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             Dr. Linda Vega-Rodriguez                              PSY 4480

                                 TROY UNIVERSITY
                                DISTANCE LEARNING
                                     PSY 4480
                            Senior Seminar in Psychology
                                 COURSE SYLLABUS
                                   Term 1 / 2005
                             August 1 - October 9, 2005

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:                                           DEPARTMENT CHAIR:

Dr. Linda S. Vega-Rodriguez                                       Dr. Thomas P. Dunn
3001 S.E. Lake Weir Avenue, Apt. 501                              Telephone: (850) 301-2149
Cellular Phone: (504) 261-9192                                    Email:

Doctorate in Education (Ph.D), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001.
Education Specialist (Ed.S.), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1985.
Master of Science (M.S.), Community Psychology, Florida International University, 1980.
Bachelors (B.A.) in Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, 1975.


All Distance Learning courses at TROY utilize Blackboard Learning Management
System. To learn how to use and log in to Blackboard, visit the Distance
Learning web page at and click on Step #5. In every
Distance Learning course, students should read all information presented in the
Blackboard course site and should periodically check for updates—at least every
48 hours.


Effective May 1, 2005, all Troy students will be required to access and utilize
their email account for all communication with the university. All official
correspondence (including bills, statements, emails from distance learning
instructors through Blackboard, assignments and grades from distance
learning instructors, etc.) will be sent only to the address. Your email address is the same as your web express user ID followed by

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“”.   You can get to your email account through our web page or you can go to the email link found there and learn how to
add this address to your other email services that support POP accounts (i.e.
Outlook, Outlook Express, Yahoo, AOL, etc.).


I will host Electronic Office Hours (referred to in this class as Virtual Office Hours)
each Thursday evening from 8:00 pm EST to 9:00 pm EST. In addition to being
able to contact me by telephone and email, students may also log on to the
course site at Blackboard, enter the Discussion Board, and then post questions at
the Social Interaction Lounge which I regularly check each week. Attending
weekly Virtual Office Hours is another productive alternative for asking questions,
clarifying assignments, and discussing other aspects of this course. I currently
do not have a “fax” machine.


The Distance Learning Department at TROY Florida Region is here to serve you
and assist with any questions, problems, or concerns you may have. Current
contact    information    for   all   staff  members  can   be    found    at or you can call toll-free 1-866-
MYTSUDL. Please do not hesitate to contact the Distance Learning staff if you
need administrative assistance for any reason.


PSY 4480. Senior Seminar in Psychology (3). A capstone course designed to
integrate subject matter learned in previous courses, encourage critical analyses
of contemporary issues, and contemplate future educational and employment
opportunities in psychology. Prerequisite: Senior standing. For additional
information, please consult the online Undergraduate Catalog at
(click on Academic Catalogs and select the catalog you want to review).


The primary purpose of PSY 4480 is to facilitate comprehensive understanding of
controversial issues in psychology, while emphasizing the development and
refinement of critical thinking/analysis skills. This overall objective is achieved
through online Blackboard instructional processes involving student participation
in Discussion Board Forums, the term project Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief, and
successful completion of Mini-Quizzes that are based on assigned sections in the


Upon successful completion of PSY 4480 students will:

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        •     demonstrate a fundamental understanding and knowledge about
              controversial issues in psychology;

        •     demonstrate enhanced skills in critical thinking and analysis;

        •     demonstrate the ability to explain, analyze, and evaluate
              controversial issues in psychology;

       •     demonstrate an appreciation for the gray areas in controversial
              issues that do not appear to have a clear ‘right or wrong’ answer;

        •     demonstrate the ability to identify strengths and limitations of
              theoretical frameworks presented in the textbook; and

        •     demonstrate an ability to separate ‘fact’ from ‘assumption’ in
              evaluating the empirical quality of psychological research.

Students will demonstrate achievement of the above outcomes through their
individual performance on the following assignments (as specified in the EVAL
CRITERIA and COURSE NOTEBOOK at the Blackboard website): (a) 6 Discussion
Board Forums (DBFs); (b) 3 Mini-Quizzes; and (c) 1 Critical Thinking/Analysis
Brief (see required format in the Course Notebook).


