Text readings should be completed prior to submitting assignments or weekly discussion postings. All graded assignments will rely upon information derived from our text readings.
Each week there will be at least two separate topics for the class discussion. You are required to submit an initial post that responds to all the questions posed in each discussion topic, to submit a minimum of two substantive responses to your classmates’ posts in every topic, and to read your classmates’ and instructor’s posts. When a discussion prompt asks for your opinion or beliefs, a factual source, (e.g., the course textbook) must be cited as evidence to support your opinion or belief. All primary posts must include supportive material from the text, including citations and reference, to demonstrate application of the concepts in the reading assignment. Please review the class participation requirements below. Two reply posts per topic are the minimum; however, you are strongly encouraged to post more replies. You are also required to read others’ posts.
Posts should be completed by their respective deadlines. Posts that are edited after the deadline will receive a zero. Late discussions are not accepted. Response posts must be submitted no later than Sunday of the active week for a discussion topic.
“Must post first:” Students must submit their own original posts before they will be able to view their classmates’ posts. Original posts are expected to be complete at the time of submission. Editing, deleting and reposting, or otherwise altering an original post is not allowed after initial submission. Students who attempt to circumvent the “must post first” expectations may receive a zero for their original posts.
Discussion posts will be graded according to the discussion grading rubric. (Please see the Please see the Grading Rubric in the Content area, Course Expectations, Discussions Expectations.)
Note: Participation in class discussions is mandatory. Students who don’t submit an original post in at least 75% of the discussions forfeit their opportunity to submit a research paper and take the final exam.
In an online course, the discussion forum represents the classroom in which students learn from the instructor and their colleagues. You are expected to read others’ posts and provide substantive responses. A substantive response is one that advances discussion of the topic. (“Good post,” “I agree,” “Good job,” etc. will not meet the criteria for a substantive response and will not receive credit.) Your full participation will enhance your experience as well as that of your colleagues. Each student is expected to submit an original post for each discussion or journal topic. The expected minimum number of responses to classmates’ posts is two in each topic. This is considered minimum or average participation; however, students who participate more than the minimum and who read all the posts in the forums likely will earn a higher participation grade at the end of the session. Your class participation score will be calculated based on the number of posts you submit and the number of posts you read for the duration of the session.
Please choose ONE of the following topics listed for your research paper (due to the course Dropbox on Monday of Week 7). The total research paper must be a minimum of 9 pages, including a title page, abstract, body, and reference page. This means that the body of the paper must be a minimum of 6 pages in length. Note: Papers cannot be accepted by e-mail. Please do not e-mail late papers to me.
1. Constructing a health promotion program: Optimal health is more than just the absence of disease. Construct a health promotion program that focuses on promoting optimal health for older adults. Select a specific health condition facing older adults that is covered in the text. Design your health promotion program to address the specific causes of the condition, the potential for social stigma, and adaptations that can be made to alleviate the condition, as well as the proposed program’s structure, goals, objectives, and potential results. Evidence from scholarly sources must support your program.
2. Services for caregivers: Design a community-based social and health-care system that could encourage many informal caregivers to use these services for their older care recipients. Include discussion of the theoretical reasons behind the system you designed as well as the programs and procedures to be included. Support your design and discussion with evidence from scholarly sources.
3. Building an intergenerational center: Based on reading Chapter 9, you should have a familiarity with the benefits of intergenerational reciprocity. Design an intergenerational program for the local community. What services would it provide? How would the center work to maintain its focus on intergenerational relations? Where would the center be located and what would it look like? Support your program design with evidence from scholarly sources.
• Research: You must communicate your points about the topic and support them with factual evidence obtained from scholarly/peer-reviewed sources. Peer-reviewed journal articles are available through the college library via the link on the course home page. You should use a sufficient number of sources as well as evidence from these sources to support your assertions throughout the paper. Note: The course text is acceptable as a supplemental source. Textbooks other than the course text will not be accepted as references.
• APA format: Use of APA format will be considered in grading. The paper must include title, abstract, and reference pages in addition to the minimum of 6 pages required for the body of the paper. APA citations must be used. At least two levels of headings are required to organize the paper. Resources on APA format are available in the course Content area.
• Proper English: Grammar, spelling and punctuation will be considered in grading.
• Software note: MS Works is not an acceptable format. Submit papers in Word (.doc or .docx) or RTF (.rtf) formats.
• Grading criteria: Please see the Grading Criteria section of the Content area, Course Expectations, Research Paper Expectations.
The course includes four unproctored exams. The exams will include 50 multiple-choice or true/false questions. Each exam is worth 50 points. Students will have 75 minutes to complete them. You will have one attempt to take the exams, which will open on Wednesday and must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Saturday of the week it is assigned. Note: PowerPoint slides for each chapter as well as study tips for open-book exams are provided in the course Content area.
All work submitted in this course must be original to the current session. Work submitted in other courses or in previous attempts at this course is not allowed. Submission of “recycled” work will result in a zero for the assignment.