Students are expected to complete each week’s readings and activities on time. Students will be required to read and review additional scholarly materials from sources such as professional journals, relevant books, multimedia sources, and reputable websites.
Students are required to respond to seven Discussion Assignments (one each week, excluding Week 8). These assignments are intended to achieve course learning objectives through critical analysis and evaluation of relevant issues. As such, they require independent study beyond the textbook readings and the scholarly exchange of ideas with fellow students using the online classroom. These weekly assignments involve developing a response to one selected question with the use of theory (logical arguments) and/or research (empirical investigation). Discussion Assignments consist of demonstrating more than basic comprehension of principles, themes, and concepts. They require critical analysis and evaluation and/or advancing a position and defending and critiquing that position in accordance with standards of scholarship. Use of at least one scholarly source other than (or in addition to) the textbook is required. Citation of sources and general preparation of Discussion Assignments should follow general guidelines of the APA style. Students are advised to review the APA style of manuscript preparation at www.apa.org. Grading criteria for Discussion Assignments are provided in the Rubrics area of the course. Submit Discussion Assignments to the Discussion area of this course by Wednesday 11:59 PM, CT of the assigned week. [1 Discussion Assignment per week x 7 weeks x 20 points each = 140 possible points]
Students are required to complete eight Lab Assignments (one each week). These assignments are intended to achieve course learning objectives through “hands-on” exercises, practical experience, multimedia resources, and the participative exchange of ideas and information with fellow students using the online classroom. These weekly assignments consist of applied learning activities and do not require additional research or citation of references. Students are expected to participate in at least one selected exercise, and then share their ideas, opinions, experiences, thoughts, and reactions with other students. Grading criteria for Lab Assignments are provided in the Rubrics area of the course. Submit Lab Assignments to the Discussion area of this course by Friday 11:59 PM, CT of the assigned week. [1 Lab Assignment per week x 8 weeks x 11 points each = 88 possible points]
Students are required to submit twenty-four Discussion Responses to Discussion Assignments, Lab Assignments, and/or Discussion Responses submitted by other students and/or the instructor. Three Discussion Responses will be graded each week. Students are encouraged to respond to more than three Discussion Responses each week to contribute to and promote ongoing dialogue, consonant with the learning objectives for this course. Students are invited to share their reactions, experiences, thoughts, and opinions, as well as ask follow-up questions that promote critical and/or creative thinking. Note that Students often express strong opinions and counter-opinions in these assignments; accordingly, comments are expected to be expressed ethically, responsibly, respectfully, and defensibly. Grading criteria for Discussion Responses are provided in the Rubrics area for this course. Submit Discussion Responses to the Discussion area of this course by Saturday 11:59 PM CT of the assigned week. [3 Discussion Responses per week x 8 weeks x 3 points each = 72 possible points]
Each student is expected to write an original, Scholarly Paper, addressing a topic relevant to the course. You are encouraged to study and write about neuroscience-related topics and themes that are of interest and/or relevance to you. You are encouraged to discuss your topic ideas with your instructor via CougarMail.
The Scholarly Paper should demonstrate critical thinking skills commensurate with advanced levels of scholarship, such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis. Use of at least ten scholarly sources is required. The Scholarly Paper must follow current APA guidelines (refer to the APA Publication Manual and/or visit the APA website at www.apa.org for further assistance). The paper should be double-spaced, using a 12-point font size and a common font face, such as Times New Roman. The paper should be six pages in length, at a minimum, excluding the title, abstract and reference pages. Grading criteria for the Scholarly Paper are provided in the Rubrics area of the course. Submit the Scholarly Paper to the Dropbox area of this course by Friday 11:59 PM, CT of Week 6. [1 Scholarly Paper x 200 points = 200 possible points]
Quizzes and Exams
Self-Assessment Quizzes: Students are expected to complete two (2) self-assessment quizzes, each consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions, during the first four weeks of this course. The purpose of these quizzes is to optimize performance by orienting students to (1) essential aspects of the course syllabus, and (2) general standards of scholarship and the use of APA style and format. These two quizzes may be taken an unlimited number of times, at any time during the period from Monday 12:01 AM CT of Week 1 through Sunday 11:59 PM CT of Week 4, using the Quizzes area for this course. [2 self-assessment quizzes x 10 points each = 20 total possible points]
Quizzes: Students are required to complete a weekly quiz consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions covering the week’s assigned readings. Each week’s quiz may be taken once, at any time during the week but must be submitted no later than by Sunday 11:59 PM CT of the assigned week, using the Quizzes area for this course. Answers to chapter quizzes will be made available on the following Monday. [1 weekly quiz x 8 weeks x 10 points each = 80 possible points]
Midterm Exam: Students are required to complete a midterm examination consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions, covering all course readings to date. The midterm examination is not proctored; you may use books and other resources. However, it is a two-hour timed test taken online, so you will not have much time to look up information. Moreover, the midterm examination may be attempted only one time and at one sitting; that is, once you start the midterm examination, you will have 120 consecutive minutes to submit your answers. This means that once you begin, you cannot stop, save and re-enter the exam at a later time. The midterm examination may be completed at any time during the period from Tuesday 12:01 AM CT through Sunday 11:59 PM CT of Week 4, using the Quizzes area for this course. [50 questions x 4 points each = 200 possible points]
Final Exam: Students are required to complete a final examination consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions, covering all course readings since the midterm examination (that is, the final examination is not comprehensive). The final examination is a proctored exam. You will not be able to consult your notes, textbook, outside websites, flash drives, or other resources during the exam. Moreover, the final examination may be attempted only one time and at one sitting; that is, once you start the Final Examination, you will have 120 consecutive minutes to submit your answers. This means that once you begin, you cannot stop, save and re-enter the exam at a later time. The final examination is completed under supervision of an approved proctor, at any time during the period from Tuesday 12:01 AM CT through Saturday 11:59 PM CT of Week 8, using the Quizzes area for this course. [50 questions x 4 points each = 200 possible points]
Please Note: Work submitted for this class must not have been used previously by you or another individual. If you are retaking this course, you must submit all new and original work. Be sure to review the Plagiarism Tutorial located in the Content area of this course. (Note that the examples in this tutorial are based on MLA style. Psychology courses, such as this one, use APA publication style.)