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Summer 2006 BIS 3320 TR 1:00-5:00 GR 2.


Tonja Wissinger Office: GR 2.604 Telephone: 972.883.2814 E-mail: Office Hours: TR 12:30-1:00 & 5:00-5:30

The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry 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’s 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. Required Texts Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder Aging with Grace David Snowdon Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Course Requirements: 1. Attendance and class participation: Class participation means arriving on time, contributing to discussions (including the submission of discussion questions), and active listening. Bring your textbooks, notebook paper, and a pen to each class session. *If you are unable to attend class, you are responsible for obtaining the lecture notes from another class member. *Attendance will be taken twice during each class session (before and after the break). Missing class will have an adverse effect on your final grade. *Cellphones must be turned off during class. I do not want to see them or hear them. Laptops may be used during class lectures but must be put away during discussions.

2. Completion of assigned readings prior to class. For every chapter assigned, you will turn in one discussion question (typed, double-spaced, etc…). 3. The written assignments. *The assignments will be explained on the first day of class and discussed throughout the semester. Late assignments will receive a substantially lower grade. **All written assignments must be well organized, free of spelling and grammatical errors, double-spaced, and printed in a 12-14 font. Handwritten work will not be accepted. Do not e-mail the written assignments to me. Your course grade will be based on class participation (20%), in-class work (15%), the preliminary writing assignments (proposal (5%), annotated bibliography (15%), and the philosophical foundation (5%)), and a 12-14 page paper (40%). There will be no extra credit work. In addition to the requirements listed above, I expect every student to review the course schedule and catalogue for information on withdrawals, incompletes, and academic dishonesty. Remember that academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and falsifying academic records. I expect all work to reflect each student’s individual efforts. If you have any questions about this, please see me. Schedule: Thurs. June 23 Introduction In-class writing exercise Lecture: Choosing a topic and writing a proposal. Discussion: Sophie’s World (SW), chapters 1-3. Library instruction session **Meet in the library lobby at 1:00! Discussion: SW, chapters 4-7. Lecture: Academic Tone and Sources. Review Chapter 2 of the APA manual. Discussion: SW, chapters 8-11. Discussion: Snowden, prologue and chapters 1-2. **Proposals are due!

Tues. June 28

Thurs. June 30

Tues. July 5

Thurs. July 7

Lecture: Preparing an annotated biography. *Review Chapter 4 of the APA manual. Discussion: Snowdon, chapters 3-4. Discussion: SW, chapters 12-15. **Proposals are returned. Lecture Discussion: SW, chapters 16-19 Discussion: Snowden, chapters 5-6. Lecture Discussion: SW, chapters 20-23. Discussion: Snowden, chapters 7-8. **Revised Proposals and Annotated Bibliographies are due! In-class reading: “Whose Life Would You Save?” Discussion: SW, chapters 24-27. **Annotated Bibs will be returned during individual conferences. Any needed revisions will be indicated (due by 7-26).

Tues. July 12

Thurs. July 14

Tues. July 19

Thurs. July 21 Reading: “The Perils of Obedience” Reading: The Stanford Prison Experiment Lecture Discussion: SW, chapters 28-31. **The philosophical foundation is due! Tues. July 26 Lecture Discussion: SW, chapters 32-33. Discussion: Snowden, chapters 9-10. Lecture Discussion: Snowdon, chapters 11-12. Discussion: SW, chapters, 34-35. Final Papers are due!! Please bring them to my office between 1:00-2;00.

Thurs. July 28

Mon. Aug. 1