Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

AFCS 102: Culture And Society Of Africa II

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  Course Description

This course continues an interdisciplinary survey of institutions, politics, cultures and societies in Africa from roughly 1800 to the present (emphasis on the period following the Second World War).  It is designed to be taken in sequence with AFCS 101 as an intensive study of the people of Africa.  Taking AFCS 101 first will enhance your experience of this course.  Meets multicultural graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Final



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Bamba, A. B.. (2016). African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernization in Ivory Coast. (1st ed). Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.  eText
  •  Crais, C. C., & McClendon, T. V.. (2013). The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics (1st ed). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.  eText
  •  Falola, T., & Heaton, M. M.. (2008). A History of Nigeria (1st ed). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  eText

Bookstore Information

Ed Map is Columbia College’s bookstore for Online, Nationwide, and Evening students.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the Ed Map storefront at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials, but may do so through the Ed Map storefront. Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

  Course Overview

This course continues a survey of the social, cultural, literary, and political history of Africa by focusing on these themes in three countries (Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and South Africa).

It is designed to be taken in sequence with African Culture and Society I as an intensive study of the African cultures and peoples.  This course gives students an in-depth look at important examples of pre-colonial history, colonialism, and nation-building in the Nigerian, Ivorian, and South African contexts. Overall, students will learn to apply their knowledge from AFCS 101 to better understand the major forces that continue to shape African history and gain a greater understanding of the specific issues facing three different African countries.

Taking AFCS 101 before AFCS 102 will greatly enhance your overall experience in this course. It meets the multicultural graduation requirement.

  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 social, political, and economic forces that have created a culture.
  2. Describe characteristics of a culture.
  3. Articulate a sense of cultural identity in relation to the particular culture studied.

  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 (9) 200 20%
Quizzes (8) 300 30%
Research Paper 200 20%
Final Exam 300 30%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction 8 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 1: Essential Questions 8
Discussion 2: Online Learning Center 8
Discussion 3: Deep Thought 8
Quiz 1 40 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4: Essential Questions 8 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 5: Online Learning Center 8
Discussion 6: Deep Thought 8
Research Paper: Paper Topic Discussion 20 Sunday
Quiz 2 40
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: Essential Questions 8 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8: Online Learning Center 8
Discussion 9: Deep Thought 8
Research Paper: Resource List Submission 20 Sunday
Quiz 3 40

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10: Essential Questions 8 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 11: Online Learning Center 8
Discussion 12: Deep Thought 8
Quiz 4 40 Sunday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: Essential Questions 8 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14: Online Learning Center 8
Discussion 15: Deep Thought 8
Research Paper: Rough Draft Submission 20 Sunday
Quiz 5 40

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 16: Essential Questions 8 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 17: Online Learning Center 8
Discussion 18: Deep Thought 8
Quiz 6 40 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 19: Essential Questions 8 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 20: Online Learning Center 8
Discussion 21: Deep Thought 8
Research Paper: Final Submission 140 Sunday
Quiz 7 40

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 22: Essential Questions 8 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 23: Online Learning Center 8
Discussion 24: Deep Thought 8
Quiz 8 20 Saturday
Final Exam 300
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

There is a graded Introduction Discussion in Week 1. You are expected to submit your initial post and then respond to at least one (1) posting by another student. Besides the Introduction Discussion, there are 24 Weekly Discussion posts, worth 8 points each, and separated into Discussion Topics each week: Essential Questions (EQ), Online Learning Center (OLC), and Deep Thought (DT). Participation in all assigned discussion topics will improve performance on exams. You must answer EQ, OLC, and DT questions of each discussion by submitting initial posts of about 200 words and then respond to at least one (1) posting by another student. You can use MLA, Chicago, or APA format for quotations of the textbooks. All discussions are worth 6 points each, and each response to a peer post is worth 2 points. All initial posts are due on Wednesdays by 11:59 p.m. CT of the assigned weeks. The responses to peer posts are due on Sundays by 11:59 p.m. CT, except for Week 8, when the responses are due on Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT. Your responses must engage substantively with the post (“good post, I agree!” is not substantive). The student who is assigned the Deep Thought question for the week must post the initial thread by 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday.  If this is not posted, you will not receive credit for the discussion that week and the instructor will post the week’s question. As this can significantly inconvenience the instructor and other students if you are not able to post the Deep Thought Question when assigned please inform the instructor as soon as possible.  Discussions are informal; however, you are still expected to communicate effectively and ensure that your posting is intelligible as well as original.  You are still required to cite any quotation or factual reference. The earlier students post in the week, the more chances they have for interaction with the instructor and classmates.

