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UT Dallas Syllabus for bis3320.05a.10u taught by Tonja Wissinger (twissin)

UT Dallas Syllabus for bis3320.05a.10u taught by Tonja Wissinger (twissin)

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CourseBIS 3320-05A
The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry
ProfessorDr. Tonja Wissinger
TermSummer 2010 5 Week Session
MeetingsTuesday/Thursday 1:00-5:30
Gr. 2.530
Professor\u2019s Contact Information
Office Phone972-883-2814
Other Phonen/a
Office LocationGR 2.610
Email Addresstwissin@utdallas.edu
Office HoursTR after class and by appointment
Additional information will be provided on the first day of class and
throughout the semester.
General Course Information

Co-requisites, &
other restrictions

No pre-requisites

This course is concerned with the systematic study of science and
the academic experience. Science is part of the search for
knowledge and each approach to science contributes to the totality
of knowledge. BIS 3320 will assist students in understanding the
pervasive influence of science in our culture and will increase the

student\u2019s breadth of intellectual inquiry. In addition, the class is

designed to assist the students in understanding the importance of
clear communication, documentation, and the use of detailed
information to support arguments.


1. Students will be able to locate primary sources and evaluate the usefulness of each source based on the criteria discussed in class.

2. Students will be able to concisely paraphrase the findings of
studies and properly document sources according to the
guidelines set forth by the APA manual.

3. Students will be able to develop a thesis statement and write a
paper that discusses the scientific studies that support their

4. Students will be able to describe the differences and
similarities between philosophical ideas and scientific facts
and/or theories.

Required Texts &
Sophie\u2019s WorldJostein Gaarder
Aging with GraceDavid Snowdon
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Additional readings are available online.

Suggested Texts,
Readings, &

Assignments & Academic Calendar
Re: Written assignments

The assignments will be explained on the day indicated on the
syllabus and discussed throughout the semester.
**All written assignments must be well organized, free of spelling
and grammatical errors, and printed in a 12-14 font. Everything
(yes, everything) must be double-spaced. Handwritten work will
not be accepted.Do not e-mail the written assignments to me.

Re: Assigned readings

I require that students complete the assigned readings prior to class.
For every chapter or article assigned, you will turn in one
discussion question (typed, double-spaced, etc\u2026). Discussion
questions may only be submitted for classes that you attend.

**This schedule is subject to modification.
May 25

In-class readings
Lecture: What is science? & Choosing a topic.

\u201cThis I believe\u201d essay is assigned.
May 27
Readings: Snowdon, prologue and chapters 1-3.
Sophie\u2019s World (SW), chapters 1-4.
Lecture: Writing a proposal.
**This I believe\u201d essay is due.Submit to turnitin.com.
June 1
Library instruction session

*Meet in the library lobby at 1:00..
Lecture: Identifying and locating sources.
Reading: SW, chapters 5-7.

June 3
Preparing an annotated biography.

Readings: Chapter 2 & 4 of the APA manual.
Snowdon, chapters 4-6.
SW, chapters 8-11.

**Proposals are due.
June 8
Readings:\u201cThe Perils of Obedience\u201d
Readings: SW, chapters 12-17.
June 10
Readings: SW, chapters 18-21.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
http://www.prisonexp.org (slide show)
June 15
Readings: SW, chapters 22-24.
Snowdon, chapters 7 &11.
**Revised Proposals and Annotated Bibliographies are due.
June 17
Lecture: The history of ideas & how to contextualize your topic.
Reading: SW, chapters 25-28.
\u201cWhose Life Would You Save?\u201d
June 22
Reading: SW, chapters 29-32.
Snowdon, chapter 8 & 12.
**Philosophical foundations are due.
June 24
Lecture: Checklist for the final paper.
Readings: SW, chapters 31-35.
June 30
*Final Papers are due.

Please bring them to my office between 1:00-3:00. Turn in all
marked up work along with your final paper. Place all work in
a two-pocket folder.
*Your paper must be submitted to turnitin.com in order to
receive a course grade.

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