Psychology 134 -- Grossmont College -- Human Sexuality

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Is online easier than face-to-face?

The quick answer to this question is: No. If you’re trying to decide whether to take this online course or my similar face-to-face class at Grossmont College, you should consider the following.

The online course will have MORE work. In terms of the raw amount of material covered, the online course has ALL the reading and ALL of the assignments of the face-to-face class, PLUS a lot of writing (Discussion Boards, etc.), PLUS more quizzes. The total number of exam questions is the same. Finally, most of the face-to-face class’s extra credit opportunities are REQUIRED assignments online.

On the other hand, you might spend less total time in the online class, because you won’t have to drive to campus, park, wait for the instructor to get to the classroom, etc. Online you may be able to get more done in less time. And since you will cover more material, you might learn more in the online class than you would face-to-face.

If you’re the type of person who does everything, even if it’s not required, then the online and face-to-face experiences will be about the same in terms of what you can learn. If you’re the type who does only the minimum necessary to get the grade you want, then you’ll probably do more work, and learn more, online.

Do you teach this class anywhere else?

Yes and no. I used to teach it at two other local community colleges, but due to budget cutbacks, I only teach it at Grossmont currently.

However, I have taught a more rigorous version of this class at San Diego State University -- Psychology 355 -- in the Summer 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 semesters. I will probably teach it again in the Summer of 2016; this is under consideration.

The same textbook will be used. Much of the course content will be very similar. But the exams in SDSU Psy 355 will be more difficult, and students will be required to do a project that is fairly demanding. (Also, the summer-semester course progresses at a very fast and quite intense pace.) There will be more guest speakers (hooray!), but no decrease in the amount of material covered (booo!). This means that you will be expected to watch some of my lectures online, in addition to class time, instead of having the luxury of hearing them during class time. (Translation: Psychology 355 will have more work to do outside of class.)

Psychology 134 does transfer for General Education credit to SDSU (and CSU in general). However, the SDSU Human Sexuality course, Psychology 355, is an upper-division class. Psychology 134 at Grossmont is a lower-division class that does not articulate with 355, and thus cannot be used as one of the courses you use for a Psychology major at SDSU.

Finally, note that if you are going to major or minor in LGBT studies (a new option at SDSU), Psychology 355 does count for credit toward that major or minor. Psychology 134 at Grossmont does not.

 
Grading
Letter grades are assigned using the typical percentages:
A: 90 - 100%
B: 80 - 89%
C: 70 - 79%
D: 60 - 69%
F:   0 - 59%
I do not give “+” plus or “–” minus grades.

Grading

Letter grades are assigned using the typical percentages:

A: 90 - 100%
B: 80 - 89%
C: 70 - 79%
D: 60 - 69%
F:   0 - 59%

I do not give “+” plus or “–” minus grades.

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