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PSYC 420: Cognitive Psychology

Course Description

A study of human mental processes. The course covers concepts such as neurocognition, pattern recognition and attention, the function (and malfunction) of memory in its various forms, language, decision-making and problem solving.

Prerequisite: Junior standing; PSYC/SOCI 175; 3 additional hours of PSYC courses

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Matlin, M.W. & Farmer, T. A. (2016). Cognition (9). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    • [ISBN-978-1-118-98328-7]
  • American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6). Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association.
    • [ISBN-978-1-4338-0561-5]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to human cognition: how we know about the world, each other, and ourselves.  In this course you will study how people think, learn and remember. More specifically, you will examine how human beings acquire, process, store, transform and apply information.   You will explore topics such as how people perceive the world around them, attend to new information, remember in short and long term, acquire, comprehend and produce language, think about thinking, solve problems, reason and make decisions. You will also examine cognitive development across lifespan. You will learn about new research in neuroscience, autobiographical memory, neurolinguistics, comprehension and bilingualism.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the main concepts and theories of cognitive psychology.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to understand the empirical primary source literature in the discipline.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically discuss, compare, contrast, and/or integrate the theories, findings, and research of cognitive psychology.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to produce written work consistent with disciplinary (i.e.; APA 6e) standards.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to accurately and effectively present cognitive psychology content to an audience.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (16) 310 31%
Quizzes (7) 70 7%
Paper Assignments (5) 420 42%
Final Exam 200 20%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions 10 Saturday
Discussion 1: Paradigms & Approaches 20
Discussion 2: Writer’s Workshop: Research Questions/Term Paper Topics 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 1 10 Sunday
Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz 0
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3: Selective and Divided Attention Tasks 20 Saturday
Discussion 4: Student Question & Answer 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Research Question 20 Sunday
Quiz 2 10
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5: Eyewitness Testimony 20 Saturday
Discussion 6: Student Question & Answer 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Research Question 50 Sunday
Quiz 3 10
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: Gender Differences in Spatial Abilities 20 Saturday
Discussion 8: Student Question & Answer 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Position Paper 50 Sunday
Quiz 4 10
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9: Active Voice vs. Passive Voice 20 Saturday
Discussion 10: Student Question & Answer 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Annotated Bibliography 100 Sunday
Quiz 5 10
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11: Problem Solving and Creativity in Practice 20 Saturday
Discussion 12: Peer Review 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 6 10 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: Errors in Reasoning 20 Saturday
Discussion 14: Student Question & Answer 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 7 10 Sunday
Research Paper 200
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15: Course Feedback 20 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

There will be three types of discussions in the course.  All are scholarly tasks.  Your postings should be your own work (e.g., original, pertinent to the assigned topic).  All posts should be concisely written, approximately 2 paragraphs in length (5-8 sentences each).  You must effectively communicate your idea(s), so be sure to attend to spelling and grammar. Also be sure to appropriately reference any sources.  You are expected to read and respond to other student posts. See more details about how many responses and the schedule of posting below.

Discussion of the Readings
: The first topic each week will be a response to a question I ask about the readings.  Your original post and your response to at least two classmate’s posts are due by midnight Saturday.   Note: you must make your initial post to the discussion before you can to see what your classmates have posted and respond to them.

Writer’s Workshop:
  In Week 1 and6, the second discussion topic will provide you an opportunity to workshop topics for your research paper (Week 1) and provide peer review of your classmates’ papers (Week 6). Your initial post is due by Wednesday; your response to at least two classmate’s posts are due by Saturday.

Student question and answer section:
For this assignment, you will generate one of your own critical thinking questions by Wednesday at 11:59 pm of the assigned week for another student to answer. Be sure to pose your question before your respond to another. Post your response to other students’ questions by 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Answer at least one other question in this section. You may post your thoughts and ideas inspired by other students’ responses to continue the discussion (optional).

