Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

CISS 302: Business Data Communications And Networking

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  Course Description

Introduction to business computer networking. Topics include network architecture with layered models; network technologies with LAN, MAN and WAN; network security, design and management.

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  FitzGerald, J., Dennis, A., & Durcikova, A. (2018). Business Data Communications & Networking (13th ). Canada: John Wiley & Sons.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course provides you a comprehensive tour through all of networking‒from the lowest levels of data transmission and wiring, to the highest levels of application software, to provide an orientation to the basic concepts of computer networks and communications.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

Note: Although Mac versions or other operating system versions will be accepted, guidance and trouble shooting from the instructor, might be, and likely will be, limited should an issue arise. Unless you are an advanced user it is strongly recommended that you use the standard program, for a Windows operating system, found in the content area.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of networking.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of asymmetric data encryption.
  3. Be able to capture network data and conduct basic analyses.
  4. Be able to use software to draw basic network diagrams.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 706-785 90-100%
B 628-705 80-89%
C 550-627 70-79%
D 471-549 60-69%
F 0-470 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Quiz (8) 100 13%
Midterm Exam (1) 200 25%
Term Paper 100 13%
Final Exam (1) 200 25%
Exercise Activity (8) 85 11%
Discussions (8) 100 13%
Total 785 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Exercise Activity 1 10 Friday
Introduction Discussion -- Friday/Sunday
Discussion 1 10
Quiz 1 10 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Exercise Activity 2 10 Friday
Discussion 2 10 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 2 20 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Exercise Activity 3 10 Friday
Discussion 3 10 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 3 20 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Exercise Activity 4 10 Friday
Discussion 4 15 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 4 10 Sunday
Midterm Exam 200

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Exercise Activity 5 15 Friday
Discussion 5 15 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 5 10 Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Exercise Activity 6 10 Friday
Discussion 6 15 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 6 10 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Exercise Activity 7 10 Friday
Discussion 7 15 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 7 10 Sunday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Term Paper 100 Wednesday
Exercise Activity 8 10 Friday
Discussion 8 10 Friday/Saturday
Quiz 8 10 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points: 785

  Assignment Overview

Discussion

You will have weekly discussion assignments that allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the course material and apply knowledge to real-world situations. You will post your responses to discussion topics in discussion forums as described in the weekly course schedule. As part of your initial post, you must attach the deliverables from the weekly Exercise Activity.

Each discussion carries various point values as identified on the schedule of Due Dates. The initial posts of the discussions must be submitted on Friday (by 11:59 p.m. CT) and your responses on Sundays (by 11:59 p.m. CT), except for Week 8 which will be Saturday (by 11:59 p.m. CT).

You are required to review at least two other students’ postings and submit constructive feedback.  All work should be complete and concise and should demonstrate original thinking. To be complete, you must illustrate the points you make in your postings with examples from the readings, research, observation, and personal experience you may have had while working in the Information Management field.

Use APA or similar style footnotes below your discussion posting to properly cite sources for your work.

You will find that most discussion topics will not display other students’ posts until you submit your individual posting. This feature encourages students to conduct their own research and formulate unique individual responses to discussion questions without being influenced by the postings made by other students. Any additional changes to your post or supplemental information you provide to your original response will not be considered toward your graded assignment.

Exercise Activities

You will be assigned at least one weekly hands-on exercise involving the application of material covered in the chapter reading assignments. The Exercise Activities are due Fridays (by 11:59 p.m. CT).

The Exercise Activities may involve downloading and installing unique software tools and applications (Windows operating system required), collecting network traffic and analyzing data, and developing conclusions based on direct observation. You will post your responses in Discussion forums and/or as documents uploaded to a Dropbox folder as dictated in the weekly course schedule.

All work should be complete and concise, and should demonstrate original thinking. To be complete, you must follow instructions provided in each hands-on activity and produce the required deliverables as described in the reading assignments, and as described in the weekly course schedule. Exercise Activities must be posted to the Discussion forum or submitted to the Dropbox folder only once. Review your final work carefully before posting/uploading them. If multiple versions of an assignment are submitted, only the first version will be evaluated and graded.

