Oct 27, 2021  
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Physics

  
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    PHYS 2400 - General Physics II


    4 cr. 5 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This second-semester general college physics course consists of studies and applications of wave motions, sound, electricity, magnetism, light and optics. Typical topics include Coulomb’s law, electric force and field, potential and capacitance, electric circuits, magnetic force and field, magnetic forces on moving charges, electric induction, laws of reflection and refraction, mirrors and lenses, optical instruments, interference and diffraction of light. SMT, LAB

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1300  or equivalent and PHYS 2300 .
  
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    PHYS 2600 - Calculus-Based Physics I


    4 cr. 5 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    The principles and applications of classical mechanics and heat are studied using the language of calculus. SMT, LAB

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2400 .
  
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    PHYS 2700 - Calculus-Based Physics II


    4 cr. 5 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The principles and applications of classical electricity, magnetism, and optics are studied using the language of calculus. SMT, LAB

    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2600 .
  
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    PHYS 3000 - Modern Physics


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    This third-semester of general college physics course discusses the inadequacy of classical physics and introduces the theories and models of modern physics. Topics covered in class work include special relativity and the development of quantum theory as depicted in blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, and X-rays, the wave function and the uncertainty principle, atomic spectra, Bohr’s model of hydrogen, electronic configuration of atoms, the exclusion principle and the periodic table, properties of nuclei, binding energy, radioactivity and the decay processes, radiation hazards, and nuclear reactions.

    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2300  and PHYS 2400 .
  
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    PHYS 4900 - Independent Study


    3 cr.

    The Independent Study is open to students who have permission of the supervising instructor and the department. The course of study, meetings, and credit are arranged upon approval.

  
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    PHYS 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr.

    Directed study allows a student to carry out a non-research project or participate in an activity under the direct supervision of a faculty member. See the catalog description of Program Alternatives in The Curriculum  section for more details.


Plastics Technology

  
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    PLAS 1010 - Blueprint Reading


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    This course introduces the basic concepts of blueprint reading and discusses types of lines, angles and views of a drawing. The student also learns about dimensioning circles, arcs, holes and threads. Emphasis is on understanding how to interpret a blueprint; with time permitting, students learn how to draw a blueprint.

  
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    PLAS 1030 - Industrial Electrical Maintenance


    Offered through GCE.

    This course covers the concepts of electrical troubleshooting of injection molding machines and associated equipment. Familiarization with basic electricity symbols, blueprint reading, meters used for troubleshooting, conventional and solid ladder diagrams/schematics, and troubleshooting are stressed. Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) are examined.

  
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    PLAS 2020 - Mold Design


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    This course examines the interrelation of plastics material processing, product design and function, and mold design and construction. Fundamental principles of cavity design, material feed systems, ejection systems, parting surfaces, mold actions, cavity and core steel selections, 3-plate, insulated runner and hot runner molds are discussed.

    Prerequisite(s): PLAS 1010 .
  
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    PLAS 2021 - Robotics Auto Applicat-100


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    This course will cover the highlights of robotics and automation engineering. Students will learn the practical aspects of designing a work cell, considering the safety, economic and analysis requirements. Students will also be expected to complete a work cell design project. Emphasis will be given to plastics manufacturing applications.

  
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    PLAS 2022 - Commodity Thermoplastics


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    This course serves as an introductory course reviewing the history, classification, definitions, terminology, raw materials, methods of manufacturing, testing-characterization of typical physical properties, and end-uses of polymeric materials systems. Emphasis will be on the commodity thermoplastics, polyolefins, vinyls and styrenics.

  
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    PLAS 2040 - Hydraulics/Pneumatics


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    This course involves a theoretical and practical study of hydraulics and pneumatics, the modern means of power transmission. This course surveys component design and function with an emphasis on problem definitions and solutions. Following an introduction to hydraulics and pneumatics, a study is made of valves, pumps, circuits and troubleshooting any hydraulic system.

  
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    PLAS 2050 - Injection Molding


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    The reciprocating screw injection molding machine; the components of injection molding machines; the molding cycle; melting and flow theory, including gate seal-off, basic trouble shooting and process effects, are examined. The students have hands-on laboratory experience and are responsible for a class presentation.

