50617

50617
SPED 346 Survey of Exceptionalities
Welcome!
I am excited about this new semester and the additional students that I will meet over
the Internet. I encourage you to view the syllabus and the Units to know the class
content, quizzes, discussions, essays and course requirements. You should go ahead
and begin the first assignment. Go to week 1. I will be responding to questions sent to
my email ([email protected]). Notice: Online versions of this course have the
same requirements regardless of the semester offered. I reserve the right to add to or
change this syllabus.
Instructor: William G Masten, Ph.D.
Office Location: Henderson Hall # 209
Office Hours: As this is an online course, office hours will be by appointment
only. Please feel free to contact me (preferably by e-mail) to schedule an appointment.
Phone: (903) 903 886-5596
Office Fax: (903) 886-5510
Email Address: [email protected] (preferred method of contact)
Responses to emails will be made Monday through Friday within 48 hours unless outof-office notification has been provided. Please note I will not guarantee response to
Virtual Office posts or emails during weekends, holidays, or in the evenings. If you have
any questions or need clarifications on any aspect of the course, please post early in
the week.
Office Hours: office hours will be by appointment. Please feel free to contact me
(preferably by e-mail) to schedule an appointment.
Technical Troubles
If you need help, first send a message to technical support. If your problem cannot be
solved there, phone for technical support for further clarification. If that does not work,
send an email message to me. From time to time Ecollege may not work. When this
happens, be sure to notify me.
Academic Misconduct
If I detect academic misconduct, you may automatically FAIL this course. Everything
you do in this course is done without the aid of others, except the Writing Lab. You may
not have aid on essays or quizzes. You may not books, notes or other help on the
quizzes.
Honesty and Plagiarism:
As an Internet class and there may be an opportunity to cheat (share exams, or perform
other acts of academic dishonesty). Unless otherwise indicated, all of your work is
completed independently. If you are suspected of academic dishonesty, you may be
referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary actions. I need to emphasize that there
is the assumption that answers to Dropbox essays are your own. I welcome and
encourage you to use the journal articles, and books. However, avoid independent
websites that are not journal articles as resources to completing the Dropbox essays.
You must provide a reference for every Dropbox essay. A simple statement such as
"references included" will not be sufficient. No one cares if you get an idea from
someone as long as you credit the source. Do not use sources without crediting the
source. Another person’s idea used without a reference is plagiarism.
Plagiarism
Instructors do not tolerate plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Students
are expected to uphold and support the highest academic standards. Penalties for
students guilty of academic dishonesty are listed in the Student Code of Conduct
(Texas A&M University-Commerce Code of Student Conduct). If it is determined, you
committed plagiarism or cheating will get you an F in this course.
Plagiarism is a complicated issue
1. If you use a direct quote without using quotation marks, the page number of the quote
and the authors name and year of publication, this is definitely plagiarism. 2. Using
someone’s idea without crediting the source is plagiarism. This includes information
from our textbook. 3. Using an essay you have used before is plagiarism. 4. Using a
paper from a “paper mill” is plagiarism (i.e. term_papers_are_us.com). 5. Using a paper
or essay someone wrote for you is plagiarism. Using a paper or essay for 2 courses is
plagiarism. You may not open or use another student’s files.
How to avoiding plagiarism
1) Always cite the source. 2) Never use direct quotes. 3) You may not open or use
another student’s files.
Cheating
is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an
examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, unauthorized copying
of computer or Internet files, using someone else’s work for the assignments and
presenting it as if it were one’s own, coping test items, printing test items or saving test
items, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.
You may not open, view, download, save or use another student’s files or your work
from another course. If you do this is cheating and will fail this course.
Collusion
is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty,
including but not limited to, providing a paper or project to another student; providing an
inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an
examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, or allowing a classmate
to copy answers.
On the use of direct quotes
Do not copy direct quotes from any source. Any use of direct quotes in a Dropbox essay
will gain the user a grade of 0.
The virtual office
is open for your use. You may ask any questions about the course. I will answer the
questions so everyone may see the answers. This should save you time and prevent
more than one student from asking the same question.
People First Language
In special education, general education, and psychology, it is important to refer to
individuals who have a disability (or a D.S.M. diagnosis) in “people first” language as
described in the federal special education law, I.D.E.A. 2004. We do this to focus on the
individual first, not the disability. Always refer to the person first, and the disability
second. For example, you would not discuss a person as “an A.D.H.D. student,” but
refer to them as “a student with A.D.H.D.”