Slife, Brent (2004) TAKING SIDES: Clashing Views on Controversial
Psychological Issues (13th Edition). McGraw Hill (ISBN: 0-07-291717-2).
This newest edition of Taking Sides introduces several relevant and controversial
issues in psychology that reflect various viewpoints. In exploring these issues,
students not only sharpen their critical thinking and analysis skills, but also
become more informed in the practice of psychology.
MBS Direct is the online textbook provider for all Troy University, Florida & Western
Region courses.    Distance Learning students can order textbooks online through MBS
Direct by selecting the After You Register link at Troy’s homepage and following the
links. The MBS Direct Bookstore toll free number is 800-325-3252. Distance Learning
textbooks may differ from other classes, so be careful when ordering!

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:                                  Toll Free BLACKBOARD TECH SUPPORT 1-888-383-6206

      1. Students must have Email capability.

      2. Students must also have Internet access through one of the following
         browsers: Netscape Navigator 4.0 or later, Netscape Communicator 4.0 or
         later or Internet Explorer 4.0 or later.

      3. Students must have either Microsoft WORD or WordPerfect [or any other
         computer software required to successfully complete this course].

      4. Students must have virus protection software, installed and active, to
         prevent the spread of viruses via the Internet and email.

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In addition to assigned textbook readings, Discussion Board Forums in this
Distance Learning course often contain web-articles that students are required to
read, prior to responding to the “24/7” online session. Students are required to
read Virtual Class Notes and cross-compare these with assigned readings to
prepare for Mini-Quizzes.

There are additional web-links to explore in the Course Schedule located at the
end of this syllabus, Virtual Class Notes, and the Web-Articles Handbook that
students use in preparing their Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief.

In all, required additional reading serves the purpose of extending learning past
assigned textbook readings and, as such, is an important element in the
application of critical thinking skills through “RICA” (Reflection, Integration,
Connection, Analysis). Information about the “RICA” process is found at the
Discussion Board and also the online Course Notebook.


The textbook includes additional resources for exploring a topic of interest and
completing the term project, or Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief. Additional
resources are found at the course website, including external Web Links, Web-
Articles Handbook for use with controversial issues in the textbook (located in the
Course Notebook), and the online Troy University Library (see information further
down). Additional reading is always a grand idea, because textbooks provide
only a limited scope of the field. I highly recommend accessing supplemental
reading materials, because these facilitate a greater understanding of topics
discussed in this class.   In fact, you will enhance your Distance Learning
experience, because the more you explore - the more you will learn! ☺


A term project, referred to as a Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief, will constitute a
major research component weighing at 40% of the final grade. For information
about this term project, please carefully review the EVAL CRITERIA link at the
course website, as well as the required format contained in the online Course
Notebook section. If you have any further questions or concerns about this term
project, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or telephone.

Students will have varying degrees of prior knowledge for this course from
previous exposure to other psychology and/or sociology courses. However, PSY
4480 course material is unique in that it provides a wide array of controversial
issues psychological theory and research.

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Participation Component: 6 Discussion Board Forums
(5 points each/maximum 30 points or 30% of final grade)

Discussion Board Forums are completed asynchronously, meaning that you may
log on to the Discussion Board and post your response at any point during the
week (24/7). During the first week of class I will host a voluntary Orientation
Session at the Discussion Board covering readiness for Distance Learning and
student success. Orientation is followed by six (6) weekly “24/7” Discussion
Board Forums which are posted each Monday morning and end the following
Sunday. Therefore, regardless of varying time zones, students have a total of
168 hours each week to post their responses to Forum questions. Students are
evaluated on the quality and depth of their own individual response to all sections
of the Forum, as explained in the Discussion Board Points Summary document
found in the EVAL CRITERIA area of Blackboard. A student who fails to post
their response within the established time is considered “MIA” or “Missing in
Action” for which “0” points apply. DBF extensions will be granted on a case-by-
case basis, providing contact is made via email to request more time. Although
no late points will apply to DBF extensions, a student remains on “MIA” status
until the DBF assignment is accomplished. In the absence of an extension, 1
point is deducted from the DBF score per each week of “MIA” status.

