Besides the Introduction Discussion, there are of twelve (12) graded Discussion Topics in the course. Discussion topics 1-12 are worth 20 points each, for a total of 240 points. There are no points for the introduction discussion, which is a personal introduction. The purpose of the discussions is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas with the instructor and your classmates on topics related to the particular area of employment law being studied each week.
You are expected to actively participate in these discussions by posting your original thoughts and responding to at least one other student’s post. Your initial post to each discussion must be submitted by Wednesday 11:59 pm CT each week by. Your response post is due by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT each week, except for Week 8 which response will be due by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.
To receive the maximum points for each discussion question posted, the response must be no longer than 500 words in length. It must 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 responses are more formal than e-mails or text messages, so abbreviations (OMG, etc.), emojis, and/or emoticons are not appropriate. It must be supported by relevant examples and citations, where appropriate. It should include material from the text and/or other competent sources, where appropriate. It must be original, well thought out, and complete. It should contain separate response to at least one of your classmate’s discussion topic posts. It must have 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. You should engage your fellow learners in a relevant discussion based upon their comments and your additional research.
The Dropbox Assignments are due in Weeks 2 and 6. Each Dropbox Assignment will be in the form of an essay analyzing and discussing a case or set of facts pertaining to one or more areas of employment law. The assignments are 150 points each for a total of 300 points. The Dropbox Assignment 1 will be due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 2. The Dropbox Assignment 2 will be due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 6. The purpose of the Dropbox Assignments is to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their analytical and critical thinking skills in the context of actual or hypothetical cases.
The assignments will cover material from the text for those weeks. Be sure to read the assignments carefully. Dropbox Assignment 1 should be a 4-6 page double-spaced essay, indicating whether the salespeople would more likely be considered as independent contractors or employees. For Dropbox Assignment 2, students will select a case and write a 6-8 page double spaced essay, analyzing the case.
Dropbox Assignments should be prepared using the following guidelines:
You must use a 12-point Times New Roman or similar business font. Your assignment must be submitted in Word format (docx, doc, or rtf file formats). Style and citations should follow the 6th edition of the APA Manual.
After completing the assignments you must submit to the Dropbox in a timely manner. Unless stated otherwise, students are not required or expected to consult or utilize any outside resources in preparing the Dropbox assignments. To view the full text of any of the cases cited throughout the discussions or Dropbox assignments, go to Lexis-Nexis Academic Legal Search at the Stafford Library Resource Page on the Columbia College Homepage.
The Midterm Exam in Week 4 consists of 50 True/False and Multiple Choice questions, and covers material from the textbook chapters assigned in Weeks 1-4. The Midterm Exam is worth 200 points and is due by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday. The exam will be timed (75 minutes) and will be an open-book exam.
The Final Exam in Week 8 consists of 52 True/False and Multiple Choice questions, and covers material from the textbook chapters assigned in weeks 5-8. The Final Exam is worth 260 points and is due by 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday. The exam will be timed (78 minutes) and will be an open-book exam.