Quizzes

Each week you will have a brief quiz over the readings. They will be composed of Multiple-Choice Questions. The number of questions and points per quiz may vary each week. Each question is worth two (2) points. You are expected to spend no more than one and a half minutes per question. Quizzes will open on Monday at 12:01 a.m. CT, and are due on Sunday (Saturday for Week 8) by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Term Paper

You will write a Term Paper for this course, due Wednesday by 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8. For the paper topic, you should consider a topic that is either up for debate or an emerging change in the field. If it is a controversial issue you will need to state both the debate and briefly describe the different views on the topic (maybe more than two), before stating your views on the topic. If you are writing about an emerging issue you must state where it has been, why it is changing, and hypothesize where it will go and what impact that will have on the field. Your papers should be an examination on these topics supported vigorously with scholarly research and recent article.

You must submit the Term Paper topic no later than Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 2. For the Term Paper topic submission, create a Word document with your planned topic along with a brief description that delineates the scope of your paper’s topic. Submit your topic by uploading it to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area. All term paper topics must be approved by the instructor. The term paper must be prepared as a Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) and submitted to the “Term Paper” Dropbox. The Term Paper should be a minimum of 14 pages and a maximum of 15 pages in length (not including title page, abstract, cited references, etc.). It should be typed, double-spaced, and 12-point font (Times New Roman). It must be written in proper APA format, i.e., a title page, an abstract, in-text citations and a reference page.

You must have a minimum of 5 references of scholarly quality (your course textbook can be used as source). Keep in mind, there are several unacceptable resources which cannot be used for any course assignment, including your term papers.

The use of the following sources like Wikipedia, Wiki Info, and Anarchopedia will negatively impact your grade. Remember, Columbia College policies concerning plagiarism will be strictly enforced regarding these term papers. Please take this matter very seriously because plagiarism software is used on every term paper submitted. Do not use term papers previously submitted to other CC courses.

Exams

There are two closed book proctored exams in this course, the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam.
See the Proctor Policy and find complete information about locating a proctor and submitting proctor information in the Content area of the course. Each exam is worth 200 points toward your course grade.

You will have 75 minutes to complete each exam which consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The Midterm Exam will test your understanding of Chapters 1-6 and the Final Exam will test your understanding of Chapters 7, 8, 10, and 11. The Midterm Exam will open on Monday, 12:01 a.m. CT, and will close on Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT, of Week 4. The Final Exam will open on Monday, 12:01 a.m. CT, and will close on Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT, of Week 8.



  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings
  • Chapter 1.1-1.2.2
  • Chapter 1.3-1.3.3
  • Chapter 1.4-1.4.3
  • Chapter 1.5-1.5.3
Exercise Activity 1

In Chapter 1 the author introduces the broad field of networking through a brief history of the Internet and by introducing various network standards commonly used today.

Using your textbook and the Internet for reference, develop an informational explication of 500-600 words on the topic “How the explosive growth of communication systems has impacted on the quality and quantity of information.

Several focal points that should be considered are:

  1. How has the relationship between businesses and their suppliers been affected?
  2. Describe how the explosive growth of the Internet has altered the relationship between businesses and their customers? Has that change been positive or negative?
  3. In what way has the explosive growth affected consumers in the online marketplace?

Note: This activity must be completed prior to starting Discussion 1.

Introduction Discussion

Introduce yourself to the instructor and to your classmates.  Take the time to add information about your hobbies, family, educational goals, favorite books, etc. Have you read anything recently that you would recommend to your classmates? Your post should be at least one full, cohesive paragraph of 8-10 sentences that support one topic sentence. Respond with substance to the posts of at least two others.

Discussion 1

In order to complete this discussion, you need to have completed Exercise 1.

In your initial discussion post, summarize your findings in a brief paragraph, then as an attachment, include your full findings. Then read and respond to at least two other students’ submissions for this topic. Select one of the focal points they discuss and provide meaningful feedback to their posting by demonstrating critical thinking that either apposes or defends their position.

Quiz 1

The Quiz is comprised of 5 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), covers Chapter 1, and you can attempt it once. The quiz is worth 10 points and has an 8-minute time limit.

Readings
  • Chapter 2.1 - 2.6
  • Chapter 3.1 - 3.7
Exercise Activity 2

Tracing Your Email

Most email today is spam, unwanted commercial email, or phishing, fake email designed to separate you from your money. Criminals routinely send fake emails that try to get you to tell them your log-in information for your bank or your PayPal account, so they can steal the information, log-in as you, and steal your money. It is very easy to fake a return address on an email, so simply looking to make sure that an email has a valid sender is not sufficient to ensure that the email was actually sent by the person or company that claims to have sent it.

