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Course Design Guide

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Syllabus
College of Humanities
HUM/111 Version 4
Critical and Creative Tin!ing
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Course Description
Tis course focuses on develo"ing te critical and creative tin!ing s!ills necessary to analy,e and solve
"roblems& ma!e decisions& im"lement strategies& and formulate -ell su""orted "oints of vie- on !ey academic&
social& and "rofessional issues* Te "rinci"les of creative tin!ing are essential to critical tin!ing s!ills*
Students -ill learn o- to evaluate teir ideas and o- to communicate teir "oints of vie- "ersuasively*
Policies
.aculty and students/learners -ill be eld res"onsible for understanding and adering to all "olicies contained
-itin te follo-ing t-o documents/
University "olicies/ 0ou must be logged into te student -ebsite to vie- tis document*
1nstructor "olicies/ Tis document is "osted in te Course Materials forum*
University "olicies are sub2ect to cange* 3e sure to read te "olicies at te beginning of eac class* (olicies
may be sligtly different de"ending on te modality in -ic you attend class* 1f you ave recently canged
modalities& read te "olicies governing your current class modality*
Course Materials
4uggiero& V* 4* 5$%%'6* The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought 5't ed*6* 7e- 0or!& 70/
(earson 8ongman*
9riting Style Guide
+ll electronic materials are available on te student -ebsite*
Week One: Developing and Establishing a Foundation for Thinking
Details Due Points
Objectives 1.1 1dentify strategies to develo" and im"rove your tin!ing*
1.2 4ecogni,e te im"ortance of building a foundation for critical
and creative tin!ing*
1.3 :)"lain te basis of 2udgment -en addressing moral ;uestions
and dilemmas*
Course
Preparation
Read te course descri"tion and ob2ectives*
Read te instructor<s biogra"y and "ost your o-n*
Readin Read C* 1 of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Read C* $ of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Revie! tis -ee!<s :lectronic 4eserve 4eadings*
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Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
1* Clic! on te 9omen in +fganistan Turn to Self?
1mmolation over +buse video lin! in your 9ee!
>ne :lectronic 4eserve 4eadings "age* 9atc&
read& and listen to te media "resented& -ic
deals -it domestic violence* Domestic violence
can ta!e te form of "ysical assault& se)ual and
emotional abuse& intimidation& economic
de"rivation& and treats of violence* 1t occurs in all
cultures and !no-s no boundaries of race& se)& or
social class* Victims of domestic violence often
find temselves dealing -it a dilemma/ if tey run
a-ay or denounce te "er"etrator& tey fear
retaliation@ if tey !ee" ;uiet and let te
"er"etrator get a-ay -it teir actions& and ten
teir o-n silent suffering continues* 9at
strategies could you use to el" someone deal
-it tis !ind of dilemmaA
B* + cild in first grade believes tat se is in
scool longer on Tursdays tan any oter
days of te -ee!* Ho- could you el" te cild
understand tat all er scool days are te
same lengt and im"rove er tin!ing s!illsA
C* >n Dune 1E& $%%'& a F1?year old "ilot died
in midfligt on te -ay from 3russels&
3elgium& to 7e-ar!& 7e- Dersey* Te
Continental +irlines .ligt F1 carried $4=
"assengers and -as safely landed by te
relief "ilot& -o too! control of te "lane*
(assengers only learned of te situation
after tey got off te "lane* Tis situation
made some "assengers u"set because
tey could ave been in danger -itout
!no-ing it* Do you tin! te airline cre-
acted morallyA :)"lain -y or -y not*
:)"lain te basis of your 2udgment*
Day B B
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%ccess te 9ee! >ne :lectronic 4eserve 4eadings*
&atc' and listen to te videos "resented*
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:lectronic 4eserve
4eadings
(ndividual
:ditorial 3log :ntry
Visit te -ebsite of an environmental organi,ation& suc as
Green"eace
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1nternational or oters*
Revie! te organi,ation<s materials on Global 9arming and :nergy
to become familiar -it teir "osition on tat "articular issue*
)uppose you are a ne-s"a"er columnist -o -ill address te issue
you cose on te ne)t editorial blog of your ne-s"a"er<s 9eb site*
&rite a blog entry of a""ro)imately C%% -ords in -ic you/
(rovide a brief introduction and bac!ground on te issue*
:)"lain -eter you consider tis issue to be a moral matter
and -y*
+ddress any dilemmas surrounding te issue tat your local
community must deal -it*
:)"lain te basis of 2udgment you believe sould be used
for addressing te moral ;uestions or dilemmas surrounding te
issue*
(nclude a title for your blog entry*
Cite any sources and references according to te 9riting Style
Guide Handboo!*
Post your "a"er as an attacment*
Day = F
Week Two: ccurac! of Perception and "nderstanding
Details Due Points
Objectives 2.1 :)"lain te ste"s for becoming an individual*
2.2 1dentify abits tat inder tin!ing*
2.3 Com"are alternatives for overcoming abits tat inder tin!ing*
Readin Read C* B of The Art of Thinking.
Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
B*3ased on your readings from "* CB of your te)tboo!
and your "ersonal e)"erience& -ould you say tat "o"?
culture affects individuality and& if so& o-A
4*:ven toug life is dynamic& and -e go troug ma2or
and minor canges in our lifetime almost on a daily
basis& most "eo"le are resistant to cange* Tis is
es"ecially true in te -or!"lace* Ho- can critical and
creative tin!ing el" overcome resistance to cange
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tat inders one<s tin!ing and "roductivityA 1f you -ere
a manager and your em"loyees -ere struggling -it an
o"erational cange& -at could you do to el" tem
overcome tat resistanceA
C* Select tree abits& from te ones mentioned in your
te)t boo!& -ic inder your tin!ing* Ho- ave you
struggled -it tose abits in te "ast and -at can you
do to overcome tem from no- onA
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Preparation
Commercial Searc
Read ""* C4?F1 of The Art of Thinking*
Using your favorite searc engine& searc for videos of commercials
for lu)ury cars@ consider o- tese commercials utili,e te abits
tat inder tin!ing as means of "ersuasion*
&atc'& read& and listen to te media "resented*
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.eedbac! Huestion
Ho- are your "roblem?solving strategies -or!ing for you& as related
to your academic e)"erienceA 9at as -or!ed and -at as not
-or!ed so -ellA
(ndividual
To Drill or 7ot to
DrillA Tat 1s te
Huestion
Trougout is "residential cam"aign& and since ta!ing office in
Danuary $%%'& (resident 3arac! >bama as "used for-ard is
agenda to free +merica from de"endency on foreign oil* + gro-t of
green 2obs is "redicted in te coming years as ne- tecnologies&
suc as solar "o-er and clean coal& are "ursued and e)"anded*
Mean-ile& many "eo"le and o""osing "oliticians believe tis is an
unnecessary and e)"ensive "us* Tey state -e could 2ust continue
drilling off te Gulf Coast& +las!a& and oter areas -itin our country
tat are currently not being e)"lored*
&rite a "a"er of a""ro)imately C%% -ords in -ic you do te
follo-ing/
Decide -ic side you agree -it te most*
:)"lain -at !ey abits are indering your tin!ing -en
loo!ing at te o""osing vie- and defending your o-n*
Describe -at you can do to overcome tose abits tat are
indering your tin!ing*
Use te University 8ibrary to find t-o credible sources tat su""ort
your argument*
*or+at your "a"er according to te 9riting Style Guide Handboo!*
Post your "a"er as an attacment*
Day = F
Week Three: Critical #eading$ %istening$ and &iewing
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Details Due Points
Objectives 3.1 Clarify te im"ortance of ma!ing distinctions on critical
evaluation*
3.2 Com"are strategies for critical reading& listening& and vie-ing*
Readin Read C* 4 of The Art of Thinking.
Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
1. Summari,e te strategies for critical reading found in
C* 4 of The Art of Thinking* Ho- migt you a""ly tese
strategies in your life to be a better studentA
2. 9y do you tin! it is im"ortant to be able to ma!e te
distinction bet-een a "erson and an ideaA
5. Use your favorite 1nternet searc engine to locate a
Su"er 3o-l Commercial from recent years* 9at
tecni;ues migt you use to determine if tere is bias in
te commercialA
Day B B
$onraded
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Preparation
+dditional
(re"aration
%ccess te 9ee! >ne :lectronic 4eserve 4eadings*
&atc' and listen to te videos "resented*
Participate in te interactive discussion in te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e*
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.eedbac! Huestion
Ho- are your stress management strategies olding u" for youA 1s
te stress you are e)"eriencing -at you e)"ected it to beA 9at
did you not e)"ectA Ho- are you andling tose stressorsA 9at
stress management tecni;ues ave you found to be "articularly
useful for yourselfA
(ndividual
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8earnsca"e/
+ssessing te
Validity of Varying
(oints of Vie-
%ccess te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e/ +ssessing te Validity of Varying
(oints of Vie- troug te lin! located on te student -ebsite*
Co+plete te 8earnsca"e activities*
Co+plete te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e +ssessment (art + and (art 3*
)ave your assessments as a Microsoft
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9ord document*
Post your assessments as an attacment*
Day = 1%
Week Four: 'eing Creative
Details Due Points
Objectives 4.1 +""ly creativity to "roblems and issues*
4.2 1dentify tecni;ues to regain curiosity*
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4.3 :)"lain !ey elements for "roducing ideas*
Readin Read C* C of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Read C* F of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Read C* ' of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Read tis -ee!<s :lectronic 4eserve 4eadings*
Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
2. 1dentify tree !ey strategies tat el" stimulate your
imagination* Ho- migt you use tose strategies to be
creative in your -or!"lace or scoolA
4. Ca"ter C lists five caracteristics of creative "eo"le*
9ic one of tese five caracteristics do you tin! best
describes youA 9yA
5. 9ic of te four stages in te creative "rocess is
most callenging for youA 9yA
Day B B
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Preparation
+dditional
(re"aration
%ccess te 9ee! .our :lectronic 4eserve 4eadings*
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.eedbac! Huestion
Ho- are your time management strategies -or!ing for youA 9ic
strategies ave been most effectiveA 9at time management
callenges remainA 9at can be done about toseA
(ndividual
Midterm :)am
Resources, C* 1IF J ' of The Art of Thinking and te 9ee! .our
:lectronic 4eserve 4eadings
Co+plete te +ssociate 8evel Material/ +""endi) + located on te
student -ebsite*
Cite any sources and references according to te 9riting Style
Guide Handboo!*
Post +""endi) + as an attacment*
Day = 1%
Week Five: Proble( )dentification
Details Due Points
Objectives -.1 Distinguis "roblems from issues*
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-.2 Describe o- to e)"ress "roblems and issues*
Readin Read C* = of The Art of Thinking.
Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
3. Some "eo"le argue tat te government sould
legali,e drugs& because it -ould eliminate te dangers
associated -it its under-orld e)istence* :)am"les of
dangers include gang and criminal activity& ris!y beavior
on te "art of users& su""ort for terrorist activities& and
money laundering* Mean-ile& some o""ose tis vie-
and defend te illegality of drugs on te basis tat tey
are armful to te individual and to society* Do you tin!