Research Paper

There is a Research Paper in the course, worth 200 points, to be submitted in the Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of Week 7. The Research Paper requires you to choose an African topic of interest, gather quality primary and secondary sources, compose an original argument, and review and revise that argument. In order to earn full credit for this component score, you will have to fulfill the following requirements:

Topic Selection and Approval

You must choose a topic for a  6-page Research Paper and must also write a paragraph explaining why you chose it. You must respond substantially to two other students' submissions. You may choose your topic from recent Nigerian, Ivorian, or South African history. It might also be helpful to approach your topic from the perspective of your academic major. Keep in mind, for such a short paper it will be good to make your topic as specific as possible, so try to narrow it down to specific African countries, figures, events, ethnic groups, etc. While considering your topic, please keep in mind that there should be a controversial or debatable aspect to your topic. Once you choose your topic, it must be approved. To obtain topic approval, post your topic to the Research Paper Topic Discussion, located in the discussion area of the course, and post two (2) responses by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of Week 2. In the Topic Selection Discussion, the instructor will suggest specific issues associated with your topic that should be considered as you research and write your paper. Submission of your topic is worth 20 points. Ten (10) points are assigned for submitting the topic and writing a paragraph explaining why you chose it. Ten (10) points are assigned for reviewing and responding to the topic selection posts of two of your peers.

Resource List

Prepare a preliminary list of at least five quality sources (academic books, journal articles, or news stories) for your paper taken from the Columbia College library resources page and submit the list in the Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of Week 3. At least two of the listed sources must be primary sources. Make sure you list your sources in proper MLA, APA, or Chicago Style format. Submission of your resource list is worth 20 points.

A Note about the Texts

The main textbooks for this course are considered Secondary Sources, which means that the author (or historian) has written his version of history based on interpretations of historical documents or primary sources. Primary Sources are documents that are used by historians to write about past events. These are such things as diaries, journals, letters, etc., that were written at the time the historian is studying.

Rough Draft

Make sure you post the first version of your Research Paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder for the instructor to review. A Peer Review Discussion will be provided in Week 5 for you to get feedback from your classmates as well. While this discussion is not required, you are encouraged to get feedback from your classmates, as well as assist them by providing them constructive feedback. Submission of your rough draft is worth 20 points. The instructor will provide feedback for you to incorporate into your final version as quickly as possible. Be sure to use the annotated research paper posted in the content section as a model for your own work.

Final Draft

The final draft must consider the controversial issue approved by the professor in the initial threads of the discussions concerning your paper topic and must identify at least five (5) examples of primary and secondary sources related to the topic. At least two (2) of these should be primary sources. It should be six (6) pages long and the typed text should be circumscribed by one-inch margins, making each double-spaced page approximately 250 words and 25-27 lines with a standard type 12-point font. Cover page and bibliography do not count towards page totals. Final draft must consult a number of additional secondary sources that help to develop the thesis. Final draft must incorporate an introduction, body, and conclusion, each of which must be organized into paragraphs. Each paragraph should consist of approximately eight (8) sentences and develop a single topic. You must clarify premises using coherent diction and elaborate your major points with a degree of specificity. Avoid spelling errors, awkward language, improper grammar, flawed punctuation, and other technical mistakes. Use a documentation style guide consistently and correctly; see the Chicago/MLA/APA style links available on the Course Home page for examples. The final draft must include a bibliography, with primary and secondary sources listed separately. It must meet the deadlines for drafts and revisions according to the Schedule of Due Dates table. The research paper will have originality check turned on to check for plagiarism. The final paper is worth 140 points.

Quizzes

Each week, you will complete a non-proctored, open book quiz comprising multiple choice questions, covering the week’s reading material. Quizzes 1-7, worth 40 points each, consist of 20 MCQs (2 points each). You must complete each quiz in 35 minutes and in one (1) attempt. Quiz 8, worth 20 points, consists of 10 MCQs (2 points each), and you will have 25 minutes to complete it in one (1) attempt. Quizzes 1-7 will open at 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and close at 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of each week. Quiz 8 will be the only exception, ending at 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday. You will only have one attempt to complete each quiz, so be sure to complete the weekly readings first. While the quizzes are open book, you will not have the time to look up all of the answers. The quizzes are auto-graded. You will have the opportunity to view questions answered incorrectly for 10 minutes after the quiz is submitted.

