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PHIL 201: Introduction To Philosophy

Course Description

An introduction to the matter and method of philosophy. Topics include the purpose of human existence, the nature of the good life, the existence of God, the purpose of government, the conditions and extent of knowledge, and the relationship between human existence and reality.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Final

Syllabus Contents



  • Cornford, F. M. . Before and After Socrates. Cambridge University Press, 1932.
    • ISBN-978-0-521-09113-8
  • Cottingham, John. (Ed.). Western Philosophy: An Anthology . 2nd. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing., 2008.
    • ISBN-978-1-4051-2478-2

MBS Information

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Course Overview

Introduction to Western Philosophy begins with an examination of pre-Socratic thought, moves on to the three fathers of Western thought, and consequently examines key philosophers whose contributions are credited with making philosophy what it is today. The course concludes with reference to post-modern developments in philosophy. 

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. Student critically analyzes philosophical arguments, issues, and problems at the introductory level.
  2. Student formulates sound and valid philosophical arguments appropriate for the introductory level.
  3. Student cogently expresses both philosophical problems and plausible solutions in accord with the best philosophical practices that could be expected from a beginning student.


Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 630-700 90-100%
B 560-629 80-89%
C 490-559 70-79%
D 420-489 60-69%
F 0-419 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion Questions (7) 210 30%
Quizzes (6) 175 25%
Argument Analysis Paper (1) 140 20%
Final Exam (1) 175 25%
Total 700 100%

Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions 0 Sunday
Discussion 1 Questions 30 Thursday/Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 Questions 30 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 1 25 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 Questions 30 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 2 25 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 Questions 30 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 3 25 Sunday
Logic Quiz 25
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 Questions 30 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 4 25 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 Questions 30 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 5 25 Sunday
Argument Analysis Paper Draft 0
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 Questions 30 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 6 25 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Argument Analysis Paper 140 Wednesday
Final Exam 175 Saturday
Total Points 700

Assignment Overview

Text Readings

Weekly readings should be completed prior to working on assignments each week.  There are two additional reading assignments in weeks 3 and 4 on logic, drawing on Socratic and Aristotelian thinking,   designed to help you take the Logic Quiz in Week 4, and to prepare your Argument Analysis Paper, due at the end of the course.

Discussion Questions

From Week 1 to Week 7, each student will choose two questions based on the readings for that week. These questions are designed to expose you to philosophy, and to help you develop good philosophical reading skills. This, in layman terms, means “the ability to read a text closely and squeeze out the good stuff.” Discussion question answers are expected to be about 150 words apiece (or enough to answer the question fully), with citations and references (no more than 20%) to support your answer. You are also expected make reply posts in weekly discussion threads. This means substantively responding to at least three other studentspostings, on two separate days a week.

Your initial post is due Thursday midnight and your response posts are due Sunday midnight CT.


There will be 7 quizzes throughout the session, in Weeks 2 through 7, including the logic quiz in Week 4. Each quiz is worth 25 points and will be based on assigned readings. These can be accessed through the Quizzes area of the course.

:  The logic quiz can be taken as many times as you like to score a higher grade.  This quiz is designed to tell you whether you’ve mastered the knowledge necessary to successfully complete the argument assignment paper.  You must achieve at least a grade of 75% on this quiz before you can submit your argument analysis paper.

Argument Analysis Paper

The argument analysis paper is designed to test your ability to think critically and clearly about philosophical arguments.  The skills necessary to write this paper are based on the Logic Readings in Weeks 3 and 4.  The expected length of the paper is approximately 500 words (about two standard double-spaced pages).  You will develop this paper in Weeks 5-8:

Week 5
: See the Argument Analysis Prompt in Week 5 and begin working on drafting your paper.

Week 6:
  Submit a draft of the paper to the Dropbox by Sunday.

Week 8
: Submit the final version of the paper to the Dropbox by Wednesday.

Final Exam

There will be a Final Exam in Week 8. The exam will be computerized and proctored. You will be responsible for arranging an acceptable proctor and submitting that information in Week 2, and for scheduling your exam with your proctor. Please see Proctor Policy below. The final is comprehensive and consists of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions as well as two long essays. You may not use books, notes, other websites, or any other sources.

