You are expected to actively participate in 1 discussion post and one response post each week, except for Week 1, in which there are two discussions you are required to participate in. Discussion assignments will utilize what is learned through reading the textbook as well as the Content area of the course to further your understanding of the concepts and ideas behind the calculations.
In Weeks 1 through 3, and 5 through 7, you will choose one question to post as your initial response in the Discussion topic. The initial post/response to that question should lead other students through the thought processes and key ideas or concepts used to solve the problem, or if difficulties arise, where you encountered them. The goal for you, collectively as a class, is to look for patterns among the problems, provide thoughtful analysis and synthesis in all their postings, and solve problems using multiple concepts. As the week progresses, you are expected to remain engaged in the discussion and respond to questions posed about your work to the best of your ability. In Weeks 4 and 8, you will discuss study tips and methods you've employed to align your study and progress with the Course Learning Outcomes.
In addition to responding to a question for the initial post, you should respond substantively (more than one word/short phrase) to at least one of your classmate’s post. Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Friday and responses to classmates should be posted by 11:59 pm CT Sunday each week, except in Week 8 where replies will be due at 11:59 pm CT Saturday. Discussion assignments are worth 6 points, except for the Introduction Discussion in Week 1, which is worth 2 points. A grading rubric will be provided in D2L for your review.
You will complete My Labs Plus (MLP) Homework each week covering one assignment per section of reading covered, except in Weeks 4 and 8, which will be review of previous weeks. You can rework the MLP Homework problems before submitting the homework; however, homework completed or redone after the due date will incur a 10% late penalty. After the due date, you can rework problems in the homework for extra practice.
MLP offers adaptive learning tools to assist students with the homework. If you use Show Me an Example, you will then return to your original problem and complete it. If you select Help Me Solve It, you will then complete a new, similar problem. If you miss the problem 3 times, you will then click on Similar Problem to generate a new version to complete for credit.
Homework grades will not be transferred until the end of the session. The final score at the end of the session is the one that will be reported in the gradebook and is recorded as a percentage of the 200 points possible for homework assignments.
MLP Assignments will be due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the week they are assigned except in Week 8, where they are due Saturday.
Quizzes and Practice Exams
You will complete a Quiz each week in Weeks 1-3, and 5-7. In Weeks 4 and 8, there will be Practice Exams, which will be ungraded practice (worth up to 5 bonus points) for the Midterm and Final.
Quizzes have a 60 minute time limit, are multiple-choice, and automatically graded. You can take the Quizzes up to 5 times during the open period and your best attempt will be recorded to the grade book. Quizzes will remain open throughout all weeks in order to give you more practice. Quizzes are worth 25 points each.
Practice Exams have a 2 hour time limit, are multiple-choice, and automatically graded. Like the quizzes, you can take the practice exams up to 5 times and your best attempt will be recorded to the grade book. The practice exams are available throughout the duration of the session.
The Midterm Exam is proctored, with a 2-hour time limit. The Midterm tests your knowledge of material covered in Weeks 1-3 and is comprised of multiple-choice questions. You will have one attempt at the Midterm Exam. It will be open from 12:01 am CT Tuesday through 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4. The Midterm Exam is worth 300 points.
The Final Exam is proctored, with a 2-hour time limit. The Final tests your knowledge of material covered in Weeks 1-3 and Weeks 5-7 and is comprised of multiple-choice questions. You will have one attempt at the Final Exam. The Final will be open from 12:01 am CT Tuesday through 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8. The Final Exam is worth 300 points.