  
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    PLAS 2070 - Principles of Supervision


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the supervisor and to strengthen values and skills related to key supervisory functions. The principles and topics addressed include problem solving, decision making, leadership, management ethics and communication. This course is recommended for experienced and new supervisors and those aspiring to supervisory positions.

  
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    PLAS 2081 - Process Optimization-100


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    Plastic processing is a complex multi-variant manufacturing activity that requires extreme care to ensure optimal performance. This course will provide a scientific methodology to maximize quality and productivity. Students will have a chance to test their practical knowledge in a series of short experiments.

  
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    PLAS 3060 - Polymeric Materials, Design, and Application


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    This course provides comprehensive coverage of polymeric materials, plastic design and test methodology. Material properties, characteristics and application are presented for injection molded thermoplastic resins. A discussion of polymer blends and compounds using fillers, additives and reinforcing fibers are included. Property identification and the associated test procedure are reviewed with hands-on testing provided for the major properties. In addition, plastic product design techniques and application are discussed to complement the discussion of materials.

  
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    PLAS 3061 - Engineering Thermoplastics


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    In this course, you will learn the history behind the major polymer families and their commercial significance in today’s marketplace. This course emphasizes the basic chemical structure, typical properties, specific specialty grades, typical pricing, and market application. Other areas of importance include how these materials interact with the rules of plastic part design, and how fillers, reinforcements, and other additives enhance specific properties in polymers.

    Prerequisite(s):  
  
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    PLAS 3080 - Statistical Process Control


    3 cr. Offered through GCE.

    The student learns the use of Statistical Methods and SPC to improve quality and productivity through measurement, control and reduction of variation in the process. Topics covered include basic statistics, the normal distribution, control chart theory, process capability studies and gage and measurement analysis. Simple metrology concepts and the basics of geometric dimensioning/tolerancing are also covered.


Political Science

  
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    POLS 1000 - United States Government


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    In modern American government, the major political institutions, such as the presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court, are examined. Their constitutional antecedents and their modern functions are presented. Special attention is given to the current bureaucracy, elections and the political actors in the election process. CTW

  
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    POLS 1100 - Introduction to Political Science


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course represents an introduction to the field of political science. Political science is the study of how people interact with one another in their communities, whether they are as small as the Fitchburg State University campus, or as large as the entire global community. The course is divided into the following three sections, each of which represents an important sub-field within the discipline: political philosophy, American government and international politics. CTW

  
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    POLS 1200 - Model UN


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered annually in the spring. FIRST OFFERING SPRING 2014

    In this age of globalization, global issues and threats increasingly require global solutions. Individual nation-states will not be able to unilaterally resolve global warming, terrorism, etc., but rather will need to work together to address them. That is why International Organizations such as the United Nations are so important. Using the United Nations as its primary case study, this course will explore different global issues, the challenges to resolving them, and the role of the United Nations in the global arena. All students will attend at least one Model UN competition. CTW, GDCN

    Note: This is a hybrid class. Part of the lecture is online. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1100 
  
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    POLS 1500 - State and Urban Government


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    The class focuses upon current issues and politics in urban and state government and attempts to evaluate proposed solutions to issues.

  
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    POLS 2002 - Elections and Campaigns


    3 cr. 3 hr. Spring and Fall semesters of presidential election years, and Fall of off-year elections.

    This course examines the nomination and general election processes in great detail, along with the Constitutional basis and historical evolutions of these processes. In presidential election years the principal focus is on that contest, while in “off years,” congressional and state elections become the subjects of interest.

  
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    POLS 2010 - Models of Global Politics


    1 cr. 2 hr. Offered once a year. FIRST OFFERING SPRING 2014

    This one credit course is only open to students who have already taken POLS 1200 . It will build on the students’ knowledge from the preceding class, and introduce them to different issues, country perspectives, and policy initiatives of the United Nations and other international institutions. All students will attend at least one Model UN competition.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1200 
  
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    POLS 2100 - Dilemmas of Peace and War


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years. Also offered evenings.

    This introductory-level course is an interdisciplinary study of the issues of peace and war. It interweaves history, political science, philosophy, literature and psychology through readings, discussions, lectures, media and class presentations. Cross listed with IDIS 2100 

  
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    POLS 2110 - Europe Today


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered every other year.