Examination Component:      3 Mini Quizzes
(10 points each/maximum 30 points or 30% of final grade)

There is no midterm or final in this class. Instead, students are required to
complete MINI QUIZZES covering assigned chapters in the textbook. Mini-Quiz
items are randomly selected from a large database of multiple choice questions.
Mini Quizzes are ‘self-paced’ for added flexibility and available until the last week
of classes. Only assigned issues in TAKING SIDES are included in Mini Quizzes
(see Course Schedule in this syllabus).          Please do not take Mini-Quizzes
prematurely.    Instead, be confident and sufficiently prepared by studying
assigned issues in the textbook and cross-comparing these with Virtual Class
Notes prepared by Prof. Linda. Remember, there is only one attempt allowed.

Research Component:     Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief
(40 points maximum or 40% of final grade)

This term project differs significantly from a typical research paper. Students can
review the required format for this project, sample Briefs from prior terms, and
the Web-Article Handbook prepared for Part IV of the Brief by clicking into the
online COURSE NOTEBOOK area at Blackboard. As stated in this syllabus, both
assigned and unassigned issues from the textbook may be selected for the term
project. Please be sure to copy and paste the required format into a folder on
your computer, as points will be taken off for not following the established
grading criteria. After copying and pasting the format, students can begin
drafting responses to Part I, II, III, and IV of the Brief. When sufficiently
satisfied with the quality of your issue analysis, submit the Brief as one document

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via the Digital Drop Box for grading. When in doubt, please direct any questions
about this term project to the instructor.


This web-based course uses ‘eCampus Course Delivery Methodologies’ to present
online textual materials and facilitate interaction among students. The principal
method of instruction is achieved through 6 weekly “24/7” Discussion Board
Forums that correspond to assigned textbook readings and further augmented by
online academic support documents (e.g., web-articles, web-links, Course
Notebook, Virtual Class Notes).

All instructional and academic materials in this Distance Learning course are
accessible via Blackboard course management software. If you are unable to
access Blackboard, please contact the Distance Learning Department for
assistance. Contact information specific to your location or point of enrollment is
provided on Blackboard’s Home Page <>


The majority of interaction between the students and the instructor will be
accomplished via the Communication Center section of Blackboard. This
section contains Email, Student Roster, Student Pages, Discussion Board,
Virtual Chat, and Group Pages. Most of these will be used in the delivery of
this course. We will also use email as another means of communication.
Additional time for group interaction is available at Electronic Office Hours. I am
readily available during the duration of this course for individual appointments
with students to discuss any concerns or to provide guidance on assignments.


Additional resources are found in WEB LINKS. For a listing of websites relative
to all issues in the textbook, Taking Sides, click into the “Web-Articles Handbook”
in the online Course Notebook.
    ■ Taking Sides textbook publisher’s website
       (contains Current News; Book Support; How to Study More Effectively;
       How to Write Better Term Briefs; Conducting Web-Based & Library
       Research; How to Perform Better on Tests; Time Management; and more!).

    ■ Official website of the American Psychological Association
       (go to the SITE MAP for a review of APA resources).

    ■ PSYCH Crawler is an APA-sponsored link that
       indexes the web’s best and provides hyperlinks to numerous resources.

    ■ PSY Web provides many resources (scroll down to
       “Find Anything” and check out “Mind Tools” by James Mankelow).

    ■ PSY Net offers a daily dose of top Psychology media
        headlines that cover a wide array of topics and issues.

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Responses to all Discussion Board Forums must be posted as one document at
the Discussion Board, rather than scattered parts within the session. The
Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief, or term project, is submitted as one document via
the Digital Drop Box (see instructions at Blackboard). In addition, the term
project must follow the format established by the instructor (see required format
in the online Course Notebook).          Mini Quizzes are completed online and
automatically scored by the Blackboard system.

Students can expect to receive feedback in a timely manner, as well as on a
weekly basis during scheduled Discussion Board Forums.                    Except in
circumstances when access to the Internet is obstructed due to technical
difficulties, students can expect a reply to email within a 24 - 48 hour period.


