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Last approved: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:52:13 GMT

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Writing Intensive

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Spring 2017

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Sociology (SOCIOL)
Social Psychology - Writing Intensive
Survey of theories and research concerned with the ways in which individuals construct social situations and are affected by them. Topics covered include self-identities, social influence, personal relationships, prejudice and discrimination.
Behavioral Science
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303 Middlebush

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Writing Intensive Course Information

Social Psychology is the scientific study of the causes of social behavior. It is related to sociology--the scientific study of human society--and psychology--the scientific study of individual behavior. The core concerns of social psychology include the impact of individuals on each other and on group behavior as well as the impact of groups on individuals, as viewed in the context of the larger society.
No changes since last offering. However, I am working with ET@MO and Mizzou Online to make extensive revisions in the course that will take effect some time in the Spring semester. Once those changes have all been approved I will apply for WI status for that different section of the online course. Note that, since Mizzou Online self-paced courses have a rolling schedule, this new section can come online once it is approved.
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Writing Intensive Assignments

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This is a revision of the course you approved several times in the past. This new version now uses a less expensive and more readable text and modified assignments. Some of the earlier assignments have been retained and others replaced with new versions. The writing aspects are much the same as before. There are 10 writing assignments for credit. Each involves a short essay of 2 pages. Students submit the assignments using SAGrader which automatically grades them and gives them immediate detailed feedback with suggestions for improving their work. Students are permitted to revise assignments as often as they want until they are satisfied with their work. They usually revise an average of 2 or 3 times, sometimes more. Once it is final, then indicate that in the program and this informs the instructor Dr. Brent who reviews the final grade and makes any necessary changes. Typically there are no changes in grade. Occasionally the program misses something they did correctly and the program is modified to detect that variation and their grade improves. Very rarely it may become obvious the student plagiarized or something equally dire and then their grade will be adjusted accordingly. For five of the more complex assignments a paper length of 2 pages is required. For these assignments students will use SAGrader feedback to revise and resubmit their assignment as often as they like until they are satisfied with the SAGrader score for content. They will then indicate when they have submitted their final version in the program and this informs the instructor Dr. Brent who reviews all final submissions and makes any necessary changes in the grade and provides feedback to the student. For these five assignments Dr. Brent will also provide students with feedback regarding content, organization, and writing. After that feedback students will be required to submit a single final version of the assignment which is then graded by SAGrader for content and subsequently graded by Dr. Brent for content, organization, and writing. This means students will have 5 assignments for which they submit 10 pages of first draft and 10 pages of final draft, both reviewed by the instructor for content, organization, and writing. Students also have two written tests with short answer questions. One they take under supervision and one they submit to SAGrader. They can only submit those one time. For the SAGrader case, their scores are reviewed and adjusted if necessary by Dr. Brent. The supervised exam is graded by Dr. Brent. These total about 3 pages of writing for each test. You can look at the submitted instructor's manual to see the writing assignments are sometimes quite ambitious and involve reading and interpreting specific examples of text.
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Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
The SAGrader program also provides immediate detailed personalized feedback to students regarding whether their writing successfully demonstrates knowledge and understanding of various substantive learning objectives.
Usually students read a text passage and are asked to interpret it using concepts, theories, and findings from the course. For example, one assignment begins as follows:"Read the following two descriptions of a meeting between a college student and an adviser. Use concepts from this chapter to try to understand the attributions the student makes to the professor and the attributions the professor makes to the student. Be sure to define those concepts and identify what part of the examples illustrates them. Notice that in one case the student and adviser seem to do things right while in the other case they do not. What strategies did the student or instructor in the second example use to make the interaction turn out more favorably?
This is a self-paced online course so it occurs on the student's own schedule. Each assignment involves writing and there are two tests, one supervised and one submitted through SAGrader. If the supervised test is considered "in-class" then 80% of the grade comes from out of class writing.

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All of the syllabus information is available on Mizzou Online for this course. I presume by "considered for funding" you mean it should be given the normal funding associated with WI courses based on enrollment as described in the Mizzou Online materials for self-paced online courses.
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:49:41 GMT): I have added SOCIOL 3310W, 01 - Mizzou online-Self Pce, for the Spring 2017 schedule of classes and cancelled the regular Mizzou Online Self pace section SOCIOL 3310, 03 for Spring 2017
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