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Spring 2006 BIS 3320-005 MWF 10:00-10:50 SOM 2.


Dr. Tonja Wissinger Office: GR 2.604 Telephone: 972.883.2814 E-mail:

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. Office Hours My office hours are Monday and Wednesdays at 11:00-12:00 in SOM 2.903 and Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30-2:00 in GR 2.604. If you cannot meet with me during office hours, please schedule an appointment with me. 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. **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. *If you are unable to attend class, you are responsible for obtaining the lecture notes from another class member.

*Students are responsible for signing the attendance sheet at the beginning of each class meeting. Missing class will have an adverse effect on your final grade. 2. Completion of assigned readings prior to class. For every chapter (or article) assigned, you will turn in one discussion question (typed, double-spaced, etc…). 3. Two 8-10 page papers. *The assignments will be explained on the first day of class and discussed throughout the semester. Late assignments will receive a substantially lower grade. **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 the midterm paper and the final paper (40% each) and class participation (attendance, tardiness, conduct, discussion questions, etc.) (20%). There will be no extra credit work. In addition to the requirements listed above, I expect every student to thoroughly read this syllabus. Only you can decide whether the workload of this course will be too demanding (or not challenging enough). Additionally, I expect students 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.