You should expect to complete a minimum of 10 hours per week studying and participating: 5 hours of reading/studying and 5 hours of discussion or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving email, navigating, and conducting research.
In addition, research is required for every discussion and assignment after the first week of class. Research references can come from our textbook, the library, the World Wide Web, other textbooks, individuals currently employed or retired from the criminal justice system, and other valid resources. All research references must be listed with each assignment. Research references must identify the specific source or website from which information was obtained. Listing a generic website such as www.google.com is not acceptable. Ten points may be deducted when research references are not appropriately listed.
Discussions are informal. This means that you may use an informal writing style, but your posts must be clear and organized so that a reader can understand what you are saying. There are no penalties for minor misspellings, incomplete sentences, or other minor violations of grammatical rules. However, please avoid abbreviations used in text messaging. Referencing discussion assignments from Internet research will improve your score. Your textbook should assist in supporting your response. You must post your initial response to the topic before you will be able to read others' posts.
You must post your initial response by Thursday at 11:59 pm CT, and reply to at least two other posts by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT each week. Discussions open Monday morning of the week assigned. Late initial posts will receive a penalty of five points for each day late and late response posts will not be accepted.
Assignments are formal, written assignments that are designed to help you expand on an important concept(s) for that week. Your answers to the assignment questions should be thoroughly explained in paragraph form. Your answers should cover the particulars of the question and include an
example of your understanding of the question in general. Formal writing means using proper English, including grammatical, mechanics, and spelling rules. All references must be cited using in-text citations, and/or a bibliography resources list. However, no specific citation style (MLA, APA, etc.) is required. Full grading requirements are outlined in the Assignment Rubric in the course.
All answers must be combined into one document (Microsoft Word preferred) that is a minimum of one to two pages, due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the week assigned to the appropriate Dropbox folder, except for Week 8 when it is due on Saturday. Late assignments will receive five (5) point deductions for each day past the due date, except for Week 8. It is your responsibility to ensure that I receive your assignment on time and in a format that I can open.
Each week there is a quiz covering the specific chapters assigned for that week. Quizzes are 40 minutes in duration and require you to answer a variety of questions. I encourage you to keep notes as you read each chapter; utilizing an open book will certainly exhaust your time limit. You will have 1 attempt. Each week the quiz will close Sunday at 11:59 PM CT, except in Week 8, when it will close on Saturday night.
Your term paper will be a memorandum from you to the President of the United States and a cc to me. In your paper you should:
- Describe the Department of Homeland Security and examine the arguments for its existence, taking into account all the concepts and information we have covered during this course.
- Consider the question of "liberty versus security." Is the feeling of security worth the risk of eroding our individual Constitutional rights and freedoms?
- Provide your opinion on the current structure and whether the Department should continue or be abolished. If you feel it should be continued, what budgetary improvements or changes, if any, are needed to strengthen the existing Department? If you feel it should be abolished, why? What, specifically, would you recommend in its place? You should be specific in explaining either of your recommendations.
I recommend you begin your research at the official website of the Department of Homeland Security. However, there are numerous other websites where Homeland Security issues are discussed that may also assist you in your research for this assignment.
The paper must be 5-7 pages in length, not including a reference list or bibliography, double-spaced, written in a memorandum (To/From) format, and prepared using Microsoft Word (or a compatible program). You may use either APA or MLA style. However you must use the same style for your entire paper. This includes all references, in-text citations, and/or bibliography. Make sure your name appears on all pages. You must use a minimum of three sources, one of which is your textbook. All sources must be cited using in-text citations and/or a Works Cited or Reference list. For further information on citing sources, please refer to the Content area of the course. Your term paper is due to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Thursday at 11:59 pm CT in Week 8.