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Spring 2012 INTERNET PSYCHOLOGY 100  INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Welcome to Psychology 100 Online!
Please read through this message carefully (all the way to the end). 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The class is designed to provide you with a broad overview of the field of psychology—the scientific study of the mind and behavior.  In addition to facts and key concepts, you will be introduced to many useful, vital, even exciting ideas of psychology!   

ORIENTATION:
There will be a mandatory on-line orientation (see Blackboard site for specifics).

BLACKBOARD:
We will be using Blackboard (Bb) for this Online Introduction to Psychology class.
If you are officially registered in my class, you will have access to our Bb site (syllabus, schedule, etc.) right before the semester begins.   http://www.palomar.edu/blackboard/

EXAMINATIONS:
Examinations (3 Unit Exams and 1 Optional Final) will be on-campus in the San Marcos library, NOT online.  Please note carefully, NO other arrangements are possible.  There are NO MAKEUP EXAMS.  However, there is an OPTIONAL COMPREHENSIVE FINAL that you can take to replace ONE missed exam.

INTERNET ACCESS:
Please note that it is your responsibility to have access to a reliable computer with reliable Internet access at all times during the semester (preferably DSL).  There are computers available on campus for your use. (Local libraries also usually have computers available to use.)

ACCURATE E-Mail:
You
must maintain an updated, accurate e-mail address throughout the semester via Palomar College’s E-services.   Plan to login to our Bb site and complete quizzes/assignments a minimum of 3-times a week.

SCHEDULE/TIME COMMITMENT:
This INTERNET course is NOT a self-paced online class.  You will have a schedule to follow and deadlines to meet.  

One MYTH about online classes is that they are easier and take less time than face-to-face classes.
The
FACT is that this class will require the same amount of time (3 hours for every unit), and effort, as that of a 3-hour on-campus class, about 9 hours per week.  So, if you do not have enough time to devote to the class this semester, please drop the class and wait until you do have the time available.

TEXTBOOK:
Huffman, K (2010).  Psychology in Action. 9th ed.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  You will need the textbook to be successful in this class. 

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION:
Bonnie Hepburn, Psychology Instructor bhepburn@palomar.edu

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