Social Psychology (Online)

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
online

Professor:  Dr. Travis Langley

Required textbook: Social Psychology (11th ed.), by David Myers.

OVERVIEW:
This course is designed to provide an overview of the scientific study of how people interact.  Topics of discussion include social behavior, intimate relationships, aggression, prejudice, propaganda, various means of intentional and unintentional manipulation.

SCHEDULE

UNIT 1
Chapters 1-4.

UNIT 2
Chapters 5-8.

UNIT 3
Chapters 9-12.

UNIT 4
Chapters 13-16.

FINAL EXAM (40% of the course grade)

The final is a large portion of the grade because it’s when we find out how much you have actually learned from all the other work you’ll do in the class.

You must come to campus to take the comprehensive final exam at one of these times:

  • Tuesday, May 8, 3:00-5:00 (McBrien 311)
  • Thursday, May 10, 3:00-5:00 (McBrien 311)

You are NOW responsible for making sure you can and will be here at one of those times. Do not ask to take it early or late unless you have other finals at EVERY time listed above, and if so, tell me as soon as possible. Find out now when all your finals will be held. It’s no big deal if I need to add an extra time, but we all need to know that soon so I can make that time available as an option anybody in the class can choose.

Bring a #2 pencil, Scantron sheet, and identification (driver’s license or HSU ID) to take the final. If your photo on the roster looks like you, I’m unlikely to ask for your identification, but have it with you just in case.

ONLINE EXAMS (30% of the course grade)

Each unit will conclude with a 40‑item multiple choice exam covering any of the course material. Unlike the final exam which you will take in person, you will take each of the unit exams through Blackboard when the time comes.

There will be NO makeup tests. As long as you do not miss any tests, your lowest test will be dropped, unless it is the final exam. If you do miss a regular test but have an excused absence, the missing test will be the one that gets dropped. Don’t miss the final; you can’t drop it.

You will have a 24-hour window (midnight to midnight) during which you can take each test, so you may start it at any time on the test day. Once you start it, a timer will begin and will not stop even if you log out. Do not start the test until you are ready to complete it in one sitting.

GRADING

Test questions range in difficulty to get an accurate idea of exactly how much you know and understand about the course material. They provide a very accurate indication of how much each person does and does not know compared to everybody else in the class. I do not feel it is right to establish a curve based on the highest grade in the class, in which case only one score would determine everyone’s grade. The scale on the 40‑point tests is simply this:

F <‑‑ 20.0          D 20.1 ‑ 25.0          C 25.1 ‑ 30.0          B 30.1 ‑ 35.0        A 35.1 ‑‑>

The professor also reserves the right to subtract any number of points from the grade of someone who disrupts class (which includes monopolizing discussion or talking over the professor), or to assign a course grade of F to someone caught cheating. Anyone caught cheating will also be referred for University disciplinary measures. A single instance of plagiarism in any task counts as cheating.

There can be essay questions to assess your understanding of material.

INTERNET ASSIGNMENTS (30% of the course grade)

We will never use chat rooms and you will not have to be online at any specific time of day to do the assignments. Chat room technology for that is still too awkward, not every student’s computer will be able to handle it, and part of the reason for taking an online class is to keep your time flexible.

To do your assignments, check the discussion forum on the MyHenderson page for this class several times each week. You should not go more than two weekdays in a row without checking the discussion forum. You will either do each assignment on that discussion forum or learn from the forum where to go to do each task. You will have several assignments every week. Because missing an assignment in an online class counts as missing class, anyone who fails to do three or more of the assignments may be dropped from the course without further notice.

Do NOT email your work to your professor. Emailing it instead of posting it where it’s supposed to go counts as missing the assignment altogether, plus you’ll lose points from your overall grade.

DEADLINES

Assignments are due at the end of each week, indicated in the assignments’ subject headings. All of the week’s assignments are posted by the end of Wednesday, although some will appear earlier. The deadline is 5 minutes until midnight at the end of each Saturday. No late work will be accepted. Meet the deadlines. Frankly, you should think of Friday as the deadline. Sending an “I missed the deadline but please don’t drop me” message wastes effort and time.

If you wait until that last day and something goes wrong that keeps you from doing the assignment, well, you should have done it earlier because you’ll have several days to complete each task. If your Internet is out all day, you are responsible for going somewhere with Internet access. If your wifi is out, you could use a phone to create a hotspot with access. The Internet is all around us, the ways to access it are many, and you have chosen to take an online class. Internet access and keeping track of your schedule is your responsibility.

PERSONAL COMMITMENT

While you enjoy great flexibility in taking this course online, you and you alone are responsible for your success. It requires motivation and devotion. You must make sure you follow instructions and do your work before the deadlines. Developing the habit of following instructions and doing things when you’re supposed to do them is probably more important in your life than any specific bit of information that any class can teach you.

COMPUTER TIPS

To make sure your computer can interact with our system, you may need (1) the most current version of your Internet browser, (2) Windows updates, and (3) Java updates. Do not use Safari for your browser. Sorry, but some of the systems we’re using don’t work as well with Safari.

Call the HSU Computer Help Desk at 230-5678 or e-mail helpdesk@hsu.edu if you have non-Blackboard account difficulties.

Contact George Finkle at finkleg@hsu.edu about Blackboard login or access problems. George has nothing to do with the course content.

CONTACTING YOUR PROFESSOR

For an online course, the easiest way to contact me with questions or comments is by e-mail. Write me at langlet@hsu.edu any time and I will respond after I see the message if a reply is necessary. If you cannot e-mail me, you will need to leave a message on my voicemail at  (870)230-5222 . E-mail works best, though. Every time you send me a message without saying who you are or which course you’re talking about, you will lose a point from your grade for Internet assignments, just as you’ll lose a point every time you could have found your answer by checking the syllabus instead of cluttering the email. We all get too much email. Be responsible and don’t lose those points.

I will send messages to the entire class via e-mail at times. The e-mail system is set up to send messages to your HSU student e-mail address. If you prefer to use some other address, you must go into your campus email system and set up your mail options so that it will forward e-mail to you. I will not use Blackboard’s mail system.

If I can help you with anything else, always feel free to ask. Every online classes is different, so do not be embarrassed when you occasionally goof here or there. That’s part of the learning process, and I’ll endeavor to help you get things running smoothly.

ELECTRONICS POLICY

Your phone and other electronic devices must be OFF and OUT OF SIGHT during the final exam. You are responsible for making sure you cannot even see your phone during the test.

If your phone, iPod, or anything else that could contain notes can be seen by anyone in the class, that will be treated as cheating because too many students use their phones to cheat. I do not have to confirm what was on your phone, notebook, or related item. Do not have any of them in line of sight.

DISABILITY SERVICES

Students with disabilities:  Individuals who may need academic accommodation based on the impact of a documentable disability (e.g., sensory, learning, psychological, medical, mobility) should contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance.  For more information, contact the Disability Resource Center at (870) 230-5475 for assistance. For more information, visit the DRC website at http://www.hsu.edu/Provost/TRIO/Disability-resource-center.html.

The schedule and other details in this syllabus may be subject to revision.