Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality


Fall 2011
08/22/2011 - 12/11/2011

Course Information

Section 001
TTh 10:30 - 11:50
CYP5 2228
Missi Patterson

Office Hours

  • CYP - Room 2217
    You can make your own appointment for a slot during my office hours by visiting my calendar at:
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    Additional hours by appointment - email
  • M W
    12pm - 1pm
    CYP - Room 2217
  • T
    9pm - 10pm
    CYP - Room 2217
  • T Th
    1:30pm - 2:30pm
    CYP - Room 2217

Course Requirements



Pop Syllabus Quiz: (15 points)                                                                                                                     

A syllabus is a contract between you and your instructor.  As such, it is important to carefully read over the syllabus, and refer to it when you have questions about class.  At some point before the first exam, we will have an in-class pop quiz covering the material in this syllabus.  The quiz will include several questions designed to test your understanding of the syllabus.  This quiz exists simply to encourage a thorough and thoughtful reading of the syllabus and is worth 15 points.


In-Class Journals: (75 points)

 On several unannounced days throughout the semester, you will be asked to write a short paragraph on a topic from the day’s lecture.  These journals are designed to help you explore your own feelings about certain issues, and to insure that you have understood the material that is being covered.  Each journal is worth 15 points for a total of 75 possible points.  Journals must be submitted before leaving class and no make-ups will be allowed.


Exams: (450 points total)

Four exams will be given.  The first three are non-cumulative and will cover only new information since the last exam.  Each of the non-cumulative exams will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions (worth 3 points each) and 4 short answer questions (worth 10 points each) for a total of 100 points.  For the multiple choice section of the exams, scantrons will be used.  You will need to purchase your own scantrons at the ACC bookstore.

The final exam will be given on the last day of class (see the course outline).  It will consist of a non-cumulative portion similar to the first three exams (20 multiple choice questions + 4 short answer questions).  In addition, it will have a cumulative portion (25 multiple choice questions) covering material from the beginning of the course.  The final exam will be worth 150 points.

Exams focus on LECTURE material.  About 70% of the multiple choice questions will come from lecture, while 30% will come from the text readings.  The short answer questions will come exclusively from lecture.  All of the exams will cover material from any handouts we review.

I DO NOT GIVE STUDY GUIDES FOR EXAMS.  This is an important part of my teaching philosophy, because I want you to learn ALL of the course material, not just a small portion of it.

Students should come to exams prepared to stay for the entire class session.  You will not be allowed to leave once the exam starts; you must remain in class until you finish the exam.  Additionally, once the first student LEAVES the exam, no more exams will be given out.  No re-takes are given for any exams in this class.  Please study well and do your best the first time you attempt the exam.

We will review all exams in class after they have been graded.  Any student attending an exam review before taking the exam in question will be ineligible to take the exam.  Please be sure to excuse yourself from class for the duration of any exam review if you’ve not yet taken the exam.  You’ll be invited to return once the review is completed.

I take your success in this class very seriously.  One way to insure success is to get help after a poor exam performance.  For this reason, if you score lower than 60% on any exam, you are required to meet with me the week after the exam during office hours.


Class Participation: (30 points total)

To make the best use of our class time, you will be expected to participate.  You will earn up to 30 points for making an effort in our class.  I will grade you based on your interaction during general lecture, lecture-based assignments, group activities, extra reading or homework assignments, and our remote CPS demonstrations.  Your first 5 points will be for participating in the class photo session – see course outline for the due date.

**During our class discussions, please be aware that it is easier for some students to speak than it is for others.  If you find yourself dominating the classroom discussion, please slow down to give other students a chance to find their voices.  You can always email me or see me outside of class to further discuss issues of interest.**


Online Participation: (55 points total)

As this class meets only twice a week, it will be important to keep in touch.  You will be expected to participate in a class mailing list, read emails, and check our blackboard page regularly.  To do so, you must first activate your acc email account, and log in to blackboard.  As our first online assignment, you must go to our blackboard page and post an introduction on the discussion board.  See the class outline for the due date.  Complete instructions can be found on blackboard, under the “online assignments” link.   You will earn 15 points just for posting to the class discussion, and there will be an additional 40 points to earn online throughout the semester.  Please note that the online assignments do NOT appear on the syllabus. You can only get the assignments and due dates by reading the announcements sent from the blackboard page.

