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Please print this page for your reference. It contains information on your class, your instructor, the course management system you will be using for the online class as well as information on how to access the class, and contact information if you need assistance.

Note: There may be multiple sections of this class taught online. Please be sure that you have the information for the class that you registered for. The section number, the reference number, and the name of the faculty members should be checked against the information in the printed schedule and on your registration material.

Term :
Spring 2014
Course Name :
Psychology 100-70 (5172)
Course Title :
General Psychology
Class Notes :
  • Participation in this class will consist of online interaction. Students must have access to a computer that has a reliable internet connection. Students should access during the week prior to the semester start date. All information regarding this class, including course-specific technology requirements, will be found on that webpage. The course may not be accessible to students until the first day of the class, Monday, January 13, 2014. This course is also taught with a section of General Psychology - Honors, section 70. You may only register for one course, PSYCH 100 or PSYCH 100H.
Instructor :
J. Downey
E-Mail Address :
Phone Number :
Website :
Instructor Comments :

I am Instructor Jennifer R. Downey from Valley College. Welcome to the online world and Psychology 100 and 100H!!!

I believe that preparation is a necessary component for success in higher education. How can you prepare for next semester’s online experience in our class?

All my classes are interactive online blackboard classes. I expect all students to read and follow directions on all documents in the blackboard class. Do read and follow ALL OF THIS MESSAGE.

After you read this entire message, if you decide this course is not what you expected, please drop the class. There are a large number of students waiting to get into the class. All students not active the first few days will be dropped, so please sign in the first official day of class(under "hello" on discussion board) and do the initial activities immediately the first couple of days. If you do not do this, you are considered "NO SHOW" to class. These activities will be listed in the “Announcements” and "Weekly Directions" when the class is started.

You will be expected to submit unit essays. These are Applied Pieces in the form of 3-4 fully developed paragraphs (with proper grammar and writing skills) to the lectures and books material. You will be expected to respond to other student’s AP’s to evidence you are active in class and "show what you are learning". There will be regular unit quizzes, and a final at the end of the term.

"CHECK YOUR EXPECTATIONS.” If you expect one thing and the class is something different than your expectations, that might be a problem.
What should you expect???

1. Expect to succeed with hard work . By that I mean that you should expect to learn about the subject matter and about yourself. You should expect to succeed and put in the effort that is needed. You will will have to have self motivation and discipline to keep on top of the class. I expect students to take responsibility for their own desired level of learning and success in the class.

2. Expect that this will be a college/university level class. It does transfer to the University level so you are expected to spend time(approx. 10 hours or more per week) and energy doing the work required for the class, as well as write with college level skills(always use spell check). If you have difficulty with writing, students are advised to seek assistance in the tutoring center or writing lab.

3. Expect an organized online class. Do not expect an independent study where you will be working completely at your own pace. The material of the class is organized into “chunks” where there are deadlines for completing the work. You should expect to follow the pacing of the material with the community of learners which is our class.


1.Go to the front page of SBVC web site and click on "online classes". There you will see two links to quizzes: "Student skills" and "Technical Skills". Take these quizzes to make sure you are up to speed and ready for online. Under the same section, Online classes, click and read the sections "Succeeding in Online classes" and "Are online classes for me?". All this information is provided for you to be prepared and assess your readiness for this type of class.

2. Get the official text early. (Text listed below) The text is mandatory and totally necessary to success in this class. Excuses that "I haven't received my book yet", doesn't work as the quizzes start the first week and you need the text the first DAY.

Required text: "Visualizing Psychology" and look through all the helps that are available in the text.

Carpenter, S., & Huffman, K. (2008). Visualizing Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Third edition required.

Available: Campus Bookstore

3. Go to the front page of Blackboard (Bb) and read all of "Blackboard Information". This explains what browsers and operating systems you need. You must have compatible operating system and browser with SBVC blackboard to succeed in this class. I, nor the tech can change this if your system is not correct. Grades will not be adjusted for this type of technical problem.

4. For those registered: Enter the class a few days early. Once you know how to find your online class (see #1 above), “go to class” a few days before the semester begins. You are expected to explore the class website on your own and read all the documents contained in the areas relevant to your class once the class begins.

5. Learn how to use your college student email. All students are required to use this and blackboard sends messages to student college email only. I DO NOT recognize personal email. A message will be sent to registered students' SBCCD student email accounts 3-4 days before the class start date with instructions on accessing the course.

Waiting to add?
If you register for the official wait list on Web Advisor, you will need to email me ( by 10am on the official day the class starts. If I am able to add students, I will add students based on the order they are on the wait list as long as they have contacted me by 10am on the day the class starts.

That’s it. Preparation is necessary for success!

Again, welcome to the online world!

Professor Jennifer R. Downey, M.S., LMFT
San Bernardino Valley College

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