Exams

The proctored Final Exam, due 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday of Week 8, is administered by a supervisor approved by the instructor (see Proctored Policy for more information). The Final Exam is worth 300 points and consists of fifty (50) MCQs worth four (4) points each, and two (2) Essay Questions worth 50 points each. You will have two (2) hours to complete the exam in one (1) attempt. The exam is comprehensive, covering all of your weekly work and assigned readings. A study guide that will help you prepare for the exam will be made available from 12:01 a.m. CT Monday to 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8. You must submit the “Student Proctor Information Submission Form” to the Proctor Information Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of Week 2. This form and additional information about Proctoring is located in the Content area of the course. Each Columbia College site has its own hours and methods for handling proctoring.

  Course Outline

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

Readings

Falola & Heaton/A History of Nigeria

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
Introduction

Introduce yourself and be sure to include your current job position and any personal information that you are willing to share to help us know you better.

Discussion 1: Essential Questions

What do you know and hope to learn about Africa? What do you hope to learn about Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and South Africa in particular?

Discussion 2: Online Learning Center

Watch (0:00-4:13) ofNigeria's Story and (1-17:30) of Lost Kingdoms of Africa. What were some of Nigeria's pre-colonial societies? What does archaeology/art tell us about Nigeria's pre-colonial Empire of Benin? In what ways are traditions still practiced in this region?

Discussion 3: Deep Thought

One student will be assigned the task of suggesting a Deep Thought for discussion based on the chapter readings. Please post your answer to the posted thought (unless you posted the question) and comment on at least one other student's posted answer (even if you posted the question).

Quiz 1

Quiz 1 is a non-proctored, open book/open note quiz worth 40 points which covers the readings for the week. It consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. You will have only one attempt and 35 minutes to complete it.

Readings

Falola & Heaton/A History of Nigeria

  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
Discussion 4: Essential Questions

Based on your readings, what were the political, economic, and social consequences of British Colonial rule in Nigeria?

Discussion 5: Online Learning Center

Watch (4:13-14:57) of Nigeria's Story, examine the map, and answer the following.

How did people across Nigeria's societies resist British colonial rule? What methods did the British use to combine all of Nigeria’s pre-colonial societies into a single unit?

Discussion 6: Deep Thought

One student will be assigned the task of suggesting a Deep Thought for discussion based on the chapter readings. Please post your answer to the posted thought (unless you posted the question) and comment on at least one other student's posted answer (even if you posted the question).

Research Paper: Paper Topic Discussion

Post your topic and explanation for the choice to the Research Paper Topic Discussion located in the discussion area of the course. Respond to two other students’ topic selections. The instructor will suggest issues within your topic that should be considered as you research and write your paper.

Quiz 2

Quiz 2 is a non-proctored, open book/open note quiz worth 40 points which covers the readings for the week. It consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. You will have only one attempt and 35 minutes to complete it.

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.
Readings

Falola & Heaton/A History of Nigeria

  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
Discussion 7: Essential Questions

Based on your readings, what kinds of forces did Nigeria's leaders have to balance at independence? If you were a Nigerian leader, how would you attempt to deal with them?

Discussion 8: Online Learning Center

Watch States of Independence- Nigeria and answer the following.

How did Nigeria's history of military governments contribute to corruption there? How do corruption and the reliance on oil hurt common people?

Discussion 9: Deep Thought

One student will be assigned the task of suggesting a Deep Thought for discussion based on the chapter readings. Please post your answer to the posted thought (unless you posted the question) and comment on at least one other student's posted answer (even if you posted the question).

Research Paper: Resource List Submission

Prepare a preliminary list of at least five quality sources (academic books, journal articles, or news stories) for your paper taken from the Columbia College library resources page. Two of these sources must be primary sources. Make sure you list your sources in proper MLA, APA, or Chicago Style format.

Quiz 3

Quiz 3 is a non-proctored, open book/open note quiz worth 40 points which covers the readings for the week.  It consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. You will have only one attempt and 35 minutes to complete it.

Readings
Bamba/African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernization in Ivory Coast
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 3
Discussion 10: Essential Questions

Based on your readings, what kinds of issues did a newly independent Ivory Coast have to deal with? Were there any risks with attempting rapid modernization that relied on outsiders?

Discussion 11: Online Learning Center

Watch Ivory Coast Soul 2: Various Artists (or read the transcript) and answer the following.

How do you think rapid urbanization changed Ivory Coast culturally? Can you see the links between the global contacts in your readings and the music featured in this video?

Discussion 12: Deep Thought

One student will be assigned the task of suggesting a Deep Thought for discussion based on the chapter readings. Please post your answer to the posted thought (unless you posted the question) and comment on at least one other student's posted answer (even if you posted the question).

Quiz 4

Quiz 4 is a non-proctored, open book/open note quiz worth 40 points which covers the readings for the week. It consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. You are allowed only one (1) attempt and 35 minutes to complete it.