Diagnosis in Special Education
We will follow the federal special education law IDEA 2004, to guide our use of use of
the various diagnoses in special education. Some individuals do not like this however, I
did not write the law! We will follow IDEA to avoid confusion. For example, I.D.E.A. used
autism, not autism spectrum disorder.
Required assignments
Read and learn all assigned chapters, study all documents under doc sharing, complete
all assignments, Dropbox essays and quizzes under specific units.
Discussions, Dropbox essays, and quizzes. Always refer to the units to know the due
dates.
The quizzes
There will be a number of quizzes; the first one will be on A.P.A. style and the syllabus.
The others on the textbook, PowerPoint and documents in doc sharing. All the quizzes
will have multiple-choice questions. The quizzes must be taken at the time designated,
not before, not after (Ecollege does not have the flexibility for students to take a quiz on
different dates). At 11:00 pm on the quiz day, your ability to access the quiz will end.
After you take a quiz, you will receive your score. The items are not provided because
the quiz has not been designed to be a learning experience. Rather, they as designed
to measure learning. If you want a learning activity, make up questions before you begin
reading a chapter, go to the textbook web site, or use the study guide. The textbook
website and the study guide may have practice quizzes to measure learning. If you
attempt to copy or print any items of the quiz, this is cheating and it is a violation of
copyright. I will set up the quizzes to determine which students do this.
Late quiz
If you miss a quiz for reasonable reason, or lose the internet during the quiz and wish to
complete it, notify me on the day of the quiz and I will arrange things for you.
Study tips
Reading the assigned chapters, documents and PowerPoint presentations are crucial to
academic success in this class.
Finding the Assignments
Where is Assignment? Look under Course Home and you will see Week 1. Hit Week 1.
Hit the "Assignment" tab. There will be a “drop down menu” then scroll to the
appropriate Assignments. Assignment demarcations will obviously change with the
assignment numbers, such as Assignment for weeks 2, 3, 4, etc. If you need help, first
phone call to technical support may be necessary for further clarification. From time to
time Ecollege may not work. When this happens, be sure to notify me, explain the
problem, the time, and date of the problem
Various assignments
In this course, there are a number of activities such as Dropbox Essays, Discussions
and Quizzes. The criteria for scoring the Dropbox Essays is below. The criteria for
scoring the Discussions is found under Discussion. It is very simple, respond to another
student and give your opinion. The quizzes are multiple choice.
Dropbox Essays
Example format for Dropbox Essays
Your name, Sped 346
Week(s) number and the question (or questions)
Your essay for the question (at least 200 words per question)
References
(At least 2 per question)
(If there is more than 1 essay question due in a week, put the question and the second
essay here in 1 file)
Criteria for Dropbox Essays
Each essay should have at least 200 words and at least 2 references.
Type your Dropbox Essays in MS Word and use the spellcheck. Do not use websites
from the Internet. Use of websites = 0. Use only journal articles and books. Two or three
sentences do not constitute an essay.
On the use of direct or verbatim quotes
Do not cut and paste direct quotes from a book or an article (unless you want a 0). Put
the answers in your own words and credit the source (use A.P.A. style:
http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm).
On the use of websites
Do not use websites for a reference. No use of Psychology Today, or Ladies Home
Journal type popular magazines or websites, blogs, dissertations, theses, Facebook,
etc. to answer Dropbox Essays. Use of these = 0. Use only journal articles and books.
Questions
Is it ok to submit an outline instead of an essay?
Answer: No, no outlines, outlines = 0. Always submit a written Dropbox essay, not an
outline.
What are the expectations for the Dropbox essays? The questions should be answered
completely, accurately and in the greatest detail possible for the highest score.
On the use of abbreviated English or slang
When you write your essays, avoid short hand English (i.e. R for are, U for you, cant for
cannot, 5 mth for five months) or slang. This is fine in email messages or text messages
to your friends, but not in a formal Dropbox Essays where you are graded. Think of
these essays, as formal essays that you would type on white paper and hand in if this
were a face-to-face course.
Screen shots
Screen shots will not be accepted.
Grading of Dropbox Essays
If you go the extra mile on every Dropbox Essays, you will be rewarded. If you have
everything “down pat” from the book, documents, PowerPoint, videos, etc. you will gain
a higher score on the quizzes. Each time you post a Dropbox Essays, copy and paste
the question. In this way, everyone will know which question you are answering. Always
save the essay on your hard drive just in case you lose the essay in Ecollege. Each one
of the Dropbox Essays has been designed to enhance your skills and abilities in various
areas which correspond to the course objectives. I may make comments on the
Dropbox Essays. No use of dissertations or theses as references in essays.
