Assignments and Grading
Mini-assignments: For each chapter, there will be a mini-assignment to help you apply and integrate the information. You can choose any 6 of the 8 available assignments to complete. Each mini-assignment is worth 25 points. The mini-assignment will be due near the end of time spent on the chapter. See schedule below for specific dates. No late assignments will be accepted. Please submit your assignment through Blackboard on the date it is due. You may complete as many of the mini-assignments as you like – I will use the assignments with the 6 highest grades to calculate your total grade for the mini-assignments. In other words, if you don’t do as well as you’d like on one assignment, you can do another to try and make a higher grade.
Examinations: There will be eight exams (one per chapter) and an optional cumulative final examination. The examinations consist of 40 multiple-choice questions worth 1-point each. The exams will cover all the material from the textbook and supplemental material from the lectures. I will not lecture over all the information included in the text – however, you are still responsible for that information. In other words, even if I don’t talk about it in class it may still be on the exam!
Exams will be administered on-line through Blackboard. The exams will be available for a 24 hour period. You can take the exam any time during this window; however, once you begin the exam you must complete it. You will be given 90 seconds for each question (60 minutes for entire exam). This is enough time to read and comprehend the questions and think through your response. It is NOT enough time to look up the answers so you must study and prepare in advance, as you would with an in-class exam. You will not be allowed to return to questions once you have submitted an answer. Please make sure you have a functioning computer and internet connection before you begin the exam. In the event of temporary technology problems (e.g., the server is down when you try to log in), it is the student's responsibility to make reasonable efforts to log in again within the assignment availability period. Similarly, individual technology problems (e.g., your computer crashes) are the student's responsibility to resolve (e.g., by going to a public computer lab). In the event of a more serious technology failure that affects all students (e.g., the server is down for several hours around the end of the availability period), due dates / times may be adjusted by the instructor.
No make-up exams will be given. If you miss an examination, you will be required to take the final examination as a replacement for the missing exam grade. The final will be cumulative and will consist of 100 multiple-choice worth 1/2 point each. The final is optional and the grade can be used to replace a missed exam or the lowest exam grade. The final exam will be available online during the scheduled final exam time. The final will NOT be available for more than the 2 ½ hours allotted for the exam.
Attendance & research participation: A portion of the final grade is based on attendance and research participation. Fifty points will come from attendance taken on 10 randomly chosen class days. Students who are present will receive 5 points for that day’s participation. You will also have at least 3 opportunities to participate in the psychology department’s research projects. You can earn 10 points for each project in which you participate. You are required to participate in at least 2 projects – you may participate in a 3rdfor 5 points extra credit.
The following chart displays the total points available for the various class assignments.
% of total grade
Attendance & Research Participation
Total Points Possible