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CJAD 410: Drug Abuse And Crime Control

Course Description

Comprehensive examination of the interaction between drug abuse and the criminal justice system. Examines drug pharmacology, drug laws, public policy and the roles of the police.

Prerequisite: CJAD 101

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Lyman, M. D. (2014). Drugs In Society: Causes, Concepts and Control (7th ed.). Cincinnati, Ohio: Anderson Publishing Company.
    • [ISBN-978-1-4557-3187-9]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The student should, upon completion, be able to list and describe the various popular drugs of abuse in American society, including their effects and reactions.  In addition, students must be able to discuss American drug policy and its limitations and strong points. This upper division course introduces students to the unity and variety of subject matter dealing with drugs and the criminal justice system. In addition to the areas of study discussed above, learning experiences may include guest speakers and the preparation and presentation of special projects and the use of computer based decision software relative to the topics studied in the course. This is an upper level course; you should be prepared to work hard and diligently to master the subject matter and get the most from the course.



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.


Course Objectives

  • To understand drug pharmacology.
  • To increase awareness of how drugs interact and affect the human psyche and physiology.
  • To understand criminal organizations involved in trafficking illicit drugs.
  • To gain experience with common legal framework involved in the investigation and prosecution of illicit drug offenses.
  • To gain experience with the terminology and slang commonly used by criminals and criminal organizations in the trafficking of illicit drugs.
  • To understand the various types of dangerous drugs that are commonly abused from both illicit and legal sources of supply.
  • To demonstrate critical thinking, research and writing skills in drug abuse issues.
  • To delve into contemporary research in the area of drug abuse and trafficking.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Define drug abuse as a concept.
  • Explain the theoretical framework and organizational structure of drug trafficking organizations.
  • Know the history of drug abuse.
  • Describe the concept of the illicit drug business as it relates to the gray market.
  • Explain current political and social problems and issues as they relate to the existence of drug trafficking organizations.
  • Know the various current issues in drug abuse.
  • Describe the role of crime commissions that have addressed the problem of drug trafficking.
  • Know the constitutional limitations upon investigating drug trafficking organizations.
  • Explain vice crime, victimless crime and organized crime as these relate to drug abuse and drug trafficking.
  • Appraise current literature, materials and developments regarding drug abuse.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 2520-2800 90-100%
B 2240-2519 80-89%
C 1960-2239 70-79%
D 1680-1959 60-69%
F 0-1679 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Article Discussions 280 10%
General Discussions 280 10%
Library Assignment 80 3%
Homework 560 20%
Research Paper Topic & Outline 120 4%
Research Paper 700 25%
Research Paper Discussion 80 3%
Tests 700 25%
Total 2800 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
General Discussion 1 20 Wed./Sat.
Introductions -- Wednesday
Research Paper: Topic 40
Article Discussion 1 40 Thurs./Sat.
General Discussion 2 20 Fri./Sat.
Library Assignment 80 Saturday
Homework 1 80
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
General Discussion 3 20 Wed./Sat.
Article Discussion 2 40 Thurs./Sat.
General Discussion 4 20 Fri./Sat.
Research Paper: Outline 80 Saturday
Homework 2 80
Test 1: Chapters 1 & 2 100
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
General Discussion 5 20 Wed./Sat.
Article Discussion 3 40 Thurs./Sat.
General Discussion 6 20 Fri./Sat.
Research Paper: Ongoing Work -- Saturday
Homework 3 80
Test 2: Chapters 3 & 4 100
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
General Discussion 7 20 Wed./Sat.
Article Discussion 4 40 Thurs./Sat.
General Discussion 8 20 Fri./Sat.
Research Paper: Ongoing Work -- Saturday
Homework 4 80
Test 3: Chapters 5 & 6 100
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
General Discussion 9 20 Wed./Sat.
Article Discussion 5 40 Thurs./Sat.
General Discussion 10 20 Fri./Sat.
Research Paper: Ongoing Work -- Saturday
Homework 5 80
Test 4: Chapters 7 & 8 100
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
General Discussion 11 20 Wed./Sat.
Article Discussion 6 40 Thurs./Sat.
General Discussion 12 20 Fri./Sat.
Research Paper: Ongoing Work -- Saturday
Homework 6 80
Test 5: Chapters 9 & 10 100
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
General Discussion 13 20 Wed./Sat.
Article Discussion 7 40 Thurs./Sat.
General Discussion 14 20 Fri./Sat.
Research Paper 700 Friday
Homework 7 80 Saturday
Test 6: Chapters 11 & 12 100
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Research Paper Discussion 80 Saturday
Test 7: Chapters 13 & 14 100
Total Points 2800