Please submit emailed online assignments entirely in the body of the email.  I do not open attachments.  Once I get your email, I’ll reply with a short “got it” note.  If you do not get this quick response from me, assume that I have not received your assignment.  Once your assignment is graded, you’ll receive a second email with your grade.


Class Presentations: (50 points total – you must be present for all presentations to earn full credit)

The two days before the final (see course outline for dates)will be devoted entirely to class presentations.  These presentations will serve as our class study session for the final, and will cover all of the material covered in the course during the semester.  We will present in 4 separate groups.  Each group will have 25 minutes, and will be responsible for presenting a summary of the material covered in ONLY IN LECTURE for their assigned section. Please do not attempt to teach new material in your presentation – it should serve only as a study review for the final.  The groups will be as follows:

  • Group One (syllabus dates covering all material from exam 1)
  • Group Two (syllabus dates covering all material from exam 2)
  • Group Three (syllabus dates covering all material from exam 3)
  • Group Four (syllabus dates covering all material from the non-comprehensive part of the final)


I will assign each student to a group based on their preference.  I will collect your group preferences (see date in course outline), and I will make the group assignments at the beginning of the next class. 

Each group must work together and will have 25 minutes to make their presentation to the class.  Presentations should be geared toward helping the class prepare for the final exam, and so may incorporate sample questions, discussions or demonstrations.  A lecture format is NOT appropriate for the class presentations – do something that will get the class actively participating!

Presentations are worth 50 points, and grades will be determined by considering the effectiveness of the presentation and the accuracy of the information presented (creativity and visual aids are important).  Please see the actual grading sheet that I will use (it is on our blackboard page –supplemental handouts) to insure that you will be given full credit for your work.  The goal is to use our time in a fun and informative way.

Attendance is required on class presentation day.  If you miss the class, arrive late or leave early, you’ll have points deducted from your presentation score.

A note about working in groups: It can be a challenge to work with others, but group work is an important part of most careers.  As such, learning to work well with others is something that is well worth your time and effort.  I do realize however, that not every student puts the same amount of effort into group projects.  To reward students who make this assignment a priority, all students will participate in determining how many points each member of their group earns on the group presentation.

After you receive your grade total on presentation day, you’ll be given the chance to vote on what percentage of the group grade you think each of your group-mates should earn.  For instance, you could award the hardest working members 100% of the earned grade.  If there was one person who kept showing up late for meetings, you might choose to award only 80% of the grade to that student.  You will be able to vote on giving anywhere from 100% to 0% of the earned points for each group member, and you ARE allowed to give all group members 100% if they all worked equally well.  The voting will be done anonymously.  I will tally and average all percentages, and award each student the percent of the grade that they earned according to their classmates.  It is therefore important that you respond to all contact requests from your group, attend meetings, and participate fully in your group.


Extra Credit: (up to 35 points)

Extra credit is an opportunity that is afforded only to students with exemplary attendance.  Therefore, no student with more than three unexcused absences is eligible for extra credit. Your total number of extra credit points is limited to 35.  If you earn more extra credit than this, the points beyond 35 will not be added to your grade.

There will be several chances for extra credit during the semester. First, you can earn 5 extra credit points simply by visiting me in my office any time before the final exam.  You may come at any time before this date, but I generally find that coming earlier is better.

You can also earn extra credit points for participating in group activities.  On several unannounced days during the semester, we will engage in group activities.  Each group will turn in their work, and will earn up to 5 points per successfully completed activity.  These group activities require no outside work, but do require attendance.  There will be no make-ups for group activities you’ve missed.  There will be at least 6 group activities during the semester.

You must be present for theentire class period on each of the group activity days to receive extra credit.  No credit will be given to students who turn in the answers late, or who leave before the end of class.  These will be your only opportunities for extra credit in the course.  


Required Text:

Hock, Roger R. (2010).  Human Sexuality, Second Edition.  Pearson Prentice Hall. 

Course Subjects

Course Outline:

Please note that this outline is subject to change during the semester.  You may always find a current copy of our schedule online on our blackboard website - just follow the link for the syllabus.








