Graded Homework is found on Connect, the online resource associated with your text. This program allows you to work the end-of-chapter material online and submit it for immediate grading and feedback. The actual exercises you need to work are listed on the McGraw-Hill Connect website (See Course for URL). Each chapter’s Connect homework consists of two components:Exercises and LearnSmart.
Exercises: The Exercises consist of 10 exercises per chapter, for a total of 10 points. You are allowed two attempts at each exercise, and the highest score will be recorded in the grade book.
LearnSmart: The LearnSmart for each chapter is an adaptive Learning Program (5 points per chapter). When you open this assignment, you will see two buttons at the bottom left of the screen: "Read" and "Practice." The "Read button will present you with the on-line text for that chapter. The "Practice" button contains the questions for you to answer. You can toggle back and forth between the two to read about the topic in question. If you miss a question, the program will feed you another question on that topic. You’ll have a 100% when you have worked through all the topics.
The deadline for each assignment block is 11:55 p.m. each Sunday evening (Saturday for the last week of class). Late homework is not accepted without prior approval from the instructor. It is highly recommended that you work on the homework well ahead of the due date, so questions are addressed before assignments are due.
The first discussion is for Introductions. Please introduce yourself to the class by Wednesday. Feel free to respond to any other student’s posting.
The next discussion, “General Discussion,” will be available for discussion of any topic related to the class throughout the eight-week session. Use of this discussion is neither required nor graded. Participation in this discussion is the equivalent of “raising your hand in class.” You are welcomed and encouraged to use this forum to discuss any topic in the course.
If you have a question, I usually respond within 24 hours, but if you have something substantive to respond to another student’s question, by all means, contribute to the discussion. Your comments here will not be graded.
There will also be six required, graded discussion topics during the course. (Weeks 2 and 6 will not have a required discussion, as those weeks cover two chapters in the text, and end with an exam.) I will post a question/problem/issue related to the week’s topic. Your first posting, worth a maximum of 5 points, is due each Friday; it may require analysis or research or critical thinking. Your second post, worth a maximum of 3 points, is due each Sunday; it should be a response to at least one other student’s post. Your response should be “value added.” In other words, not just “I agree,” or “Good job,” but a response that indicates you read the first student’s post and can offer a substantial comment. I do ask that each week you respond to a different student, and that you respond to a student that doesn’t have a response yet.
Your discussion grade will be based upon the following criteria:
Your initial post demonstrates familiarity with the assigned readings, without copying directly from the text, or other source. Your posting is unique, in that in contains original thought and analysis from you. Your response is complete and concise, written in your own words. Your postings are a model for other students to learn from.
No late postings will be accepted.
There will be four exams, one every two weeks. Exams are located on Connect. Exams will be available on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. of exam week until Sunday at 11:55 p.m. (Saturday for the last week). You can take the test at any time after it is posted, but once you begin, you have two hours to complete it. Under no circumstances can it be worked on or submitted after the due date, unless the instructor has approved a different time or date prior to the test deadline.
The tests are of course, open-book, but the work is to be exclusively your own. Collaboration with anyone (other students, colleagues, professors, your accountant, etc.) is not permitted. Discussion of test material with anyone is not allowed. Roommates, spouses, colleagues and friends taking the same course should be particularly careful. See the policies related to academic honesty below (especially “Plagiarism”). The exams will be multiple choice questions and exercises from the 2 or 3 chapters covered in the previous two weeks.
On Connect you will find two other helpful tools, neither of which count towards your grade. For each chapter you will find Practice Quizzes and Interactive Presentations.
Practice Quizzes: The Practice Quizzes are ungraded, but they are very much like the actual tests. It is highly recommended that you take the practice quizzes well before the actual test. They will give you a feel for the real exam and provide immediate feedback and opportunity to work through topics that need more attention.
Interactive Presentations: The Interactive Presentations, also ungraded, are just what they sound like: Multimedia slide shows that take you through each chapter with topics explained and sample problems worked out. Students who prefer a more visual and aural style of learning may appreciate these presentations.