The objective of this Activity is for you to trace an email you have received to see if the sending address on the email is actually the organization that sent it. There are many tools you can use to trace your email. For this exercise we will use a tool called eMail Tracker Pro, which has a free version that lasts 15 days. Go to www.emailtrackerpro.com and download and install eMail Tracker Pro. When you’re ready, follow the detail instructions for this activity located on page 51 in your textbook

Deliverables: Create a Word document that contains the following information:

  1. A screen capture of the original text message and header information as illustrated in figure 2-19 in the textbook.
  2. A screen capture of the trace results from emailTrackerPro as illustrated in figure 2-20.
  3. Develop a 300-400-word assessment of your findings. Points to consider:
    ● Was the email authentic or spam? What factors did you consider when making that conclusion?
    ● What actions can you take if you suspect that an email is fraudulent an may pose a threat to the receiver if they follow links or instructions in the message?

Note: This activity must be completed prior to starting Discussion 2.

Discussion 2

In order to complete this discussion, you need to have completed Exercise 2. Post your deliverables (files and results) as attachments to this discussion post.

Read and respond to at least two other students’ submissions for this topic providing meaningful feedback to their posting by analyzing their SMTP mail trace results. Address the following points when reviewing student results:

  • After reviewing the student’s trace results, make your own assessment and determine whether you consider the email message to be legitimate, SPAM, or a phishing attempt.
  • What information did you consider when you made your determination?
  • Were there any obvious tell tail signs within the email message body that hinted at its legitimacy? (i.e. spelling and/or grammar errors, links that do not point to the stated host name, poorly worded pleas for money or help, or if legitimate, was the message absent of anything you would consider abnormal)
Quiz 2

The Quiz is comprised of 10 MCQs, covers Chapters 2 and 3, and you can attempt it once. The quiz is worth 20 points and has a 15-minute time limit.

Term Paper: Topic Submission

Create a Word document with your planned topic for the Term Paper, due in Week 8, along with a brief description that delineates the scope of your paper’s topic. You should consider a topic that is either up for debate or an emerging change in the field. All term paper topics must be approved by the instructor.

Submit your topic by uploading it to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Readings
  • Chapter 4.1 - 4.5
  • Chapter 5.1 - 5.6
Exercise Activity 3

In this activity, you'll discover how to use several useful commands which are available on most Windows and Apple computers. These basic tools will help you better understand and evaluate the computer’s network status, as well as view a multitude of settings and attributes that must be in place to allow communication to occur.

Complete Hands-On Activity 5A which can be found beginning on page 145 and ends on page 150 in your textbook. Post the deliverables in a single Word document as required (screen captures, response to questions, etc.).

Note: This activity must be completed prior to starting Discussion 3.

Discussion 3

In order to complete this discussion, you need to have completed Exercise 3.

In your initial post, reflect and post on what you already knew about the exercise you completed. What areas did you find confusing or still don’t quite understand? Post your deliverables (files and results) as attachments to this discussion post.

Then read and respond to at least two other students’ submissions for this topic providing meaningful feedback to their posting.

  1. How did output values, such as packet routes and the response time between your computer and a target host, differ from yours?
  2. Is there a technical reason for differences between student results, or should all computers have the same results from each test performed?
Quiz 3

The Quiz is comprised of 10 MCQs, covers Chapters 4 and 5, and you can attempt it once. The quiz is worth 20 points and has a 15-minute time limit.

Readings
  • Chapter 6.1 - 6.2.5
  • Chapter 6.3 - 6.3.4
  • Chapter 6.4 - 6.4.3
Exercise Activity 4

A network diagram is a visual representation of network architecture. It maps out the structure of a network with a variety of different symbols and line connections. It is the ideal way to share the layout of a network because the visual presentation makes it easier for users to understand how items are connected. This exercise will give you hands-on knowledge in network map making, which is an important skill to acquire.

Complete Hands-On Activity 6A titled “Network Design Software” found on page 176 in your textbook.