Aug 23


Class introduction



Aug 25


Studying Human Sexuality


Chapter 1

Photo session, Group preferences, and Info cards due

Aug 30


Studying Human Sexuality


Chapter 1

Online assignment #1 due

Sept 1


Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology


Chapter 2

Sept 6


Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology


Chapter 2

Sept 8


Sexual Arousal and Response


Chapter 3

Sept 13


Sexual Arousal and Response


Chapter 3

Sept 15


Exam One


Covers Chapters 1-3 AND lecture material from beginning of class

Sept 20


Gender Identity and Gender Roles


Chapter 10

Sept 22


Exam One Review  / Attraction and Love


Chapter 4

(Deadline for exam 1 makeup)

Sept 27


Relationships and Communication


Chapter 4

Sept 29


Sexual Behavior and Fantasies


Chapter 6

Oct 4


Sexual Behavior and Fantasies


Chapter 6

Oct 6


Sexual Orientation


Chapter 11

Oct 11


Sexual Orientation


Chapter 11

Oct 13


Exam Two


Covers Chapters 4, 6, 10, 11, AND lecture material since exam 1

Oct 18


Conception, Pregnancy, Childbirth


Chapter 9

Oct 20


Exam Two Review / Pregnancy and Birth


Chapter 9

(Deadline for exam 2 makeup)

Oct 25




Chapter 5

Oct 27


Sexual Development Throughout Life


Chapter 12

Nov 1


Sexual Development Throughout Life


Chapter 12

Nov 3


Sexual Problems and Solutions


Chapter 7

Nov 8


Sexual Problems and Solutions


Chapter 7

Nov 10


Exam Three


Covers Chapters 5, 7, 9, 12, AND lecture material since exam 2

Nov 15


Sexually Transmitted Infections


Chapter 8

Nov 17


Exam Three Review / Atypical Sexual Variations


Chapter 14

(Deadline for exam 3 makeup)

(last day to withdraw 11/17)

Nov 22


Atypical Sexual Variations


Chapter 14

Nov 24


Sexual Coercion


Chapter 13

Nov 29


Commercial Sex


Chapter 15

Dec 1


Class Presentations


Groups 1-2

Dec 6


Class Presentations


Groups 3-4

Dec 8


********** FINAL EXAM **********


Covers Chapters 8, 13-15, and lecture material since exam 3 as a regular exam. Covers all other chapters and previously tested lecture material as 25 m/c questions



Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to various aspects of human sexuality.  The framework for this course is based in psychology and the social sciences, so the material we cover will include biological, cultural, and historical viewpoints.  This course will help students understand key terms and dimensions of human sexuality, and to evaluate major theories and issues in this area.  It is my hope that through this course, you will better understand and respect yourself and others.


Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:


  • understand the anatomy and physiology of sexual functioning including genetics, fetal development, the birth process, sexual response and sexual dysfunction
  • demonstrate a general understanding of attitudes regarding love, intimacy, sensuality and male and female roles in conventional as well as non-conventional lifestyles, including marital and non-marital relationships, lesbian, homosexual, and heterosexual relationships
  • develop a greater overall appreciation of the self as a sexual being in the light of an evolving understanding of cross cultural, religious, historical and physiological perspectives and to develop a greater tolerance and understanding of others as unique sexual beings
  • understand related sexual issues such as contraception, sexual violence, sexually transmitted diseases and non-conventional sexuality


Instructional Methodology/Course Structure:

This course is lecture and discussion based.  I use powerpoint while I lecture, and the presentations are available on blackboard after each lecture.  These posted lectures may be useful to assist you in your studies, but are not a substitute for regular attendance.  Lectures and discussions are only one part of our class.  You are expected to read your textbook and complete online assignments to facilitate further learning. In class group activities, handouts, videos and written assignments will reinforce the information you are exposed to through the text and lecture.  Most of these materials will be posted on our blackboard site, but generally, I’m unable to post most videos due to copyright issues.

If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to go to blackboard to find out what you have missed, and additionally, contact a classmate to get a good copy of lecture notes that go beyond the powerpoint presentation.  You are responsible for any material discussed in class, in the textbook, on MyPsychLab, in emails from me, or on Blackboard.