Participation Component: 6 Discussion Board Forums (30 points max)
Assessment:     6 Discussion Board Forums (“24/7” begin Monday & end Sunday)
Review:         Course materials are accessible at the Blackboard course
                website (e.g., syllabus, DBF session, web links, supplemental
                reading materials, Virtual Class Notes (in the Course Notebook
                area), and other academic resources. Additional information is
                available by clicking into Eval Criteria at Blackboard.
Criteria:       The DBF Points Summary document located in Eval Criteria at
                our course website presents a 5 point rating scale that is used
                to evaluate the overall quality of individual student responses
                to each DBF session (5 points each, 30 points max.).

Examination Component: 3 Mini-Quizzes (30 points max)
Assessment:   3 Mini-Quizzes (assigned textbook sections & Virtual Class Notes).
Review:       Mini Quizzes will cover assigned textbook sections, as
              presented in Virtual Class Notes. To access an exam, click into
              Mini Quizzes at the course website. Click into the Course
              Notebook at Blackboard to review Sample Mini Quiz Questions
              and Virtual Class Notes for assigned chapters. Information is
              available by clicking into Eval Criteria at Blackboard.
Criteria:     The Blackboard system automatically scores each Mini-Quiz.
              Each Mini Quiz is comprised of 20 randomized multiple choice
              items, worth ½ point each (10 points each, 30 points max.).

Research Component: Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief (20 points max)
Assessment:  One term project, PSY 4480 Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief.
Review:      The online required format for Briefs that is accessible by
             clicking into the online Course Notebook at our course website.
             Additional information is available by clicking into Eval Criteria
             at Blackboard.

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Criteria:              The Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief, or term project, is
                       evaluated according to the scale provided in the required
                       format document and must be presented as set in the required
                       format (see Course Notebook). The CT/A Brief is comprised of
                       four (4) different sections, worth 10 points each (40 points


Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
            A          90   – 100 points
            B          80   – 89 points
            C          70   – 79 points
            D          60   – 69 points
            F          59   points and below


In addition to interaction via Blackboard and Email contact, students are required
to contact the instructor via Email or telephone BEFORE the beginning of the
course term for an initial briefing. Although physical class meetings are not part
of this course, participation in all interactive, learning activities is required.

Student assignments and student/instructor communications will be conducted
via Blackboard, although students may contact the instructor via telephone and


TROY Distance Learning courses are not self-paced and the instructor has the
right to assign due dates for all assignments and projects. Thus, missing any
part of this schedule, or submitting late assignments, may prevent successful
completion of the course.

An incomplete grade indicates that the student has not completed all of the
assigned class work or has not taken all class examinations, but is otherwise
passing the course. Only the instructor can determine whether an incomplete
grade is justified. It cannot be automatically assigned, but rather must be
requested by the student by submitting to the instructor the Petition for and
Work to Remove an Incomplete Grade form. If the Petition is approved, a
signed copy will be mailed to the student. An "INC" can never be used in lieu of
an "F" nor can an "INC" be assigned because of excessive absences. Incomplete
must be completed not later than the sixth week of the next term of enrollment
or one year -- whichever comes first.

In general, a student should have completed at least 50% of the course work.
However, I will consider requests for an Incomplete on an individual case basis.

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Troy Distance Learning courses are not “self-paced” and the instructor will assign
due dates for all assignments and projects. Thus, missing any part of this
schedule or submitting assignments late, may prevent successful completion of
the course.


Any student whose disabilities fall within ADA must inform the instructor at the
beginning of the term of any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish
the requirements for this course. Students must also provide written proof of
their disability to the instructor. The Director of Adaptive Needs Program can be
reached by writing to: 215 Adams Center, Troy University, Troy, Alabama 36082
or by calling 334-670-3220.          Students who have or may be dealing with a
disability or learning difficulty should inform the instructor and contact the office


In accordance with the Standards of Conduct in the TROY Bulletin, a student or
organization may be disciplined, up to and including expulsion, if deemed in
violation of the STANDARDS OF CONDUCT [see statement below] for the
commission of or the attempt to commit this offense: Dishonesty, such as
cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the university,
faculty, or other officers or employees of the university.


The commission of or the attempt to commit any cheating and/or plagiarism are
in violation of the Standard of Conduct stated in the Troy University – Florida
Region Student Handbook, and may be disciplined up to and including suspension
and expulsion.

