Each week there will be 1-2 discussion topics to answer and participate in that are worth 10 points each. Discussion topics will become available on the Monday of each week and all work must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday, except in Week 8 where it will be due on Saturday.
You must post your original response to each discussion topic/prompt by 11:59 pm CT Thursday. You must then respond to two other student initial posts within each discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday (i.e.; four responses on weeks with two discussions, two on weeks with one discussion). This only changes in Week 8 where all responses are due on Saturday.
Each discussion will be graded on the initial response, support of argument, style and use of APA, and the quality of the interaction with classmates. A grading rubric will be provided.
There will be weekly quizzes in Weeks 1-8 worth 20 points each. Quizzes will be available beginning 12:01 am CT Tuesday and be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the same week, except in Week 8, where Quiz 8 will be due Saturday.
Quizzes will be comprised of 20 multiple-choice questions and cover the assigned readings for the course. You will have one timed (60 minutes with a 5 minute grace period) attempt at each quiz.
You will develop a Research Paper about current research and theory on a topic relevant to social psychology. The Research Paper must be grounded in the empirical literature of psychology that would serve as a primer for someone interested in what social psychologists have to say about the chosen topic.
In Week 3 you will device a proposal for your Research Paper. It should be a presentation and support of the thesis for your final paper. The Research Paper Proposal should offer a narrative in support of the thesis. It should include a discussion of at least two peer-reviewed journal articles that will differ depending on your choice of an explication, argumentative, or integrative approach.
Your Proposal should include a title page, reference page, and 3-4 pages of text that are double-spaced and written in APA style. The title page, reference page, and any figures, graphs, or addenda do not count toward the page requirement. The Research Paper Proposal will be due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday in Week 3.
The final Research Paper should be 8-10 pages in length, double-spaced and written correctly in APA style. The title page, abstract, reference pages, and any figures and/or graphs do not count toward the final page requirement. Margins, font, and font-size should be standard to the current version of MS Word, which should be used for formatting your final paper.
The Research Paper must utilize at least 6 peer-reviewed journal articles, academic books, or chapters from academic books (not including the assigned text) as sources. Specific requirements for sources and those appropriate for use can be found in the Content area with additional guidance and support. A grading rubric will also be provided. The Research Paper, worth 150 points, will be due to the appropriate dropbox at 11:59 pm CT Sunday in Week 7.
The Final Exam must be proctored. Proctor information is due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 2. The Final Exam will be cumulative, covering material from all chapters covered in the course. It will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions and be worth 150 points. You will have 120 minutes to complete the exam. It will open at 12:01 am CT Tuesday, and must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.