After building a network map using the design tool located at smartdraw.com, students must save a copy of their map (export as jpg or using a screen capture tool), along with a brief (200-300 word) summary of their map contents, to the discussion area listed for this week. It is recommended that a Word document be created and page 1 used for the summary information, followed by an embedded graphic image of the network map on page 2.

Note: This activity must be completed prior to starting Discussion 4.

Discussion 4

In order to complete this discussion, you need to have completed Exercise 4. Post your deliverables (files and results) as attachments to this discussion post.

Read and respond to at least two other students’ submissions for this topic providing meaningful feedback to their posting.

  1. Does the network you are reviewing use any type of identifiable security, such as a firewall? If not, what would you recommend?
  2. Does the network contain mixed operating systems, such as Windows, Apple, and Linux? If so, what are the challenges?
  3. What other devices are shown? (Printers, multi-function devices, etc.)
Quiz 4

The Quiz is comprised of 5 MCQs, covers Chapters 6, and you can attempt it once. The quiz is worth 10 points and has an 8-minute time limit.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam is proctored comprising 50 MCQs, covering Chapter 1-6, and you can attempt it once. The exam is worth 200 points and has 75 minutes time limit. It should be completed by Sunday 11:59. p.m.

Readings
  • Chapter 7.1 - 7.2.4
  • Chapter 7.3 - 7.3.3
  • Chapter 7.4 - 7.4.5
  • Chapter 7.6 - 7.6.3
Exercise Activity 5

This activity involves using a software application designed to monitor, evaluate, record, and report on Ethernet network performance. It provides a network dashboard that displays network performance updated each second. It provides details on bandwidth by IP, top URLs, port activity, and traffic flow, and allows you to capture packets based on type, address, size, TCP/UDP port, or data pattern. After completing this exercise, you will understand the tremendous level of network communication that occurs while using your device on a network.

TracePlus is a network monitoring tool that enables you to see how much network capacity you are using.

For this assignment, you will download and install the TracePlus network monitoring program and develop deliverables found in Hands-On Activity 7A located on page 209 in your textbook.

Warning:The TracePlus program is available in the course Content area, under the General Resources menu. If you plan to download the program from the Internet, follow the textbook instructions carefully, or you can mistakenly download a file that contains malicious code which can damage your computer software.

Develop a summary assessment of your observations and experience (300-400 words) and submit your assessment in the discussion area created for this activity.

Be sure to cover the following questions:

  1. How many packets did your computer send and receive?
  2. What is the total data rate on your network?
  3. What is your network utilization?
Note: This activity must be completed prior to starting Discussion 5.
Discussion 5

In order to complete this discussion, you need to have completed Exercise 5. Post your deliverables (files and results) as attachments to this discussion post.

Read and respond to at least two other students’ submissions for this topic providing meaningful feedback to their posting.

  1. How did their network statistics differ from yours?
  2. Is there any indication that one is more or less congested than the other?
  3. What might cause network utilization to vary greatly between your network and other student networks?
  4. What other factors can contribute to network performance (i.e. infrastructure wiring, computer operating systems, etc.)
Quiz 5

The Quiz is comprised of 5 MCQs, covers Chapters 7, and you can attempt it once. The quiz is worth 10 points and has an 8-minute time limit.

Readings
  • Chapter 8.1 - 8.3
  • Chapter 8.4
  • Chapter 8.6
Exercise Activity 6

Network mapping software allows you to generate a map of the computers on all the LANs connected to a backbone. This activity involves installing a network-mapping program that will automate the process of scanning a network and automatically creating a graphical representation of the network.

This week’s exercise is to use a LAN network mapping software program to draw a diagram of your home network. You will complete the first portion (Mapping a Small Network) of Hands-On Activity 8A located on page 231 in your text. The software can be downloaded from the Internet by following the information provided in the text, or you can download it from the course Content area.

Note: This activity must be completed prior to starting Discussion 6.

Discussion 6

In order to complete this discussion, you need to have completed Exercise 6. Post your deliverables (files and results) as attachments to this discussion post.

Read and respond to at least two other students’ submissions for this topic providing meaningful feedback to their posting.