Look for comments if you receive fewer points than you think you deserve.
Dropbox Essay Scoring Criteria or Rubric
Essay Score = 100%-95%.
This essay is a highly effective response to the assignment, no errors were noticed, has
more than 1 reference. It has the following additional characteristics:
• Good organization and overall coherence.
• Clear explanation and/or illustration of main ideas.
• Variety of sentence syntax.
• Facility in language usage.
• Complete freedom from mechanical mistakes.
• No Errors in word usage and sentence structure.
Essay Score = 90%-94%.
This essay shows competence in responding to the assigned topic but may have minor
errors, has 1 reference. It has the following additional characteristics:
• Competent organization and general coherence.
• Fairly clear explanation and/or illustration of main ideas.
• Some variety of sentence syntax.
• Facility in language usage
• General freedom from mechanical errors.
• Minor errors in word usage and sentence structure.
Essay Score = 89%-80%
This essay displays competence in response to the assignment, has 1 reference. It has
the following additional characteristics:
• Adequate organization and development.
• Explanation and illustration of some key ideas.
• Adequate language usage.
• Some mechanical but inconsistent errors and
• Mistakes in usage or sentence structure.
Essay Score = 79%-70%
This essay shows some competence but is plainly flawed, has 1 reference. Additionally,
it has the following characteristics:
• Inadequate organization or incomplete development.
• Inadequate explanation or illustration of main ideas.
• A pattern of mechanical mistakes or errors in usage and sentence structure.
Essay Score = 69%-60%
This essay shows limited competence and is severely flawed. Additionally, it has the
following characteristics:
• Poor organization and general lack of development.
• Little or no supporting detail.
• Serious mechanical errors and mistakes in usage, sentence structure, and word
choice
Essay Score = 59%-50%
This essay shows a fundamental lack of writing skill. Additionally, it has the following
characteristics:
• Practically nonexistent organization and general incoherence.
• Severe and widespread writing errors.
Essay Score = “0”
A “0” essay does not address the topic assigned.
A “0” essay does not have a reference, or used a website.
A “0” essay did not complete the assignment.
A “0” for assignments not answered by the due date.
A “0” for essays that have direct quotes from a book, an article, etc.
Final letter grade = average of all discussions, essays and quizzes, 100-90% = A; 8089% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; below 60% = F.
Notes on Acceptable Dropbox Essays
Your essays will be written at a college level. You must post your answers in Dropbox,
not Doc Sharing, not, Discussion, do not send me the essay via email. You must submit
essays using 12 font size, Arial font type, and 1-inch margins on all four sides. I expect
you to proofread, utilize spell-check and grammar-check software prior to submitting
your assignment. Each essay should have at least 200 words and at least 2 references
Dropbox Essays grades will be based on quality of responses, not length of responses.
Length is not the measure; completeness and accuracy are the measures.
Factual Knowledge Versus Opinion
Every Dropbox Essays asks for factual knowledge. Therefore, do not give your personal
opinion. Use references such as books and journal article. Save your personal opinions
for Discussions. Other times, when Dropbox Essays ask students to support a specific
view, some students think they can support the opposite of the view. Be sure you do not
fall into these mistakes.
Use of Discussion
The purpose of discussion is to provide students an opportunity to interact with each
other. The discussion topics are your chance to give your opinion. For full credit,
give your opinion and comment on another student’s post. To obtain the maximum
points make sure your responses are more than simply agreeing or disagreeing with
others’ comments. Give the logic of reacting to others’ ideas and demonstrate your
critical thinking in your Discussion comments.
All of your Discussion responses will be submitted via Discussion. Where is Discussion?
Look towards the top of this page and you will see Week 1. Hit the "Discussion" tab.
Look for “Week 1 Discussion" and then scroll to appropriate Discussion. Do not forget to
push “post response.” Demarcations will obviously change with the Discussions, such
as units 2, 3, 4, etc. Do not attach files in Discussion. All students must be able to see
your Discussions. For every Discussion, be sure to respond to one of your fellow
students about some aspect of the topic. If you neglect to post a response to at least
one of your fellow students for every Discussion question, expect fewer points.
Email Policy
I will attempt to return emails with 48 hours. If you send a message on Friday night or
the weekend, do not expect a reply until Monday. Do not send a message on Saturday
and expect it to be answered on Sunday. Please do not send second emails etc.
Please, do not request grades be send via email. I will post grades only on Ecollege.
From time to time, I will send you email messages so be sure to check your email
messages daily. If there is a problem with a quiz, email me. I will fix it ASAP.
