There is one ungraded introduction discussion assignment, along with 15 graded discussion assignments. Graded discussion assignments are worth up to a total of 16 points, with initial responses worth up to 8 points, and your response to a classmate's initial post is also worth up to 8 points. Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday, and response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday in Weeks 1-7. In Week 8, response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.
You must submit your initial post prior to being able to see the responses of your fellow classmates. To receive the maximum points for each discussion question posted, the initial post must be no longer that 500 words in length. They should be written in the same style you would use in a memo to a co-worker or supervisor, including correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The Discussion Topic posts and responses are more formal than e-mails or text messages, so abbreviations (OMG, etc.), emojis, and/or emoticons are not appropriate.
In addition initial posts should be supported by relevant examples and citations (using the APA citation format), where appropriate. Please note that at least 1 citation is required in your initial post. Discussions must be inclusive of material from the text and/or other competent sources, where appropriate, original, well thought out, and complete.
You must include a separate response to at least 1 of your classmate’s initial posts. Overall, the guidelines for the response posts are the same as for the initial posts. Your reply should engage your fellow learners in a relevant discussion based upon their comments and your additional research. Mere comments such as “Good idea” or “I agree with you” are good to support your fellow students, but that alone is insufficient to earn points.
There are 2 Dropbox Assignments in the course, with one due in Week 3, and the other in Week 6. The assignments will cover material from the text. Each is worth 160 points for a total of 320 points. The purpose of the assignments is to provide your an opportunity to demonstrate your analytical, critical thinking, and written communication skills in the context of actual or hypothetical cases. You are not required or expected to consult or utilize any outside resources in preparing the assignments. If you choose to consult outside resources, be advised that “Wikipedia” is not considered a credible resource for academic work, and should not be used or cited as a resource.
Dropbox Assignment 1
Dropbox Assignment 1 is an essay based on a case study from the textbook. Details regarding this case can be found in the Week 3 Content Area. The essay should be 4-6 pages double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font, or some other similar business font. It must be submitted in Word format (.docx, .doc, or .rtf file formats) to the appropriate dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 3. Style, and any use of citations, should follow the 6th edition of the APA Manual.
Dropbox Assignment 2
Dropbox Assignment 2 is a persuasive PowerPoint presentation based on a selection from a set of topics from the textbook. Details regarding this project can be found in the Week 7 Content Area. The PowerPoint Presentation should consist of 15-25 slides that includes specific information and/or data to support argument. It must also include a narrative, presented in either a written or oral format. This must be a professional presentation, so don't wait until Week 7 to start. The assignment must be submitted to the appropriate dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 7.
There will be two exams in the course – a Midterm Exam in Week 4, and a Final Exam in Week 8.
You will complete a Midterm Exam in the "Quizzes" area of the course worth 220 points in Week 4. It covers the textbook material from Weeks 1-4. The exam is open-book, not proctored, and consists of 50 true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions. You will have 1 attempt to complete this 90-minute exam. The Midterm opens at 12:01 am CT Wednesday and closes at 11:59 pm CT Sunday.
You will complete a Final Exam in the "Quizzes" area of the course worth 220 points in Week 8. It covers the textbook material from Weeks 5-8. The exam is open-book, not proctored, and consists of 50 true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions. You will have 1 attempt to complete this 90-minute exam. The Final opens at 12:01 am CT Wednesday and closes at 11:59 pm CT Saturday.