PSY 3960 Behavior Analysis and Minority Issues
Spring 2014
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PSY 3960 Behavior Analysis and Minorities Issues Spring 2014 Syllabus

  1. 1. PSY 3960 Behavior Analysis and Minority Issues Spring 2014 Meeting time: 3:30pm- 4:45pm M & W Office: Wood 2536 Location: Sangren 4310 Phone: (313) 212-4218 Instructor: Richard W. Malott, Ph.D., BCBA-D Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2-3pm System Managers: Gina Cross, B.S. & Gaige Johnson, B.A. Co-Instructor(s):Justin Moore, M.S., & Brian Molina Teaching Assistant: Erin McCarver Email: gaige.johnson@gmail.com; gina.d.cross@wmich.edu; Justin.a.moore@wmich.edu; brian.n.molina@wmich.edu COURSE OBJECTIVES This course is designed to expose you to a behavior analytic view on relevant minority issues. Empirical articles and findings will be assigned to promote and encourage the development of a critical analysis of minority issues utilizing a behavior analytic framework. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the importance of diversity in the field of behavior analysis, apply the fundamental principles of behavior to devise empirically objective solutions for minority issues that affect society, and combat misconceptions related to minority groups in America. COURSE ORGANIZATION This seminar will follow a mixed discussion and lecture format. Within-class assignments may also be scheduled periodically. The lecture will provide a review of main concepts, and give you an opportunity to ask any clarification questions. In-class discussions are designed to give you a deeper understanding of the material, critically evaluate the material, and allow you learn from each other. During discussions, all opinions will be welcomed. Please be respectful of others in the class. COURSE TEXT & MATERIALS o Skinner, B. F. (1974). About behaviorism. New York: Knopf; [distributed by Random House. o Wise, T. (2011). White like me: reflections on race from a privileged son. Soft Skull Press. o Tough, P. (2008). Whatever it takes: Geoffrey Canada's quest to change Harlem and America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. O Selected articles and chapters ATTENDANCE Class attendance is required. Should you have to miss a class, please contact one of the instructors of this course in advance.Two participation points will be deducted for every five minutes you are late.
  2. 2. EXPECTATION PAPER You will be required to submit a one to two page expectation paper that explains your learning expectations for the course. 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. REFLECTION PAPERS You will be required to submit a one to two page reflection papersfor all of the assigned readings for each class. 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. INDIVIDUAL READINESS EXAMS You will be required to take an individual readiness exam (IRE) every class to ensure that you have read the required readings. These exams will be short and will require you to apply the information you read to everyday experiences.Exams will be worth 20 points each, and you will have the opportunity to drop your two (2) lowest exam grades. There are no make-up exams.Please note that attendance will not always be taken, so the completion of your exam during class time will confirm your attendance. PRESENTATIONS You will be responsible for preparing two individual class presentations (midterm and final)that will cover a topic of your choice. Your midterm presentations should be at least 15 minutes in length, and illustrate your understanding of your individual topic. Prior to presenting to the class, you must submit your midterm presentation to a peer reviewer (Teaching Assistant) for feedback. Your final presentations should be 20 minutes in length, and should illustrate your understanding onhow to apply behavioral principles to your chosen topic. Please review the following guidelines for presentations. You are responsible for knowing the contents of this syllabus: o 1/22/14 Midterm topics should be submitted via e-learning o 1/26/14 Midterm Topics & Feedback will be returned o 2/12/14 Midterm Presentations begin o 3/10/14 Proposed behavioral intervention should be submitted via e-learning o 3/16/14 Proposed behavioral intervention feedback returned o TBA Final Presentations Begin GRADING POLICY Your grades will be posted online in E-learning every Friday at five. You are encouraged to keep 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 Individual Readiness Exams To use the matrix below, take your lowest percentage in either Participation or Homework and find it on the top row. Then, find your quiz percentage on the left hand column and then look for the letter grade that intersects between the two percentages on the matrix. This is your final grade in the course
