PSY 5970 Behavior Analysis and Minority Issues Spring 2013Meeting time: 3:30pm- 4:45pm M & W Office: TBALocation: Brown 3048 Phone: (248) 376-7800Instructor(s): Gina Cross, B.S., Richard W. Malott, Office Hours: By appointmentPh.D., BCBA-DCo-Instructor(s): Carmelita Foster,M.S.&TomeshaManora, M.S.Teaching Assistant: Laura DondersEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.orgCOURSE OBJECTIVESThis course is designed to expose you to a behavior analytic view of relevant minority issues.Empirical articles and findings will be assigned to promote and encourage the development of acritical analysis of minority issues utilizing a behavior analytic framework. Upon completion ofthis course, students will be able to explain the importance of diversity in the field of behavioranalysis, apply the fundamental principles of behavior to devise empirically objective solutionsfor minority issues that affect society, and combat misconceptions related to minority groups inAmerica.COURSE ORGANIZATIONThis seminar will follow a mixed discussion and lecture format. Within-class assignments mayalso be scheduled periodically. The lecture will provide a review of main concepts, and give youan opportunity to ask any clarification questions. In-class discussions are designed to give you adeeper understanding of the material, critically evaluate the material, and allow you learn fromeach other. During discussions, all opinions will be welcomed. Please be respectful of others inthe class.COURSE TEXT & MATERIALS o Hart, B., &Risley, T. R. (1995). Meaningful differences in the everyday experience of young American children. Baltimore: P.H. Brookes. o Skinner, B. F. (1974). About behaviorism. New York: Knopf; [distributed by Random House. o Tough, P. (2008). Whatever it takes: Geoffrey Canadas quest to change Harlem and America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. O Selected articles and chaptersATTENDANCEClass attendance is required. Should you have to miss a class, please contact one of theinstructors of this course in advance.Two participation points will be deducted for every fiveminutes you are late.DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
You will be required to create twodiscussion questions for the readings that will be discussedduring each class. These questions are to be submitted by the start of each class (Monday at3:30pm and Wednesday at 3:30pm) on e-learning and are to be brought to each class. Fivehomework points will be deducted each day the assignment is late.REFLECTION PAPERSYou will be required to submit a one page reflection paper regarding the required chapters fromPaul Tough’s “Whatever it takes: Geoffrey Canada’s quest to change Harlem and America”.These papers are to be submitted by the start of each class and are to be brought to each class.Five homework points will be deducted each day the assignment is late.QUIZZESYou will be required to take a quiz every class to ensure that you have read the requiredreadings. Quizzes will be worth 10 points each, and you will have the opportunity to drop yourtwo (2) lowest quiz grades. There are no make-up quizzes.Please note that attendance will notalways be taken, so the completion of your quiz during class time will confirm yourattendance.PRESENTATIONSYou will be responsible for preparing one individual class presentation and one grouppresentation that will cover a topic of your choice. Your individual presentations should be 15minutes in length, and illustrate your understanding of your individual topic. Prior to presentingto the class, you must send your individual presentation to a peer reviewer for feedback. Yourgroup presentations should be 45 minutes in length, and should illustrate your understanding ofyour group topic. Please review the following guidelines for presentations. You are responsiblefor knowing the contents of this syllabus: o 1/21/13 Individual topics should be submitted via e-learning o 1/24/13 Individual Topics & Feedback will be returned & Peer reviewers assigned Note: Due by 11:59 P.M. o 2/4/13 Individual Presentations begin o 3/11/13 Group Presentation topics should be submitted via e-learning o 3/18/13 Group Presentation Topics and Feedback returned o 4/15/13 Group Presentations BeginGRADING POLICYYour grades will be posted online in E-learning every Friday at three. You are encouraged tokeep track of your scores.To obtain an “A” in the course, you must earn a 92% or better in the following categories: Participation/Attendance Homework Quizzes Summary PapersTo use the matrix below, take your lowest percentage in either Participation or Homework andfind it on the top row. Then, find your quiz percentage on the left hand column and then look forthe letter grade that intersects between the two percentages on the matrix. This is your final grade
