PS 309 Human Sexuality
F2T 2008 DLE
Cardner, Patricia A.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD - Sam Houston State UniversityEdD - Argosy University (Expected Completion 2009)MEd - Texas Tech University
12 Noon - 4PM CST
October 20, 2008 - December 14, 2008
Rathus, S. A., Nevid, J. S., Richner-Rathus, L. (2008). Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity (7th). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN: 978-0-205-53291-9
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My philosophy of teaching emphasizes student learning whether that learning occurs in a face to face format or in the online environment. One of my areas of expertise is psychology, and one of the main things that I learned from the study of psychology is that people have different learning styles. I have also learned as a result of study and experience, that students learn best when the material presented is timely and relevant and applicable. Adult students like to see the relevance of what they are studying. One way that I like to do this is by including current events and cases for discussions. Discussions are the heart and soul of effective learning. This is the one way that students get to know one another and it gives them an opportunity to learn from one another. In addition, there is a great deal of information on the web that students can use to enhance their learning. Thus, they are encouraged to use web resources for this purpose.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Background report - 3 to 5 pages utilizing scientific information found in books, journal articles, popular media and the Internet; provides an informational base from which the topic can be understood
Interview - 2 to 3 pages that summarizes findings for each of the 2 interviewees (you do not need to include a transcript of the actual interview; summarize comments of each person into a cohesive report)
Theoretical analysis - 3 to 5 pages that utilizes information learned in the class and research concerning biological foundations, social pressures and cultural influences of sexuality; in this section of the paper, students will apply what they have learned to interpret and analyze the interview findings from a scientific perspective
Information must be organized, presented and referenced using APA style. Paper must include 5 references in addition to the interviews. Paper should be a minimum of 10 pages (plus title and reference pages).
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
1 - 8
Response to Others
2, 4, 6, 7
25 points each
Number of Points
423 - 470
90 - 100%
376 - 422
80 - 89.9%
329 - 375
70 - 79.9%
282 - 328
60 - 69.9%
000 - 281
00 - 59.9%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. The following is a list of valid reasons for submitting late work:
· A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will acccept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.
· An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).
· Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.
· Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer.
· Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.). A note from the funeral director or an obituary will be required.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect that the interactions and communications in this class will be civil and professional. Derogatory language, profanity, and personal attacks are unacceptable.
To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, be double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 pt as the font and be formatted in APA style.
Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable. I expect that each paper you submit in this class is a unique paper created by you. Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.
Please recognize that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink, Internet connections die, and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your submissions and your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments. Assignments posted after the weekly deadline will not receive credit.
Rules for for On-Line Participation
1. The classroom is for public messages. Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. All e-mails sent to the instructor and other students must include: PS101, purpose of e-mail, and student's full name in the subject line of the e-mail. E-mails without this information will be returned without being read. Students are required to use Pirate Mail for online classes. All information concerning the class will be sent through Pirate Mail.
2. Students are expected to complete at least 5 hours per week logged onto the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving e-mails, exploring the text website, and conducting research will be in addition to this. Students need to remember that this is an accelerated course (covering a semester of materials in 8 weeks) and during the 8 weeks, it is anticipated that you will spend an additional 10+ hours per week completing course assignments.
3. All students will participate in discussions through responses. Conventions of on-line-etiquette include courtesy to all users. This is expected in this class.
4. Students should have a current anti-virus software and should update their software weekly as a protection to themselves as well as others who are participating in this class. This is everyone's responsibility. It is required that you use the Pirate Mail e-mail addresses that are available to all Park University students.
5. All assignments need to be submitted by posting assignments in the classroom threads or into the drop box. If it becomes necessary for an assignment to be sent via e-mail or FAX, arrangements need to be made before the assignment is due.
6. Please read the Syllabus! Please read the announcements! Please read the Doc Sharing! Please read the Course Documents! Please use the Virtual Cafe and e-mail if you have questions!
General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:
Purpose of the e-mail
It is required that you use Pirate Mail for your online class. All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail.
Each week you will have regular learning activities:
Readings – Textbook and supplemental
Lectures – Powerpoint Presentations
Websites - Visit specific weekly topical websites
Discussions - Respond at least once to a topic for that week, post a discussion point and post a response to someone else's.
Quizzes - Complete the quizzes in week 2, 4, 6 and 7.
Exams - Complete the final exam in week 8.
Core Assessment - Due Week 7 -- as early in the week as possible.
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Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Last Updated:10/6/2008 4:29:44 PM