All discussions must take place in the Discussions area, meaning that uploading an attachment as your post will not count.
Each week’s discussion will take place from Monday to Sunday, except for Week 8 which ends on Saturday. Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm Central Time (CT) on Thursday and two responses to classmates' posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. During Week 8, both responses are due by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.
You must post first before seeing your peers' posts.
Your initial response to the discussion question should fully answer the question(s) asked. While I encourage you to write at least a paragraph, the content of your answer is more important that the length. Your initial posts and responses should be written in your own words, with your own thoughts and interpretations. Do not simply pull large quotes from other sources. If you are writing about an assigned reading from our text, be sure to include the author and page number in the first sentence or two, so others know what piece you are referencing. If you do use an additional outside source, include in-text APA formatting for citations.
Your responses to others’ posts should also be well developed, fully explaining your response to the classmates’ posts. Make responses that add to the conversation and take it further; simply posting “I agree” or “good job” does not help develop ideas. For maximum learning and point benefits, respond to at least two students' posts.
In Weeks 2, 4, and 6, you will participate in small groups to discuss and solve a case study. You will be randomly assigned to a group for the remainder of the session. You are encouraged to come to a consensus on the case study questions. However, if there are points of disagreement, that is fine as well. In fact, I encourage you critically analyze each other’s answers.
You must post first before seeing your team's discussion.
At the end of your discussion, one of your group members must summarize the final consensus (or lack thereof) to each case study question. This is to be completed within the D2L discussion you used to reach this consensus.
It is up to you and your group to determine who will be posting the short synopsis for each week. To ensure that the correct synopsis post is reviewed, please title this post with the heading “FINAL SYNOPSIS.” I suggest that each of you take a turn writing a synopsis (when possible) and commit this rotation to a schedule.
Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm Central Time (CT) on Thursday. These Group Discussions are designed to promote dialogue. Like your Individual Discussions, I should see at least two responses to your team's discussion by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
The final synopsis of this discussion is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of each assigned week.
Your initial post is worth 6 points, and your response posts are worth a combined 4 points.
You will have seven weekly homework assignments throughout this course. You will complete these assignments in CONNECT. These assignments will ask you to apply the information from the textbook and Instructional Materials. Homework assignments in Weeks 1 - 7 will be based on that week's material. These problems are calculation/application based problems. You will have three attempts per assignment.
(Please note that there is additional comprehensive homework assignment due in Week 8.)
The Homework Assignments will be available starting at 12:00 am CT on Monday of each week and are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of the week the Homework is assigned.
Each Connect Homework assignment is worth 40 points.
You will take three biweekly exams in CONNECT during this course. These exams will ask you to complete 25 multiple-choice questions over the past two week’s readings. The amount of questions will depend on the complexity of each week's material.
Please note that these multiple-choice questions are computational.
Each exam opens at 12:01 am CT on Thursday of the week the exam is due. You will have 2 hours and one attempt to complete the exam.
You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited, so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly.
Each exam is worth 100 pts. and is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of the appropriate week.
Immediately after submitting exam, you will see your score and questions answered incorrectly for 10 minutes.
During Week 8, your homework assignment will be a review of all the concepts throughout the course. This assignment will help you not only review for the Final Exam, but will also give you the opportunity to review the material taught in the course.
The Homework Review assignment will be available in CONNECT and will open at 12:01 am CT on Monday of Week 6 and is due by 11:59 pm CT on Thursday of Week 8. Like the other homework assignments, you will have three attempts to complete this assignment.
I encourage you not to wait until the last moment to begin this assignment. As such, this assignment opens during Week 6. As a review of all the concepts, the Homework Review will be longer than the weekly homework assignments, and many of these problems require difficult calculations.
The Homework Review is worth 100 points.
During Week 8, you will take a non-proctored Final Exam which will consist of 50 questions from all of the assigned readings throughout the course. These questions consist of multiple-choice questions as well as computational problems.
This exam will be completed in CONNECT.
You will have 2 hours (120 minutes) to take the exam and will be given only one attempt.
The Final Exam is worth 150 points.
The exam will open Thursday of Week 8 at 12:01 am CT and is due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.