Course Outline

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

Week 1: The Start of Philosophy and Pre-Socratics
Section 1
Cornford Chapter 1
Please post your introduction in the Discussions area of the course.
Discussion 1 Questions
For this and all discussion assignments, please choose two questions from the list below.
1. Read “What is Philosophy?” in the Content area. Pick one branch of philosophy and do a little research to learn more about what it involves, and the questions it examines. Note: You will need at least two outside sources to support your answer for this question.

2. On p. 6 of Before and After Socrates, Cornford refers to the start of Ionian science. Who is the father of philosophy, according to Cornford, and why? Based on the example provided of land measurement, why is this person credited with the rise of philosophy? That is, what contribution about land measurements gave rise to the start of philosophy? (p. 5-7).

3. Cornford notes a significant achievement in Western thought on p. 7, in the discovery of nature. He follows this up with three specific points which he calls features of the pre-scientific age. Identify these three points and either briefly explain the first and third points, or explain the second point in detail.

4. Anaximander is one of the Pre-Socratic philosophers, a successor to Thales and part of the Milesian school; Cornford discusses him on p.16-19. Describe Anaximander’s account of the creation of the world.

5. Define Atomism and describe the thought of three Atomists, based on Cornford, p. 21-28.

6. Atomism is often described as a form of materialism, that is, the theory that all things that are real must be physical or material. Being a materialist doctrine, how does Atomism account for things like soul? Considering that souls are not material, by definition, can Atomism, as such, provide a full account of them? Note this isn't about providing an opinion so much as analyzing the definition of Atomism. (p. 24-28).

Final Exam Preparation

Prepare for the final by answering all of the questions above.

Week 2: Socrates
Cornford Chapter 2
Discussion 2 Questions
Choose two from the list below.

On what two grounds did Socrates reject scientific accounts of his time? Define his first objection and explain what he meant (starts on p. 30). Why was he unhappy with scientific explanations being offered?

Explain his second objection. On what grounds did Socrates believe scientific accounts of nature were useless? (Starts on p. 31)

Explain why scientific accounts of the time were different than they are now (starts on p. 32). What form did scientific accounts of the time tend to take and why was Socrates unhappy with Anaxagoras' account?

Unhappy with scientific accounts of the time, what does Socrates turn to instead and similarly, what discovery, according to Cornford, ranks Socrates among the greatest philosophers?

What, according to Socrates, is the perfection of the soul and how does it relate to happiness? (starts on p. 37) How does the perfection of the soul guide our choices and moral values?

Sophists were a big deal during Socrates' time (and not in a good way). Socrates was actually accused of being a Sophist at one point in the Apologia. Who were the sophists? (p. 38) How did Socrates feel about them and why was he accused of being one?

Most ancient accounts of Socrates indicate his main concern was ethics. Socrates is indeed credited with having founded, as Cornford describes it on p. 49, a new principle of morality. What is this morality and what about proposing a new principle of morality caused discomfort among his fellow citizens?

Socrates is credited with being the first of the three fathers of Western thought (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle). Consider his discovery (question 4), how it still influences us today, and why he is credited with being a father of Western thought as a result (this question builds off of questions 4 and 7 and, as such, much reference some of the information required for the answers to both).
Quiz 1
This is an open book quiz based on the readings for the week. If you do it as you do the reading, it will help you focus on the terms and concepts.
Final Exam Preparation

Prepare for the final by answering all of the questions above.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Plato
Western Philosophy: An Anthology, Part I: “Knowledge vs. Opinion: Plato, Republic” and Part II: Being and Reality Introduction and “The Allegory of the Cave: Plato, Republic.” 
Discussion 3 Questions
Choose two from the list below.

1. On page 14, Socrates uses the phrase “the lovers of sounds and sights.” What knowledge are these lovers of sound and sight lacking and why does Socrates equate this to opinion?

2. Who are the lovers of knowledge and what knowledge do they possess? How does this, for Plato through the mouthpiece of Socrates, equate to knowledge? (starts on p. 14 as well and the differences between the two is re-emphasized on p. 18)

3. Read the introduction to the “Allegory of the Cave: Plato, Republic” by Cottingham and take particular note of the information about Plato’s forms. Identify the form Plato references, through Socrates, in the “Knowledge versus Opinion: Plato, Republic” reading.

