syllabus (i.e., course outline), important announcements during the semester, the question-and-
answer forum, review activities, lecture slides, your grades, and other course information. It is
essential that you check the Virtual Campus website frequently, because important announcements
for the entire class will generally be posted here (rather than emailed). This may include, for
example, changes to the course schedule.
NOTE: Virtual Campus (i.e., Brightspace) is entirely separate from Launchpad. You will use
Launchpad as the main platform to complete your LearningCurve assessments each week. In
contrast, you will use Virtual Campus to obtain important information and announcements during the
semester. So you will use these two websites often, but you will use each for a different purpose.
Course Questions and Email Policy:
Whenever possible, please use the question forum on Virtual Campus to post your questions, which
allows me to answer such that other students also see the answers, thereby benefiting the class as
a whole. In addition, you may find that your question has recently been asked and answered on
Virtual Campus. Otherwise, if you have a particular question that you believe would be better
directed to me rather than the class, please contact me by email using the following guidelines:
•Type “PSY2114” at the beginning of the subject line, followed by a brief reason for the email. For
PSY2114 Wilson – Office hours question
•Use professional language throughout
•Include your full name at the end
In addition, email can be used to make an appointment with me for office hours if you anticipate
needed a longer time for your questions (i.e., about 20 minutes). As a general rule, concise emails
are always appreciated (when possible).
Any questions sent by email should receive a response within two business days or during the
following class if taken place within the 48 hours following receipt of the email. Please follow the
above guidelines to ensure your email is answered in a timely manner. NOTE that the instructor and
the TA reserve the right not to answer an email if the level of language used is inadequate.
There will be considerable overlap between topics covered in lecture and topics covered in the
textbook. However, you are still responsible for all material from the lectures as well as all assigned
textbook readings. There will be some questions from lecture that were not in the textbook; and
some questions from the textbook that were not in lectures. Also, simply reading the lecture slides is
not sufficient. They are a study tool that can supplement (but definitely cannot replace) coming to
class. If you miss a class, you are responsible for obtaining notes from a classmate. And again,
important announcements will be posted on Virtual Campus – please check regularly for updates.
Students must set their phones to silent non-vibrating mode during class. Students may use
computers and tablets in class, but only for the purposes of taking notes.
Students are encouraged to ask clarifying questions during lecture. Most class sessions will be
formatted such that the first half is primarily lecture, and the second half is more “active learning.”
This “active learning” will involve a variety of different activities; for example, you may work with
other students, I may pose questions to the entire class, we may have guest speakers, and so on.
So while this is primarily a lecture-based course, we will incorporate at least some variety in learning
methods to the extent possible.