University of West Florida

School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences

 

Courses: Psychology (PSY)

Course: PSY2012 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
Course Description:
A survey of methods, theories, and body of knowledge of contemporary psychology, including such topics as learning, motivation, sensation and perception, development, thinking, personality, social behavior, psychological adjustment, and methods of therapy. (General Studies Course: SS/BEH)

Dr. Burke's Student Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

1. Identify and Explain different fields of study, both current and historical, within psychology.

2. Recognize and apply the specialized terminology, concepts, and theories that characterize the research and knowledge base for the biological, individual psychological, and social forces in human behavior, thought, and feelings.

3. Identify and Explain methodologies used for psychological research.

4. Critically evaluate psychological theories and research.

5. Explain how biology and environment interact to produce human behavior, thought and feelings.

6. Correctly use the editorial style of the American Psychological Association.

7. Describe and Apply ethical principles to the treatment of humans in research and therapeutic contexts.

8. Identify and explain social and cultural influences on behavior, thought, and feelings.

Dr. Westcott’s Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Familiarity with the early pioneers of psychology and their contributions to the field.

2. An understanding of the professional specializations in psychology.

3. An understanding of the four psychological research methods and their applications.

4. An appreciation for ethical principles in research.

5. An understanding of the connection between brain and behavior, including neural impulses, brain structure and sensory systems.

6. An understanding of the Laws of Perceptual Organization, their relationship with sensory systems and their impact on behavior.

7. An ability to discuss the nature of consciousness as it relates to everyday activities including sleep and dreaming.

8. An understanding of the major categories of psychoactive drugs and their effects on behavior.

9. An understanding of the principles of operant and classical conditioning with emphasis on the ability to use the principles in real life situations.

10. The ability to understand and apply human memory theory to current academic situations.

11. An understanding of key concepts in the development of human language.

12. An understanding of research on problem solving and decision making with special emphasis on real life applications.

13. Familiarity with the major categories of psychological tests and the components of standardization.

14. An understanding of the current issues surrounding intelligence theory and measurement.

15. An understanding of the components of emotion and the three major theories of emotion.

16. The ability to apply motivational theory to everyday life.

17. An ability to understand and explain the stages of human development across the lifespan.

18. An understanding of the concepts presented by the major personality theorists including biological perspectives and hereditability.

19. An ability to understand the nature of stress and its effects on physical health, interpersonal relationships and the world of work.

20. An understanding of the categorization of psychological disorders:  anxiety, somatoform, dissociative, mood, schizophrenic and personality.

21. A working knowledge of the scope of activities of various types of mental health professionals.

22. A broad understanding of insight, behavior and biomedical therapies, including ethical issues involved in therapy.

23. An understanding of the main principals of social interaction including attribution, social cognitions, social relations, conformity, interpersonal attraction and behavior in groups.

Dr. Arruda’s Student Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of General Psychology, the successful student should be able to:

1. To demonstrate familiarity with the content of the field of psychology;

2. To describe how psychologists observe and measure behavior;

3. To think critically and objectively about behavior;

4. To understand how psychological principles are applied outside the laboratory;

5. To understand basically what is and is not known about the bases of human behavior ( e.g., physiological, developmental, behavioral, cognitive, social, and emotional);

6. To identify, describe, and critically analyze the different theoretical explanations for behavior;

7. To describe research methodologies used to investigate different questions in psychology;

8. To communicate an understanding of course content through written expression.

Dr. Belter's Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate mastery of course content through the recognition and application of the specialized terminology, concepts, and theories that characterize the research and knowledge base for the broad discipline of Psychology.  This will include the learning, social, biological, and developmental theories of the discipline. 

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the standards of academic integrity and adherence to those standards in the academic environment. 

3. Demonstrate effective project management through independent and responsible self-management and time-management in meeting academic expectations in a lower level college course. 
 
Course: PSY2023 - CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 1.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
Course Description:
Will provide students with an overview of the discipline of psychology, including expectations for the psychology major, career options for students completing a bachelor degree in psychology, and career options for students who pursue a graduate degree in psychology. Skills required for library research, writing in the style of the American Psychological Association, and ethical and professional issues will be discussed.
 
 
Course: PSY2038 - GENERAL HONORS SEMINAR
Hours: 1.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012
Corequisites: PSY 2012
Current Semester of Offering: Fall
Course Description:
PSY 2012 Intended as a supplement to enrollment in PSY 2012 for students in the Honors Program. It is intended to maximize understanding of the psychological concepts covered in PSY 2012 and to provide more depth and "hands-on" activities. Credit may not be earned in both PSY 2039 and PSY 2038.
 
 
Course: PSY2905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY2948 - SERVICE LEARNING FIELD STUDY I
Hours: 1.0 - 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
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Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 4-6 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.
 
 
Course: PSY2990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY2991 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY2992 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY2998 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY2999 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3948 - SERVICE LEARNING FIELD STUDY II
Hours: 1.0 - 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
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Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 4-6 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.
 
 
Course: PSY3949 - COOPERATIVE EDUCATION
Hours: 1.0 - 2.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 2.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring
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Alternating full-time or consecutive parallel terms of practical experience in the intended field. Reinforcing academic preparation; confirming educational and career goals; personal and professional development; early start in career; earnings toward self-support; improved employability. (See program description under Cooperative Education). Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission of director of Cooperative Education is required.
 