Assignment Overview

Discussion Assignments

Each week there will be 2-4 discussion topics that take place in the Discussions area. You are expected to post original answers and replies to three (3) other students’ postings for each discussion topic. After Week 1, discussions topics will be available from Sunday through Saturday.  Your initial answer to the question should be posted first, and responses to others should be posted on a later day; all reply posts are due by midnight Saturday. After the first week, you will have to post your response to the assignment before you can view other students’ post and reply.  

To be considered for full credit, you must read all postings in each topic. I do take late postings into consideration when reviewing this aspect, especially the ones posted after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. It is important for you to respond thoughtfully, in such a way as to further the discussion, and for you to respond to follow up questions suggested by me.

When appropriate, cite your references using the APA citation style (proper APA style would include in-text citations as well as a list of all references). All references must come from reliable, academic sources. For this reason, Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference. Please see the Grading Criteria section for more information.

  • General Discussions: Each week there will be 1-2 general discussion topics that will ask you to discuss one or more questions. Some questions will draw from the textbook’s Class Project assignment. Other questions may ask you to draw upon local experiences with drug-related issues, local meaning city, county, regional, and/or state. Individual experiences may also be included, but are not required. Week 6 will require you to interview at least four (4) individuals in order to gather information for that week’s discussion. Please plan ahead. Answers to the discussion assignments should be written in paragraph form. If the discussion topic includes more than one question, please list the discussion question followed by your answer and include all questions in one answer post. An example answer is provided in the Content area.
  • Article Discussions: Each week you will locate two current articles (written within the last three years) and post a 2-3 paragraph (300-500 words per article) summary of each article in this topic (two summaries). Each article must be factual and from a reliable source; opinion pieces are not acceptable. Op-ed articles may be acceptable if enough facts and citations are presented that lends to the credibility and unbiased approach of the author. Avoid gossip and pop-culture sources. If you have a question about a particular source, please ask. Include each article’s citation information, including the URL, in your posting (remember to use APA citation style). Do not copy and paste the article into the posting. It would benefit you to check this topic often as I may ask you to replace an unacceptable article or may need further information to locate the article you posted. If the article is unreliable (either through its content or source) or if I cannot access the original article via the URL supplied, you will not receive credit.

Library Assignment

Each session, I find students who don’t know how to use the Stafford Library resources and their research papers suffer as a result. Therefore, this assignment requires you to use the Stafford Library databases to find an article related to drug abuse and crime control. Please be sure to include the citation information, including the original publication source and date, heading, and any comments related to the article (if located online) in your submission. You may use one of the articles you submitted for the Article Discussion assignment or one that you plan to use for the Research Paper assignment. However, to earn credit for this assignment, you must submit the article in PDF format via the Dropbox. If you are unable to locate the article in PDF format or convert the article into a PDF, I will accept the article as a Word document. I will not accept articles copied and pasted into the Dropbox Comments. 

You can access the library databases from your CougarTrack page; however, a link to the library will also be provided in the course. You may need your CougarTrack username and password to access the databases.


Homework

For Weeks 1-7, I will assign a list of questions from the “Discussion Questions” found in the textbook. You are expected to answer all questions in one document. Each answer must be comprehensive, demonstrate that you master the concepts for that week, be written in APA style, and include appropriate references. (Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference.) The homework assignment is NOT a short answer exercise. Comprehensive answers will be a minimum of 300 words each; well-developed answers will be closer to 500 words each (per question). The length of the answer is important and will be taken into consideration when grading. Submit homework assignments via the Dropbox area. All Homework documents must be typed, double-spaced, and include your name in the upper, right-hand corner.


Research Paper

You will write a 2,100-2,800 minimum word paper, excluding title page, abstract and references (approximately 6-8 pages), in the APA style on a topic that fits the scope of this course. There are four separate assignments related to the research paper assignment, including an approved topic and outline, the final paper, and a discussion on each other’s research papers. You must use a minimum of 12 references when writing your paper. (Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference.) Please see the following guidelines for completing and submitting each assignment related to the research paper.