  1. Compare and contrast the types of devices between the two networks.
  2. Comment on any topology characteristics that you recognize (i.e. a bus or star configuration).
  3. How do mobile devices, cameras, security systems and smart appliances appear on network maps?
Quiz 6

The Quiz is comprised 5 MCQs, covers Chapters 7, and you can attempt it once. The quiz is worth 10 points and has an 8-minute time limit.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Readings
  • Chapter 10.2 - 10.3
  • Chapter 10.4
Exercise Activity 7

This exercise will demonstrate how to test your Internet network speed. Speedtest.net is a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics, such as connection data rate and latency. You will measure the bandwidth (speed) and latency of your Internet connection, along with data rates for the download direction, i.e. from the server to your computer, and the upload data rate, i.e. from your computer to the server.

Complete Hands-On Activity 10B, page 282 in your textbook. This activity will teach you how to measure your Internet download and upload speed. There are many Internet sites that offer speed testing to site visitors, and while most are good, many of these sites generate revenue by selling software and services that don’t pertain to the task of testing your internet speed.

With that caution given, carefully read this week’s activity and complete the assignment by placing your speed test results in a Word document and posting them in the discussion area for this assignment. The deliverable requires that you test two servers, one far away from you and one close to your physical location.

Note: This activity must be completed prior to starting Discussion 7.

Discussion 7

In order to complete this discussion, you need to have completed Exercise 7. Post your deliverables (files and results) as attachments to this discussion post.

Read and respond to at least two other students’ submissions for this topic providing meaningful feedback to their posting.

  1. Is there a correlation between distance and speed? Does that correlation remain consistent over multiple samples?
  2. What network characteristics can cause near sites to have slower download speeds than sites that are farther away?
Quiz 7

The Quiz is comprised of 5 MCQs, covers Chapters 7, and you can attempt it once. The quiz is worth 10 points and has an 8-minute time limit.

Readings
  • Chapter 11.2
  • Chapter 11.4
Term Paper

Write a Term Paper on the topic you identified in Week 2 within the field of Business Data Communications and Networking.

If the subject is a controversial issue you will need to state both the debate and briefly describe the different views on the topic (maybe more than two), before stating your views on the topic. If you are writing about an emerging issue you must state where it has been, why it is changing, and hypothesize where it will go and what impact that will have on the field. Your papers should be an examination on these topics supported vigorously with scholarly research and recent article.

Refer to the assignment expectations for additional details concerning this task.  Submit to the appropriate dropbox by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. CT.

Exercise Activity 8

For this exercise, you will perform research and develop a brief paper on the subject described below.

A Denial of Service (DOS) attack typically involves the misuse of standard TCP/IP protocols or connection processes so that the target for the DOS attack responds in a way designed to create maximum trouble. Read the TECHNICAL FOCUS 11-2 “Inside a DoS Attack” on page 299 and become familiar with the five common types of TCP/IP attacks.

Select one attack method and conduct research using the Internet and libraries available through your Cougar-Track account to develop a 900-1000-word (approximately 4 single space pages) narrative of an actual attack which used the method you selected.

Use the following list of significant points to consider as you create your paper.

  1. Why was the target selected? (For social, political, financial reasons?)
  2. What was the target’s network security posture prior to the attack? (Passively/Actively protected, indifferent about cyber security?)
  3. What was the loss to the target? (Information, financial data, customer/personal information?)
  4. What secondary impact did the attack have, and to whom? (Banks, investments, suppliers etc.)
  5. Identify the person or organization that claimed responsibility for the attack. In your own words, describe why you believe they performed the attack.

Note: This activity must be completed prior to starting Discussion 8.

Discussion 8

In order to complete this discussion, you need to have completed Exercise 8. Post your deliverables (files and results) as attachments to this discussion post.

Read and respond to at least two other student postings.

  1. Provide insightful feedback that demonstrates your knowledge of DOS attacks and methods to prevent them. Apply critical thinking and consider the student’s assessment of why the organization performing the attack chose the target they did.
  2. Do you agree or disagree with the student’s assessment regarding why the attack occurred?
Quiz 8

The Quiz is comprised of 5 MCQs, covers Chapters 11, and you can attempt it once. The quiz is worth 10 points and has an 8-minute time limit.

Final Exam

The Final Exam is proctored comprising 50 MCQs, covering Chapter 7-11, and you can attempt it once. The exam is worth 200 points and has 75 minutes time limit. It should be completed by Saturday 11:59. p.m. CT.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.