    Europe today is an introduction to the major themes in modern European history and political science. The focus will be on the roots of contemporary Europe, European politics and economics, ethnic and religious conflict, citizenship and immigration, European culture and Europe’s place in the world and relationship with the United States. Credit is not awarded for both HIST 2110  and POLS 2110.

  
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    POLS 2200 - Contemporary International Relations


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    The course studies critical problems confronting the present international system. Armed conflict and internal violence, as well as prospects for the resolution of conflict are explored. CTW, GDCN

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1100 .
  
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    POLS 2270 - Introduction to the Legal Process


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course serves as an introduction to the American legal system. Emphasis is placed on how courts and lawyers function, how cases are decided and the means by which courts interpret legislation. This course is cross-listed as CJ 2270 .

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100 .
  
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    POLS 2400 - Political Science Research Methods


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered annually.

    Political Science Research Methods (PSRM) introduces students to the scientific and quantitative study of politics. It introduces the scientific method and concepts, measurement techniques, research design, data gathering techniques (univariate, bivariate, and multivariate), and the limitations to the study of politics via science and quantitative techniques.

  
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    POLS 2500 - Political Systems of the Modern World


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The course provides a comparative analysis of modern national governments. The importance of the world’s political heritage and the implications for the emerging nations of liberal democracy, communism and dictatorship are explored.

    Prerequisite(s): IDIS 1200  or IDIS 1800 .
  
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    POLS 2540 - Global Issues in Film


    3 cr. 3hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course introduces students to crucial global issues of our time, many of which principally concern developing, non-Western nations, but all of which will impact the future of the U.S. Through film viewings, readings, writing, and discussion, students will engage with global problems and learn to develop their own critical viewpoints on complex issues. Students will analyze both documentaries and narrative films as artistic treatments of human problems. Their final project will require an in-depth study of, and presentation on, media representations of global issues pertaining to one nation. This course is cross-listed as ENGL 2540 /IDIS 2540 . CTW, GDCN

    Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1100  and ENGL 1200 
  
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    POLS 2550 - Sex, Race and the Constitution


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course examines the long history of discrimination in the United States on the basis of race and gender. It examines in detail the guarantee of equal protection of the law found in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and how the meaning of what is equal have evolved over time. Topics covered will include how to define and measure equality, affirmative action, racial preferences in college admissions, voting rights, distinction based on gender, equality based on physical differences between men and woman, the evolution of the right of privacy, abortion and sexual harassment.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100  or CJ 2000 .
  
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    POLS 2600 - The First Amendment


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course examines the basic rights and freedoms derived from the First Amendment to the Constitution. The course will examine in depth great controversies of freedom of speech, press and religion. Topics covered will include protection for hate speech, speech codes on college campuses, prior restraints on the press, and free exercises of religion, and governmental limitations on the establishment of religion.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100  or CJ 2000 .
  
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    POLS 2700 - Criminal Procedure: Rights of the Accused


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    This course examines the basic rights and freedoms derived from the portions of the Bill of Rights addressing criminal procedure. The course will examine in depth the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth Amendments to the Constitution. Topics covered will include protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, self-incrimination, double jeopardy, due process of law, the right to counsel, the right to confront witnesses, trial by jury and the meaning of cruel and unusual punishment.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100  or CJ 2000 .
  
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    POLS 2701 - International Organizations


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The frequent international decisions confronting country and international organizational leaderships, as well as nongovernmental organizations and private sector leaderships underscore how this course focuses on some of the biggest contemporary international issues in the twenty-first century. The course aims to strengthen the student’s grasp of and judgment about political, economic and security/military issue areas of global politics and the impact of international organizations, successful or not.

  
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    POLS 3000 - Public Policy Analysis: Case Studies in American Politics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The course covers four major divisions of public policy: health, education, labor and welfare. The aim is to attain an understanding of how the American political system works through a study of the policy that has come out of that system.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1500 .
  