Your questions and answers should reflect critical thinking about the material. Ask why or how, or ask for an example. Be creative; apply cognitive psychology to your life in this section to make it more interesting. Your answers must be in your own words. If you obtained information from another source, be sure to provide the proper citation.

Research Paper

In this course, you will write a research paper in which you explore a question about human cognition in some depth. This paper provide you with the opportunity to apply cognitive psychology to hypothetical but plausible real world scenarios, to develop research and writing skills, and to summarize, synthesize, analyze, and integrate current knowledge about an important subject. You will develop this paper through a series of writing assignments over the course of the session.

• Week 1: Brainstorming ideas for research
• Week 2: Research Question
• Week 3: Article Summaries
• Week 4: Position Paper
• Week 5: Annotated Bibliography
• Week 6: Writer’s Workshop (peer review of your paper)
• Week 7: Final Paper

This paper should include 7 references (with the associated citations in text). At least 4 of your references must be reports of experiments or studies published in peer-reviewed journals. Other references may also be reports of studies or experiments or literature reviews and meta-analyses that are published in peer reviewed journals or edited chapters. This traditional research paper should be well-organized and concisely written. All in-text citations and references must be in current APA style. You will find more details about the assignments and a sample APA paper in the Content area of the course.

Research Question: Begin thinking of your research question early in the course. Brainstorm possible topics with your classmates in Discussion 2 in Week 1. Then submit it to me via the Dropbox by the end of Week 2 so that I can provide feedback and suggestions. You may, of course, revise and refine the question as you continue your research and writing about the topic. Also include APA style citations to at least two studies published in peer reviewed journals that you will use as references. Your research question is due by Sunday of Week 2.

Article summaries: In Week 3, provide a summary of the content of two different articles that you have selected as references for your research paper. The articles must be studies that are published in peer reviewed journals. Identify the purpose of the each study and the hypothesis or research question. Provide brief descriptions of the research design, findings, conclusions, and implications of this study, as well as future directions for research suggested by the author/s. Be sure to include a complete bibliographic reference in APA style for the article at the end of your paper. The article summaries are due by Sunday of Week 3.

Position Paper: Provide a critical analysis of one of the sources (i.e., experiment, study or meta-analysis) for your final paper. The purpose of this assignment is to encourage critical thinking and analysis of research. The paper will be brief, a maximum of three pages. Your position paper will differ from the article summaries. You will provide a brief summary of the study (one paragraph), and then you will focus the majority of your paper on a coherent presentation of your analysis of the authors' research design, their conclusions about their findings, and the relevance of these findings to your own research question. Your position paper is due by Sunday of Week 4.

Annotated Bibliography: Prepare an annotated bibliography in which you have a complete list of citations to articles and books that you are using as references for your paper. The final Research Paper will require critical analysis of at least seven primary sources, including at least four peer-reviewed studies. Other acceptable resources include literature reviews, meta-analyses, and edited book chapters.


List each citation, following APA style, and follow it with a short description that evaluates the source in terms of pertinence to your research question and quality of the study in terms of research design and validity. Your annotated bibliography is due by Sunday of Week 5.

Peer Review: As up finish up your final paper, present a complete draft to your classmates in the Peer Review discussion. Then provide feedback on two of your classmates’ papers. Identify at least one strength of each of the papers and one area that could use some improvement. Some things to look for in your peer review:
1. Is the research question clearly stated?
2. Does the author provide compelling and credible research that answers the question?
3. Is the use of APA format correct?
Post your draft by Wednesday of Week 6 and your feedback to classmates by Sunday of Week 6.

Research Paper: Revise your paper, based on feedback from your classmates as well as family and friends. Then submit your final paper to the Dropbox by Sunday night of Week 7. It should include follow APA style and include:
1. Title page
2. Abstract
3. Body of the Paper (9-12 pages)
4. References (without the annotations) (at least 7 primary sources)

Note: You will need to review the plagiarism tutorial and complete the plagiarism quiz before you will be able to access any of the Dropbox folders.


