Here is some more detailed information about how to earn your 5 credits:
Option #1: Participating In Research Studies
You can view available studies, sign up to participate, and track your credits on ecu.sona-systems.com. Studies will be worth varying amounts of credit depending on how long they take. Each hour of participation is worth 1 credit. Please note that many studies takes less than one hour to complete and subsequently award less credit.
When you sign up for a study, be sure to write down (1) the time, (2) place, (3) experimenter's name, and (4) experimenter's e-mail address. It is very important for you to show up promptly at the scheduled time. However, if you cannot attend a study that you have signed up for, go to Sona-Systems and cancel your session as soon as possible so that other students may sign up in your place. If it is less than 24 hours before your scheduled time, send an e-mail message to the experimenter informing him/her that you will not be there for your appointment. Please note that if you miss three (3) or more appointments you will be prevented from participating in further studies or Option #2 and will then have to complete the research requirement with Option #3.
Option #2: Reading Research Articles and Taking a Quiz
The research articles relating to this option are listed below. The number to the left of the article is the "Quiz Number." After reading one of these articles you will need to log into Sona-Systems (ecu.sona-systems.com) and schedule a time to come to the Experimentrak office in Rawl 127 to take the associated quiz. Time slots will be available under the Research Articles entry on Sona-Systems. When you arrive for your appointment you must know the number of the quiz you wish to take (i.e., the "Quiz Number" to the left of the article). If you take the wrong quiz it will still be graded and you will have to schedule another appointment to take the correct quiz. Additionally, you may only attempt each quiz once. When taking the quiz you will have 10 minutes to complete it and will only receive credit if you score a 60% or better. Thus, it is critically important that you have read the article before attempting to complete the quiz. Additionally, you must be on time for your appointment. If you are more than 5 minutes late you will be required to reschedule for a later time. If you miss three (3) or more appointments you will be prevented from taking additional quizzes or participating in research studies (i.e., Option #1) and will then have to complete the research participation requirement via Option #3.
The research articles below are in .pdf format, so you can download them and read them on your computer or you can open the file and print out the article. Each passing quiz grade will award .5 credits. You may want to take notes to help you understand the article. The quizzes are open notes, so you may look at the article as you are answering the questions.
Option #3: Reading Research Articles and Writing a Paper
This option is only for students who have failed to keep appointments that they have made for Options #1 and #2. This is not an option that may be engaged in without permission from the Experimentrak coordinator. The research articles relating to this option are listed below. After reading one of these articles you will need to write a three (3) page double spaced summary of the research that was presented in the study. This is to be written in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1" margins. Failure to following these formatting requirements will result in no credit being awarded. Each research summary will be submitted to the SafeAssign system to ensure that they are the original work of the student submitting it. Any plagiarized work will not receive credit. Each passing articles is worth .5 credits.
If the above steps are not completed by the indicated deadline then your grade in PSYC 1000/1060 will drop by up to 5%.
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