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    POLS 3160 - The Civil Rights Movement


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course examines the modern Civil Rights Movement in the larger historical context of the African-American freedom struggle, from its roots in abolitionism and Reconstruction through the period of legalized racial discrimination to the dismantling of legal segregation to the ongoing persistence of white privilege. This course is cross-listed as HIST 3160 /AAST 3160 /AMST 3160 . CTW, Hist

  
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    POLS 3400 - The Conduct of American Foreign Policy


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    American policies around the globe, and responses to such global issues as the environment, human rights or nuclear proliferation, have become increasingly significant on a national and international level. This course will introduce students to American foreign policy. L

  
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    POLS 3500 - Constitutional Law


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    Constitutional Law is the product of interpretation, power and political calculation. The collusion and collision of these forces produces the parameters of our governmental system. The U.S. Supreme Court over the years has issued many decisions which have fundamentally shaped and altered the scope and distribution of government authority. This course is the study of the product of these decisions and the shaped our current system of government. L

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100  or CJ 2000 .
  
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    POLS 3510 - International Terrorism


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    This course applied to an interdisciplinary approach to identify the contexts, origins, causes, patterns, trends, and explanations of international terrorism. Students will study terrorist organizations, their structure, financing, agenda, objectives, methodology, international links and use of technology. They will also study anti-terrorist measures, state-sponsored terrorism and emergency management as it affects terrorist incidents. Credit is not awarded for both POLS 3510 and CJ 3510 

    Prerequisite(s):   or  
  
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    POLS 3700 - Asian Politics and Culture


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course introduces the politics and culture of three major Asian states: China, Japan, and India. It begins with their philosophy, history and society to give students a basic understanding of the Asian peoples and then, approaches their politics.

    Prerequisite(s): IDIS 1200  or IDIS 1800 .
  
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    POLS 3800 - Third World Politics, Economics, and Society


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The course represents an introduction to the developing nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America. These developing nations have a significant impact on global politics. Through an examination of the history, politics, economics and societies of these nations, the students will gain a greater understanding of the developing world.

    Prerequisite(s): IDIS 1200  or IDIS 1800 .
  
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    POLS 4000 - Senior Seminar in Political Science


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The mission of this course is twofold: first to engage original research in the field of Political Science and second to develop an integrative portfolio demonstrating that students have mastered the skills needed to graduate with a degree in Political Science. Students will engage in a semester-long research project on aspects of current importance in the discipline. This will include topic selection, literature review, methodology, and extrapolation of Political Science theory. Secondly, students will organize work products retained from previous courses in a portfolio, which must be submitted and evaluated as part of this course. Using these work products as evidence, students will complete an integrative analysis of their competencies in Political Science. This analysis will thoughtfully describe how and what they have learned as a Political Science major.

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing as a Political Science major
  
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    POLS 4200 - History of Political Theory


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course traces the development of political philosophy from the early modern up to the birth of the modern. In a series of readings we will examine such concepts as the “state of nature” and its concomitants—natural law, natural rights, civil society, the “primitive,” the right to property (private or otherwise)—as well as the material foundations of social and political arrangements, warfare and its role in the state of nature and/or civil society, the power of the executive, and even slavery. By its very nature this course is interdisciplinary, as it is both an introduction to the history of ideas and a survey of political philosophy. Cross-listed with  

  
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    POLS 4350 - Moot Court


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    In this course, students will intensively study a specific area of law for the purpose of arguing in a moot court competition. Moot court involves teams of student-contestants, clients burdened by a legal problem, briefs and oratory detailing the dimensions of the legal problem before an appellate court, and the judging of performances by panels of faculty and attorneys. The top teams emerging from this course will be eligible to represent the university at the national tournament.

  
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    POLS 4360 - Institute for Understanding Government Decision Making


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered in the Summer only.

    The institute focuses on understanding the inner workings and political dynamics of government decision making that affects us locally, regionally, and globally. We integrate our invited elected officials, senior-level policy makers, strategic researchers, business leaders, and nongovernmental organization directors into our daily exploration and application of cutting edge case studies and simulation crisis scenario exercises.

  
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    POLS 4900 - Independent Study in Political Science


    3 cr. 3 hr.

    The Independent Study is open to students who have the permission of the supervising instructor and the department. The course of study, meetings, and credit are arranged upon approval.

  
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    POLS 4905 - Legal Internship


    3 cr. 10 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Internships are available in several regional law offices for those persons interested in paralegal work. These internships prepare students for positions in law offices, public administration and other human services work.

  
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    POLS 4915 - Legal Internship


    6 cr. 20 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Internships are available in several regional law offices for those persons interested in paralegal work. These internships prepare students for positions in law offices, public administration and other human services work.

