Psychology 134 -- Grossmont College -- Human Sexuality

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Learning modules

Learning modules

Flexibility -- 
but with deadlines
In each of the four groups of Learning Modules, you can “work ahead” on your own schedule if you wish -- somewhat. This flexibility is significant, but limited. Modules overlap a bit, the exact amount depending on the length of the semester.
No late homework
All homework is due on the dates specified in the course calendar and assignments.

Flexibility --
but with deadlines

In each of the four groups of Learning Modules, you can “work ahead” on your own schedule if you wish -- somewhat. This flexibility is significant, but limited. Modules overlap a bit, the exact amount depending on the length of the semester.

No late homework

All homework is due on the dates specified in the course calendar and assignments.

!!! Everyone asks about deadlines !!!
!!! READ THIS !!!

The most common problem students have is that they don’t read and understand what’s on this page — the one you’re reading right now. “When are the deadlines?” they ask me. “I’m confused because I don’t see any deadlines.” If you don’t understand about deadlines, reread this page, especially the underlined part near the bottom.

Course organization

This course is organized into 30 Learning Modules, about half of which focus on one chapter from the textbook. The rest are shorter, covering material in a lecture on a topic not covered in the text.

Most modules:

  1. Begin with some short (usually fun) video clips.

  2. Require you to read a chapter in the textbook.

  3. Have a quiz (not super-difficult if you did the reading).

  4. Have a lecture which you read, listen to, or watch.

  5. Require you to contribute to the Discussion for the module.

Several modules also have a homework assignment to complete, which is submitted to the instructor using a special link inside Blackboard (not by e-mail).

Four groups of modules; four deadlines

The modules are divided into four groups, each of which is available during one part of the semester. Each group has its own single deadline. The schedule gives you some flexibility, but with deadlines designed to keep everyone moving along. For example, in a regular 4-month class, each group of modules is the focus of attention for one month, and the deadline for everything in that group is the end of that 4-week period. In a 6-week summer semester class, each group is available (on an overlapping basis) for about 2 weeks, with a deadline at the end of that 2 weeks.

Each of the four groups ends with a multiple-choice exam which tests the knowledge covered in that group. There is also a multiple-choice final exam which is comprehensive (a college requirement). So there are five exams in total.

Deadlines

In reality, deadlines are on a group-by-group basis, not a module-by-module basis. That is, all the modules in Group 1 are due at the same time, all those in Group 2 are due at the same time, and so on. To find out what these deadlines are, click the Calendar button inside the Blackboard container once the course begins.

Deadline Goals

New in Fall 2015, I am doing an experiment. I will set up goals that are designed to keep most students on track most of the time. Each of the 30 modules will have its own suggested due date; I plan to send out e-mail reminders as each of these suggested deadlines approaches. If you are the kind of student who does everything at the last minute, but doesn’t want to do everything at the last minute, just keep up with these reminders and you’ll do fine. The actual, real, true, drop-dead deadlines, however, are those mentioned in the Deadlines section above: namely, deadlines for groups of modules, not individual modules.

Looking for deadlines?
Read all the way to the bottom of the page.

Looking for deadlines?

Read all the way to the bottom of the page.