Psychobiology of Women
General Course Information
The course reader can be purchased from EZ Copy N Print, 4336 University Way NE. The reader includes all readings for lecture as well as all readings on discussion topics which are to be read by all students in the class. The reader will be available for purchase no later than October 3. These readings can also be found on the course Commonview page.
Readings related to the various discussion topics and not assigned for the entire class can only be accessed through the course Catalyst Commonview.
If you have access to a course reader from Fall 2016 or Spring 2017, you can use it. One article (McClintock & Herdt) has been moved from the Sex Drive/Sex Behavior section of the old readers to the section on Puberty and Adolescence in the current reader. And there are 3 readings at the end of the Spring 2017 reader that are not being used this quarter. Older readers may be used but they may contain readings no longer in use and be missing some more recently added readings. You will have to carefully compare the reader from a past quarter to the current reading list to determine what readings are relevant now and what needs to be added. Missing articles can be found on the course Commonview.
Resources for Students
We will be using the Top Hat classroom response system in lecture this quarter. You MUST have a Top Hat account and be enrolled in this course through Top Hat.
To get a Top Hat account, go to: tophat.com. You will need to pay a subscription fee of $24 for the quarter (4 month subscription). When registering, you will be asked for the join code for this course. The join code is 147484.
Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:20, Kane 220 (Prof. Kenney)
AA Thursday, 1:30-2:20, SWS 038 (Megan Ramaiya)
AB Thursday, 2:30-3:20, SWS 038 (Megan Ramaiya)
AC Friday, 8:30-9:20, MUE 154 (Yiyu Tian)
AD Friday, 9:30-10:20, MUE 154 (Yiyu Tian)
AE Friday, 10:30-11:20, SAV 137 (Liz Bird )
AF Friday, 11:30-12:20, SAV 162 (Liz Bird)
You may choose to
complete this course through a service-learning option. This option is
designed to help students directly connect course information to real-world
situations. Students selecting this option will be asked to select a placement
site related to women's health or service from a list designed by the
Carlson Leadership and Service Center specifically for this course. Once
you have selected your site, you must attend an orientation at that site
(check site description for the time and day of the orientation) and spend
20-40 hours during the quarter at the placement site. On site you may
be involved in a variety of activities from interacting with preschoolers
to spending time with the elderly; from joining a group of teens in a
run to serving dinner at a shelter for homeless individuals. The specific
tasks involved in each placement are indicated on the list of sites for
this course. You can find that list at:
For additional information about Service Learning duties and benefits, go to the Service Learning page.
The grade benefits of opting for Service Learning are discussed below.
Service Learning Tutors:
Course Grades - All Students (including students selecting the Service-Learning Option)
Course grades will be based on the percent correct out of the total possible points on the three exams - two midterms and the final, the Top-Hat based Quick Quiz Questions and Survey Responses, and from quiz section-related activities. Each of the 3 exams will be worth 60 points, for a total of 180 points. There will be 16 Quick Quiz Questions each worth 1 point, for a total of 16 points. There will be a number of opportunities to points related to in-lecture survery questions (0.5 points each for up to 6 total points or 12 survey questions), Another 66 points are attached to quiz section activities (see below). So the total possible points for the course will be 268. (Students taking advantage of the Service Learning option for this course receive an additional grading bonus as described below)
Course points will be converted to a course grade with 96% = 4.0, 95% = 3.9, 93% = 3.7, 83% = 2.7, 73% = 1.7, 63% = 0.7, etc. The course grade declines by 0.1 grade point for each 1% below 96%. If the total number of points earned is less than or equal to 62% of the total possible points, you will receive a grade of 0.0 for the course. A chart converting individual test points and cumulative course points to grade points can be found on the Current Exams page.
Service-Learning Bonus Points:
Papers and Discussion Leader:
The best way to learn course material is to attend lecture and discussion sections regularly. Indeed, we have evidence that in-class participation in lecture and discussions is related to significantly higher course grades. Some types of course credit such as Quick Quiz Questions, Survey question responses, Discussion Participation, and Leadership points require your presence in the classroom. If you must miss class for any reason, please talk with your TA as soon as possible to determine whether your absence will be considered "excused." If your absence from lecture or quiz section is excused, you may be permitted to make up missed points and your TA will tell you how to do so. Note: Making up points related to co-leading the discussion of your topic in quiz sections is extremely unlikely so avoid missing that class if at all possible.
Contact the instructor at: firstname.lastname@example.org