Class Notes and ReadingsClass notes will be available on Blackboard approximately 1 hour before each class period. The notes will be in Microsoft PowerPoint format. The notes will comprise a general outline for that day's class, but will not be a proper substitute for attending class. Along with the textbook, there will be some additional readings that cover interesting topics. The readings are already posted on Blackboard and are noted in the course outline.Student ResponsibilitiesAs a student in this class, you have certain responsibilities:1.It is your responsibility to complete the assignments in this class in a timely fashion.2.It is your responsibility to study on a daily basis and resist the urge to cram right before an exam. If you insist on cramming, you will likely be in trouble. Please take an active role in your learning by reading the material, taking notes on the material, quizzing yourself on the material, studying with other students, etc.3.It is your responsibility to monitor your performance in this class by keeping track of your grade so you know if you need to study more or differently.4.It is your responsibility to respect other students. I expect that students will:a.Respect other people’s opinions even if they are different. It is natural for there to be diverging opinions about social behavior and issues in a class of 50+ students. Indeed, some of the best learning opportunities arrive out of discussions in which people disagree with others. I simply ask that you respect other’s beliefs while you are challenging them. b.Arrive to class on time and leave on time so you do not disturb other students (unless you must leavefor an important commitment).c.Try not to go to the restroom during class. I have to control myself during class so I ask that you do too! However, I do realize that sometimes a person has an emergency or there are special circumstances. In these cases, please go to the restroom. I simply ask that you keep restroom breaks to a minimum to avoid distracting others when entering and exiting the room. d.Place your cell phones on SILENTupon entering the classroom. Please don't text during class. Research has found that students who browsed the web while attending lectures did worse on their final exams (Ravizza, 2017; "Logged in and zoned out"). That's applied social psych. 3
My ResponsibilitiesIn exchange for your responsible behavior, I pledge to be responsible to you. First and foremost, I believe it is very important that I treat all students equally. I take this commitment very seriously, which means that some of my policies might seem harsh (e.g., not rounding up final grades, not allowing a student to take an exam early). However, such policies are in place in order to prevent any bias from affecting my decisions. I want to treat all students the same regardless of how much I like a particular student. In addition to equal treatment, I will: 1.Notify you of any class changes well in advance.