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CJAD 310: Crisis Intervention

Course Description

Survey of the current crisis intervention literature and introduction to the theories, principles, concepts and techniques of crisis intervention.  Upon completion, students should be able to predict who may need crisis intervention services, and demonstrate the provision of first-order crisis intervention.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Harmening, William M. (2013). Crisis Intervention: The Criminal Justice Response to Chaos, Mayhem, and Disorder (1st). New York: Pearson Education.
    • [ISBN-9780132155038]

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 will introduce to you not only an understanding of the historical development, theories, and concepts of crisis intervention, but also proper approaches to safely and effectively resolve crisis situations.  You will be introduced to evidence-based communication skill-sets used by criminal justice and healthcare professionals to de-escalate a crisis situation, and provide diverse applications of crisis intervention methods as they relate to individuals from various social groups.



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.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the historical development and evolution of modern crisis intervention.
  2. Explain the crisis intervention process.
  3. Articulate the communication skills necessary to effectively de-escalate a person in crisis.
  4. Explain crisis intervention methods used by criminal justice and healthcare professionals.
  5. Articulate the different applications of crisis intervention as they relate to individuals from different social groups.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 200 20%
Dropbox Assignments (8) 160 16%
Professional Development Plan 180 18%
Term Paper 200 20%
Quizzes (8) 160 16%
Final Exam 100 10%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion -- Wednesday
Discussion 1 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 1 20 Sunday
Professional Development Plan 1 45
Term Paper Topic --
Quiz 1 20
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 2 20 Sunday
Professional Development Plan 2 45
Quiz 2 20
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 3 20 Sunday
Professional Development Plan 3 45
Quiz 3 20
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 4 20 Sunday
Professional Development Plan 4 45
Quiz 4 20
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 5 20 Sunday
Quiz 5 20
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 6 20 Sunday
Quiz 6 20
Term Paper 200
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 7 20 Sunday
Quiz 7 20
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 25 Wednesday/Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 8 20 Saturday
Quiz 8 20
Final Exam 100
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Discussion postings involve understanding and conceptualizing the course material covered each week. There will be 1 graded discussion topic per week. Each discussion topic is worth 25 points. Each discussion is set so that you must post your original thoughts before reading the posts of your classmates. The Introduction Discussion is ungraded. Your grade for all other Discussions in the course will be based on two criteria:

  • Level of participation: The number and timeliness of your posts. The minimum number of responses expected is a response to the initial question and three responses to your classmates. It is not really a discussion if you are not reading and responding to what others say. Those who post earlier in the week provide more opportunities for others to respond. Therefore, those who post early and often, contribute more to the discussion than those who post the minimum number of posts just before the deadline.
  • Quality of your contribution to the discussion: Substantive posts that help to advance the discussion clearly are of more value than comments such as “I agree” or “good post.” Reflect what you like about the comments of your classmates. Ask questions to engage them in further discussion. Challenge them when you disagree (politely, of course!). The original posting must be at least 100 words and the responses must be a minimum of 50 words. You are required to cite a minimum of two academic sources (references) to support your original posting. Cite each source of the information in an APA editing format.

All Discussions must take place in the Discussions area; uploading an attachment as your post will not count. The first discussion posting (original) must be posted by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. CT each week to allow other students time for constructive responses.  The responses are due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT,  except for Week 8 when responses are due Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT.


Dropbox Assignments

There will be a Dropbox Assignment each week. Dropbox Assignments are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter(s).Your question responses must be thorough in context and reflect upper-level erudition. The minimum length for each chapter question response is 2-3 full paragraphs for each question, double-spaced and 12-point font (Times New Roman).In order to meet this length requirement, the use of multiple sources is required. The sources must be of a scholarly quality (books, journals, and intellectual material from the Columbia College library is highly encouraged). Sources such as Wikipedia, on-line dictionaries, or non-academic formats do not qualify as reliable sources.All chapter assignment submissions must cite each source of the information (a minimum of two references, which may include your course textbooks) in an APA editing format.  All chapter assignments are submitted to the Dropbox area of the course in the respective folder by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT, except for Week 8 when it is due Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT. You must submit all chapter questions as a single document file. Each chapter assignment is worth 20 points.


