Getting Started in Psy 601

  1. Go to the Psy 601 web page, (which is separate from ILearn). The ten weekly course units are there. Click on Unit 1 and up will come the outline with a list of the Modules (sub parts) for that unit. Click on Module 1 which will contain the text and study materials for that module.
  1. Each module begins with a list of questions. Use the questions as a guide to what is important. Study the text. You will need to print it for easier note taking. There are some "links" that are embedded in the text, primarily for suplimentary background information.
  1. At the end of each Module there is a Progress Check. Each question may have more than one answer. The purpose of that is to be sure that you think of a concept in several different ways. When you finish the Progress Check, click on the "key" to score yourself. There is one key for all the progress checks in the unit. You are not expected to get all the questions right. They sometimes include detailed specific questions. In any event, don't use them as a basis for what to study for the final. The questions on the ILearn Unit Tests are more reliable and the ones on the final still better.
  1. Then do the Exercises. They are often intended to elaborate upon important points. A key appears at the bottom of the page for you to score yourself.
  1. Then take the second Progress Check and score yourself.
  1. Next, continue to Module 2 and all remaining modules and proceed in the same way as before. When you finish all the modules (there are three in Unit 1), do the True-False questions. This is very important. After scoring, then change all the "false" statements to "true" statements by changing the subject or predicate, or both. This should cover all the important points in the unit.
    7. Then go to ILearn and take the electronic Unit quiz on ILearn. This is timed and there is only one answer for each question.
  1. You are not expected to get all the questions right on the ILearn Unit Tests. But if you have done all the progress checks, exercises, True-False questions, taken notes, and reviewed the material, then you should not miss more than 4 of the 20 questions (80% right) on the Unit Tests. This is called "mastery." If you fall below this, but above 65 (65-80), then review well, and email instructor requesting another form within a week, to be completed before the next unit is due. This will not change the ILearn score, however. There are two alternate tests available to show "mastery." Scores below 65 suggest one has not studied sufficiently and therefore may not be eligible for alternate tests. Or, one may not have the adequate background for the course. Office tests may be required if there is some question about progressing appropriately.
  1. Unit Test scores on ILearn are not used in the calculation of the course grade. But one needs to master all units to be eligible to take the final; otherwise you will not do well. One missed or low unit will be excused. Unit test scores (or averages) will neither raise nor lower course grades (except e.g., where student has not mastered units by deadline dates, etc. and ends up a borderline case). It is, therefore, important to take the unit tests conscientiously, without using notes or outside help. Some students try to "appear" to do well by getting help, only to be surprised at the end by getting a failing or low grade on the comprehensive exam. Getting less than 80% on the ILearn Unit Tests means that you need to use more effective study habits, or else be content to score low on the final comprehensive exam and course grade.

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January 24, 2010