Grades will be based on 5 exam grades worth 100 points each. Exams will be multiple-choice and taken on Scantrons. Exams will cover information from all chapters included in that section. Test questions will be drawn from material in the textbook and lectures. Since not all the information can be found in the textbook, it is important that students attend class regularly. The final exam (exam #5) will be given on the last day of class and is not comprehensive.
There is a total of 500 possible points available, so the grade ranges are as follows:
A: 450-500 90-100%
B: 400-449 80-89%
C: 350-399 70-79%
D: 300-349 60-69%
F: 299 or lower <60%
There will be brief handouts and “minute papers” in class. Minute papers are 100-200 word essays that demonstrate personal opinions and understanding of the material presented in lecture. These activities are designed to stimulate critical thinking about psychological topics. They do not contribute to your grade, but participation in encouraged.
Given the importance of research and research ethics in the field of psychology, all students are required to participate in 90 minutes of the following research related exercises. No credit will be given for participation, but students’ failure to do so will result in a letter grade reduction for the course.
1) Participate in the General Psychology Screening. Participants will provide anonymous responses to several psychological questionnaires soliciting general demographic information (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity, class rank) as well as information regarding attitudes, behaviors, and emotional experience. It is anticipated that participation in one screening will require less than one hour.
2) Complete a research ethics essay. Participating students will read academic writings addressing research ethics. Following their reading, students will complete a three-page typed review of the information contained in the readings. Essays will be submitted electronically to the email address provided above. Completion of this activity should require approximately 90 minutes.
3) Other research options may become available during the semester. Additional instructions about this component of the course will be provided as it becomes available.
You can do the above by going to http://libarts.mwsu.edu/psychology/index.asp
Students are allowed 3 unexcused absences. After 3 unexcused absences, each subsequent absence will result in a 30-point (approximately 1/2 letter-grade) deduction. Tardies are equivalent to one-half absence. Leaving class before dismissal is equivalent to one-half absence. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the professor if s/he enters the classroom after attendance has been taken, otherwise the student will be counted absent for that day. Do not enter the classroom late or leave class prior to dismissal unless it is an emergency! This disrupts the learning environment. The student is responsible for keeping track of his/her own absences. Students will not receive any warning from the instructor if he/she exceeds the number of allowed absences.
Absences are considered excused only if the student provides the instructor with: