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Extra Credit for PSC and CMN Courses

Certain (but not all) upper-division PSC and CMN courses offer extra credit in exchange for research participation. The exact number of exta credits available to you will vary according to your instructor. This information should be available to you on your course syllabus, and is also listed on Sona Systems. You can fulfill these extra credits through research participation. 

 
Research for the 2014 Summer Session I begins on Monday, August 4 and ends on Thursday, September 11.

 
Where can I find out more about how to use the system?
There is a Frequently Asked Questions
section on this website that explains things in more detail and has a walk-through for using Sona Systems. You can also email the Subject Pool Coordinator, Sue Hobbs, at spcoordinator@ucdavis.edu 

How do I participate in experiments?
To begin participating in experiments please go to http://ucdavis.sona-systems.com/ and login. Your UserID should be the last 6 digits of your student ID.  Your password is encrypted, so no information about it can be included on this site.  If you have never logged into the Sona System before, or if you do not remember your password, go to the Sona login page and click on "Lost your password?  Click here to retrieve it!"  Enter your user ID and the system will send information to your UCD email address about how to obtain your password. 

Note: If you added the course after the first week of classes, you may not be able to log-in.
If you are unable to log-in, please email the Subject Pool Coordinator (spcoordinator@ucdavis.edu) with your student ID number and the name of the course you'd like to be added to. Be sure to include the section number.  If you do not know the section, your professor's name is also helpful.

Where should I start?
The first of your credits can be obtained by completing an on-line background questionnaire which will be used by some of the researchers. This departmental prescreening questionnaire begins with "DSUR__." Even if you have taken a departmental prescreening questionnaire in a previous quarter, you may still take it for credit.

Can I write a paper for my extra credit?
Yes. Be sure to follow the instructions for the paper option, which can be found
here. Papers that are completed according to the requirements are worth 2 points.  Papers that do not meet the requirements listed on the paper option page WILL NOT receive credit. You cannot earn partial points. 
 
Email your paper to the SP Coordinator, Sue Hobbs at spcoordinator@ucdavis.edu, as a .doc or .pdf file (not other formats will be accepted). Be sure to turn in your paper by the deadline noted above.  NOTE: turning it in on this day does not leave time for necessary revisions. If your paper is not satisfactory, it will not be counted.
 
Why won't it let me sign up for online studies?
You are restricted to earning approximately 35% of your credits from online studies. So if your instructor is offering 3 extra credit units, you can't take more than 1 online study. Note that this is a system-wide restriction, and is not limited to PSC 1 or 41.   

Can I use the credit I get from one experiment towards two classes (i.e., use the same credit twice)?
No. The credit you receive from one experiment may be put towards one class and one class only. The one exception is that the prescreening questionnaire can count for multiple classes. If you would like to use the prescreening questionnaire for multiple class, after you have completed the questionnaire, email the SP Coordinator with the classes you are taking that need to be credited. You must submit this request by the last day of instruction, as 
You also cannot reuse credits from previous quarters; though it may seem that you can reassign your credits this way, if you look closely you'll see your previous credits are set to 0 and therefore won't count towards your current classs.

If you are enrolled in multiple courses, you have to decide how your credits will be split between your courses. 
 You must finalize how your credits are assigned by the last day of instruction, as the extra credit reports are submitted to your instructors the next day. You cannot change how your credits are assigned once finals begin: Though you will be able to reassign credits on Sona Systems, your instructors will have already received the credit report for the class by this time.

What happens if the requirement is not met?
Unlike the research requirement for PSC 1 and 41, this is optional and not completing the credits will not result in an Incomplete or negatively affect your grade. You will simply not receive any extra credit. 

But Sona Systems says that the credits for my class are "Required." 
The only credits that are "Required" are those for PSC 1 or 41. Sona Systems simply does not have an option that would allow your credits for your class to be listed as "Optional." You can disregard the "Required" label.

When does extra credit end?
The deadline is posted above. You must finalize how your credits are assigned by the deadline, as the extra credit reports are submitted to your instructors the next day. You cannot change how your credits are assigned once finals begin: Though you will be able to reassign credits on Sona Systems, your instructors will have already received the credit report for the class by this time.