Professional Development Plan

You will write a professional development plan for this course. This project will be prepared in a Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf), double-spaced, 12-point font (Times New Roman), and have a minimum of four pages and a maximum of six pages (not including title page, cited references, etc.). The document must be in proper APA format. This assignment will be submitted in four separate sections, with each section being 1-2 pages in length.

Your plan will be separated into four sections, each worth 45 points and addressing a specific content area:

Self-Analysis:

  1. Where are you at right now in your professional life?
  2. What crisis intervention skills do you currently possess?
  3. Which crisis intervention skills are required for your professional success right now?
  4. What are your crisis intervention strengths and weaknesses?

Submit this section to the “Professional Development Plan 1” Dropbox by Sunday, 11.59 p.m. CT, of Week 1.  

 

Holistic Goals:

  1. Where do you see your professional life in the future?
  2. Identify your priorities.
  3. Are you seeking a career change, promotion, advanced degree, or just improving the overall quality of your life?
  4. Which crisis intervention skills do you want to master?
  5. Please develop a time-line. This will be a 1-3year projection, for example 2017-19.

Submit this section to the “Professional Development Plan 2” Dropbox by Sunday, 11.59 p.m. CT, of Week 2.  

 

Research:

  1. Identify the skill-set that you will need in order to get you where you are today (self-analysis), to where you want to be in the future (holistic goals). These can be hard or soft skills, knowledge, networking, etc.
  2. List the crisis intervention skills required.
  3. Identify the resources you will require (money, time, approval, etc.).
  4. Provide a list of people that you will require support from (work, family, friends, etc.).
  5. Explain specifically what type of support you will require from each person.
  6. Which crisis intervention skill-set will each support member contribute to your success?

Submit this section to the “Professional Development Plan 3” Dropbox by Sunday, 11.59 p.m. CT, of Week 3.  

 

Implementation:

  1. Detail the specific step-by-step actions required to achieve your professional goals.
  2. Explain what and how you will obtain your new skill-set.
  3. You will include the crisis intervention skill-set required, resources (cost, time, support, etc.) and a timeline for completion.
  4. This section will be completed using a table format.

Submit this section to the “Professional Development Plan 4” Dropbox by Sunday, 11.59 p.m. CT, of Week 4.

Sample table format:

Action Steps

What will be done?

Crisis Skills

What crisis intervention

skill-set is required?

Resources

What funds, time, people,

and materials are needed?

Timeline

By when?

(mont/year)

 Action Step 1:
     

Term Paper

You will write a term paper for this course. The paper will be double-spaced and a minimum of 8 pages and a maximum of 10 pages (not including title page, abstract, cited references, etc.).

Your paper topic must be on a crisis that is occurring in America today.  For example, police shootings, immigration, Roe v. Wade, flu vaccinations, etc.  Using the five basic steps of crisis intervention (discussed in the text), your paper must incorporate an intervention strategy for your crisis. You must submit your topic to the “Term Paper Topic” Dropbox by Sunday, 11.59 p.m. CT of Week 1. 

The term paper must be prepared as a Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) and submitted to the “Term Paper” Dropbox by 11.59 p.m. CT, Sunday of Week 6. It must be typed, double-spaced, and 12-point font (Times New Roman). All papers must be 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 sources from Wikipedia, WikiInfo, and Anarchopedia will negatively impact your grade.

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. The term paper is worth 200 points.


Quizzes

Each quiz comprises 20 multiple choice questions and is worth 20 points. Quizzes will cover the assigned chapters each week. Each quiz opens on Monday 12.01 a.m. CT and must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT every Sunday of the respective week except for week 8 when it must be completed by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT. They are located in the quizzes area of the course.Please follow the instructions closely to take and submit your quizzes. You are allowed one timed attempt of 30minutes per quiz. You may use your book to help you find the answers, however, you have limited time so I strongly encourage you to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.