  • Topic: Post your proposed topic in the “Research Paper Topic” discussion for approval. Your topic must relate to some aspect of the course or a related field, e.g., methods of domestic drug trafficking, methods of interdiction by an anti-drug entity, effects of drug use/sale on a neighborhood. However, the topic you choose must be focused enough that you are able to cover this aspect of drug abuse and crime control in depth within the assigned length. An overview almost certainly will NOT be approved. Instructor approval for the topic is required, and papers that stray from approved topic may receive zero (0) credit for the research paper assignment.
  • Outline: An outline allows you to organize your ideas and can be a helpful step for writing a research paper. The outline should be completed in proper, outline format (using Roman and Arabic numerals and alphabetic letters to organize information) and include the major sections of your paper. Remember that each section should directly relate to and/or support your thesis statement. An example outline is available in the Content area. Please complete your outline in Word and submit it via the Dropbox.
  • Final Paper: The main body of the final paper must be at minimum 2,100-2,800 words in length and be written in APA style, which means that you will need to add a title page, an abstract, and a reference page. You will also need to be mindful of other APA style guidelines, such as including a header, page numbers, etc. The final paper must be typed using 12-point, Arial font (if you need to use a font style is different from Arial, please contact me), be double-spaced, and have 1” margins. If necessary, I will reformat the paper to meet these specifications. Major points will be deducted if the main body of the paper does not meet the minimum required length. The final paper must be completed using Word and submitted via the Dropbox, as well as posted in the appropriate Discussion textbox.You may also include your paper as an attachment to preserve its formatting. As the other students must comment on your paper, you will not receive credit for this assignment if your paper cannot be read.

    As time permits, I will review rough drafts of the Research Paper sent to me by the end of Week 5 with no adverse effect on your grade. I will only make suggestions for improvement. Please continue working on your paper even after you submit your rough draft for my review. I will review rough drafts in the order that I receive them. Time restrictions and the number of rough drafts received may limit my ability to return your reviewed paper prior to the submission deadline. Rough drafts received after the end of Week 5 will not be corrected or returned.

  • Research Paper Discussion: This is an opportunity for you to learn from one another’s paper/research. I have created a discussion topic for each student in the Research Paper Discussion forum (Discussions area). Paste your paper into your message for your designated discussion topic (your name will be the title). You may also include your paper as an attachment to preserve its formatting. As the other students must comment on your paper, you will not receive credit for this assignment if your paper cannot be read. For the discussion, you will need to review three of your classmates’ papers and write a review of each paper. Each review must be at least 500 words (for a total of at least 1,500 words for all three reviews). Please do not make remarks that are directed solely to format. Instead, please critique the content of the paper and be sure to include what you learned from your classmate’s research. You may disagree with the position of the author, just be sure to post links or citations to support your position. All references must be cited using APA style. Each review must be posted as a message in the corresponding student’s discussion topic. However, you may also attach a copy of your review in order to preserve formatting. You may “reserve” the three classmates that you plan to review by posting a message that reads “reserved” or “I am reviewing Jane’s paper.” Your message must be posted in the corresponding student’s discussion topic in order for it to count. The goal is to have every student’s paper reviewed three times by three separate students, so please select accordingly. If you are the fourth person to submit your “reservation” or review for a particular student and another student has less than three reviews, you will not receive credit for that review.

Tests

Beginning in Week 2, there will be a weekly test over the chapters covered during that week. The test is saved and automatically graded by the system. Each test will be a combination of multiple-choice, true/false, matching, and fill in the blank. You will not need a proctor for these tests.



Course Outline

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

Week 1: The Nature of the Drug Problem & the History of Drug Abuse
Readings

Chapters 1 and 2

General Discussion 1

What is the most common drug of abuse? List five (5) actions that may be taken to lessen its impact in the United States. Please post your answer by midnight Wednesday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Introductions

Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic in our course’s Discussions area. Please post by midnight Wednesday. This is NOT graded, nor are replies required.

Research Paper: Topic

Post your topic to the “Research Paper Topic” in the Discussions area by midnight Wednesday for approval. Broad topics will not be approved. Carefully consider your area of interest within the scope of the course and select a topic that can be adequately covered in a 6-8-page research-driven essay. All topics must be approved. Final papers that stray from the approved topic will receive zero (O) credit. Replies are not required.