Plagiarism is the passing off of the thoughts or works of another as one’s own.
Plagiarism involves giving the impression that a person has thought, written, or
produced something that has, in fact, been borrowed from another. Plagiarism
may result from poor technique of citation or more serious cases as: copying the
work of another person; submitting the work of another person; or closely
paraphrasing a piece of work without due acknowledgement.

                         Questions about plagiarism? Go to


Depending on the circumstances, the penalty imposed for plagiarism may include
warning , resubmission, loss of marks, failure on a particular assignment or
course, or a charge of misconduct to be dealt with by Troy University.

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TROY Florida Region Library services are available both online and at the TROY
Florida Regional Library at 326 Green Acres Rd, Fort Walton Beach. To access
online services and information, go to and select first, Library,
and then FWR Library. For questions or assistance of any sort, email the
Regional Library at or call 850-863-8971 or 800-638-7237.
Staff is available seven days a week to help you find the resources you need.

                                    Hours (Central Time Zone):

                               Monday –Thursday:                  9AM – 8PM
                               Friday & Saturday:                 9AM – 5 PM
                               Sunday:                            1PM – 5PM

Library support services include, but are not limited to: online journals and
academic books; tutorials; Interlibrary Loans of periodicals and books; and a
useful "ASK A LIBRARIAN" link that provides an opportunity for students to ask
questions on a “24/7” basis. I highly recommend that students become familiar
with all Library support services. Below is a brief list of hyperlinked services:

   1   Databases JOURNAL ARTICLES. Indexing, abstracts, and text.
   2   Library Catalog BOOKS. Online catalog for all TU libraries.
   3   Search Engines WWW SITES. Search engines and Internet tools.
   4   Interlibrary Loan Forms ILL FORMS. Request ILL of books and articles.
   5   Information and Help Contacts, guides, citation style, tutorials.
   6   Lists of Journals LISTS. Location and availability of journals.
   7   Bibliographies LISTS. Books available for selected classes.
   8   WWW Links by Subject WWW SITES. Arranged by subject.


At TROY, students are our most valuable commodity. If you have any comments
or questions about this course, please do not hesitate to contact me.

                       To stay organized and on target, print the
                          following PSY 4480 Course Schedule.

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             Dr. Linda Vega-Rodriguez                              PSY 4480

              PSY 4480 COURSE SCHEDULE ■ TERM 1, 2005

                AUGUST 1 (Mon) – OCTOBER 9 (Sun)

             This only provides a brief summary of our 10 weeks together.
            For more detailed information, carefully review all website links.

      The WEB-Article Handbook in the Course Notebook contains resources on
         all issues in the textbook to use for Part IV of the Critical Thinking /
                   Analysis Briefs (and extended learning on DBFs).

                                   DBF = Discussion Board Forum

Week 1: 8/1 – 8/7                                   First Week Orientation Session
Meet at the Discussion Board (attendance is voluntary).
DB Thread 1:       Are You Ready for Distance Learning? (Troy D.L. Survey)
DB Thread 2:       Prof. Linda’s Brief Note on Student Success

Week 2: 8/8 – 8/14                                  Part 1: Biological Issues
DBF 1: Issue 3 (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder / ADHD)
ADHD Self-Test
Are we asking the wrong questions? wrong.html
ADD: Does it really exist? does_add_exist.htm
Reading Assignments (plus Virtual Class Notes):
Issue 1 / Are Humans Naturally Violent?
Issue 3 / Are Genetic Explanations of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Faulty?

Week 3: 8/15 – 8/21                                Part 2: Research Issues
DBF 2: Issue 5 (Milgram’s classic obedience study)
Obedience at all cost
Milgram’s Study
Conformity to Obedience
Reading Assignments (plus Virtual Class Notes):
Issue 4 / Should Animal Research in Psychology be Eliminated?
Issue 5 / Was Stanley Milgram’s Study of Obedience Unethical?

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Week 4: 8/22 – 8/28                            Part 3: Human Development Issues
DBF 3: Issue 7 (working mothers & their children)
Working Mothers
A study of >6,000 children
Reading Assignments (plus Virtual Class Notes):
Issue 7/ Do Mothers Who Work Outside the Home Have a Neg. Effect on Their Children?
Issue 8 / Does the Divorce of Parents Harm Their Children?

