STATEMENT OF JUSTIFICATIONThe course bulletin entry states: "Application of research in experimental psychology to ergonomics,the design of human-environment systems, with emphasis on work settings."This is a course applying principles of human information processing to the interaction with thephysical world (technology, computers, workplace environment, etc). No other course is focused onthese applications.This course is particularly appropriate for online delivery as it deals with design of humanenvironmentsystems and most people have a large number of interactions online in today's worldboth in work and leisure settings. In the course, students work on identifying cognitive and physicalcharacteristics relevant in person-environment interactions. They then practice analyzing theenvironments with a view to improving the interactions. For example, what psychological processes(factors) are involved in a frustration free interaction with an ATM machine? What psychological andphysical factors are important in the selection of a desk and placements of devices on it (computer,monitor, etc.)? How do we take these factor into account when selecting or designing better, devices,applications or environment? The course also teaches basic principles of usability testing.The course satisfies Workplace Dynamics requirement for the Bachelor of Leadership (BOL)Palmetto College degree, as well as an upper division requirement for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies(BLS). This course contributes greatly to the BOL degree because it is a unique application course,training skills that are particularly important for leaders in organizations that make decisions aboutequipment purchase and design. Moreover, the course contributes to any degree because theseskills benefit all people, especially given today's technologically saturated environment. Simpleawareness of these issues can help people deal with everyday frustrations better.
PSYC 501 | Comments
If this course can be taken pass/fail, please indicate what is required to receive a passing grade, or change the indication on the 'form' to allow only letter grades.
The course cannot be restricted to undergraduate students and have an accommodation for graduate students--can graduate students enroll in the class for graduate credits or not?
If graduate students can enroll for graduate credit, more specificity is needed to indicate what is different in terms of expectations for them with regard to assignments and grade outcomes.
There needs to be a statement on how will quizzes be secured.
There needs to be a statement on rubrics.
Is there a prerequisite?
How will course communication be conducted and what will the turnaround time be for communications and for responses to assignments?
Dear Ms. Carrano:
The Faculty Senate Committee for Instructional Development has elected to return the proposal for PSYC 501 for revisions. The main concern is that the proposal states that the course will be restricted to undergraduate students; however, 500 and 600 level courses must be made available to both undergradte and graduate students, and there must be an extra assignment for graduate students, the assesment of which will effect the graduate students' overal grade.
ACAF 2.03 states the following:
Advanced Undergraduate/Entry Level Graduate Courses (500-600 level courses): These may be taken by advanced undergraduates or graduate students unless prohibited by specific campus regulations. Course syllabi must have clearly distinguished requirements for undergraduate credit and graduate credit. Graduate students are expected to perform at a higher level with additional graduate level requirements.
This course may not be restricted to undergraduate students only (in the graduate bulletin). To be approved, this course must include information regarding graduate credit that amounts to a letter grade. That is, if a graduate student were to choose not to complete the additional requirement, that student would not be eligible to receive a grade of A for the course.
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- Michael Weisenburg, InDev Chair
The "Change to Course Information" column still indicates that this course will be restricted to undergraduate students and that graduate students are excluded. Please remove this language from the proposal.