PS 309 Human Sexuality
F1T 2009 DLA
McKellar, Kenneth A.,, Sr.
PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, St. MarysM.ED, Education, Counseling, Boston UBS, Occupational Education, Southern Ill. U
Fall I, 2009
Textbook: Rathus, S.A., Nevid, J.S., Fichner, Rathus, L. (2005). Human Sexuality: In a World of Diversity, 7th Edition. Boston, MA, Allyn and Bacon.
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Educational Philosophy: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one that promotes self-directed learning and intrinsic motivation by each student. As Adult Learners, it is the facilitator's belief that each student is taking this course voluntarily and that they want to be in the class, thus, resulting in an elevated level of interest and involvement in the discussions, homework, quizes and core assessment. The facilitator uses the Socratic Method of Teaching that emphasizes critical thinking skills, through questioning and challenging the students assumptions and statements. As such, rather than answering a students' question outright, the facilitator may pose a question back to the student, to generate more thought. The facilitator believes in lively debate and scholarly banter in the classroom, but does not tolerate discussing topics other than the course material in the classroom. For this reason there is a separate "break area" set up for students to carry on conversations unrelated to the classroom discussion. As always, proper netiquette is required in all on line posts.
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:
Each student will be assessed based on her/his involvement in the weekly discussions, homework, quizzes, projects and core assessment, with a proctored final exam being the final measure of the students ability to master the topic of Human Sexuality.
Calculation of Final Grades. Grades will be determined using the following scale. The grade represents a percentage of the total points introduction (10 points), response to discussion questions (80 points), providing a weekly discussion topic and response to a classmates’ (80 points), quizzes (100 points), final exam (100 points) and the paper (100 points):
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = below 60%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
This topic seems to be one that is most misunderstood throughout the term. Late work will ONLY be accepted for legitimate emergency situations, such as a sudden illness, death in the family or other emergency. Communication with the facililtator is required PRIOR to the deadline for the particular assignment to be considered for credit. Reasons/excuses that are NOT accepted are the following: "I was out of town and couldn't get to it", "My computer crashed" (hint, libraries have computers you can use), "I worked overtime and didn't have time to do my homework", "I deployed at the last minute and couldn't get my homework finished"(hint, most deployments are known ahead of time, unless you are special forces, or in another elite unit). For legitimate emergencies, the facilitator will require documentation from the doctor, police, supervisor, or other authority that was involved, aware of the emergency or treated the student.
Late work that has not been approved will generally NOT be accepted. The facilitator will most likely ask the student to simply focus on current and future work, rather than trying to make something up that was late for a non-emergency related reasons.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
On line rules of classroom conduct is important to understand. This is a college course, and as such discussions will be presented in a scholarly manner. Students will refrain from using text message language, such as LOL, LMAO, etc. Proper netiquette is required, which requires students to respect fellow peer points of view and perspective. With that said, disgreement and debate is encouraged. This particular course includes many controversial topics, such as gay marriage, sexual paraphilias, and other topics that may generate polarized points of view. These differing points of view are encouraged to generate discussion. However, if a student makes a claim about a topic as fact, evidence should be provided to support that claim. Evidence includes scholarly research that has been conducted, or other such materials that substantiate that claim. Any references that are given must be cited per APA format.
See the weekly schedule at the beginning of each week to see the specific requirements for that week. However as a rule, your discussion posts/points/responses, along with the quizzes will be your primary grades throughout the course. Additionally, you will complete a Core Assessment and a Proctored Final Exam.
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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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
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