  
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    POLS 4920 - Legal Internship


    9 cr. 30 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Internships are available in several regional law offices for those persons interested in paralegal work. These internships prepare students for positions in law offices, public administration and other human services work.

  
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    POLS 4925 - Legal Internship


    12 cr. 40 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Internships are available in several regional law offices for those persons interested in paralegal work. These internships prepare students for positions in law offices, public administration and other human services work.

  
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    POLS 4940 - Internships in Political Science


    3-12 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Off-campus or on-campus opportunities, carrying appropriate academic credit, are available in local, state and federal government offices and with political campaigns, or at university research institute or university civic engagement center. Internships are open to students who have the permission of the department. Credit and hours are arranged by special permission.

  
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    POLS 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr.

    Directed study allows a student to carry out a non-research project or participate in an activity under the direct supervision of a faculty member. See the catalog description of Program Alternatives in The Curriculum  section for more details.


Psychological Science

  
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    PSY 1100 - General Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The course introduces the student to the contemporary discipline of the science of human behavior and mental processes. Topics investigated include the scientific method, biological bases of behavior, maturation, motivation, emotions, learning, personality and adjustment. The course is prerequisite for all other courses in Psychology. CTW

  
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    PSY 1200 - Human Growth and Development


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This lifespan course emphasizes a study of the physical, physiological, social and psychological development of the individual from conception to old age. CTW

  
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    PSY 2000 - Research Design and Analysis I


    4 cr. 4 hr. Offered every Semester

    This is an introductory course in research design and statistics. The course will give students the tools required to conduct basic descriptive research and simple data analysis in psychology and related fields. APA (American Psychological Association) format will be introduced.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or   and at least a 2.0 in MATH 1700 .
  
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    PSY 2100 - Research Design and Analysis II


    4 cr. 4 hr. Offered every Semester

    This course is a continuation of the study of the scientific method and data analysis as it applies to the study of psychological processes. This course will focus upon the philosophy of experimentation, techniques of systematic observation, experimental control and specific types of experimental designs. Data analyses will be introduced for each type of research design discussed. Students will design, conduct, analyze and write in APA format.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or   and PSY 2000 .
  
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    PSY 2110 - Introduction to Research Methods


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    The emphasis in this course is on research design, including consideration of sampling procedures, questionnaire design, methods of observation and reporting.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
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    PSY 2140 - Cognitive Neuroscience


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Offered every Semester.

    Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience serves to introduce and cultivate an appreciation of the complexity of cognitive functioning, behavior and their relationship with the brain. The course is designed to take a systems approach to understanding issues related to the study of brain, mind, and social relations. The course will introduce scientific findings from the fields of biology, psychology, linguistics, and computer science. Students will learn how this multidisciplinary approach is leading the way to answering some of humankind’s most enduring questions related to “mind”, “awareness”, “knowing”, “believing”, “reality”, and “free will”.

    Prerequisite(s):   or  
  
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    PSY 2220 - Adult Development and Aging


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered at least once every two years. FIRST OFFERING FALL 2014

    This course examines the developmental changes that occur in early adulthood, middle adulthood, and in the later part of the life span. The course will also cover death, dying and bereavement. Students will be introduced to the research methods employed in the study of adult development and aging. They will also address theory concerning relevant biological, physiological, cognitive, and psychosocial processes. Finally, the course will cover some of the applications and interventions developed by psychological scientists in this field.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or PSY 1200 
  
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    PSY 2230 - Adolescent Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Adolescence as a stage of development and as a cultural phenomenon is investigated in this course. The influence of physical, cognitive and psychosocial factors on the adolescent’s search for identity are examined. Emphasis is on an interdisciplinary approach that draws on relevant theories and research from a wide range of fields.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2300 - Psychology of Personality


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Dynamic factors in personality formation are studied through some of the leading theoretical positions on personality development.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
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    PSY 2350 - Abnormal Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course presents an overview of the symptoms associated with each of the major diagnostic categories described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Subjective experience of the disorders, their etiologies and their treatments are addressed.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
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    PSY 2370 - Interpersonal Effectiveness


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered every Semester.