Week 5: 8/29 – 9/4                               Part 4: Cognitive Issues
DBF 4: Issue 9 (Gardner’s theory of “multiple intelligences” / MI)
MI theory
Project SUMIT – Using MI Theory
Reading Assignments (plus Virtual Class Notes):
Issue 9 / Should Psychology Adopt a Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

Week 6: 9/5 – 9/11                               Part 6: Treatment Issues
DBF 5: Issue 15 (depression & electroshock therapy / ECT)
Electroshock Convulsive Therapy (see DBF attachment – web link not available)
All About ECT
ECT – by topic area
Reading Assignments (plus Virtual Class Notes):
Issue 14 / Is Treating Homosexuality Ethical and Effective?
Issue 15 / Does Electroshock Treatment (ECT) Cure Depression?

Week 7: 9/12 – 9/18                              Part 7: Social Issues
DBF 6: Issue 16 (media violence & children)
DBF 6 Web-Articles:
Fact Sheet – Children & Media Violence;
Media Violence & Children
Ecological Model of Violence Factors (see DBF attachment – web link not available)
Reading Assignments (plus Virtual Class Notes):
Issue 16 / Is Media Violence Harmful to Children?
Issue 18 / Is Pornography Harmful?

Week 8: 9/19 – 9/25                     Wrap Up Session @ the Discussion Board
Term project Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief due no later than Sept. 25.

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Week 9: 9/26 – 10/2 Catch-Up Week
All late assignments due this week.
Mini-Quizzes must be completed no later than Sept. 30.

Week 10: 10/3 – 10/9
Last Train to Gradesville Leaves this Week!                 ☺

             Notes on the Critical Thinking/Analysis Brief
  This is a professionally written critique of one controversial issue in Taking Sides
  (Slife 2004). Students apply the “RICA” process of critical thinking, as practiced
  during the term in Discussion Board Forums (DBFs). Please note the following:

  ▪   students must use the required format provided by the instructor, since
            it is the criteria for evaluating Briefs on a 40-point system;

        ▪    either assigned or unassigned issues from the textbook may be used;

        ▪    a late submission (without an extension) will be deducted points; and

        ▪    if in doubt, please contact me so that I can clarify instructions.

                                PSY 4480 MINI-QUIZZES
            (10 points maximum for each Mini-Quiz or 30% of the final grade)

Mini-Quizzes are comprised of 20 multiple choice items that are worth half a point
(or .50) each. Items are randomly selected from the PSY 4480 question pool.
There is a 35 minute limit for each Mini-Quiz and only 1 attempt.

Points are deducted for exceeding the time limit.        No Virtual Class Notes,
textbooks, course materials, and other aides are allowed during the quiz. Mini-
Quizzes will only be on assigned issues in Taking Sides, and, for the most part,
based on VIRTUAL CLASS NOTES contained in the Course Notebook. Please
review additional information in the EVAL CRITERIA link at our course website.

Mini Quizzes are listed on the next page.

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Quiz #         Textbook Section, Issue and Topic (review Virtual Class Notes)

    1            Part 1: Biological Issues
                 Issue 1 / Is violence innate?
                 Issue 3 / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

                 Part 2:       Research Issues
              Issue 4 / Animal research & ethics
              Issue 5 / Milgram’s classic obedience study

  2              Part 3:       Human Development Issues
                Issue 7 / Working mothers & their children
                Issue 8 / The effects of divorce on children

                 Part 4:       Cognitive Issues
                Issues 9 / Gardner’s theory of “Multiple Intelligences” (MI)


3               Part 6:       Treatment Issues
                Issue 14 / Using Conversion Therapy to cure homosexuality
                Issue 15 / Using Electroshock Therapy (ECT) to cure depression

                 Part 7:        Social Issues
                Issue 16 / How media violence affects children
                Issue 17 / Is pornography harmful?

                  If we fail to teach students to examine data critically,
               looking for points both favoring and opposing hypotheses,
                      we are selling our youth short and mortgaging
                            the future of scientific inquiry itself.

               Mills, L.B. (1993) 'Origin of Life Evolution in Biology Textbooks:
                     A Critique. The American Biology Teacher, 55(2):83.

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