Students with disabilities
If you have a disability you should notify the instructor at least 6 weeks before the
semester begins, (considerable time is necessary to prepare the course). The
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that
provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other
things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a
learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If
you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Office of Student
Disability Resources and Services, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Gee Library,
Room 132, Phone (903) 886-5150 (903) 886-5150 or (903) 886-5835 (903) 886-5835,
Fax (903) 468-8148, [email protected]
Assumptions Related to Successful Completion of this Course:
1. You have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. There are a
number of computer labs on campus.
2. Ability to use “MS Word" word processing.
3. You have adequate writing abilities. You may seek the assistance of the University
Writing Lab. There will be no loss of points for using the University Writing Lab.
4. You are able to read the required reading materials.
Questions
These questions are listed as every semester students present numerous inquiries
along the following lines of thought:
a. I do not have a computer and I did not know a computer was required for the course!
Where should I go? Use the computers in the library.
b. I am not accustomed to writing essays. Can you prepare an alternative task for me?
Unfortunately, No.
c. I am working 40 hours per week, taking 18 semester hours, and have three children.
Can you reduce the course workload for my situation? Regrettably, No.
d. I just do not have the time to do all the requirements of the course. May I do less?
Lamentably, No.
e. Can I take this course without reading the book or support materials? Regrettably,
No.
f. You really do not expect me to read all the assignments, do you? Yes.
g. I do not like to read, may I avoid the readings? No, I do not see how.
h. I cannot take the test on the days indicated. Take another section of this course;
there are many.
The previous quotes are taken from actual emails received in the past. Anything I do for
one student, I must do for all students. Each student will receive 3 credits for this
course. There will not be an * next to the course indicating you did less than the
requirements. If you are not able to meet the course requirements, then you are
encouraged to drop this course.
Study Recommendations:
1. Study the syllabus and know the due dates listed in the syllabus .
2. Do not wait until the last minute to post your Discussions or Essays. Post an
assignment early as opposed to the last minute. Remember Murphy's Law: "Anything
that can go wrong will go wrong." Murphy's Extended Law: “If a series of events can go
wrong, they will do so in the worst possible sequence.” The same laws apply to the
quizzes.
Office preference
Since this is an online course, the expectation is that everything can be completed
online. For that reason, if you have a general question about the class, post it under
virtual office. For specific questions, use my email address. Thanks.
Late assignments
If the assignment is late, you may receive a 0 on that assignment. All assignments will
be due at 11 pm on the designated deadline dates, as are the quizzes. However, I
recognize things happen. Even if late, be sure to post your assignment. If your response
is there when I grade it, the essay will be graded. Do not wait weeks to post a
discussion or Dropbox essays and expect your work to be graded. One student waited
until after I posted final grades, and then asked if her late assignments could be graded.
If you miss an assignment due to death, military, or reasonable excuse, please email
me. If you miss an assignment without a legitimate excuse, you may receive 0 points. If
you miss two (2) or more assignments without a valid excuse, you may be dropped from
the course. If you cannot get in Ecollege, go to technical support and then contact me.
Respect for Others
The topics of conversation may be emotional and controversial. I encourage you to
disagree with me and other students. I may not agree with what you have to say, but
you have a right to say it. However, there is a difference between academic discourse
and rudeness. If you cross the line, I will counsel you on the matter. This course has
Discussions for your opinions. Do not confuse opinions with facts. If you make racist,
sexist, ageist (ageism), non-scholarly comments or derogatory statements, I will refer
you to Dean of Students. I encourage you to offer your opinion, but be respectful to your
classmates and your teacher.
APA Format
You are required to use A.P.A. format to cite the source of all ideas (including our
textbook and journal articles). Any time you cite facts, you need a reference. If it is not
your idea, then you must cite the source by using a reference. If you fail to list a
reference, you will lose all possible points. If you improperly use A.P.A. format, then you
will lose some points. Below are sites that discuss the A.P.A. Style. Reference List:
Basic Rules: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/
Reference List: Author/Authors. Reference List: Articles in Periodicals. Reference List:
Books. Online Bibliographies and Annotated Bibliographies.
Jürgens, R. (2005). HIV/AIDS and HCV in Prisons: A Select Annotated Bibliography.
Retrieved from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/alt_formats/hpb-dgps/pdf/intactiv/hiv-vihaids-sida-prison-carceral_e.pdf
Conduct:
The University regards the following as illustrations of misconduct by individuals or
groups, which may result in review by the appropriate disciplinary agencies:
Academic cheating and plagiarism.