    This is a lab-based course which introduces and develops interpersonal competence, particularly as it pertains to dyadic situations. Basic skill areas such as observation, listening and questioning are addressed, as are integrative skills, such as conflict resolution and relationship development. Students are asked to become more aware of their own interpersonal behavior, and are introduced to the extensive research literature on interpersonal behavior. Applications in both the personal and the professional domain are addressed. The class meets LAS speaking and listening requirement for the Psychology major.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
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    PSY 2450 - Psychological Testing


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the theory and use of psychological testing. Methods of test evaluation, analysis and interpretation are presented. Standardized testing instruments used to measure human cognitive and affective factors are explored and their purposes reviewed.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or   and MATH 1700 
  
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    PSY 2500 - Social Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course provides an introduction to the study of human social behavior. Representative topics include attitudes and their formation, aggression, prosocial behavior, conformity and interpersonal attraction, as well as group dynamics, structure and leadership. The application of social-psychological research to contemporary social problems is also considered.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
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    PSY 2550 - Group Dynamics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    The nature and dynamics of interpersonal relationships are revealed in typical group settings such as classrooms, work settings, and other discussion-oriented groups. Emphasis is on both content and process as demonstrated in a laboratory learning environment. The course may include a 10-hour intensive experience. The class meets LAS speaking and listening requirements for the Psychology major.

    Prerequisite(s):   or  
  
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    PSY 2610 - Organizational Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course examines organizational influences on motivation and satisfaction of the workforce. Methods of surveying organizational climate are introduced, and a variety of intervention methods are evaluated.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2645 - Psychology of Human Resources


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    This course addresses the psychological theory and research concerning human resource systems in organizations. The course covers methods of job analysis, development and use of assessment tools to select employees, performance measurement and appraisal and employee training and development. The course also addresses the legal and ethical issues of discrimination in the work setting.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2660 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    Sport and exercise psychology is the scientific study of people and their behavior in sport and exercise activities, and the application of the resulting knowledge. In this course we review reasons for involvement in sport and exercise, and review the effects of physical activity on mental health and well-being. We also address factors that influence individual and team performance, such as motivation, confidence, and group dynamics. Finally, students are expected to engage in some form of sport or exercise during the course, and to consider how course concepts can help them achieve enjoyment and success.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2665 - Health Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered every other year.

    The course will provide students with a general introduction to theories and research within the field of health psychology. We will cover several topics in the field including the degree to which health behaviors can be predicted by health beliefs and cognitions, patient-provider communication, psychoneuroimmunology, coping with chronic illness, and models of health promotion and prevention. Students will be exposed to these topics through theoretical papers and primary research studies.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2680 - Psychology in Action


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    In this seminar course students will explore trends and emerging specialties in the field of professional psychology and debate current issues and controversies. An important part of the course is a major project that connects psychology to each student’s personal career goals.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2700 - Educational Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    The contributions of psychological science to the field of education, including considerations of varied teacher and learner characteristics, learning environments, theories of learning and achievement, and the use of assessment in instructional design and educational decisions, are covered.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2810 - Cognitive Development


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    The goal of this course is to become familiar with major theoretical and empirical issues of cognitive development from infancy to adolescence. Students will develop a basic understanding of the science of cognitive development and the ability to apply their knowledge to the field of education.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2820 - Perceptual Development


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The goal of this course is to development a basic understanding of visual and auditory perceptual development during infancy. Lectures, reading and other assignments will focus on classic and contemporary theories of how perception develops and evaluate current perceptual development research.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2830 - Socio-Emotional and Personality Development


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course will examine the biological, social and psychological processes underlying socio-emotional and personality development. Major theoretical perspectives will be examined through advanced readings and primary sources. Emphasis will be given to the interrelated developmental processes underlying each behavioral domain. Contectual factors such as family, peers, school and career choices, and those related to development and change in such areas as selfconcept, gender role, identity formation, moral reasoning, prosocial and aggressive behaviors will be considered.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2840 - Developmental Psychopathology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course examines the field of Developmental Psychopathology or the study of the developmental processes that contribute to the formation of, or resistance to, psychopathology. We will cover the major theories that explain the development of childhood disorders such as, autism, ADHD, eating disorders, depression and anxiety as well as, the symptoms and treatment of different disorders. We will also address the many influences on the development of psychopathology in children, such as, culture, family, peer groups and genetics. B

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 2950 - Addictive Behaviors


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course is designed for students who plan a career in the helping professions (including education), or who wish to understand the cognitive, emotional, social and biological correlates of alcohol and other drug abuse, or other addictive behaviors. A framework is presented for viewing such compulsive behaviors as part of a continuum from normal to dysfunctional, and controversies in the field are discussed. Students will be exposed to models of addiction, a classification of drugs, prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse and information necessary to work with clients who are affected by addiction, including assessment and diagnosis, modalities of treatment, the role of support groups and relapse prevention. In addition to lectures and class discussion students are required to attend community support group meetings and to participate in a community prevention project such as the (Great American Smokeout). This course is cross-listed as HMSV 2950 .