Final Exam

The Final Exam must be completed during Week 8 and is non-proctored. It will consist of 50 multiple choice questions covering Chapters 1-15 excluding chapters 10 and 11. The Final Exam is located in the quizzes area of the course and will be available on Monday of Week 8. It can be completed anytime from 12:01 a.m. CT, Monday until the course deadline, 11:59 p.m. CT, Saturday of Week 8. The exam is timed, so once started, you will have 75 minutes to submit your responses.Don't forget to save your responses often. Remember, the Final Exam is not a group project and must be completed individually.There is only one attempt permitted.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: The Problem of Crisis
Readings
Chapter 1: The Problem of Crisis
Introduction Discussion

Introduce yourself to the class and let us know what your current position is and any other information you are willing to share. You will have to post a statement in the Introduction Discussion before you receive any points for other assignments.

Discussion 1

Part A

Part of managing a crisis is being able to know what is and is not appropriate. In this course we discuss issues of a sensitive nature.  In doing so we should all be aware of proper online etiquette. Please review the links found in the Discussion area in D2L that cover online etiquette and active listening skills.

Discuss which online etiquette or active listening technique you believe is most effective and why.

Part B

After reviewing the weekly video located in the Week 1 Lecture content area under Additional Learning Resources, respond to the following questions:

  1. What crisis intervention communication skills are needed - as individuals and nations - to fight extreme force without using force in return?
  2. Why and how does nonviolence work?
Dropbox Assignment 1

Complete the following chapter assignment questions. These questions are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter.

  1. Select any recent national or international crisis and discuss the response to that event in terms of the crisis intervention continuum. Was the response successful? Was it criticized?Do you think that the criticism was correct?
  2. In the event of a macrocrisis, like the events of September 11, 2001, is it an acceptable measure at times to limit the rights and freedoms of American citizens in order to contain and de-escalate the crisis?
Professional Development Plan 1

Please submit the Self-Analysis portion of your development plan.Provide your responses to the following:

  1. Where are you at right now in your professional life?
  2. What crisis intervention skills do you currently possess?
  3. Which crisis intervention skills are required for your professional success right now?
  4. What are your crisis intervention strengths and weaknesses?
Term Paper Topic

Choose and submit your term paper topic to the appropriate Dropbox folder. It must be on a crisis that is occurring in America today, such as police shootings, immigration, presidential election, or flu vaccinations. Please choose your topic carefully, as you will be required to highlight the five basic steps of crisis intervention to help resolve your crisis in the final draft of your paper, which is due in Week 6.

Quiz 1

This quiz will cover topics from Chapter 1. The quiz is worth 20 points and there are 20 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 30 minutes and you can attempt it only once. You are strongly encouraged to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Week 2: The Psychophysiology of Crisis & Crisis Communication
Readings
  • Chapter 2: Fight, Flight, or Freeze: The Psychophysiology of Crisis
  • Chapter 3: Crisis Communication
Discussion 2

After reviewing the weekly video located in the Week 2 Lecture content area under Additional Learning Resources, respond to the following questions:

  1. How can text-messaging be used as an effective means of crisis communication?
  2. Is technology the future of crisis management?
Dropbox Assignment 2

Complete the following chapter assignment questions. These questions are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter.

