Psy 601 Theoretical Backgrounds
Spring, 2010

Dr. Ronald W. Mayer
Office: EP 306
Phone: 338-1020
Office Hours: Wed. afternoon, 2-4 PM

DEADLINE DATES: Important.There may be date changes which will be emailed and posted online. See Psy 601 web page for weekly quiz deadlines. Weds. 2-4 must be free for the on campus comprehensive exam.
Feb. 5   Last drop without "W" grade. Students not progressing may be dropped.
Mar. 19     CR/NCR grading (CR = C or better). Use SFSU online request.
Apr. 21   Last day for submitting to instructor a withdrawal petition (only for serious and compelling reasons).   Verified serious illness or accident required hereafter.
Apr. 23   No more alternate tests after this date.
Apr. 28   First form of comprehensive exam should be taken before or by this date, in order to take all three forms.
May 5   Second form of comprehensive exam must be taken before or by this date, to take one last form.
May 12   Third and last form, if needed, on or before this date. No extentions or "make ups."

This is a mastery level, individualized, online course. Students may work ahead and finish the course early, but may not fall behind on quiz dates. Students must maintain contact with instructor and have a SFSU email account to receive any class announcements or changes in the course. Course materials are online. For students having difficulty, the instructor will provide assistance in the office. Prerequisite is 15 upper division psychology units (and of course Psy 200) completed. Additional information is on course web page.
1. Study the online course materials (text, exercises, progress check tests, and True-False quesitons) for each of the 10 units.
2. Take the ILearn unit tests for each unit before, but not later, than the due dates. No extensions or alternate tests (e.g. for computer problems etc.). All units need to be mastered before the final exam is taken.
3. Mastery is 80% right . If less than that (between 65-80) on the ILearn test, then restudy the unit, and request a different form of the test from the instructor, and complete no later than the next ILearn test. There may also be a second alternate test. Lower than 65 means student did not adequately prepare and probably not eligible for additional alternate forms.
4. Additional time available for disabled students on the final, which is given only by and in instructor's office, according to schedule and without aids.
5. Even though mastery is shown, the instructor may require further testing, conference, etc. to verify acceptable progress.
6. A total of nine hours of course work per week is required (typical for a three unit course).

GRADING: The course grade is the same as best score of any or all forms of the final comprehnsive attempted, if all other things are equal (e.g. mastery of unit tests, keeping on schedule, etc.). Borderline grades might be adjusted up or down. Unit test scores are not used in calculation of course grade.
A - mastery of all units plus A (91-100) on comprehensive.
B - mastery of all units plus B (81-89) on comprehensive.
C - mastery of all units plus C (71-79) on comprehensive  .
D - mastery of all units plus D (61-69) on comprehensive  .
F- regardless of units mastered, if comprehensive exam grade is F (below 61). Extra credit work is not available.
INC - Not given.
W - Only for serious and compelling (generally documented) reason and by a petition submitted to instructor by April 21.   After that, (usually only if withdrawing from the university), and requires documentation of accident or serious illness.

FINAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAM:  The comprehensive exam may be taken when and if all units are mastered. It is given only by instructor and in his office, and only during any Wednesday afternoon 2-4 PM, by appointment. Three forms may be taken (only one per week) to improve grade; the last one no later than May 12. Grade is highest of any forms taken. An oral verification may be required. Check the "Final Exam" link (available when ready for final) which contains information on how to study, review, prepare, and take the final. Any changes will be announced.

January 24, 2010