in the course. Participation/Attendance & Homework Grade 92 87 82 77 72 67 62 <61 92 A BA B CB C DC D E 87 BA B CB C DC D E 82 B BC C DC D E Quizzes 77 CB C DC D E 72 C DC D E 67 DC D E 62 D E <61 E Point Breakdown Category Subcategory Points Reflection Papers Discussion Questions 15 points per week Homework Individual Project 100 points Group Project 100 points Peer Review Assignment 20 Points Quizzes +10 points per quiz Participation 15 points per weekOPTIONAL ACTIVITY POINTS (OAPS)You can earn OAPs for optional alternate activities of academic value that are scheduled outsideof the regular classes. These points can count towards missed quizzes, absences and missedhomework assignments.Optional Alternate Activities could include: Writing reaction papers based on conferences or colloquia attended Participating in research projects Watching movies or reading books and additional articles related to the course Community Service with minority populationsACADEMIC MISCONDUCTAs you know, WMU cannot tolerate academic misconduct. We expect students to be honest andact with integrity. You should read the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate Catalog thatpertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification andforgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can befound at www.www.wmich.edu/catalog under Academic Policies, Student Rights andResponsibilities.] If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty,you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You should consult with me if you areuncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.Turning in someone else’s homework as your own, doing someone else’s homework, assignmentor test, copying someone else’s assignment or test answers, using unauthorized notes duringtests, or copying text from sources without citing them (plagiarism) are all considered cheating.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN EDUCATIONWe are committed to equal opportunity in education for all students, including those withdocumented physical or learning disabilities. If you have a disability please contact me duringthe first week of class to discuss appropriate accommodations to ensure equity in grading,classroom experiences, and assignments. If necessary, I will meet with you and staff members ofthe Disabled Student Resources and Services office to formulate a written plan for appropriateaccommodations.RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCESWe are dedicated to maintaining the rights of students to observe religious holidays. If you needto miss a class to observe a religious holiday, I request that you contact me a week in advance todiscuss any arrangements.CLASSROOM ETIQUETTEWe want this class to be a place that is conducive to learning. Thus, we ask that you please berespectful and courteous to the instructors and your classmates. Also, please do not createunnecessary distractions in class that will disturb other students, such as talking loudly (keepvoices to a whisper), leaving your seat unnecessarily, or using your cell phone during class.Turn your cell phone off before class begins. Date Assignments Quizzes Important Due/Readings Reminders 1/7/13 Syllabus Don’t forget to (M) read over the syllabus because you will have a quiz over it on Wednesday! 1/9/13 Chapters 1-2 of About Quiz over the (W) Behaviorism Syllabus and Ch. Hayes &Toarmino 1&2 (1995) 1/14/13 Chapters 3-4 About Quiz over Ch. 3-4 (M) Behaviorism 1/16/13 Expectation (W) Paper 1/21/13 NO CLASS (MLK (M) DAY) 1/23 Forehand &Kotchkick Quiz (W) (1996)Parenting & Early Sulzer&Azeroff (1997) Interventions 1/28 Hart &Risley (1975) Quiz (M) Kauffman et al. (2008)Parenting & Early Interventions/ Education 1/30/13 King et al., (1975) Quiz (W) Rimes & Mable (1997) Education
2/4/13 Podcasts (M) 2/6/13 Whatever it Takes (1-3) Quiz and (W) Summary Paper 2/11/13 Individual Presentations (M) 2/13/13 Whatever it Takes (4-6) Quiz and (W) Summary Paper 2/18/13 Whatever it Takes (7-9) Quiz and (M) Summary Paper 2/20/13 Whatever it takes (10- Quiz and (W) 11) Summary Paper 2/25/13 Steele (1995) Quiz (M) 2/27/13 B.M. Book Ch. 7 Quiz and (W) Summary Paper 3/4-3/8 SPRING BREAK 3/11/13 Sue (1983) Quiz (M)Social Issues 3/13/13 Maheady et al. (1983) Quiz (W) Bolling (2002) 3/18/13 Malott (2007) Quiz (M) 3/20/13 Ch. 6 Peter Lamal Book Quiz (W) 3/25/13 Iwamasa (1996) Quiz (M) Iwamasa (1997) 3/27/13 Panel Discussion (W) 4/1/13 Ms. Evers Boys (M) 4/3/13 Ms. Evers Boys Quiz on Ms. (W) Evers Boys 4/8/13 Preparation for Group Projects (M) 4/10/13 Preparation for Group Projects (W) 4/15/13 Group Presentations (M) 4/17/13 Group Presentations 4/22-4/26 Final Exam Week