  1. How does training benefit a police officer in a stressful situation? How does a nothing-to-lose mentality benefit an offender? Answer both in psycho-physiological terms.
  2. Consider a male police officer responding to a domestic dispute involving a verbally abusive husband. How might the officer respond, and what types of things might he say, if he were to respond from his critical parent ego state or from his adult state or from his natural child state?
Professional Development Plan 2

Please submit the Holistic Goals portion of your development plan. Provide your responses to the following:

  1. Where do you see your professional life in the future?
  2. Identify your priorities.
  3. Are you seeking a career change, promotion, advanced degree, or just improving the overall quality of your life?
  4. Which crisis intervention skills do you want to master?
  5. Please develop a time-line. This will be a 1- to 3-year projection.
Quiz 2

This quiz will cover topics from Chapters 2 & 3. The quiz is worth 20 points and there are 20 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 30 minutes and you can attempt it only once. You are strongly encouraged to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Week 3: The Use of Force
Readings
  • Chapter 4: The Use of Force
  • Chapter 5: The Tactical Response
Discussion 3

After reviewing the weekly video located in the Week 3 Lecture content area under Additional Learning Resources, respond to the following questions:

  1. Is law enforcement in crisis today?
  2. What steps can be taken to transform the relationship between police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect?
Dropbox Assignment 3

Complete the following chapter assignment questions. These questions are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter.

  1. Do you believe the use of force by the police should be more heavily regulated by the courts and legislative bodies, or should its use be entirely dictated by the state of mind of the individual police officer?
  2. The image portrayed by police tactical units is much different than a typical officer on the beat. Do you believe this image has been helpful to the police mission in America in terms of police-community relations or has it hindered that goal?
Professional Development Plan 3

Please submit the Research portion of your development plan. Provide your responses to the following:

  1. Identify the skill-set that you will need in order to get you from where you are today (self-analysis), to where you want to be in the future (holistic goals). These can be hard or soft skills, knowledge, networking, etc. 
  2. List the crisis intervention skills required.
  3. Identify the resources you will require (money, time, approval, etc.).
  4. Provide a list of people that you will require support from (work, family, friends, etc.).
  5. Explain specifically what type of support you will require from each person.
  6. Which crisis intervention skill-set will each support member contribute to your success?
Quiz 3

This quiz will cover topics from Chapters 4 & 5. The quiz is worth 20 points and there are 20 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 30 minutes and you can attempt it only once. You are strongly encouraged to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Week 4: Suicide and the Crisis of Domestic Violence
Readings
  • Chapter 6: Suicide and the Psychology of Self-Destruction
  • Chapter 7: The Crisis of Domestic Violence
Discussion 4

After reviewing the weekly video located in the Week 4 Lecture content area under Additional Learning Resources, respond to the following questions:

  1. What does the national data suggest about “who,” demographically, is primarily at risk for suicide in America?
  2. In order to become familiar with the assets available in your areas, list the names, locations, and contact information of two suicide intervention centers in your area.
Dropbox Assignment 4

Complete the following chapter assignment questions. These questions are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter.

  1. Discuss whether you believe suicide is primarily the result of external sociological conditions and circumstances or more the result of internal psychological factors. Or is it a combination of both?
  2. When deciding whether to arrest a domestic abuser, should the police consider the financial impact of the arrest on the abuser’s family? Why or why not?
Professional Development Plan 4

Please submit the Implementation portion of your development plan. Provide your responses to the following:

  1. Detail the specific step-by-step actions required to achieve your professional goals.
  2. Explain what your new skill-set is and how you will obtain it.
  3. You will include the crisis intervention skill-set required, the resources (cost, time, support, etc.) needed, and a timeline for completion.
  4. Submit this section in a table format (see Content area for more details and a model of the format).
Quiz 4

This quiz will cover topics from Chapters 6 & 7. The quiz is worth 20 points and there are 20 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 30 minutes and you can attempt it only once. You are strongly encouraged to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Week 5: The Victims of Crisis and Crisis Negotiation
Readings
  • Chapter 8: The Victims of Crisis
  • Chapter 9: The Hostage Crisis
Discussion 5

After reviewing the weekly video located in the Week 5 Lecture content area under Additional Learning Resources, respond to the following questions:

  1. Is the concept of forgiveness important for society?
  2. Can society find forgiveness similar to Gabby Gifford and Mark Kelly?
Dropbox Assignment 5

Complete the following chapter assignment questions. These questions are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter.

