There are sixteen (16) Discussion forums, worth 10 points each through the course. There is also an Introduction Discussion, due Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 1. This is a personal introduction, and there are no points/grades for it. In the graded weekly discussions, students must submit an initial response, respond to comments of three other students, and read all discussion postings of other classmates.
The original discussion post in Discussion Forum 1 is due on Wednesday 11:59 p.m. CT, and the original discussion post in Discussion Forum 2 is due on Friday, 11:59 p.m. CT of their respective weeks. Three responses to peer postings for each discussion question are due on Sunday (except in Week 8 when responses are due on Saturday). All discussions and responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT of their respective weeks.
Original discussion posts must contain a minimum of 1 paragraph (a paragraph consists of 3-5 sentences) and must be specific and completely answer the question(s) posed. Students should provide specific personal examples and outcomes as they relate to the discussion if they have those to share. This makes the discussions much more meaningful. If sources are used as part of the discussion, they must be cited at the end of the discussion in MLA format. For discussions, research and citations are required. Responses must be substantive, that advance the discussion (not “I agree” or “good job”).
There are four (4) Exercises in the course, worth 65 points each, in Weeks 2, 3, 5 and 7. You must write a minimum of 2-pages, double spaced and cite any sources used for the assignment. All Dropbox exercises will have originality check turned on to check for plagiarism.
These exercises are to be placed in the Exercise Dropbox, due on Sunday of the weeks noted above, by 11:59 p.m. C.T.
There will be an Essay Paper, worth 100 points, to be submitted Sunday 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 6. You must take the plagiarism tutorial and quiz before Dropbox folders open up. The Essay Paper must:
- Be a minimum of 5 full pages in length.
- Should be double-spaced and font size should not be larger than 12.
- Use MLA guidelines, with a minimum of four (4) sources and four (4) parenthetical internal citations, and include a cover page.
You must note that no more than 20% of the content can be quotations. All papers that are submitted to Dropbox will automatically be reviewed for originality using turn-it-in. Students must also follow rubric for specific requirements.
There are five (5) quizzes in the course in Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7. Only one attempt is allowed for the quiz. Quiz opens on Wednesday 12:01 a.m. CT in the respective week and closes on Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT of that week. Quizzes from Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 5 consist of 25 MCQs (multiple choice questions), True/False, and short answer questions. The quizzes are worth 50 points each and you will have 60 minutes of time for completion.
Quiz in Week 7 consists of 40 MCQs, True/False, and short answer questions. The Week 7 quiz is worth 80 points and you will have 120 minutes of time. Each quiz is based on the readings for each week, with the exception of Quiz 5 in Week 7 (covers Chapters 11, 12, 13 & 14) which covers 2 weeks of readings. Students will have the opportunity to view questions answered incorrectly for 10 minutes after the quiz is submitted.
Midterm (week 4) and Final (week 8) exams are NOT proctored. Midterm (week 4) covers chapters 1 through 8 and consists of 80 MCQs, True/False questions, worth 1 point each and 4 short answer questions, worth 5 points each, 100 points total. You will have 120 minutes from the time you begin the exam until you need to submit the midterm exam.
The final exam (week 8) is comprehensive, covering chapters 1-15, consisting of 10 essay questions, 10 points each, 100 points total. For both the exams you have only one attempt.
Midterm exam opens on Wednesday 12:01 a.m. CT and closes on Sunday 11:59 p.m. CT of week 4, and Final exam opens on Wednesday 12:01 a.m. CT and closes on Saturday 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8.