4. Review the diagram on page 72. Explain the division identified there of the forms. Be sure to include in your explanation why mathematical objects represent these forms.

5. Review the diagram on page 72. Explain the division identified as ordinary objects. Be sure to include in your explanation how images represent examples of ordinary objects. Are these images, according to Socrates, real?

6. Building on question 5, according to Plato through Socrates, are the things we perceive (i.e. the things we see, touch, taste and feel) real? Do they represent forms or images?

7. Starting on page 73, Plato through Socrates begins his famous analogy of the cave. Explain this analogy. Feel free to review the video of this account available in the Content area of the course to help you.

8. Plato, among other things, is considered the father of a theory of knowledge called rationalism. The analogy of the cave demonstrates this theory. Using the Stanford Encyclopedia link through the links section, define rationalism (by entering the search terms: Plato’s rationalism) and how Plato’s analogy of the cave demonstrates or represents rationalism.
Quiz 2
This is an open book quiz based on the above readings. If you do it as you do the reading, it will help you focus on the terms and concepts.
Logic Readings Part 1
Socratic Method and Writing Philosophy Papers (supplied online with course material).
Final Exam Preparation

Prepare for the final by answering all of the questions above.

Week 4: Aristotle
Western Philosophy: An Anthology, Part I: “Demonstrative Knowledge and its Starting- Points: Aristotle, Posterior Analytics” and Part II: “Individual Substance: Aristotle, Categories.”  
Discussion 4 Questions
Choose two from the list below.

Aristotle refers to scientific knowledge in “Demonstrative Knowledge and its Starting-points: Aristotle, Posterior Analytics.” What, according to Aristotle, is scientific knowledge?

One of the big things Aristotle is known for is establishing a system of formal logic, the basis of which is still used today in philosophy to review theories being proposed. You could argue that formal logic is one of THE biggest deals Aristotle contributed. Aristotles system is sometimes referred to as syllogistic logic. What is, according to Aristotle (starts on p. 19), a syllogism? Can a syllogism produce scientific knowledge? Why or why not?

On page 20 in “Demonstrative Knowledge and its Starting-points: Aristotle, Posterior Analytics,” Aristotle describes how we come to remember things through sense perception. What is sense perception and what is its role in memory, according to Aristotle?

Aristotle notes on page 20 that “it is evident that if the premises of a syllogism are universal then that conclusion of such a demonstration . . . must also be an eternal truth.” Relate this to validity, a concept described by Cottingham in the preface. What is Aristotle talking about?

The “Categories” is the reason why Aristotle is considered the father of biology, which was another of his big contributions. How does Aristotle define substance in terms of his divisions of living things?

Aristotle is considered the father of empiricism. Plato is the father of rationalism. Visit the “School of Athens” image (Course Resources module in Content area) of the painting by Raphael. What is empiricism (think of the term “empirical data” and what it means, as well as his reference to sense perception in the last piece and his correlation with the actual physical thing of substance in this piece)? Explain in detail what empiricism involves, using the readings from Aristotle we covered this week. Why is Aristotle dressed in the colors of earth and holding his hand out in the painting? How does this demonstrate his theory of empiricism?

Why is Plato adorned in colors of the sun and pointing towards the sky in the same picture? How does this relate to Platos theory of rationalism? Explain in detail what rationalism involves, using the readings for Plato we covered last week.

They say we are born one of two things: Platonic or Aristotelian. Which one are you? Do you identify more with transcendence of the senses, believing sensory information is unreliable (which we will get more into with Descartes)? Do you, instead, believe in empirical data? Identify the flaws of each theory of knowledge. If you are a supporter of Aristotle, use his passages to support your explanation of the flaws identified. If you are Platonic, use the passages from Plato we covered last week to support your answer.
Quiz 3
This is an open book quiz based on the above readings. If you do it as you do the reading, it will help you focus on the terms and concepts.
Logic Readings Part 2
Aristotle and Basic Logical Concepts (supplied online with course materials).
Logic Quiz
This is an open book quiz based on the logic readings, parts 1 and 2, in Weeks 3 and 4.  Unlike the other quizzes, it can be taken multiple times if necessary to achieve maximum proficiency.  Note that you will need to score at least 75% on this quiz before you can submit the Argument Analysis Paper.
Final Exam Preparation

Prepare for the final by answering all of the questions above.

