Purves D. et al. (Eds.) (2017) NEUROSCIENCE, 6th edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. The hardcover version is available for purchase through Booktopia or you can rent the digital eBook from Oxford University Press. In addition, a number of copies of the hardcover textbook will be on reserve at the Macquarie University Library.
You will need access to the internet to access the COGS1000 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 about iLearn can be found at: https://help.ilearn.mq.edu.au/
All lectures will be delivered online, starting in Week 1. The officially scheduled lecture time is Thursday 9:00 - 11:00 AM. 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. The Zoom meeting link and password will be provided securely through the COGS1000 iLearn page. All lectures, regardless of initial delivery mode, will be recorded and made available for asynchronous viewing through Echo360. Lecture slides will be uploaded to iLearn just before the lecture time under the lecture link in the relevant week below.
Face-to-face tutorials and lab sessions are an essential part of COGS1000 and these cannot be delivered online. All students are therefore required to come to campus to participate in these sessions and complete the associated in-class assessment tasks. If you are unable to attend a lab session in person due to unavoidable reasons (quarantine, illness, etc.), you should apply for Special Consideration through AskMQ. Reasonable adjustments will be made for students with approved special consideration.
If you are an offshore international student or have other exceptional circumstances that prevent you from coming to campus for the entire semester, you will have the option to enrol in an online Zoom-based tutorial. If this applies to you, please send an email request directly to the unit convenor (firstname.lastname@example.org). The online tutorial option is not available for students who simply prefer to study online.
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 Disruption to Studies 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 lecture. Each quiz will be open until 12:00 midnight Tuesday night, the night before the relevant lecture. Only quizzes completed before this deadline will be recorded. 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 5), the mid-semester break, and the final wrap-up discussion (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:
- Navigate to the appropriate week in iLearn (e.g., Week 2) and click on that week’s quiz (e.g., Week 2 Quiz).
- 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.
- Click “Attempt quiz now” to begin. After answering each multiple-choice question, click “Save and review”.
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.