You are expected to thoroughly research the assigned topic before posting your initial post. Posts should be submitted in paragraph form using proper grammar and punctuation. Your initial post for each discussion is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday. Initial posts after 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday will be graded a 0. Initial posts should fully answer the discussion question(s) and should indicate that you have read the textbook, completed additional research, and thoughtfully considered the question(s) asked.
You must include your references with your posts. A minimum of two references are required for each discussion. Your textbook is an appropriate reference. You should use APA format for all references and citations.
You must respond to at least two classmates for each discussion. Your response posts are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, except in Week 8, when responses are due by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT. Response posts after 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday will be graded a 0. Responses should contain meaningful content and can include questions, additional information/thoughts/opinions, links to related topics, etc. Responses should not simply be a rephrasing of your classmate’s post or a simple statement of "I agree/disagree."
In addition to your initial post and two response posts, you are expected to engage in discussions throughout the week. To receive full credit, you should respond to questions and comments from your instructor or from classmates.
Discussions are worth 10 points each.
You will write two papers in this course. These papers are not personal essays, so you should not write in first person. You are required to write in paragraph form. A paragraph is a distinct division of written matter, a single idea, containing one or more sentences with the first line indented.
Each paper must be a minimum of two, double-spaced pages. In addition to the two full pages of meaningful content to address the topic, you must also submit a title page and reference page. At least two research references must be included and they should be in APA format, including in-text citations and references. Your textbook is an appropriate reference.
Note: All papers must be prepared in MS Word and be properly submitted through the Dropbox utility. No emailed papers will be accepted. Furthermore, “Turnitin” will evaluate all papers for originality. If the instructor deems the “Originality Index” too high, the paper may not be accepted. Therefore, you must turn in original work and any material taken from outside sources must be properly cited.
Paper 1 is due in the appropriate Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT by Sunday of Week 2.
Paper 2 is due in the appropriate Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT by Sunday of Week 6.
Papers are worth 60 points each.
There will be a weekly quiz for each week (except in Weeks 4 and 8), which will cover the readings from that week. Each quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions and is worth a total of 20 points. There is a 30-minute time limit and once the quiz is started, it cannot be stopped. You are encouraged to click "save" after responding to each question. Quizzes must be taken within the week the quiz is assigned. Quizzes open at 12:01 a.m. CT on Monday and close at 11:59 p.m. CT on the Sunday of the week they are assigned.
The Midterm exam covers the material from Weeks 1 through 4. It contains 60 multiple-choice questions, each worth 2 points. You will have 90 minutes to complete the Midterm. Midterm will open at 12:01 a.m. CT on Monday of Week 4, and will close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 4. The Midterm exam is not proctored.
The Final exam covers the material from Weeks 5 through 8. It contains 60 multiple-choice questions, each worth 2 points. You will have 90 minutes to complete the Final exam. Final exam will open at 12:01 a.m. CT on Wednesday of Week 8, and will close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of Week 8. The Final exam is not proctored.