PSYC 3240 Psychology of Adjustment
Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh PA , USA
This syllabus copyright 10/11/2005 David A. Wheeler, Ph.D. This is not a department syllabus. It is the property of David A. Wheeler, Ph.D based on the University's course description for PSYC 3240. It is not to be shared/distributed to prospective or present full or part-time PSYC 3240 faculty or anyone else without the written permission of David A. Wheeler, Ph.D..
Course Objectives: This course is meant to be taken after taking a General Psychology course. By the end of the course a student should have:
Attendance is required but has minimal impact on grades. There are no excused absences, late arrivals, or early departures, but I appreciate receiving notice if you know you will be missing class, arriving late, or departing early. For unexpected emergencies, up to one week of classes may be missed with no penalty. Students representing the college will be excused for additional absences as specified by the Academic Policy on Attendance. Students are only covered by this policy if a written schedule of the activity from the faculty or staff advisor is provided one week before the event. The first week’s worth of classes missed for representing the college will be instead of the unexpected emergencies allowed other students. You cannot participate if you are not in class; so, class participation grades will be zero for any day you are not there. Class participation grades may also be lowered for other signs of inattention, such as, falling asleep, reading the newspaper, studying unrelated material, talking on cell phone, etc.
Cheating (copying another student's work), Plagiarism (using someone's ideas without giving them credit), Falsification (making up data or facts), Fraudulent Excuses ("my computer ate my paper"), Obtaining Unfair Advantage (getting copy of exam in advance), Unauthorized Access to Information, or Aiding and Abetting any of the Above will not be tolerated. All work is expected to be done by students individually unless it is specifically assigned as a team assignment. Any incidence of these behaviors will result in receiving no credit for that assignment and referral to the RMU Judicial Review Committee. Any ideas that come from other sources, such as, the Internet, books, magazines, other students, other people, etc, must be properly cited using APA format.
Meaning of Grades:
All assignments may be submitted by e-mail.
Return receipts: as soon as I receive your e-mail, I send a reply which states "received". This e-mail just lets you know that I received an assignment. It does not mean that I have read or approved the item submitted. If you do not receive a return receipt from me within 48 hours, assume that I did not receive your e-mail and send it again.
E-mail is not 100 percent reliable and it is not an instant message nor chat room. You should not expect to receive an immediate reply.
Students with Special Needs
Students with special needs who have identified themselves to the appropriate department in the college will have those needs accommodated. Reasonable accommodation for such needs may include, but not be limited to: additional time to work on projects and substitution of equivalent learning activities which meet the student's needs, the course goals, and the Communication Skills Program goals.
Ask and ye shall receive, but ask intelligently. The number one rule of asking intelligently is to ask the person who is most able to give it to you. If you want a million dollars, ask a person who makes one billion a year instead of a person who only makes $10,000. If you are dissatisfied with something in the class, don't just gripe about it to your friends. Ask your instructor about it. He is the one who can most directly influence your learning experience.
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