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 3410 - Experimental Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course is an analysis and study of the scientific method, experimental designs and laboratory methods in behavioral science, emphasizing laboratory experiments and scientific communication of results. Students design, analyze and report their own research. Computer data analysis is also covered. The course meets LAS junior/senior writing requirements, as well as LAS requirements for computer literacy for the Psychology major.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 2000 , PSY 2100 , and MATH 1700 ; junior or senior standing in the major.
  
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    PSY 3420 - Biological Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course concentrates on biopsychology—the discipline of neuroscience that focuses upon understanding the relationships between the brain and behavior. We cover the physiological foundations of biopsychology such as the anatomy of the nervous system, as well as the research tools and methods used to investigate issues in biopsychology. Major topics include brain plasticity and the ways in which the brain can recover from damage and/or disease, the biological foundations of important human behaviors such as eating, sleeping and dreaming, and the biopsychology of cognitive and emotional disorders such as Alzheimers and schizophrenia.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 3430 - Sensation and Perception


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    In this course principles related to a person’s awareness of their world are studied. We specifically look at the relationship between the physical stimulus and the psychological experience that a person has. Topics covered include principles of psychophysics the anatomy/physiology of the visual, auditory, chemical (olfactory and gustatory) and tactile/cutaneous senses; the nature and properties of the physical stimuli that these senses respond to; and the factors that influence the interpretation of these senses such as culture, learning/past experience, motivation, expectations and personality.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 3480 - History and Systems of Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This advanced course provides a consideration of contemporary psychology as seen in its historical perspective. The development of psychological concepts and theories is traced from their antecedents in philosophy and the physical sciences.

    Prerequisite(s): Senior/junior standing with completion of, PSY 2100  and one course from the following: PSY 2350 , PSY 2840 , PSY 3550 , PSY 3500 , PSY 3420 , PSY 2140 , PSY 2300 , PSY 2500 
  
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    PSY 3500 - Psychology of Learning


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    This course focuses on the theories, concepts, and principles of learning; the historical aspects of learning theory; the experimental study of the learning process; and the relationship between learning theories, concepts, and principles and their uses.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 3530 - Motivation


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    Characteristics of motivated behavior, explanation of sources of motives, and application of theories to current research and interpersonal skills are studied in this course. Emphasis is on the biological, learned, and cognitive components of motivation. Topics include internal and external motives, the relationship of stress and motivation, the place of physiological processes in motivation, issues in motivation of others, motivation for aggressive/passive behaviors and success/failure motivation.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
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    PSY 3550 - Cognition


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Serving as foundations for this course are the neuroscience of cognition and the historical roots upon which our present understanding of human information processing rests. Specific topic areas include attention, semantic and episodic memory, comprehension, categorization, language, problem-solving and reasoning. Artificial intelligence and the emergence of cognitive science are also considered. Methodology is emphasized throughout the course as students consider classic research studies and apply various techniques in classroom exercises.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or PSY 1200 
  
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    PSY 4200 - Contemporary Theories of Mind


    3 cr. 3hr. Day course offered annually.

    The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation of the nature of psychology and problems with contemporary philosophical/psychological theories of mind. This course will focus on some of the philosophical problems of trying to develop a scientific account of mind and behavior. We will examine leading contemporary positions such as functionalism, eliminative materialism, cognitivism and biological naturalism and the strengths and shortcomings of those positions as we deal with such topics as the mind-body problem, intentionally, perception and action, and freedom of the will. At the end of this course, students will have developed a deep understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary theories of mind and behavior. This understanding will allow students to evaluate critically philosophical and psychological theories of mind, understand and question their own implicit assumptions about the nature of mind and behavior, and deepen their own understanding of human nature.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 3480 
  
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    PSY 4800 - Teaching Practicum in Psychology


    6 cr. 18 hr. Day course offered as needed.