Week 5: René Descartes and John Locke
Western Philosophy: An Anthology, Part I: “New Foundations for Knowledge: Rene Descartes, Meditations” and “The Senses as the Basis of Knowledge: John Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding”
Discussion 5 Questions
Choose two from the list below.

Visit the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (the link which is available through the links section of the course). Search the term “skepticism” and click on the “Skepticism” link. Review the section on philosophical vs. ordinary skepticism. What is philosophical skepticism? Define philosophical skepticism in detail (be sure to reference the section on academic skepticism) and how it relates to what Descartes is doing at the start of his Meditations.

On page 22, Descartes notes: “whatever I have up till now accepted as most true, I have acquired either from the senses or through the senses.” Explain what Descartes is doing here (see the first sentence of the second paragraph on the same page and the answer to this question builds on question 1). Is he embracing sensory information as a reliable means of knowledge about the world?

The dream argument is one of Descartesmost famous positions in his Meditations. Explain the dream argument in detail. What does his argument call into question and why? (starts on p. 23)

Descartesevil deceiver is the second of his more famous arguments. Explain the evil deceiver argument in detail. What does this position call into question and why? (also on p. 23)

What is Descartessolution to his own doubts? (starts on p. 24 and ends on p. 25). Explain his solution. Based on this solution and our considerations regarding Plato as a rationalist and Aristotle as an empiricist, would you say Descartes is an empiricist or a rationalist?

On page 26, Locke notes “it is an established opinion amongst men, that there are in the understanding certain innate principles. . . .” What is Locke referring to here? What, according to him, does “innate” mean and what epistemic theory do innate ideas suggest?

Identify the first argument Locke offers to dispute the notion of “universal consent” and things like “innate principles.” (starts on p. 27) Explain his position in detail.

On page 29, Locke refers to a “yet empty cabinet.” What empty cabinet is he referring to? Consider the term “tabula rasa” or blank sheet. How does this analogy relate to that phrase and what is Locke trying to prove?

As Cottingham notes on page 30, Locke begins his own view on the origin of ideas at the start of book II. Identify and explain, in detail, the two points he uses to explain where our ideas come from.
Quiz 4
This is an open book quiz based on the above readings. If you do it as you do the reading, it will help you focus on the terms and concepts.
Argument Analysis Paper Assignment
Explain some major claim by one of the authors we have studied in the course. Provide the reasons why the author of the claim thinks that the claim is true (provide the author's argument(s) for the claim). Explain how one of the author's reasons or arguments used to justify the claim is either false or susceptible to criticism. How might one respond to the criticism or how could the claim be fixed?   The final paper should be 2 pages in length.

A draft of your paper is due at the end of Week 6, and your final paper is due Wednesday of Week 8. 

Note that this essay will build on the information from the Logic Readings in Week 3 and 4; you will not be able to submit your paper until you complete the Logic Quiz with a score of at least 75%.
Final Exam Preparation

Prepare for the final by answering all of the questions above.

Week 6: David Hume
Western Philosophy: An Anthology, Part VII: “The Problem of Induction: David Hume, Enquiry concerning Human Understanding” and “The Relation between Cause and Effect: David Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding”
Discussion 6 Questions
Choose two from the list below.

It is said Hume took Lockes ideas and ran with them! Some even suggest Hume ran them into the ground. Upon what foundation, according to Hume, are all “reasonings concerning matter of fact” based? And what, in turn, are reasonings concerning that relation based upon? Explain what Hume means (starts on p. 433) and how this foundation relates to Lockes overall position we examined last week.

On page 434 and continued on page 435, Hume states, “I have found that such an object has been attended with such an effect and I foresee that other objects are, in appearance, similar, will be attended with similar effects.” First, explain what Hume is saying in this statement (in detail because this is the part of the problem of induction). After you have explained what Hume is talking about, provide an example (like that of the bread he describes on p. 434) to demonstrate your explanation.

