Each student is responsible for:
• Completing weekly reading assignments
• Discussion postings and participation
• Completing five dropbox assignments
• Completing two proctored exams
All 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 two discussion postings. The first post each week is due Wednesday and the second is due Friday by midnight. Participation in class discussion is required. A minimum of two reply posts per question is required. You must read all of your classmates’ posts as well as the instructors’ responses. This means that your interaction in the discussion needs to be more than simply posting your own answer.
I expect us to be continuously striving for effective communication in all forms, INCLUDING the written word. You will be graded on grammar, proper citation of the text, and thoughtful response to the posed question. A discussions rubric is available in the Grading Criteria section below. Discussion posts are not accepted late for any reason. In fact, the forum will close at the deadline.
Each dropbox assignment will be graded according to the rubric available in the Content area of the course. Additional information required to complete each assignment is provided below and outlined in the Content area of the course. For the Formal Business Presentation, a document containing a link to your video must be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by Sunday of Week 7.
System Theory Analysis Paper: You will complete one system theory analysis paper. The paper should be 4-5 pages in length, double-spaced, 12 pt font. This assignment will be worth up to 150 points, assigned on the basis of percent of analytical and critical thinking skills, completeness, correct spelling, correct formatting, organization, citations, and neatness. This paper must be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by Sunday of Week 3.
Case Study Analysis Papers: You will complete three case study analysis papers. Each paper should be 1-2 pages in length, double-spaced, 12 pt font. Each will be worth up to 50 points, assigned on the basis of percent of analytical and critical thinking skills, completeness, correct spelling, correct formatting, organization, citations, and neatness. Case study analysis papers must be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course. These assignments are due Sunday of Weeks 2, 5, and 6.
Formal Business Presentation: For the Formal Business Presentation you will complete a 12-15 minute, convention level presentation. This assignment will be worth up to 200 points, assigned on the basis of percent of analytical and critical thinking skills, organization of presentation materials, proper use of grammar, effective delivery, and time management skills. This presentation must be recorded in a digital format and uploaded to YouTube. Presentation topics must be pre-approved by the instructor in the Formal Business Presentation Topic forum available in the Discussions area prior to Week 5.
Please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines:
Live Audience: You will need to record a 12-15 minute presentation in front of a small audience (5 adult audience members at a minimum). If the recorded speech does not show at least five (5) adult audience members, the presentation grade granted will be no more than half credit (100 out 200) possible points; the camera needs to scan the back of the audience, as well as a frontal view of the head and body of the speaker. The focus is the speaker.
One take: You are expected to rehearse (practice, practice, practice) your presentation, but you are not allowed to revise or re-record your presentation to improve it. The presentation is to be delivered all-at-once, without trying to go back and fix any mistakes you believe you may have made. When you are ready to record, the camera must run continuously throughout the entire presentation without stopping.
Notes: Before you begin speaking, display your notes close enough to the camera and long enough for me to read them before you begin your speech.
Submitting your videos: Videos must be submitted using YouTube, as a student of Columbia College you have access to a YouTube account associated with your CougarMail account. You may submit your video as “unlisted”. You are urged to refer to the “Video checklist” before submitting the assignment to make sure your video permissions are set correctly and your video is good quality. Please do not wait till the last minute (or the week the assignment is due) to attempt to figure out how you will be submitting this assignment. Work on this now so that you will not run into problems at the time it is due. However you post your assignment, I must have it by the assigned due date. The formal presentation assignment will be worth 200 points, assigned on the basis of organization, completeness, delivery and following directions.
There will be a proctored midterm and a final exam, each worth 150 points. Each exam will consist of multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, and short answer essays. Exams are available in the Quizzes area of the course. Please be aware that no notes or books are allowed while completing proctored exams. Additionally, the use of flash drives and outside websites is prohibited during proctored exams. Proctor information is due to the Dropbox by Week 2. Review the Proctor Policy below and the Proctoring Module in the Content area of the course before submitting.