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Accessing Your Course
Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)
Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.
You will be able to access your course as of
1 AM on the official course start date.
Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at:
- Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
- Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
- To obtain your new user account go to
and select WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen
Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.
Computer Requirements and Settings
Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.
Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code.
If your course requires one, you will
be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course.
This access code may be
included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be
purchased separately from the textbook publisher through
If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.
Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help
on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.
Learning To Use Bb Vista
- Face-To-Face Workshops!
are offered at the beginning of each
full semester at the Newtown campus.
- LIVE Online Sessions!
are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.
http://www.bucks.edu/e-resources/virtual-campus/after-registration/kickoff/ for dates and times.
We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.
Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials
While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the
ISBN number available through the course's academic department
where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore
and our online bookstore,
guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link
below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have
any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 110
Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to Introduction to Psychology.
In this course, it will largely be up to you, the student, to set your own pace as you review and study the materials that will be assigned. As a student, therefore, you should be self-disciplined and self-motivated. Your grade in the course will be determined by your submission of reflection papers, chapter tests, a 5-7 page paper on a topic of your choice (and my approval), and your contributions to the on-line discussions.
There will be orientation information posted on our Bb Vista site to familiarize you with the objectives and requirements of the course
A. Core Curriculum Objectives
1. Social Perspectives- You will be able to identify and explain the methods of analysis used by psychologists to examine and evaluate group and individual attitudes and behavior.
2. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving- You will be able to use methods, concepts and theories in new situations.
3. International, Gender and/or Minority Stereotypes- You will be able to identify prejudice, stereotypes and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or other minorities in areas such as education, business, politics, religion or industry.
B. Specific Course Objectives
1. Psychology is a science.
You will be able to:
a. Identify the types of methods used in psychological research.
b. Identify and explain the strengths and weaknesses of methods used in psychological research.
c. Apply the principles of critical thinking to explain why the conclusions of a research study should or should not be believed.
2. Psychology is a vehicle for understanding self and others.
a. You will be able to apply one or more theories, concepts and/or research findings from the list of mandated topic areas to explain given examples of human behavior.
Textbook and Other Requirements: Wade, C. & Tavris, C. (2008). Invitation to psychology, 4th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Contact With the Professor:
Although the bulk of the course work is completed individually, regular and frequent contact with the Professor is encouraged and expected. You should feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have on any aspect of the course. You can e-mail me either through the course or at my college e-mail address, Richmond@bucks.edu
Welcome to Introduction to Psychology! I look forward to "meeting" all of you in our virtual classroom.
Lauren Richmond, MA, Adjunct Professor