Many minor drug offenders are serving time in America’s prisons, especially in “3-strike” states. Given the oppressive nature of prison life, do you consider these individuals to be “victims of oppression,” and therefore in need of victim services, or because they committed some type of crime, should we not consider them victims at all?

Quiz 5

This quiz will cover topics from Chapters 8 & 9. The quiz is worth 20 points and there are 20 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 30 minutes and you can attempt it only once. You are strongly encouraged to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Week 6: The Crisis of Mental Illness
Readings
Chapter 12: The Crisis of Mental Illness
Discussion 6

After reviewing the weekly video located in the Week 6 Lecture content area under Additional Learning Resources, respond to the following questions:

  1. Is there a correlation between education, income, and mental illness?
  2. What role does the crisis intervention virtues of compassion, mercy, and respect play in a mental health crisis?
Dropbox Assignment 6

Complete the following chapter assignment questions. These questions are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter.

  1. Discuss the concept of personal responsibility, and whether you believe people with mental illnesses should still be held accountable for their crimes.
  2. Do some basic Internet research, and then discuss the differences between the verdicts of “guilty but mentally ill” and “not guilty by reason of insanity.”
Quiz 6

This quiz will cover topics from Chapter 12. The quiz is worth 20 points and there are 20 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 30 minutes and you can attempt it only once. You are strongly encouraged to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Term Paper

Choose any crisis that is occurring in America today (based upon your topic selection in Week 1) and write a term paper that highlights how you would apply the five basic steps to crisis intervention to help resolve that crisis.

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 Institutional and Courtroom Crisis
Readings
  • Chapter 13: The Institutional Crisis
  • Chapter 14: Crisis in the Courtroom
Discussion 7

After reviewing the weekly video located in the Week 7 Lecture content area under Additional Learning Resources, respond to the following questions:

  1. Discuss the dynamics of the prison population today and the reform initiatives implemented by Deputy Secretary Dan Pacholke of the Washington State Department of Corrections, to prevent prison crisis incidents and increase conflict resolution measures.
  2. Can inmates live meaningful lives in prison?
Dropbox Assignment 7

Complete the following chapter assignment questions. These questions are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter.

  1. Many prison riots take place because of the freedom inmates are given to roam and congregate in places like the prison yard and cafeteria. Should inmates be allowed such freedom, or do you believe they should be isolated from each other for the duration of their incarceration?
  2. Perhaps one way to make courtrooms safer in America is to disallow any and all observers during a hearing except by closed-circuit television. Discuss your views on this. Would such a move violate some principle of American justice in your view?
Quiz 7

This quiz will cover topics from Chapters 13 & 14. The quiz is worth 20 points and there are 20 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 30 minutes and you can attempt it only once. You are strongly encouraged to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Week 8: The Cost of Crisis
Readings
Chapter 15: The Cost of Crisis
Discussion 8

After reviewing the weekly video located in the Week 8 Lecture content area under Additional Learning Resources, respond to the following questions:

  1. What is the difference between positive and negative stressors?
  2. What stress reduction skills are necessary for managing a crisis?
Dropbox Assignment 8

Complete the following chapter assignment questions. These questions are drawn directly from your text readings and involve a comprehensive understanding of each textbook chapter.

  1. Discuss our cultural view of police officers, and how this has contributed to the development of the modern police culture.
  2. Discuss the suicide rates among police officers as outlined in the chapter, and give some reasons why you believe those rates are as high as they are.
Quiz 8

This quiz will cover topics from Chapter 15. The quiz is worth 20 points and there are 20 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 30 minutes and you can attempt it only once. You are strongly encouraged to complete your readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Final Exam

Your final exam will cover topics from Chapters 1-15, excluding chapters 10 and 11. The final is worth 100 points and there are 50 multiple choice questions. The duration is of 75 minutes and you can attempt it only once. It will be located in the Quizzes area of your course. The final exam is non-proctored.



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.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.  Late assignments will receive zero credit.  If there is an emergency (natural disaster, medical issue, or family issue) please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

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.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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