Article Discussion 1

Find, read, and comment upon two (2) current (written within 3 years) articles about the nature of the drug problem and the history of drug abuse. Post your article summaries to the corresponding discussion topic. Remember to use APA style for citations and references. Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference. Please post your answer by midnight Thursday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

General Discussion 2

Post your answers to the Class Project on p. 34. Please post your answer by midnight Friday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Library Assignment

Find an article from one of the many the databases provided by Stafford Library and submit the article as a PDF file. If you are unable to locate the article in PDF format or convert the article into a PDF, I will accept the article as a Word document. The link for the library may be found in the Content area under Week 1.

Homework 1

Submit your answers for Discussion Questions 1, 2, and 7 on p. 34 and Discussion Questions 4 and 7 on p. 61.

Week 2: Understanding Drugs of Abuse and the Illicit Drug Trade
Readings

Chapters 3 and 4

General Discussion 3

Post your answers to the Class Project No. 2 on p. 161. Compare drug control initiatives in at least four (4) foreign countries, and discuss similarities between them. Include in your discussion the strengths and weaknesses of the programs. Please post your answer by midnight Wednesday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Article Discussion 2

Find, read, and comment upon two (2) current (written within 3 years) articles about the five (5) most common drugs of abuse and the problems caused in other countries by drug use in the United States. Post your article summaries to the corresponding discussion topic. Remember to use APA style for citations and references. Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference. Please post your answer by midnight Thursday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

General Discussion 4

What effect do the most common drugs of abuse have on an individual, their family or friends? You are encouraged, but not required, to use personal experiences to answer this question. Please post your answer by midnight Friday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Research Paper: Outline

Outline is due by midnight Saturday. Your topic must be approved before your outline will be accepted.

Homework 2

Submit your answers for Discussion Questions 1, 4, and 5 on p. 120 and Discussion Questions 4 and 5 on p. 161.

Test 1: Chapters 1 & 2

Please complete this week’s test, which covers Chapters 1 & 2 and will be available in the Quizzes area, by midnight Saturday.

Week 3: Domestic Drug Production and Drugs and Crime
Readings

Chapters 5 and 6

General Discussion 5

What is the newest, very common drug (illegal/illicit) to be manufactured in the United States? What methods and places are used to manufacture it, the dangers concerned with its productions and interdiction and the responses used in your areas to combat it? (Local newspaper articles will probably refer to it.  If not, it has been referred in the national newsmagazines. Remember to cite any references used in APA style.) Please post your answer by midnight Wednesday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Article Discussion 3

Find, read, and comment upon two (2) current (written within 3 years) articles about the domestic United States drug production and the connection between drugs and crime. Post your article summaries to the corresponding discussion topic. Remember to use APA style for citations and references. Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference. Please post your answer by midnight Thursday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

General Discussion 6

What effect do drug-related crimes have on an individual, their family, or friends? You are encouraged, but not required, to use personal experiences to answer this question. Please post your answer by midnight Friday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Research Paper: Ongoing Work

Continue working independently. You may opt to submit a rough draft for my review through Week 5.

Homework 3

Submit your answers for Discussion Questions 2, 3, and 4 on p. 194 and Discussion Questions 2 and 3 on p. 231.

Test 2: Chapters 3 & 4

Please complete this week’s test, which covers Chapters 3 & 4 and will be available in the Quizzes area, by midnight Saturday.

Week 4: Organized Crime and the Drug Trade and Domestic Drug Trafficking Organizations
Readings

Chapters 7 and 8

General Discussion 7

Post your answers to the Class Project on p. 256. Please post your answer by midnight Wednesday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Article Discussion 4

Find, read, and comment upon two (2) current (written within 3 years) articles about organized crime's connection with drugs and domestic United States drug trafficking organizations. Post your article summaries to the corresponding discussion topic. Remember to use APA style for citations and references. Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference. Please post your answer by midnight Thursday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

General Discussion 8

What effect does drug trafficking have on an individual, their family, or friends? You are encouraged, but not required, to use personal experiences to answer this question. Please post your answer by midnight Friday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Research Paper: Ongoing Work

Continue working independently. You may opt to submit a rough draft for my review through Week 5.

Homework 4

Submit your answers for Discussion Questions 1, 4, and 5 on p. 255 and Discussion Questions 1 and 5 on p. 278.

Test 3: Chapters 5 & 6

Please complete this week’s test, which covers Chapters 5 & 6 and will be available in the Quizzes area, by midnight Saturday.

