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PSY 320 v1: Cognitive Psychology
University of Mississippi

3 credit hours

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

Instructor photo

Instructor name:

Jennifer Caldwell, Ph.D.

Instructor Information:

I received my undergrad psychology degree from Ole Miss, a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University in Atlanta, and my Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Ole Miss.

I also work in the research compliance department, overseeing the IRB and IACUC. I'm a double cancer survivor, and my husband and I just had our first child, a boy.

I enjoy teaching online classes because I get to know my students on a more personal level, as they seem to reach out more when it's email based. I've always found psychology interesting, because people are interesting!

jkmann@go.olemiss.edu

CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi, Department of Outreach,
iStudy
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826
E-mail: istudy@olemiss.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Welcome to Cognitive Psychology! Cognitive Psychology is the study of mental processes of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. In this course, we will discuss different areas of cognitive theory, including perception, memory, language, decision making, and problem solving.

Most people find psychology very interesting, since it is about us!

TEXTBOOK INFORMATION:

Required Textbook:

textbook cover

Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience, 3rd ed.

E. Bruce Goldstein - ©2015

ISBN-10: 0840033559
ISBN-13: 9780840033550

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

In this course, you will learn:

  1. how the mind functions with regards to cognitive tasks
  2. to think critically
  3. to apply knowledge to real life situations.

COURSE OUTLINE:

This course consists of 13 instructional modules (or lessons).

LESSON
Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Syllabus

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Introduction to the course Introduce Yourself! discussion board
1

Chapter 1

Journal, Quiz

2

Chapter 2

Journal, Quiz

3

Chapter 3

Journal, Quiz

4

Chapter 4

Journal, Quiz

5
Chapter 5
Journal, Quiz
6
Chapter 6 Journal, Quiz
7
Chapter 7

Journal, Quiz

Midterm Exam

Proctored exam covering lessons 1-7.

NOTE: all lesson work must be submitted before you apply for this exam.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
8
Chapter 8

Journal, Quiz

9
Chapter 9

Journal, Quiz

10
Chapter 10
Journal, Quiz
11
Chapter 11 Journal, Quiz
12
Chapter 12 Journal, Quiz
13

Chapter 13

Journal, Quiz

Experimental Design Project Experimental Design Project information Project assignment
Final Exam

Proctored exam covering lessons 8-13.

NOTE: all lesson work must be submitted before you apply for this exam.

Any assignment not turned in will result in a grade of O.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

GRADING:

GRADING SCALE:

This course uses the University of Mississippi's Plus/Minus grading scale.

94ñ100%

A

Reserved for near perfection; exceeding all expectations; work of definitely superior quality

90ñ93%

A-

Awarded for work exceeding all expectations; work of definitely superior quality

87ñ89%

B+

Awarded for very strong performance; exceeds most expectations

84ñ86%

B

Awarded for strong performance; exceeds expectations

80ñ83%

B-

Awarded for better-than-average level of performance; exceeds some expectations

77ñ79%

C+

Recognizes achievement of all basic expectations; average level of performance

74ñ76%

C

Recognizes average level of performance; achieves all basic expectations

70ñ73%

C-

Recognizes acceptable fulfillment of basic expectations

60ñ69%

D

Assigned for minimal adequacy; barely satisfactory effort toward achieving most expectations; below-average performance

0ñ59%

F

Issued for egregious underperformance; inability or unwillingness to meet threshold requirements; unacceptable level of performance


GRADING INFORMATION:

The grading distribution is as follows:

  • Chapter quizzes: 35%
  • Lesson journals: 15%
  • Experiment Design Project: 10%
  • Midterm Exam: 20%
  • Final Exam: 20%

FAILURE TO PASS THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

TESTING INFORMATION:

A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). iStudy has a testing facility (DETL, the Distance Education Testing Center at UM) to proctor tests for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take tests from any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Testing centers and public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit a test application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online test application via the iStudy website.

NOTE:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

Online Attendance Verification: The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement by taking the syllabus quiz. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment. If you have already submitted any other assignment, you do not need to take the quiz.

Videos: The course contains short videos, so you'll need speakers or headphones and the download capacity to watch video.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS

You are expected to read the textbook chapters, review the presentations, watch any videos, use the online study materials, and complete Blackboard assignments. Follow the lessons sequentially from first to last.

Assignments include:

Experiment Design Project: Choose any topic in cognitive psychology and design an experiment. Write a ìmethodsî section and a ìdiscussionî section (with your best guess as to what you think would happen in your experiment). More details on this project will be available on BlackBoard. The project will be worth 75 points.

ADA AND STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES:

The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662 - 915 - 7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/sds.

M BOOK: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY / Plagiarism:

You should not share your private personal passwords (for your Blackboard account or for your email) with anyone else, including brothers or sisters, boyfriends or girlfriends, or parents. Logs of all your activity within the Blackboard course environment, including the Internet location from which you are accessing Blackboard, are available to the instructor and to the Independent Study office. Any evidence of logins to a student's Blackboard course by someone other than the student will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty and will result, at minimum, with failure in the course; the student may also be subject to the more severe disciplinary actions outlined in The University Policy on Academic Dishonesty. (ACA.AR.600.001)

Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the iStudy office.

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