    Students assist an individual faculty member in the teaching of Psychology. Responsibilities vary with the course. The Teaching Practicum is offered by invitation of faculty only.

    Prerequisite(s): 3.0 cumulative average overall and in the major.
  
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    PSY 4803 - Teaching Practicum in Psychology


    3 cr. 9 hr. Day course offered as needed.

    Students assist an individual faculty member in the teaching of Psychology. Responsibilities vary with the course. The Teaching Practicum is offered by invitation of faculty only.

    Prerequisite(s): 3.0 cumulative average overall and in the major.
  
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    PSY 4810 - Practicum in Psychology


    3 cr. 9 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Students perform basic and applied work in Psychology. Students work with staff in areas of mutual interest.

    Prerequisite(s): A 2.5 cumulative average in psychology .
  
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    PSY 4820 - Practicum in Psychology


    6 cr. 18 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Students perform basic and applied work in Psychology. Students work with staff in areas of mutual interest.

    Prerequisite(s): A 2.5 cumulative average in psychology .
  
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    PSY 4900 - Independent Study


    1-6 cr. 3-18 hr.

    This experience is offered primarily to Psychological Science students of junior or senior standing, and requires approval of the professor. Independent study may take the form of special advanced reading programs, problem identification and research, assistantships or acquisition of professional skills. Independent study cannot be substituted for regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may be taken for one to six semester hours.

    Prerequisite(s): 3.0 cumulative average in the major.
  
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    PSY 4904 - Advanced Seminar in Psychological Science


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered every other year

    This course explores, in depth, a specific topic area within psychological science. The topic areas will reflect the expertise of the psychological science faculty. An emphasis is placed on reading primary literature and journal articles, and the course acquaints the student with methodology used in contemporary research in the specific area.

    Prerequisite(s):   and junior/senior standing.
  
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    PSY 4950 - Internship in Psychology


    6 cr. 18 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Through an Internship the student experiences the relationship between courses in Psychology and their applications in the field. Work is carried on in settings approved by the department, faculty member, and an on-site supervisor. Internships are available in service agencies, business, and industry. Each internship presupposes specific course background. Students are encouraged to discuss Internship plans with their advisors early in their university experience. Interested students must contact the Psychology coordinator early in the prior semester of the year in which the Internship is desired. Business and industry Internships are offered only in the spring semester and some direct service Internships are available during the fall semester as well. Liability insurance is required of all students enrolled in this course.

    Prerequisite(s): 2.5 cumulative average overall and in the major; program approval.
  
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    PSY 4960 - Internship in Psychology


    12 cr. 36 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Through an Internship the student experiences the relationship between courses in Psychology and their applications in the field. Work is carried on in settings approved by the department, faculty member, and an on-site supervisor. Internships are available in service agencies, business, and industry. Each internship presupposes specific course background. Students are encouraged to discuss Internship plans with their advisors early in their university experience. Interested students must contact the Psychology coordinator early in the prior semester of the year in which the Internship is desired. Business and industry Internships are offered only in the spring semester and some direct service Internships are available during the fall semester as well. Liability insurance is required of all students enrolled in this course.

    Prerequisite(s): 2.5 cumulative average overall and in the major; program approval.
  
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    PSY 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr.

    Directed study allows a student to carry out a non-research project or participate in an activity under the direct supervision of a faculty member. See the catalog description of Program Alternatives in The Curriculum  section for more details.


Science Education

  
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    SCED 1000 - General Botany


    Also offered evenings.

    (see BIOL 1400 )

  
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    SCED 2000 - Nutrition


    Also offered evenings.

    (see BIOL 1650 )

  
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    SCED 2001 - Human Sexuality


    Also offered evenings.

    The biological aspects of human sexuality are discussed. The purpose of this course is to relate information rather than to advise.

  
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    SCED 3000 - Winter Botany


    Also offered evenings.

    This course is an out-of-doors study of the environment during the winter. Daily field trips to study both aquatic and terrestrial plants are used to discover how they adapt to the cold weather condition.

  
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    SCED 3270 - Common Rocks and Minerals


    Also offered evenings.

    (see GEOG 3270 )

 

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