Weekly Quizzes

The purpose of this exercise is to help you review, retain, and apply information from readings and lectures throughout the course. Each quiz will consist of ten multiple-choice questions. You may use your book and notes.

Proctored Final Exam

The Final Exam for the course will be proctored. There is a 120-minute time limit for the exam. It will be comprehensive and will be composed of 50 multiple-choice questions and four essays that you will chose out of eight possible essay questions. You will have a study sheet prior to the final to assist you with exam preparation. The exam is closed book (i.e., no notes or books permitted while taking the exam).


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology & Visual and Auditory Recognition
Readings
Matlin chapters 1 & 2
Demonstrations
1.2, 1.4, 2.1- 2.4
Introductions
Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic of our class discussion area. Please give us more than your name. For example, include what part of the country (or world) you are from, your profession, hobbies, interest in psychology/ sociology, and any other information that can help us get to know you by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Discussion 1: Paradigms & Approaches
Matlin presents several paradigms and approaches and how each views thinking. Compare and contrast two of the following perspectives by first describing the approaches you selected. Note how these approaches appear similar (e.g., Did these emerge at the same time? Are there similar research methods used?); how these differ; and whether one approach influenced the other approach:
1. William James’ approach
2. Behaviorism
3. Gestalt psychology
4. Frederic Bartlett’s approach
5. The cognitive approach