In addition to readings from the text, we will occasionally review handout materials.  When these are provided to you ahead of time, it is important that you read them fully before coming to class.  You should also bring a copy of the handout to class on the assigned day so we may have an in-depth discussion on it. Please note that class participation points may be earned for completing these extra reading assignments.

A college course in human sexuality is special.  We will be talking about many topics you’ve probably never discussed in public before.  Initially, this can be uncomfortable for some students.  As a class, we can overcome this discomfort by keeping our minds open, being respectful of our classmates, and sharing our thoughts with each other.  By the end of this class, you should be much more comfortable discussing sexual topics, and you’ll have the information you need to develop a personal sexual philosophy that is both flexible and informed by current scientific research.  


The CPS System:

An interesting part of our class is the CPS, or Classroom Performance System.  Each of you will be assigned a numbered remote control, which you will use for several purposes during each lecture.  I will take attendance with the remotes, and you will use them to respond to surveys and factual questions during discussions.  You can monitor how well you are comprehending material in class through your performance on these questions.  Though the CPS system allows me to keep tabs on your answers, there will be no penalty for answering incorrectly, or points for answering correctly.  I will however, make note of whether or not you are participating in the CPS exercises.  Your participation will count toward your class participation score (see below).  CPS questions will not be available except in class.  Students missing class will not be given copies of the questions they’ve missed.


Class Web Page and ACC Email Accounts:

We will use blackboard for course communication this semester.   To access our blackboard class, you’ll need to go to there, you can view the student guide to learn how to use blackboard, or you can log in with your ACCeID.  Please be sure to explore the blackboard page for our class.  You’ll find important announcements, copies of our lecture slides, copies of all class handouts, your current grades, as well as other important class materials.  Participating through blackboard is a required part of your grade in this class.   You should plan on checking the blackboard site regularly.  Please note that all emails sent from blackboard will go to your acc email account.  You may choose to forward the messages from your ACC Email Account to a preferred email address, but you MUST activate the ACC Email Account to receive class emails.  It is the only way I can communicate with you.



As class participation is integral to the learning process, class attendance will be monitored.  Students missing more than three classes will not be eligible for extra credit.  Students missing more than seven classes will be given a grade of “F” in the course unless they drop.  Attendance may be taken at ANY point during a class meeting.  If you are not present for the attendance check, you will be counted as absent for the day.

If you miss a class, and have an excuse that can be documented officially, provide the documentation to me and your absence will be excused.  Please do not email me excuses, but in person provide me a physical copy of the excuse that I can keep for my records. 

course policies

Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices

Cellular phones and other electronic devices should be set in a manner that will not cause disruption in the classroom. It is my expectation that all cell phones will be turned off or set to “vibrate” before class. Texting or use of cell phones and other devices (except for approved laptops) is forbidden.  If your phone rings, or you choose to text during class, I will remind you once and then further occurrences will count against your attendance grade.

Taking notes on laptops is acceptable, however, if a student is found to be using their laptop for non-class related purposes during class (blog reading, facebooking, etc.), they’ll be asked to shut down the laptop.  Second offenses will count against your attendance grade.

During exams, all electronic devices should be turned off.  A student found to be using any electronic device during an exam will be excused from the testing room and given a zero on the exam.

If you are in the middle of a specific emergency please advise me before class so I may make an exception for that class period.


Make-Up Policy:

Make up exams for this class will be given at the CYP Testing Center.  Please do not attempt to take make-ups at any other location!  You will have one week following the original exam (see course outline for dates) to take the make-up.  Make-ups must be completed before class time on the deadline day.  Students who fail to take the make-up by the deadline will earn a grade of zero on the exam.

The final exam is a special case, as it cannot be placed in the testing center.  Make-ups for the final are very rarely given.  Please discuss your case with the instructor well before the scheduled final.

Students who have a documented, college approved excuse for missing an exam may take a make-up without any grade penalty.  Students who have no excuse for missing an exam may take a make up with a 20-point penalty.

If you miss an exam, please let me know immediately so that I can give a copy of the exam to the testing center in a timely manner.  Students who do not contact me within one week of missing their exam will forfeit the opportunity to take the exam.  Please be aware that if you take an exam in the testing center, I will be unable to grade your exam with the others.  You should expect a reasonable delay in the return of your exam if you take it outside of class.