Do we have any justification for believing the future will be like the past (this isnt an opinion, but more about following what Hume is describing in the first passage here)?

On page 435, Hume refers to going in a circle. Explain what he is talking about here specifically and why this circle means no inductive solution for the problem of induction will work.

On page 442, Hume describes one billiard ball hitting another and describes causal relations more as connections or a tendency to assume one event will follow another. What does he refer to this tendency as (he mentions it by name once in the second passage)? Take into consideration the bread example noted in the first passage and explain what secret powers are involved in both examples.

What are the necessary connections Hume is referring to on page 439? Are we justified, according to his account, in believing in necessary connections (i.e. is there anything, really, such as a causal connection or is it more our tendency to assume)?

What is the problem of induction? Describe causal relations and how they build into the problem of induction.

Consider skepticism as we discussed with Descartes. Beyond being, even, an empiricist, Hume is ultimately considered an inductive skeptic. Explain how the problem of induction leads Hume to his ultimate skeptic repose. Can you know anything, according to him, about the world through observation?
Quiz 5
This is an open book quiz based on the above readings. If you do it as you do the reading, it will help you focus on the terms and concepts.
Argument Analysis Paper Draft
Your draft of your paper is due by the end of this week.
Final Exam Preparation

Prepare for the final by answering all of the questions above.

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: Kant, Hegel and Moore
Western Philosophy: An Anthology, Part I: “Experience and Understanding: Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason,” “From Sense-certainty to Self-consciousness: Georg Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit” and “Against Skepticism: G.E. Moore, A Defence of Common Sense”
Discussion 7 Questions
Choose two from the list below.

On page 41, Kant refers to a distinction between two types of knowledge. Identify each and explain the differences between both, in detail. Which term represents rationalist knowledge and which represents empirical knowledge? Is Kant a rationalist? How can you tell?

Kant mentions induction on page 41 and continues to address this point on page 42. How does he address Humes problem of induction? Explain his account and how he uses causal relations as part of his solution (keep in mind Kant was roused from his “dogmatic slumbers” by Humes works; he is pretty much responding to Humes position here).

On page 42, Kant refers to the “material of sensible knowledge.” What is this sensible knowledge? Define the term a posteriori, according to Kant and how experience builds into our understanding.

On page 46, Hegel states, “The objective which I apprehend presents itself as purely one and single. But in addition, I am aware of the property in it, a property which is universal, thereby transcending the particularity of the object. . . .” Explain what this means, how it addresses the dichotomy between empiricism and rationalism, and, according to Hegel, how it builds into the experience “consciousness forms.” Is he merely looking for the same old sense-certainty to perception seen in prior passages by other philosophers?

Hegel refers to a “dialectic process” on page 47. Explain what this term means and what it is describing in the process of understanding Hegel is proposing.

What is the force Hegel refers to? What final stage does it belong to?

On page 50, Moore lists a number of “truisms.” Identify a few of these truisms and how he claims to know them.

What is the ordinary meaning Moore is referring to at the top of page 51? How does Moore know common sense yields reliable knowledge? Reference the case about knowing the earth has existed in the past when answering this question.

On page 54, Moore writes, if “they are features of the ‘common sense view of the worldit follows they are true. What is this view of common sense and why is Moore specifically proposing this take on common sense (i.e. what is his piece railing against or disputing or why does he believe a common sense approach need be taken)?
Quiz 6
This is an open book quiz based on the above readings. If you do it as you do the reading, it will help you focus on the terms and concepts.
Final Exam Preparation

Prepare for the final by answering all of the questions above.

Week 8: Finals Week
(Supplemental Videos): Watch the videos on contemporary philosophy in the Week 8 Content area.
Argument Analysis Paper

Your final version of this paper is due by Wednesday 11:59pm CT.

Final Exam
The final exam is comprehensive, and to be taken between Tuesday and Saturday, by arrangement with your proctor.

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.


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 for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the site.


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

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.

Quizzes must be completed by the end of each week, unless there is a serious family emergency. Late submissions of the draft or final Argument Analysis paper will cost 5 points per day off of the final score.

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.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

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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