Which approach do you agree with the most and why? Write your own response first and then you will be able to see others'. Your original post and your response to at least two other classmates’ posts are due by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Discussion 2: Writer’s Workshop: Research Questions/Term Paper Topics
Use this discussion to write five sample research questions that you could use for your research paper. For example, “What is the relationship between depression and autobiographical memory?” or, “Do individuals with fluency in two or more languages perform differently on standardized tests than monolingual individuals?” Or do they? “What strategies or equipment will assist individuals with working memory deficits following traumatic brain injury?” Your original post is due by Wednesday; your response to at least two other classmates’ posts are due by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Quiz 1
After reviewing the readings, complete the quiz (open book and notes) in the quiz section by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz
The Plagiarism Tutorial defines and demonstrates plagiarism and appropriate citation.  This is a prerequisite for your submissions to the Dropbox in this course. Complete the Plagiarism Tutorial in the Content Section of the course.  Once you have completed the tutorial, take the Plagiarism Tutorial Quiz.  You will have multiple chances to take the quiz. Be sure to take the quiz until you have answered all of the questions correctly by 11:59 pm Sunday.   Note that you will not be able to access the Dropbox until you complete the quiz.
Week 2: Attention, Consciousness and Working Memory
Readings
Matlin chapters 3 & 4
Demonstrations
3.1- 3.3, 4.1-4.4
Discussion 3: Selective and Divided Attention Tasks
Briefly define selective and divided attention. Provide an example of a selective attention task and a divided attention task that you performed in the last 24-48 hours. How does practice affect divided attention? What does the research show? In your selective attention task, did you pick up information that you were supposed to ignore? Why? What does the research indicate about selective attention and ignoring? Your original post and your response to at least two other classmates’ posts are due by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Discussion 4: Student Question & Answer
Ask a critical thinking question by 11:59 pm Wednesday, for example: "What is meant by, the whole is different from the sum of its parts? Provide an example and be sure to identify and describe the psychological approach that is based on this idea." Answer another student’s question or correct another student's answer as thoroughly as possible by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Research Question
Select one research question that you would like to work with from the list of those you posed in Discussion 2 in Week 1. Make sure that it is a question that is sufficiently narrow that you can effectively address it in your research paper over the next few weeks. Please ask if you have any questions! Submit your proposed research question to the Dropbox by Sunday night.
Quiz 2
After reviewing the readings, complete the quiz (open book and notes) in the quiz section by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Long-Term Memory, Memory Strategies and Metacognition
Readings
Matlin chapters 5 & 6
Demonstrations
5.1 - 5.5, 6.1-6.5
Discussion 5: Eyewitness Testimony
Consider the following scenario. You are a cognitive psychologist renown in the field and are an expert witness at the trial of a woman accused of stealing a diamond necklace from someone’s home. An eyewitness selected the accused from a line up. The witness said that she heard a car door slam from where she was standing inside a drug store across the street from the burgled home. She testified that she looked up and saw the accused sitting in the front seat passenger side of a dark blue or black sedan. The witness said that as she was looking out of the window, the sedan “took off” from where it was standing. Crime scene investigators estimated length of exposure to be 3-4 seconds and the distance from the vehicle to the store window to be approximately 100 feet. What would you have to say about this as an expert? As an expert in this case, is it likely that the defense or the prosecution called you to testify? Why? Your original post and your response to at least two other classmates’ posts are due by 11:59 pm Saturday. 
Discussion 6: Student Question & Answer
Ask a critical thinking question by 11:59 pm Wednesday, for example: "What is meant by, the whole is different from the sum of its parts? Provide an example and be sure to identify and describe the psychological approach that is based on this idea." Answer another student’s question or correct another student's answer as thoroughly as possible by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Research Question
Select two of the studies that you will use as a reference for your paper.  After reading the studies go to the Content section of the class and located the Article Summary template. Use this template to describe what each of the studies is selling to you, what the hypothesis or research question is, how the authors design methodologies to test their questions, the results, conclusions, and implications of the studies. What further research should be done in this area? In other words, given these findings, what could the next step be? Post your two summaries by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Quiz 3
After reviewing the readings, complete the quiz (open book and notes) in the quiz section by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Week 4: Mental Imagery, Cognitive Maps
Readings
Matlin chapter 7
Demonstrations
7.1-7.6
Discussion 7: Gender Differences in Spatial Abilities
Locate a newspaper or magazine article or television show that presents gender differences in spatial abilities. Reference this article and summarize how the author presented these differences. What cautions should you consider when you read this article based on the information presented in your text? Describe other areas of ability where gender differences received much press, but these differences have not been supported by research? Your original post and your response to at least two other classmates’ posts are due by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Discussion 8: Student Question & Answer
Ask a critical thinking question by 11:59 pm Wednesday, for example: "What is meant by, the whole is different from the sum of its parts? Provide an example and be sure to identify and describe the psychological approach that is based on this idea." Answer another student’s question or correct another student's answer as thoroughly as possible by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Position Paper
Provide a critical analysis of one of the sources for your final paper. The paper should be no longer than 3 pages. Briefly summarize the article (approximately 1 paragraph), then provide a critical analysis of the research. Show how the research is relevant to your paper topic. State your position about the strength or weaknesses of the study. Does your opinion differ from what the author(s) claim? Comment on the implications for future studies and whether the presentation of theory, the discussion, or the design of the study was problematic. If problematic, how could it be corrected? Post your paper to the Dropbox by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Quiz 4
After reviewing the readings, complete the quiz (open book and notes) in the quiz section by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Week 5: General Knowledge & Language Comprehension
Readings
Matlin chapters 8 & 9
Demonstrations
8.1-8.8, 9.1-9.8
Discussion 9: Active Voice vs. Passive Voice
Generate three sentences in passive voice (e.g., The instructions for the assignment were provided by the teacher). Now rewrite these in active voice (e.g., The teacher provided assignment instructions). Which of these is easier to understand? Why? What does the research show? According to the cognitive-functional approach, is there ever a time that we would select passive voice over active? Your original post and your response to at least two other classmates’ are due by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Discussion 10: Student Question & Answer
Ask a critical thinking question by 11:59 pm Wednesday, for example: "What is meant by, the whole is different from the sum of its parts? Provide an example and be sure to identify and describe the psychological approach that is based on this idea." Answer another student’s question or correct another student's answer as thoroughly as possible by 11:59pm Saturday.
Annotated Bibliography
At this point, you will have all of the sources for your final paper. Prepare an annotated bibliography in which you have a complete list of citations to articles, books that you are using as references for your paper. You will list each citation and follow it with a short description (a paragraph of approximately 150 words) that evaluates the source in terms of pertinence to your question and quality of the article in terms of research design and validity. See the Content area for links to examples. Post your annotated bibliography to the Dropbox by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Quiz 5
After reviewing the readings, complete the quiz (open book and notes) in the quiz section by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Week 6: Language Production, Problem Solving, & Creativity
Readings
Matlin chapters 10 & 11
Demonstrations
10.1-10.5, 11.1-11.9
Discussion 11: Problem Solving and Creativity in Practice
Imagine that you are either teaching a class of ten students or supervising ten employees. How could you potentially use the information on problem solving and creativity presented in chapter 11 of your text to enhance problem solving and creativity? What types of activities would you avoid due to the likelihood that these would interfere with problem solving and creativity? Your original post and your response to at least two other classmates’ posts are due by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Discussion 12: Peer Review
As you finish up your final paper, post a complete draft to your classmates in the Peer Review discussion. You will likely want to post it as an attached file. In your cover note, provide specific questions about areas you would like feedback on. Then provide feedback on two of your classmates’ papers. Identify at least one strength of each of the papers you review and one area that could use some improvement. Some things to look for in your peer review:

1. Is the research question clearly stated?
2. Does the author provide compelling and credible research that answers the question?
3. Is the use of APA format correct?

Post your draft by Wednesday and your feedback to classmates by Sunday.
Quiz 6
After reviewing the readings, complete the quiz (open book and notes) in the quiz section by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Reasoning & Decision Making
Readings
Matlin chapter 12
Demonstrations
12.1-12.10
Discussion 13: Errors in Reasoning
People make errors in reasoning and decision-making. Often these are associated with trusting previous knowledge or with top down processing. Expand on this point and identify, define, describe and provide unique examples (e.g., not in the text and not posted by another student) for three of the following logical fallacies: anchoring and adjustment heuristic, small-sample fallacy, base-rate fallacy, conjunction fallacy, availability heuristic, recognition heuristic, and illusory correlation. Your original post and your response to at least two other classmates’ are due by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Discussion 14: Student Question & Answer
Ask a critical thinking question by 11:59 pm Wednesday, for example: "What is meant by, the whole is different from the sum of its parts? Provide an example and be sure to identify and describe the psychological approach that is based on this idea." Answer another student’s question or correct another student's answer as thoroughly as possible by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Quiz 7
After reviewing the readings, complete the quiz (open book and notes) in the quiz section by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Research Paper
Your final version of your research paper is due this week. Take time to review feedback from your classmates, family, friends, or co-workers; review and revise your paper,
It should include:

• Title Page
• Abstract
• Body
• Reference List

Post your final paper to the Dropbox by 11:59 pm Sunday.
Week 8: Cognitive Development throughout the Lifespan
Readings
Matlin chapter 13
Demonstrations
13.1-13.4
Discussion 15: Course Feedback
What was your favorite part of this class? Imagine that you have only 2 minutes on an elevator ride to tell a friend, family member, or colleague at work about this class. What would you tell him or her? What have you learned in this class that you will use in your future coursework and/or career? What advice would you provide to future students in this class?

Submit your post and responses to classmates by 11:59 pm Saturday.
Final Exam
The proctored final exam will be available online starting Monday of Week 8. You will have 120 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions (2 points each) and four short essay questions (25 points each). The test will consist of multiple-choice questions covering material from the entire course including your textbook and lecture note readings. The exam will be taken online on D2L. The link will not be activated until Monday at 12:01 a.m. You must complete the exam and submit it for scoring by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. There is a 120-minute time limit with a five-minute grace period. Answers submitted after that time will not be scored. Please save as you go!


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.Without prior approval, late work will only be accepted in the week following the due date. There will be a 10% deduction for late work. All late work for weeks 1-6 must be turned in by the end of week 7. No late work will be accepted after the close of class on Saturday of week 8.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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