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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

CISS 302: Business Data Communications And Networking

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.

Prerequisite: CISS 170 or 176 and junior standing

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • FitzGerald, J., Dennis, A., & Durcikova, A. (2014). Business Data Communications & Networking (12th ). Canada: John Wiley & Sons.
    • [ISBN-978-1-118-89168-1]

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

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
Exercise Activity (8) 85 11%
Discussions (8) 100 13%
Quiz (8) 100 13%
Midterm Exam (1) 200 25%
Term Paper 100 13%
Final Exam (1) 200 25%
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.

Week 1: Introduction to Data Communications
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.

Week 2: Application Layer/Physical Layer
Readings
  • Chapter 2.1 - 2.6
  • Chapter 3.1 - 3.7
Exercise Activity 2

The application layer (also called layer 5) is the software that enables the user to perform useful work. The software at the application layer is the reason for having the network because it is this software that provides the business value. This exercise will demonstrate a client-server communication exchange between a client (a web browser), and a server (a web site of your choosing). After completing this exercise, you will understand how a typical request for a web resource is exchanged between the client and server.

Read Chapter 2, and perform Hands-On Activity 2A located on page 51 in the text.

After reviewing the exercise and becoming familiar with the “Rex Swain’s HTTP Viewer” web portal, perform the following analysis:

  1. Select four websites to use in your study.
  2. Follow the instructions in the exercise to obtain the HTTP response from each website.
  3. Examine the results and collect the following information for each website tested:
  1. What is the target site web address and IP address?
  2. What web server software is the site running?
  3. Is the main page redirecting the browser to another page?
  4. What is the total content length of the page? (A value of zero may appear if a page redirect occurs.)

Develop a 300-400-word assessment of your findings. Points to consider:

  • Why do websites use different types of web server software? Are there advantages/disadvantages from one to another?
  • What is the purpose of a web page redirect? How can a redirection improve a website visitor’s experience? Describe at least one circumstance when a business would be disadvantaged by using page redirects on their web site.

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 HTTP viewer responses and discussing similarities between your findings and theirs.

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.
Week 3: Data Link Layer/Network and Transport Layer
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 available on most Windows and Apple computers. These commands will help you better understand the underpinnings of the computer operating system and a multitude of settings and attributes that must be in place to enable network communications on the device.

Complete Hands-On Activity 5A titled “Using TCP/IP” found on page 151 in your textbook.

Post all deliverables (files and results) in the appropriate folder located in the course Dropbox area.

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.

Week 4: Network Design
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 and is an important skill to acquire.

Complete Hands-On Activity 6A titled “Network Design Software” found on page 183 in your textbook.

After building a network map using the design tool located at smartdraw.com, students must save a copy of their map, along with a brief (200-300 word) summary of their map contents, to the discussion area listed for this week.

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.

Week 5: Wired and Wireless Local Area Networks
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 7B located on page 217 in your textbook. (This software is also available in the course Content area.)

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.

Week 6: Backbone Networks - Wide Area Networks
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 240 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.
Week 7: The Internet
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 294 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.

Week 8: Network Security
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 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 on page 312 and become familiar with the five common types of TCP/IP attacks.

Select one attack methods 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

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.

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.


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