Week 5: Foreign Drug Trafficking Organizations and the Drug Control Initiative
Readings

Chapters 9 and 10

General Discussion 9

What local efforts have been taken to respond to the drug problem, specifically setting out any "unusual" responses and what has the effect been on the local community? Please post your answer by midnight Wednesday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Article Discussion 5

Find, read, and comment upon two (2) current (written within 3 years) articles about the effect of foreign drug trafficking in your local area and local efforts for drug control. Post your article summaries to the corresponding discussion topic. Remember to use APA style for citations and references. Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference. Please post your answer by midnight Thursday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

General Discussion 10

What effects do local drug control efforts have on individuals, their family, or friends? You are encouraged, but not required, to use personal experiences to answer this question. Please post your answer by midnight Friday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Research Paper: Ongoing Work

Continue working independently. This is the final week you may submit a rough draft for my review.

Homework 5

Submit your answers for Discussion Questions 1 (use no less than four (4) groups, of which no more than one (1) can be from Mexico), and 2 on pp. 316-317 and Discussion Questions 5, 6 (at least 4 strategies), and 7 on p. 350.

Test 4: Chapters 7 & 8

Please complete this week’s test, which covers Chapters 7 & 8 and will be available in the Quizzes area, by midnight Saturday.

Week 6: Critical Issues in Drug Control and Legalizing Drugs
Readings

Chapters 11 and 12

General Discussion 11

Post your answers to the Class Project No. 2 on p. 402. Interview no less than two persons who support and two persons who oppose legalization. Please do not use names to identify the people you interview. Instead use identification such as “divorced mother of three, ages 5, 8, and 11 who works at (nature of job)” or “33 year old E-6 with 3 children who is an MP,” or something of a similar nature to give a little background on the individual. Please post your answer by midnight Wednesday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Article Discussion 6

Find, read, and comment upon two (2) current (written within 3 years) articles about the effect of drug testing, employer, governmental, or both, in your local area and the status of legalization or decriminalization in your local area or an area near you. Post your article summaries to the corresponding discussion topic. Remember to use APA style for citations and references. Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference. Please post your answer by midnight Thursday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

General Discussion 12

What local issues have arisen in regard to drug testing by employers, probation officers, and others? Please post your answer by midnight Thursday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Research Paper: Ongoing Work

Continue working independently. Due next Friday by midnight.

Homework 6

Submit your answers for Discussion Questions 3 and 7 on p. 376 and Discussion Questions 1, 3, and 8 (use Portugal and the other jurisdictions listed) on pp. 401-402.

Test 5: Chapters 9 & 10

Please complete this week’s test, which covers Chapters 9 & 10 and will be available in the Quizzes area, by midnight Saturday.

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.
Week 7: Understanding Drug Control Policy and Control through Treatment and Prevention
Readings

Chapters 13 and 14

General Discussion 13

What local efforts have been taken to respond to the drug problem through prevention and what has the effect been on the local community? Please post your answer by midnight Wednesday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Article Discussion 7

Find, read, and comment upon two (2) current (written within 3 years) articles about drug control policy in your local area and local efforts to control the drug problem in your local area or an area near you through treatment and prevention. Post your article summaries to the corresponding discussion topic. Remember to use APA style for citations and references. Wikipedia is never an acceptable reference. Please post your answer by midnight Thursday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

General Discussion 14

What local legal tools are available and how do they compare with RICO, CCE, the conspiracy laws, forfeiture laws, drug tax laws, and grand juries and immunity? Please post your answer by midnight Friday and your three reply postings by midnight Saturday.

Research Paper

Submit the final version of your Research Paper to the correct Dropbox folder by midnight Friday.

Homework 7

Submit your answers for Discussion Questions 2, 4, and 6 on p. 427 and Discussion Questions 2 and 7 on pp. 456-457 via the correct Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.

Test 6: Chapters 11 & 12

Please complete this week’s test, which covers Chapters 11 & 12 and will be available in the Quizzes area, by midnight Saturday.

Week 8: Review and discussion of Research Papers and Final Exam
Readings

Read Chapters 13 and 14; review Chapters 1-14

Research Paper Discussion

Post your reviews (minimum of three) to the corresponding student’s discussion topic (the student’s name will be the title). Each review must be posted as a discussion thread, but may also be attached as a file to preserve formatting.

Test 7: Chapters 13 & 14

Please complete this week’s test, which covers Chapters 13 & 14 and will be available in the Quizzes area, by midnight Saturday.



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

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

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

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

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.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Points will be deducted for any assignment that is late. Any assignment more than 24 hours late may be given a “0.”

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.


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 Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. 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.


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