There will be three non-cumulative exams in this course. Each exam will cover approximately 1/3 of the course material covered in lectures and readings. Exams may consist of multiple-choice and short-answer questions that involve critical thinking about concepts drawn from the readings and lectures. The purpose of the exams is two-fold. First, you should be able to demonstrate that you have read the material and understand the factual points and arguments. Second, you should be able to synthesize and integrate the material such that this knowledge can be applied in a broader context. Exams will take place during class on the assigned date in the syllabus and will be closed book. There will be no exam make-ups. Make-up exams will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and even then, only when a Dean’s note is provided. Make-up exams may involve new questions that may be more difficult than the originally scheduled exam (Advice: you want to avoid having to take a make-up exam). There will be exam review sessions before each exam (scheduled outside of class time), in which the ATF and TFs will be present to go over material and answer questions.
At the end of each lecture, beginning during the 3rd week of class (i.e., Tuesday, September 10th), you will respond to critical take-away questions. You will be required to respond to questions for 15 in-class lectures, which allows you to miss up to 4 classes of critical-take away questions at no cost. You also will not be required to complete critical take-away questions during the first two weeks of class (i.e., Lectures 1.1, 2.1, and 2.2). Answers will be assigned one of the following three grades: 1 (full credit), 1⁄2 (half-credit), 0 (no credit). You can assume your response has been successfully received and graded a ‘1’ unless you hear otherwise via email. Your response will consist of 2 questions, 1 from lecture and 1 from the required for that lecture. Your answers should be approximately 1 paragraph for each question (i.e., total of 2 separate paragraphs) and are due no later than 9:00am EST before the subsequent lecture (i.e., questions provided in class Tuesday are due by 9:00am Thursday that week; questions provided in class Thursday are due by 9:00am the following Tuesday). For each day a critical question submission is late, you will have 10% of your score deducted. You will submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with: (1) Full name; (2) Paste entire response in email body (all text); (3) Attach document to email with responses as well (.doc or .docx format); (4) You MUST include the following subject line in the email: “Critical Response X.X” (e.g., Critical Response 3.1); (5) Title attachments same titling, as follows: Format: Critical Response X.X.doc - Example: Critical Response 1.2.doc The document should be single-spaced, 12-pt font, Times New Roman. Responses should include 2 components (with each component clearly labeled using headers). Length should range between ½ to 1 page single-spaced for both questions:
• Part I. Lecture critical question: The 1st part includes a 1-paragraph single-spaced response to Critical Thinking Question 1 covering the lecture content. The paragraph response should be preceded by the header “Part I: Lecture critical question” above the written response.
• Part II. Reading critical question: The 2nd part includes a 1-paragraph single-spaced response to Critical Thinking Question 2 covering reading content. The paragraph response should be preceded by the header “Part II: Reading critical question” above the written response.
You will be required to complete an outreach project, which includes 2 components (detailed below). This goal of this project is to delve into a topic in human emotion from class that excites you. You have the freedom to delve into a topic of your choice, but you must make sure the topic is pertinent to the class and scientific study of emotion. The paper will be assigned on Tuesday, September 17th (you will receive a handout with further details on the assignment in class) and due *in class* at 9am on November 14th. For each day the project is turned in late, you will have 10% of your score deducted. Please email your paper to email@example.com and do the following 3 things (1) Type “Psych 131 Paper” in subject line, (2) Include attachment (.doc format only), and (3) Paste text of paper in email body. The project will include 2 components, each worth 50% of the total grade for this assignment:
• Part I. 3-page research paper: The goal of the research paper is to delve into grater depth on a topic in the field of human emotion. You can cover a topic of your choosing that is relevant to the course and the study of emotion. The paper will include at least 4 supporting references from scientific journals, chapters, or books.
• Part II. Outreach project: The outreach project is meant to be a fun and rewarding experience. Your goal is to help educate others about human emotion via a video, newspaper article, brochure, or an exciting idea of your own. The aim is to have fun with your outreach project and keep your ultimate goal of helping to educate others about human emotion in mind. There will be opportunities for some projects to be presented in-class during the final week of the course.
You should complete the assigned readings before class that week. This will allow for a better understanding of the lecture and also give you the opportunity to ask questions. Readings will be drawn from two sources:
• Textbook: Understanding Emotions, 3rd Edition. Keith Oatley, Dacher Keltner, & Jennifer M. Jenkins. Available for purchase online (e.g., www.amazon.com).
• Articles: Articles and chapters outside of the textbook available to download directly off the course website.
Each lecture in class will end with a brief 15-minute “Experts in Emotion Interview” containing a videotaped conversation with Professor Gruber and an expert scholar in emotion from the field. For extra credit, you have the option to submit a 1-page, single-spaced, 12-pt Times New Roman font, reaction to watching the video in class, discussing and critically analyzing the major themes discussed in each video. A handout detailing requirements for this optional extra credit assignment will be provided to interested students via email. For every 5 full-credit responses submitted, you will receive 1% extra credit point toward your final grade. You will submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with: (1) Full name; (2) Paste entire response in email body (all text); (3) Attach document to email with responses as well (.doc or .docx format); (4) You MUST include the following subject line in the email: “EIE Response NAME”; (5) Title attachments same format, as follows:EIE Response Name.doc (Example: EIE Response Gilbert.doc).
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