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.
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.
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.
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.
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.