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
Plan a minimum of 6 to 9 hours per week for your coursework. While eLearning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course. Students are expected to begin the course work on the first day of classes.
To be successful in this course you will need to read the text, read supplemental information provided by the instructor for each chapter, ask questions about concepts, as well as answer questions and discuss concepts on the discussion board. You should plan to post on the discussion boards and complete assignments on a WEEKLY basis. Exams are given online.
This class covers a wide range of material in a relatively short time span, but your classmates and instructor are there to support you on the way. Your instructor will provide specific instructions to aid you in mastering the course material, and act as a guide to facilitate your understanding of that material.
The topics we will cover include the following: History of abnormal behavior; DSM-IV classifications for anxiety disorders, mood/affective disorders, dissociative disorders, schizophrenic disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, childhood and adolescent disorders, mental retardation, and cognitive disorders; Theories of abnormal behavior such as psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, organic, biochemical, family systems, reactive and diathesis; Treatments like psychoanalysis. behavioral psychotherapy, cognitive psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, family psychotherapy, and eclectic psychotherapy.
The exams are designed to assess your understanding of course material beyond simple memorization. In general, they contain questions which require you to apply what you have learned rather than identify a simple definition. You will need to be self-disciplined enough to keep up with your weekly coursework to prevent falling behind. While I am available to help you through the course, success in the course will rely on your willingness to work and study.