 
Course: PSY3990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3991 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3992 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3993 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3996 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3997 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3998 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY3999 - SPECIAL COURSE
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Course: PSY4302 - PSYCHOLOGY OF ASSESSMENT
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Fundamentals of testing and measurement of aptitude, achievement and personality. STA 2023 is recommended prior to taking this course. Credit may not be received in both PSY 4302 and PSY 4383.
 
 
Course: PSY4832 - SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
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Introduces students interested in psychology, exercise science, physical education, sports medicine, coaching, athletic training or fitness instruction, to principles of psychology as applied to sports and exercise. Topics covered include methods of performance enhancement and mental training, exercise adherence, violence in sports, effects of sports on children, team dynamics, and drug and steroid use among athletes.
 
 
Course: PSY4905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4949 - COOPERATIVE EDUCATION
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
Course Description:
Alternating full-time or consecutive parallel terms of practical experience in the intended field. Reinforcing academic preparation; confirming educational and career goals; personal and professional development; early start in career; earnings toward self-support; improved employability. (See program description under Cooperative Education). Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Master level student and permission of director of Cooperative Education is required.
 
 
Course: PSY4990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4990L - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4991 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4992 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4993 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4994 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4995 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4996 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4998 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY4999 - SPECIAL COURSE
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Course: PSY5016 - CONJUNCTIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 2.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 2.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
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A practical and integrated overview of the fundamental dynamics of human behavior and consciousness, drawing from all the world's psychologies, and emphasizing contributions not well known in Western Psychology. Topics include breathwork, nutrition, ayurveda, pranayama, chi kung, chakras, yoga, behaviors of the mind, states and levels of consciousness, self and will, and transpersonal awakening, and their applications in professional settings.
 
 
Course: PSY5016L - CONJUNCTIVE PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY
Hours: 1.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 1.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
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PSY 5016 Practical experience and skill training that parallel topics of the lecture course. Grading is based on attendance and participation, and contribution to the class.
 
 
Course: PSY5905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY5990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY5990C - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY5990L - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY5991 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY5992 - SPECIAL COURSE
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Course: PSY5993 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY5994 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY5997 - SPECIAL COURSE
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Course: PSY6217 - RESEARCH DESIGN IN PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: EXP 3082, EXP 3082L, and STA 2023
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring
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The logical and philosophical foundations of scientific research will be discussed. Topics include researching the literature, developing research questions, designing and evaluating empirical research, and communicating research methods and results in standard technical format (APA style). Ethical issues in the conduct of research will be addressed. Particular attention is given to the selection of procedures for obtaining empirical data that provide meaningful answers to research questions and to the relation between research design and statistical analysis. A major component is a written research proposal in which the student is expected to demonstrate his or her ability to review the psychological literature, develop a testable research hypothesis, design a sound study to test this hypothesis, identify the appropriate statistical analysis for the data this design would generate, and provide an interpretation of results.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will develop a working knowledge of key concepts and principles of research design in the field of psychology;

2. Students will construct a testable hypothesis or research question for which a feasible and valid methodology for testing the hypothesis or addressing the research question can be developed;

3. Students will develop skills for composing and compose critical and analytical summaries of primary source papers in which empirical research is reported;

4. Students will compose a literature review, based on primary sources, that provides support for research hypothesis or research question and the methodology that describes a test of the hypothesis or addresses the research question;

5. Students will identify a methodology that provides a test of the research hypothesis or addresses the research question;

6. Students will compose a research proposal including introduction, methodology that includes participants, instrumentation, procedures, design and analysis, and other sections deemed relevant based on the proposed study, and reference sections;

7. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Edition (2001) in all written products submitted for evaluation;

 
Course: PSY6905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY6917 - SUPERVISED RESEARCH
Hours: 1.0 - 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
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Credit is earned by serving in an apprenticeship position under a faculty member and assisting with one or more research projects. Although the student may enroll in more than one supervised experience in research or teaching (see PSY 6940), a maximum of 3sh in supervised experiences will be applied toward the degree requirements. Permission is required.
 
 
Course: PSY6940 - SUPERVISED TEACHING
Hours: 1.0 - 6.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 6.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
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Credit is earned by serving in an apprenticeship position under a faculty member and assisting with the teaching of one or more courses. Although the student may enroll in more than one supervised experience in teaching or research (see PSY 6917), a maximum of 3sh for supervised experiences will be applied toward the degree requirements. Permission is required.
 
 
Course: PSY6948 - INTERNSHIP
Hours: 1.0 - 6.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 6.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
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Supervised experience in community, agency, school, or business organization where student serves as full-time staff member. Student participates in full range of services available in the setting. An internship portfolio and paper are required. May enroll for more than one term-total of 6sh required for M.A. degree. Minimum of 600 clock hours required. Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission is required.
 
 
Course: PSY6971 - THESIS
Hours: 1.0 - 6.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 6.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
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Includes research projects, theoretical treatises and case studies. May enroll for more than one term-total of 6sh required for M.A. degree. Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission is required.
 
 
Course: PSY6990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PSY7990 - SPECIAL COURSE
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Course: PSY8980 - DISSERTATION
Hours: 1.0 - 6.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 6.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring Summer
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Major individual research in an area of significant psychological interest; designed specifically for candidates in the Ed D Curriculum and Instruction Program-Social Sciences/Psychology Specialization. Reflects intensive social science research produced by the student with guidance from the major professor and doctoral committee members. Admission to candidacy and permission is required. Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only.
 
 
Course: PSY8990 - SPECIAL COURSE
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