Complete all assigned weekly readings prior to submitting assignments or taking quizzes for the week so the concepts covered can inform your work.
Discussion posts and responses should be completed after the assigned readings. Read the overview in the Content area each week for detailed guidance. Failure to read this lead posting is the single most common reason for lower grades. Collaboration and interaction are encouraged, but points are not given for mere chat -- please reserve that for the General Discussion topics of the course.
Once you’ve made your initial post in response to the prompt, respond to a minimum of three of your fellow classmates’ postings. Initial discussion postings are due by 11:59 pm CT Thursday and responsive posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday in each respective week except in Week 8, when they are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday. Discussions are worth 40 points each.
Dropbox assignments are drawn from the text and outside research. They should be completed after the week’s reading assignment so that the lessons can inform one’s work and demonstrate mastery of the concepts covered. This sequence will also enable the instructor to provide feedback, which may be helpful in performing the latter assignments. Dropbox assignments are worth 50 points, assigned on the basis of percent of completeness, correct concept analysis, spelling, and grammar.
In many cases, students draw from the text and the resources in MyEconLab to complete the dropbox assignment. Students must cite all references, including the textbook. If a student’s answer references a source other than the text, the student should cite this reference according to the APA or Chicago Manual of Style. The use of any secondary reference without providing citation is plagiarism and will receive a score of 0. Also, work done in a previous course, in whole or in part, is regarded as plagiarism and will not be accepted. Repeated incidents of plagiarism are reported to the Academic Affairs Office and the student receives an “F “grade in the course.
The preferred format to submit dropbox assignments is Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). If these formats are not available, other acceptable formats are ASCII (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Open Office (.odt). Submit the Dropbox assignment in one document via the appropriate week’s dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday, except in Week 8 when they are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.
Each week, there will be between 25 questions to complete in MyEconLab (http://www.myeconlab.com/). There are 8 MyEconLab modules, one for every week, worth 25 points each. Each module will open on Monday and close on the following Sunday at 11:59 pm CT except for Module 8 which will close on Saturday. A student has two attempts at every homework problem. There is no time limit and problems for each week may be accessed multiple times. Upon submission, results will be automatically scored and immediately available for viewing. Detailed results of submissions, including correct and incorrect answers, will be made available for viewing only after the deadline for submission has passed. Students are encouraged to use the text (paying particular attention to “key graphs”) and the resources in MyEconLab accompanying the text as resources.
Each student is responsible for observing the rules regarding academic honesty noted above in regard to homework on MyEconLab.
Homework Answers Submitted in Error: The advantage of two attempts at each question comes with a cost. Once an answer is finally submitted, those answers are unchangeable. If the student erroneously checks a wrong selection or superimposes or misaligns their answer electronically from what they had intended, the answer is deemed to be the student’s final answer for that attempt. The student assumes all responsibility for submitting their intended choices.
Make-up MyEconLab assignments are allowed only for exceptional circumstances as detailed in the Late Assignments Policy.
Midterm and Final Exams
There will be a midterm and final exam, each consisting of 50 multiple choice questions, worth 200 points each. These exams are designed to facilitate the learning and application of economic concepts as well as assess student progress toward the goals and objectives of the course. Both exams are open book and taken online, without a proctor and under the assumption that the student has read this syllabus in general, and the section on Academic Honesty in particular.
Exams will open on Monday and close on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT during the week in which they occur, except in Week 8 when the Final will close at 11:59 pm CT on Saturday. The Midterm is assigned during Week 4 and the Final Exam during Week 8. Make-up examinations are allowed only for approved reasons and excused absences.
Note: You will have exactly 240 minutes to complete this exam. If you log out, the time will continue to run. You are responsible for your own answers and allowed only one final submission. Upon submission, the results will be automatically scored and thus immediately available for review in the "Grades" section. Incorrectly answered questions will be made available for viewing for ten minutes after you submit your exam.
Exams submitted in error: The advantage of open-note exams comes with a cost. Once an exam is submitted, those answers are unchangeable. If the student erroneously checks a wrong selection or superimposes or misaligns their answer electronically from what they had intended, the answer is deemed to be the student’s final answer. The student assumes all responsibility for submitting their intended choices.
Exams not submitted: The submission of an exam is a function performed by the student when clicking the “submit” button in the module. If a student tries to send their responses via e-mail to the instructor, D2L or the Technology Solutions Center (http://web.ccis.edu/Offices/TechnologyServices/Support.aspx), this is deemed “not submitted” and receives a score of 0. Because each student is given seven (7) days to submit the Mid-Term Exam and six (6) days to submit the Final Exam, “My ISP is down,” or “my computer broke,” or “the website is slow,” are never valid excuses to not submit an exam.