During this course, you will have sixteen (16) graded discussions. Note that the Introduction Discussion during Week 1 is not graded but encouraged. You will be expected to submit an initial post, and courteous and respectful responses should be posted to at least two (2) posts of your classmates. All posts and responses should be researched and must include a citation using MLA format.
All original posts should be at least 200 words. MLA format is required for formatting. All postings must be in your own words. You are not to quote the textbook for your posts. Postings will be graded according to the discussion grade criteria table located in the Content area.
In addition to the assigned question, you should use the discussion area to share thoughts on and questions about the course work. Your instructor will be checking postings, asking questions, and responding to questions regularly. In addition to writing your own postings, please make sure you read each other’s and mine. Your instructor will post additional questions and will appreciate responses. Please remember, “Nice Post!”, “Very clearly stated!” or other phrases of that type do not constitute good responses.
The initial posts are due on Wednesday by 11:59 p.m. CT, whereas your two (2) response posts are due on Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT of each assigned week (except in Week 8, when responses are due on Saturday by 11:59 p.m. CT).
There are eight (8) Dropbox Assignments using the Columbia College Library Link to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). You will conduct research on the WSJ and identify two (2) articles that apply to the week’s course material. Use the course material to provide a critical analysis of at least 350 words compared to the article that you read, including comparison and demonstration of relevance to the content. Also include real world connections, a personal experiences, or potential solutions (if it involves a problem) between the course material and your research.
In Week 8, there is no new reading; therefore, identify any WSJ articles and relate it to any previous course material that resonated with you. For example, if you read an article about a potential move in interest rates by The Fed, you can apply that article to Chapter 2 readings, Factors That Affect Interest Rates (p. 35). An example of a submission for this assignment is provided in the Content area of the course.
These assignments must be submitted no later than Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT of each assigned week (except in Week 8, when the assignment is due on Saturday by 11:59 p.m. CT).
You will submit a Literature Review during this course. This Literature Review will help you build towards the Research Paper. This Literature Review should be a summary of sources you have found regarding your topic. You will write on one (1) of the topics listed in the Content area. After selecting a topic, you will find at least five (5) scholarly reviewed articles, reports, etc. based on your topic.
In your research of the topic you choose, you are encouraged to not only think about the historic content of the subject matter; you should also think about how historic events shaped current policy. Moreover, you are encouraged to compare any similarities to historic events and the current fiscal and monetary climate.
After reviewing your five (5) pieces of research, you will prepare the Literature Review. You should provide an annotation of at least 250 words in length for each piece of research.
The Literature Review should:
- Formatted in MLA Style
- 12-point font
You will find resources to help you become familiar with Literature Resources, utilizing the college’s library, and other items to help you be successful with this project. You will submit your Literature Review to the appropriate Dropbox folder no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of Week 3.
As part of this course, you will submit a Research Paper over a topic you have selected. The Research Paper should be:
- Between 7 – 10 pages not including the cover page, exhibits, and bibliography
- Exhibits such as graphs, tables, and pictures should be in a separate section at the end of the paper, just before the bibliography.
- Your bibliography must have at least five (5) sources.
- 12-point font
- Written in MLA format
Note: Any paper less than seven (7) pages will receive a zero.
In your research of the topic you choose, you must not only think about the historic content of the subject matter; you will have to demonstrate how historic events shaped current policy. Moreover, you will need to compare similarities of the historic events to the current fiscal and monetary climate.
Your paper must be in either a Word document (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) when submitted. All papers will be evaluated using Turnitin.com to determine plagiarism. Papers that are questionable or show high percentages of plagiarized materials from websites, articles, papers, etc. will be subject to receiving an automatic zero. Additional resources including plagiarism and MLA style are provided in the Content area.
You must submit your Research Paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of Week 7.
Quiz and Exams
You will have two (2) quizzes during Weeks 2 and 6 of this course. The Week 2 quiz covers chapters 1 – 5. The Week 6 quiz covers chapters 19-23. Each quiz will be comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions. You will have one (1) attempt and 60 minutes to complete each quiz.
The quizzes will open at 12:01 am CT on Wednesday and must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of the appropriate week.
You will have a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam during this course. You will have one (1) attempt and 75 minutes to complete each exam. Each exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions.
The Midterm Exam will open at 12:01 am CT on Wednesday of Week 5 and must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. The Midterm Exam will cover content from Weeks 1 – 4. The Final Exam will open at 12:01 am CT on Wednesday of Week 8 and must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm CT on Saturday. The Final Exam will cover content from Weeks 5 – 8.