Students with Disabilities

Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester. (Taken from the ACC Student Handbook)

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the CYP Office of Students with Disabilities at 223-2026 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.  If you already have accommodations through the OSD, please be sure to provide me with your accommodations letter so that I can facilitate your needs.

If you plan on taking exams in the OSD, please email me with your name and your class time.  You will have until the make-up deadline listed on the syllabus to take your exam.  I am always happy to place exams in the OSD for students, but I am not always able to get the exams there by the regularly scheduled class time.  I will ALWAYS have the exams to the OSD by 5pm of the scheduled exam day, so you should schedule your exam time after that.  If this won’t work for your schedule, please let me and your OSD advisor know, and we will try to work something out. 



Communication is an important skill, and requires the use of proper grammar.  If I can’t understand your writing, I can’t grade it properly.  Grammar therefore, WILL be considered when calculating grades for all written assignments and exams, including online submissions.


Academic Honesty

Students are expected to produce their own work.  Plagiarism and dishonest conduct on tests or other assignments will not be accepted.  Evidence of academic dishonesty will be dealt with according to College policy, which can result in an “F” on the assignment, or in the class, and a report on your college record.


General Grading Policies:

To insure timely feedback on assignments, deadlines will be strictly enforced.  Grades for the pop syllabus quiz or FIRST online assignment turned in after the deadline will be reduced by one point PER DAY past the deadline.  This grade reduction applies to all days – weekends and non-class days, so you need to get these assignments in on time, or the total number of points you stand to earn will drop quickly. 

Class Presentations, online assignments beyond #1, and in class journals are not accepted past the deadline.  Students failing to participate in the presentation as scheduled will earn a zero for their presentation score, unless they have a documented excuse, and the rest of the group members feel that they participated strongly until the presentation date.  Deductions for class presentations will only affect the student who fails to participate.  All other group members will earn their grades with no deductions. 


Withdrawal and Incomplete Grades:

Students who fail to attend class, take scheduled exams, and/or turn in papers will need to withdraw from the course.  IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE THE WITDRAWAL OFFICIAL by turning in the required forms.  If you do choose to withdraw, I ask that you inform me of your decision.  This courtesy will help me understand your reasons for leaving, and also allow me to adjust the class presentation groups to account for your absence.  Failure to withdraw officially from a course constitutes an automatic F for the course, as I do not drop students from my courses.

Adding, dropping, or withdrawing from a course may affect financial aid, veterans’ benefits, international student status, or academic standing. See an advisor, counselor or your instructor before making changes.

Per state law, students enrolling for the first time in fall 2007 or later at any Texas college or university may not withdraw (receive a W) from more than six courses during their undergraduate college career. Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to withdraw from a course without having it count toward this limit. Students are encouraged to carefully select courses; contact an advisor or counselor for assistance.

Incomplete grades are RARELY given, and only available on an individual basis under extreme circumstances.


Student Discipline and Academic Freedom:

This course is intended to be a forum for sharing of information and ideas.  All students are encouraged to regularly participate in class.   Please recognize that in any class, there are a wide variety of belief systems and backgrounds.  We must all respect each other enough to share and receive information in a thoughtful way.  Diversity is a benefit to a college classroom, and we will all share the responsibility of creating a supportive and accepting environment. Students who become disruptive or disrespectful to others will be asked to leave the classroom upon the first occurrence, and further offenses will result in removal from the course.



Your course grade will be based on the total number of points you have earned from the syllabus quiz, all four exams, the presentation, online and in class participation, in class journals, and any extra credit you have received.  The scale will be based on a total of 675 points.  As there are ample extra credit points available, this point structure is strictly adhered to when assigning final grades.


A = 605-675

B = 537-603

C = 469-536

D = 402-468

F = 0-401


I will update grades on our class blackboard page regularly.  Please keep track of your grades so that we may discuss them throughout the semester.

I look forward to learning and working with you this year.  As a student, your education is my first priority, and I hope you will let me know how I can accommodate your learning style.  Please communicate with me often, so that I may be kept up to date on your progress, and your enjoyment of the class.