The professor provides a PRACTICE TEST online to assist students who have never taken a test online before in BLACKBOARD.  The test allows students to learn the mechanics of how to save answers and finish the test at the end.  This test is found under “ASSESSMENTS”. 

 

The professor reserves the right to report a student as “Never Attended” if he/she does not take the first chapter test of the semester regardless of the circumstances. 

 

Cheating on Tests:

As per college policy, if a student is found cheating on a test, the grade of zero will be earned for the test and the name of the student reported to the Dean’s office.  There will be no make-up opportunities under these circumstances.  Anytime the instructor suspects complicity, he has the authority to challenge the submitted work, and if deemed there has been wrongdoing, may reject the test or paper and give the student a zero for that particular assignment/test.

 

Disability Statement:

Students with special needs should contact the Disability Services Coordinator in the Learning Assistance Center no later than the first week of classes.  Once appropriate documentation for the disability is received, the Disability Services Coordinator will coordinate delivery of approved accommodations with students and their instructors.

 

Withdrawal from the Course:

GC will no longer utilize the grades of WP or WF.  Students who withdraw prior to the thirteenth week of a long semester (week before final exams of a summer day or evening session, or two days before the final exam for a minim ester) will receive a grade of W.  The Office of Admissions will no longer accept Withdrawal Date Deadline appeals.