  3. 3. Individual Readiness Exam Grade 92 87 82 77 72 67 62 <61 Category Homework Individual Readiness Exam Participation 92 A BA B CB C DC D E Participation/Attendance & Homework 87 82 77 72 67 62 <61 BA B CB C DC D E B CB C DC D E BC C DC D E C DC D E DC D E D E E Point Breakdown Subcategory Expectation Paper Reflection Papers Midterm Topic Proposal Midterm Project Behavioral Intervention Proposal Final Project Peer Review Assignment Points 20 points 15 points per week 30 points 100 points 30 points 100 points 20 Points 20 points per exam 15 points per class OPTIONAL ACTIVITY POINTS (OAPS) You can earn OAPs for optional alternate activities of academic value that are scheduled outside of the regular classes. These points can count towards missed quizzes, absences and missed homework 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 populations ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT As you know, WMU cannot tolerate academic misconduct. We expect students to be honest and act with integrity. You should read the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate Catalog that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can be
  4. 4. found at www.www.wmich.edu/catalog under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] 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 are uncertain 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, assignment or test, copying someone else’s assignment or test answers, using unauthorized notes during tests, or copying text from sources without citing them (plagiarism) are all considered cheating. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN EDUCATION We are committed to equal opportunity in education for all students, including those with documented physical or learning disabilities. If you have a disability please contact me during the 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 of the Disabled Student Resources and Services office to formulate a written plan for appropriate accommodations. RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES We are dedicated to maintaining the rights of students to observe religious holidays. If you need to miss a class to observe a religious holiday, I request that you contact me a week in advance to discuss any arrangements. CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE We want this class to be a place that is conducive to learning. Thus, we ask that you please be respectful and courteous to the instructors and your classmates. Also, please do not create unnecessary distractions in class that will disturb other students, such as talking loudly (keep voices to a whisper), leaving your seat unnecessarily, or using your cell phone during class. Please silence your cell phone before class begins. Date Assignments Due/Readings Quizzes 1/8/14 (W)  Syllabus 1/13/14 (M)  Chapters 1-2 of About Behaviorism Hayes &Toarmino (1995)   Sulzer-Azeroff (1997) Chapters 3-4 of About Behaviorism Forehand &Kotchkick (1996)   1/15/14 (W) Parenting & Early Interventions    Important Reminders   IRE #1 Quiz over Syllabus Expectation Paper due IRE #2 Don’t forget to read over the syllabus because you will have a quiz over it on Monday!
  5. 5. 1/20/14 (M) NO CLASS (MLK Day) 1/22/14 (W) Education   1/27/14 (M)  1/29/14 (W) 2/3/14 (M) 2/5/14 (W) 2/10/14 (M) 2/12/14 (W) 2/17/14 (M) 2/19/14 (W) 2/24/14 (M) Social Issues 2/26/14 (W)        Hart &Risley (1975) Kauffman et al. (2008) Whatever It Takes (1 &2) Whatever It Takes (3 & 4) Mimio Case Study Johnson &Layng Leon, et.al (2011) Layng&Layng (2012) Whatever It Takes ( 5, 6 &7)   IRE #3 Reflection Paper   Reflection Paper IRE # 4   Reflection Paper IRE # 5   IRE #6 Reflection Paper Whatever It Takes (Chapters 8 & 9) Whatever it Takes (Chapters 10 & 11)    IRE #7 Reflection Paper Reflection Paper Don’t forget midterm topics are due today! Midterm Presentations Midterm Presentations Midterm Presentations    Steele (1995) White Like Me (Chapters 1 &2) White Like Me (Chapter 3)   Reflection Paper IRE #8  Reflection Paper Spring Break (3/3/14-3/7/14) 3/10/14 (M)  White Like Me (Chapters 4& 5)   Reflection Paper Social Issues Lecture (part one) 3/12/14 (W)  White Like Me (Chapter 6)   3/17/14 (M)   Sue (1983) White Like Me (Chapters 7 & 8)   Reflection Paper Social Issues Lecture (part two) Reflection Paper IRE #9 3/19/14 (W)  White Like Me (Chapter 9) Bolling (2002) Malott (2007) White Like Me (Chapter 10)   IRE #10 Reflection Paper   IRE #11 Reflection Paper 3/24/14 (M) 3/26/14    Panel Discussion  Don’t forget to submit proposed behavioral intervention for final presentation on E-Learning today!
  6. 6. (W) 3/31/14 (M) 4/2/14 (W) 4/7/14 (M) 4/9/14 (W) 4/14/14 (M) 4/16/12 (W) 4/21-4/25 Final Presentations Final Presentations Final Presentations Final Presentations “White Like Me” Movie Ethics Discussion Final Exam Week

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