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.
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:
- Where are you at right now in your professional life?
- What crisis intervention skills do you currently possess?
- Which crisis intervention skills are required for your professional success right now?
- 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.
- Where do you see your professional life in the future?
- Identify your priorities.
- Are you seeking a career change, promotion, advanced degree, or just improving the overall quality of your life?
- Which crisis intervention skills do you want to master?
- 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.
- 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.
- List the crisis intervention skills required.
- Identify the resources you will require (money, time, approval, etc.).
- Provide a list of people that you will require support from (work, family, friends, etc.).
- Explain specifically what type of support you will require from each person.
- 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.
- Detail the specific step-by-step actions required to achieve your professional goals.
- Explain what and how you will obtain your new skill-set.
- You will include the crisis intervention skill-set required, resources (cost, time, support, etc.) and a timeline for completion.
- 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:
What will be done?
What crisis intervention
skill-set is required?
What funds, time, people,
and materials are needed?
| Action Step 1:
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.
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.
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.