You are expected to read and understand the course text. Please give this task your utmost attention. Generally, the student learns most of what they get from a course by reading the assigned materiel. With online learning the reading component becomes the key to successful outcomes.
There will be one or two graded discussion questions each week. Each question is worth 10 points. Your original response to each question is due by Wednesday at 11:59pm CT each week. You are expected to respond to a minimum of two other students with constructive commentary by Saturday at 11:59pm CT.
Thoughtful participation in discussions is a course expectation and is required of all students. You are expected to read the discussions posted weekly. Your posting should be original and relevant to the assigned topics. Simply rephrasing another student's post is not acceptable. Discussion postings should be comprehensible and effectively communicate your ideas. Please pay attention to use of capitalizations, misspellings, incomplete sentences, and other violations of grammatical rules.
You will complete seven dropbox assignments during this course. Dropbox assignments will consist of question taken directly from the textbook. You should complete the assigned questions and submit them as a single Word document to the Dropbox. Each assignment is due Sunday by 11:59pm Central Time of the week assigned.
There are four critical documents which comprise the Group Research Project. They must be completed and turned in to the instructor. First is the Group Contract, available in Week 3, which outlines the duties and responsibilities of each teammate. This document provides a clear direction for the project, deadlines, and rules for interaction. Second is the Group Research Paper, in which all group members will have a role to fulfill. Third is a Self-Evaluation Form which each team member will complete to advocate for the work they completed and their grade. Fourth is a Peer Evaluation Form for evaluating your peers' group work in terms of the Group Contract. Both evaluation forms, available in Week 7, serve the purpose of providing overall participation feedback to the instructor. The only way a group can succeed is for all students to contribute their “fair share” of effort to the project. Should someone be a “slacker” then the instructor will assign the project grades accordingly. Submission of the Group Contract, Peer Evaluation and Self-Evaluation is worth 10 points each. The paper is worth 100 points. Thus the Group Research Project totals 130 points.
Group Contract (10 Points)
Each work group will consist of four members. Early in week three, your instructor will assign students to each group. Groups will be identified as…Group I, Group II, Group III, etc. Once the identity of the group is provided, early in Week 3, it then becomes the responsibility of the group to collaborate within to form its own working strategy. A Team Leader should be identified as well as at least two researchers/writers. Finally the fourth member of the group may be assigned whatever tasks the group deems necessary to research, document and present a viable product. The Team Leader will assign deadlines, continually monitor all progress, ensure the project remains on schedule, communicating this the instructor and submit the agreed upon Group Contract to the appropriate dropbox folder by Week 3 by 11:59pm CT.
Group Research Paper (100 Points)
Your group will be asked to research, analyze, and present your findings on the topic chosen by your group in the Group Contract. The topics offered for your selection will all be closely related to the course materiel, real life managerial situations, and/or leadership topics. We will discuss the topics available after you have had a few weeks of experience with the textbook and the course material. Your Group Research Paper is due by Friday of Week 7 by 11:59pm CT and should consist of no less than 6 pages double spaced and a bibliography of 6 or more sources prepared in MLA Style Guide format. The Team Leader will submit your completed Group Research Paper to the dropbox.
Peer and Self-Evaluations (10 Points each)
Then to ensure all team members participate to their fullest ability, each group member will submit a Peer Evaluation Form and a Self-Evaluation Form. Should any team member fall short of the overall team expectations such failure should be reported on these forms.
To avoid any compromise whatsoever, both the Peer and Self-Evaluation Forms will be submitted to the respective dropbox by Sunday of Week 7 11:59 PM CT. Your instructor reserves the right to alter a non-participant grade accordingly.
You will complete an exam every two weeks for this course. You will receive a graded based on your understanding of the core material and ability to effectively express that knowledge. Each exam will consist of 60 multiple choice questions and you will have 90 minutes from the time you begin the exam.