Readings
Bamba/African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernization in Ivory Coast
  • Chapter 7
  • Conclusion
Discussion 13: Essential Questions

Based on your readings, where did the “Ivorian Miracle” go wrong? What kinds of reforms should Ivory Coast make to correct past mistakes?

Discussion 14: Online Learning Center

Watch States of Independence- Ivory Coast and answer the following.

How can a multi-party democracy help address Ivory Coast’s national identity issues? Do you think it will help build a more sustainable political/economic situation there?

Discussion 15: Deep Thought

One student will be assigned the task of suggesting a Deep Thought for discussion based on the chapter readings. Please post your answer to the posted thought (unless you posted the question) and comment on at least one other student's posted answer (even if you posted the question).

Research Paper: Rough Draft Submission

You are encouraged to use this discussion to post your rough draft for peer review.   Be sure to use the annotated Research Paper posted in the Content section as a model for your own work.

Note: Although this discussion is not required or graded, it will provide you the opportunity to get feedback from your classmates prior to submitting to the Dropbox folder.  However, you must post your rough draft to the appropriate Dropbox folder so the instructor can review and assess your rough draft.

Quiz 5

Quiz 5 is a non-proctored, open book/open note quiz worth 40 points which covers the readings for the week. It consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. You are allowed only one (1) attempt and 35 minutes to complete it.

Readings

Crais & McClendon.The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics: Chapter 6

Discussion 16: Essential Questions

Based on your readings, what were the political, social, and economic impacts of apartheid in South Africa?

Discussion 17: Online Learning Center

Watch Miriam Makeba Interview- 1966 and respond to the following.

How did Miriam Makeba and people across South Africa use songs to resist apartheid? Despite being banned in her home country, how did Makeba's international fame help raise awareness of apartheid?

Discussion 18: Deep Thought

One student will be assigned the task of suggesting a Deep Thought for discussion based on the chapter readings. Please post your answer to the posted thought (unless you posted the question) and comment on at least one other student's posted answer (even if you posted the question).

Quiz 6

Quiz 6 is a non-proctored, open book/open note quiz worth 40 points which covers the readings for the week. It consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. You are allowed only one (1) attempt and 35 minutes to complete it.

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.
Readings

Crais & McClendon.The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics: Chapter 7

Discussion 19: Essential Questions

Based on your readings, what were some different ways South Africans resisted apartheid laws?

Discussion 20: Online Learning Center

Listen to Nelson Mandela, 1964: 'I am prepared to die' - the audio recording (or read the transcript) of the speech at his sabotage trial and respond to the following.

Why do you think Nelson Mandela became the face of so many different anti-apartheid groups? What do you think made him an effective leader?

Discussion 21: Deep Thought

One student will be assigned the task of suggesting a Deep Thought for discussion based on the chapter readings. Please post your answer to the posted thought (unless you posted the question) and comment on at least one other student's posted answer (even if you posted the question).

Research Paper: Final Submission

Submit the final Draft of the Research Paper in the Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday.

Quiz 7

Quiz 7 is a non-proctored, open book/open note quiz worth 40 points which covers the readings for the week. It consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. You are allowed only one (1) attempt and 35 minutes to complete it.

Readings

Crais & McClendon:The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics: Chapter 8

Discussion 22: Essential Questions

Based on your readings, what are some of the challenges a democratic South Africa faces moving forward?

Discussion 23: Online Learning Center

Watch Nigeria: Assessing President Buhari's first 100 days - BBC News and Ivory Coast Ouattara Win and respond to the following.

How did the 2015 elections show progress in Nigeria and Ivory Coast? Do you think democracy is the best way to deal with the issues these two countries inherited from the colonial era and early years of independence?

Discussion 24: Deep Thought

One student will be assigned the task of suggesting a Deep Thought for discussion based on the chapter readings. Please post your answer to the posted thought (unless you posted the question) and comment on at least one other student's posted answer (even if you posted the question).

Quiz 8

Quiz 8 is a non-proctored, open book/open note quiz worth 20 points which covers the readings for the week. It consists of 10 multiple-choice questions. You are allowed only one (1) attempt and 25 minutes to complete it.

Final Exam

The Final Exam is a proctored and closed-book exam; it consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and two (2) essay questions which cover the material read during the course in weeks 1 to 8. The exam is worth 300 points You are allowed only one (1) attempt and two (2) hours to complete it.

  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 and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, 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. Research Papers submitted late will result in the paper’s grade being reduced by 15%. Late assignments will not be accepted if they are more than two weeks overdue. Non-submission of a given assignment will result in a grade of 0 (zero) for that requirement. Do not email late assignments to the instructor.

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 Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have questions about the Ed Map storefront, please contact the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  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.