tis an e)am"le of a "roblem becoming an issueA 9y
or -y notA
4. Ho- can as!ing te rigt ;uestions el" you become a
more confident and successful tin!erA
5. 3ot "roblems and issues are best e)"ressed as
;uestions@ te form of te ;uestion is different for eac*
9at is te most effective form -en e)"ressing a
"roblemA 9yA 9at is te most effective form -en
e)"ressing an issueA 9yA
Day B B
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.eedbac! Huestion
9at academic study s!ills ave "roven useful to you so farA +re
tere any areas -ere you tin! you could im"roveA Ho- do you
"lan to im"lement suc im"rovementsA
(ndividual
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8earnsca"e/
Discerning te
Difference 3et-een
1ssues and
(roblems
%ccess te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e/ Discerning te Difference
3et-een 1ssues and (roblems troug te lin! located on te
student -ebsite*
Co+plete te 8earnsca"e activities*
Co+plete te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e +ssessment (art + and (art 3*
)ave your assessments as a Microsoft
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9ord document*
Post your assessments as an attacment*
Day = 1%
Week *i+: Proble( *olving Processes
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Details Due Points
Objectives ..1 1dentify sources of information -en investigating a "roblem or
issue*
..2 Com"are te ste"s in refining solutions to a "roblem and
resolutions of issues*
Readin Read C* E of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Read C* 11 of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Read C* 1B of The Art of Thinking.
Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
1. 9ic of te ste"s listed in C* 11 of The Art of
Thinking for refining your solution to a "roblem do you
find most difficultA 9yA
4. Te main message of te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e
videos K>ne HitL and KTey Said Tey 8iedL is tat one
instance of drug use may be enoug to get a "erson
addicted or to even to !ill a "erson* Su""ose you are
as!ed to investigate te validity of tat claim* 9at
sources of information migt you use to conduct suc an
investigationA 9y did you coose tose sourcesA
5. Ho- does te "rocess of refining a solution for a
"roblem differ from te "rocess of refining a solution for
an issueA 9ic do you tin! is more callengingA
Day B B
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+dditional
(re"aration
Resource, Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e/ Discerning te Difference
3et-een 1ssues and (roblems in 9ee! .ive
Watch and reflect on the video "One Hit Wouldnt Hurt: They Said
They Lied," located in the Scene One section.
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Preparation
.eedbac! Huestion
Ho- as te reality of college matced your e)"ectation about your
initial e)"ectations about collegeA 1s it -at you e)"ectedA 9at is
-or!ing for youA 9at is still a callengeA
(ndividual
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8earnsca"e/
1nvestigating a
(roblem and
%ccess te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e/ 1nvestigating a (roblem and
4efining a Solution troug te lin! located on te student -ebsite*
Co+plete te 8earnsca"e activities*
Co+plete te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e +ssessment (art + and (art 3*
)ave your assessments as a Microsoft
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9ord document*
Day = 1%
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4efining a Solution Post your assessments as an attacment*
Week *even: "nderstanding the #ole of Criticis(
Details Due Points
Objectives /.1 +""ly strategies to foster criticism in "roblem solving*
/.2 1dentify a""roaces to refine a solution to a "roblem*
Readin Read C* 1% of The Art of Thinking.
Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
1. 9y do you tin! criticism is necessary for good
critical tin!ingA
3. 9y do you tin! it is difficult for you to critici,e your
o-n ideas and solutions to "roblems and issuesA
4. Ho- do you tin! being o"en to criticism migt el"
you solve "roblems in your daily lifeA
Day B B
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.eedbac! Huestion
Ho- as learning more about communication and "ersonality ty"es&
including your o-n& el"ed you in dealing -it conflicts at -or! or in
your "ersonal lifeA 9at are te benefits of a""lying tat !no-ledge
into your conflict resolution effortsA
(ndividual
Togeter 9e Stand
8etter
Su""ose you live in a ne- suburban community* 1t offers all te
amenities and benefits of a tigt?!nit small community& -it te
benefits of living close to te big city* Some years "ass& and several
cildren and adults in te community start develo"ing e)tensive and
similar illnesses* 0ou tin! tis is clearly not a case of genetics& and
become sus"icious tat someting must ave gone -rong in te
develo"ment "lanning and e)ecution of your community* 0ou start
researcing and investigating "ossible causes for te illnesses
"laguing te community and& u"on digging furter& find out tat te
gas com"any<s "ractices may be to blame for te calamity* 0ou
decide& at tat "oint& to s"read te -ord around your community
about your findings so tat everyone can unite in a figt for 2ustice*
&rite a letter of a""ro)imately C%% -ords in lengt tat you intend to
ave "ublised by your local ne-s"a"er addressing your concerns
-it te "ublic ealt of te community*
01plain -at strategies you a""lied -en investigating te "roblem
tat el"ed foster critical tin!ing and lead you to te root cause of
te ine)"licable illnesses*
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(denti23 a""roaces te community could ta!e togeter to arrive at
"ossible solutions for te "roblem and settle te matter -it te gas
com"any*
Cite any sources and references according to te 9riting Style
Guide Handboo!*
Post your letter as an attacment*
Week Eight: rgu(ent nal!sis and Evaluation
Details Due Points
Objectives 4.1 Differentiate among te errors affecting trut and validity*
4.2 Summari,e te ste"s to evaluate arguments*
Readin Read C* 1$ of The Art of Thinking.
Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
1. Describe a time -en your assum"tion about a
situation -as incorrect* 9at do you tin! led to your
incorrect assum"tionA Ho- did your assum"tion interfere
-it your ability to tin! critically about te situationA
C* Ca"ter 1$ of The Art of Thinking lists some errors tat
affect te acce"tance of te trut* 9ic of tese errors
are you most li!ely to ma!eA 9yA
Day B B
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Mennedy<s
1nauguration
Using your favorite 1nternet searc engine& searc for (resident
Don .* Mennedy<s inaugural address*
&atc'& read& and listen to te media "resented on (resident Don .*
Mennedy<s inaugural address*
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.eedbac! Huestion
Do you ever tin! about your learning styleA Has tat !no-ledge
been el"ful for you in studying and learning in te University of
(oeni) coursesA Ho- migt tat !no-ledge el" you better master
te content of tis courseA
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8earnsca"e/
:)amining Different
%ccess te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e/ :)amining Different +rguments
4elated to te Coice of a Career troug te lin! located on te
student -ebsite*
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+rguments 4elated
to te Coice of a
Career
Co+plete te 8earnsca"e activities*
Co+plete te Tool-ire
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8earnsca"e +ssessment (art + and (art 3*
)ave your assessments as a 9ord document*
Post your assessments as an attacment*
Week ,ine: Co((unicating -our )deas
Details Due Points
Objectives 5.1 :)"lain tecni;ues to "resent ideas and "ersuade oters
effectively*
5.2 4ecogni,e a""roaces to acieve effective -riting and
s"ea!ing*
Readin Read C* 14 of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Read C* 1C of The Art of Thinking.
Readin Read tis -ee!<s :lectronic 4eserve 4eadings*
Participation Participate in class discussion* Ma!e $ substantive "osts "er day
on 4 of = days*
>ngoing 4
"iscussion
#uestions
1. 9y do you tin! it is im"ortant to !no- te
reasons tat "eo"le re2ect ideasA
$* 9y do you tin! it is im"ortant to !no- your audience
-en "resenting ideasA
Day B B
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Commencement
S"eeces
Using your favorite 1nternet searc engine& searc for
commencement s"eeces*
&atc'& read& and listen to a fe- commencement s"eeces
"resented*
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.eedbac! Huestion
Ho- does your understanding of academic credibility a""ly to your
-or! in tis courseA 9at !inds of ;uestions do you ave remaining
about "lagiarism and o- to avoid itA
(ndividual
.inal :)am
Resources, C* =& E& J 1%I1C of The Art of Thinking and articles
found -itin te 9ee! 7ine :lectronic 4eserve 4eadings lin! for
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Co+plete te +ssociate 8evel Material/ +""endi) 3 located on te
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Post +""endi) 3 as an attacment*
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