Malicious destruction, damage, unauthorized possession, or misuse of University
property, including library and laboratory materials, or of private property on the
campus.
Abuse, whether physical, mental, or otherwise, of another person in the University
community.
Disorderly conduct, which inhibits or interferes with the educational responsibility of the
University community or the University’s social-educational activities.
Violation of local, state, and federal laws on or off campus.
Recurring incidents, which are in violation of University policies, and/or other such
persistently irresponsible behavior that brings into question the student’s serious intent
to pursue an education.
Failure to respond to a summons by letter, telephone call, E-mail, or personal
messenger from a University administrative official or faculty member.
Sexual or racial harassment.
Learning Objectives
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
Following completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to
SLO
Student Learning Outcome
#
#1A Define special education service
categories as outlined in IDEA to
include possible causes and prevalence
rates of various service categories.
TExES Competencies
#001 Understand and apply knowledge of the
characteristics and needs of students
with disabilities
SLO
Student Learning Outcome
#
# 1B Describe characteristics, needs and
evidence based interventions of
students served in each service
category.
#2
Explain the special education process
and procedures for assessing and
developing the educational plans of
individuals with disabilities including
the use of assistive technology (AT).
#3
Conceptualize special education as a
system of service delivery. Describe
the historical influences of special
education including the major
legislations governing the delivery of
educational services for individuals
with disabilities.
#4
Identify techniques for communicating
effectively to support collaboration
with families and other professionals
serving students with disabilities.
Global Learning SLO
QEP Evaluate environmental and cultural
influences on delivery of effective
educational services to students,
including students from diverse ethnic
and language groups.
TExES Competencies
#004 Understand and apply knowledge of
procedures for managing the teaching
and learning environment, including
procedures related to the use of assistive
technology (AT)
#010 Understand the philosophical, historical,
and legal foundations of special
education,
#012 Know how to communicate and
collaborate effectively in a variety of
professional settings.
QEP
Global Learning Competency
View themselves as engaged citizens
within an interconnected and diverse
world
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME MATRIX
Student Learning Outcome
# 1A Define special education
service categories as outlined in
IDEA to include possible causes
and prevalence rates of various
service categories.
# 1B Describe characteristics,
needs and evidence based
interventions of students served in
each service category.
# 2 Explain the special education
Grading & Evaluation Criteria
Misunderstood Chapter Chapter
Film
Final
Minds
Discussion Quizzes Analysis Exam
Discussion
Forum
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Student Learning Outcome
process and procedures for
assessing and developing the
educational plans of individuals
with disabilities including the use
of assistive technology (AT).
# 3 Conceptualize special
education as a system of service
delivery. Describe the historical
influences of special education
including the major legislations
governing the delivery of
educational services for
individuals with disabilities.
# 4 Identify techniques for
communicating effectively to
support collaboration with
families and other professionals
serving students with disabilities.
QEP Evaluate environmental and
cultural influences on delivery of
effective educational services to
students, including students from
diverse ethnic and language
groups.
Grading & Evaluation Criteria
Misunderstood Chapter Chapter
Film
Final
Minds
Discussion Quizzes Analysis Exam
Discussion
Forum
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Learning Objectives for Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
1. Learning Objectives for Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), for the University is Preparing Students for an
Interconnected World.
Learning Outcome 1: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the
interconnectedness of global dynamics (issues, processes, trends, and systems).
Learning Outcome 2: Students will be able to apply knowledge of the
interconnectedness of global dynamics.
Learning Outcome 3: Students will be able to view themselves as engaged citizens
within an interconnected and diverse world.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Instructional Methods
This course will provide a variety of activities and assessments to assist you in
achieving the outcomes/objectives for the course. Students will work toward achieving
these outcomes through discussions & comments, essays, papers, assignments, and
quizzes. These are found under each week 1 to 15. As a student enrolled at Texas
A&M University-Commerce, you have access to an email account via MyLeo. ALL
class emails from your instructor WILL GO TO YOUR MyLeo ACCOUNT. Please be
sure to check this email account frequently and regularly.
COURSE INFORMATION
Textbook Required
Hallahan, D.P., Kauffman, J. M., & Pullen. P.C. (2015). Exceptional Learners: An
Introduction to Special Education (13th Ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
ISBN # 13:978-0-13-357104-2/ 10:0-13-357103-1
Course Description
This course will provide a survey of populations with exceptionalities. Attention will be
given to the cause of these deviations and their effect upon the individual’s
development. Professional roles of the special education team members as well as the
policies and regulations applicable to special education programs in general will be
covered.
All Assignments are found under the corresponding Units.
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