Lectures: All lectures will be delivered online, starting in Week 1. The officially scheduled lecture time is Monday 1:00 - 2:30 PM. Depending on the lecturer, lectures will either be pre-recorded and uploaded through Echo360 prior to the officially scheduled lecture time or the lecture will be live-streamed via Zoom/Echo360 during the officially scheduled time. All lectures, regardless of initial delivery mode, will be recorded and made available for asynchronous viewing through Echo360.
Tutorials: This unit involves essential on campus learning activities which will be delivered in accordance with a COVID Safe plan. You will be expected to attend relevant on campus activities unless the Public Health Order and/or University advice changes. Given the current COVID situation in NSW, the University has announced that for the first two weeks of session classes and individual learning activities such as tutorials will be conducted online. In line with this guidance, the first few tutorials for COGS1005 will have to be transferred to online (and delivered via Zoom) and we will return to on-campus tutorials later in the Session when it is safe to do so. Please see the iLearn site for week-to-week information and Zoom meeting links for your tutorials.
Once on-campus tutorials resume, they will all take place in the Faculty PC Lab (12SW 421). Due to social distancing requirements, which are extremely likely to be in effect all session, you will have to attend the on-campus tutorial you enrolled in through eStudent. No swapping of tutorials without the explicit permission of the tutor running the class will be permitted. In case you are unable to attend a practical lab class in person due to unavoidable reasons (immunocompromised, illness, COVID test, etc.), you should apply for Special Consideration through AskMQ. If you have questions about applying for special consideration, please contact the FMHHS Student Centre. Reasonable adjustments will be made for students with approved special consideration.
Textbook: Purves D. et al. (Eds.) (2017) NEUROSCIENCE, 6th edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Available for purchase through Booktopia.
iLearn: You will need access to the internet to access the unit's iLearn page. Through iLearn you will be able to access the lecture recordings (Echo360), additional readings, and feedback and marks for the assessment tasks. Please allow time to familiarise yourself with how to access iLearn. Further information and helpful guides for using iLearn can be found here.
Weekly online quizzes: This unit has weekly online quizzes designed to keep you on track during the fast paced semester. Quizzes will be graded either as full credit or no credit; no partial credit will be given. To receive full credit on a quiz, you must correctly answer at least 50% of the multiple choice questions. If you correctly answer less than 50% of the questions, you will receive no credit for that quiz. No make-up quizzes will be permitted (with the exception of officially approved Special Consideration requests). However, your 2 lowest quizzes will be dropped at the end of the semester. As indicated above, quizzes must be completed online each week prior to the officially scheduled lecture time (Monday 1:00 - 2:30 PM). Each quiz will be open until 12:00 midnight Sunday night, the night before the officially scheduled lecture time. Only quizzes completed before this deadline will be counted. These quizzes are open book, and you may take each quiz multiple times before the deadline, but only the first submitted attempt for each quiz will be counted. You will receive feedback as to your correct and incorrect answers at the completion of each quiz. There are no quizzes during the week of the Mid-term Exam (Week 7), the mid-semester break, and the final week of the semester (Week 13). The quizzes are delivered through iLearn, so you need to have access to a reliable computer with connection to the Internet. Technical difficulties will not be accepted as a reason for special consideration. To access the online quizzes:
1. Navigate to the appropriate week in iLearn (e.g., Week 2) and click on that week’s quiz (e.g., Week 2 Quiz).
2. Read the information provided about what Chapters or page numbers that quiz will cover (it’s open book!), and note the date and time the quiz will close.
3. Click “Attempt quiz now” to begin. After answering each multiple-choice question, click “Save and review”.
4. Next, ensure you have answered each question (i.e., “Answer saved”). If you have not answered a question (i.e., “Not yet answered”), click “Return to attempt”.
5. Once you are satisfied that you have answered every question, click “Submit all and finish”. This will submit your quiz for scoring and log your grade.
6. Finally, you can carefully review your feedback to note which questions you did and did not answer correctly. The correct answer for each question will be given.
7. Click “Finish review” to exit. Remember, you can attempt the quiz again by selecting “Re-attempt quiz”, but only your first attempt will count towards your grade.