Complete all assigned weekly readings prior to submitting weekly assessments and discussion responses for the week so the concepts covered can inform your work.
Discussion assignments are designed to enrich the course by asking students to go beyond the text. You will be required to post one (1) original discussion by Thursday, 11:59 PM CT of each week. You will be required to post your initial posting prior to viewing the postings of other students. By Sunday, 11:59 PM CT of each week, you will be required to reply to a minimum of one (1) classmate, with the exception of Week 8 which is due on Saturday, 11:59 pm CT.
Each discussion post will be worth 20 points, for a total of 180 points will be available for all discussion posts. All postings must be in your own words. I do not want you quoting the textbook for your posts. Postings will be graded according to the discussion grade criteria table. In addition to the assigned question, you should use the discussion area to share your thoughts on and questions about the course work. I will be checking postings, asking and responding to questions regularly. In addition to writing your own postings, please make sure you read each other’s and mine. I will post additional questions and I expect responses. Please remember, “Nice Post!” or “Very clearly stated!” or other phrases of that type do not constitute a good response. Please review the Late Assignment Policy.
You are required to cite at least one source. You may not use wikipedia or the textbook as a source! Please use scholarly reviewed or peer-reviewed articles and websites. The Columbia College Library is a great starting point.
Performanced-Based Weekly Assessments
Performance-based assessments require you to solve a real-world problem or to create perform, or produce something with real-world application. It allows me to assess how well you are able to use essential skills and knowledge, think critically and analytically, or develop a project. In the act of learning, people obtain content knowledge, acquire skills, and develop work habits—and practice the application of all three to “real world” situations. Performance-based learning and assessment represent a set of strategies for the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and work habits through the performance of tasks that are meaningful and engaging to students.
How would you feel about learning all the rules and skills of a sport, spending months sweating yourself into good physical condition, but never actually playing the game? Schooling frequently centers on individual concepts, facts, discrete skills, and work habits. But how often does a student encounter opportunities to “put it all together,” the way work is done in the “real world”? How often does a student actually get to step on the field and play “for real”? To play basketball, you need to practice dribbling the ball, passing, and shooting; but to really learn the game, you need to actually “play ball!”
Performance Based Assessment Instructions
Your weekly assessments will consist of short paragraph-style answers; require critical thought, and problem solving. All assessments should be completed and saved using Microsoft Word or other machine-readable format. Further, your assessment for each week should be in the form of a memorandum, which the template can be found in the Content Area. In the instance you want to use MS Excel to “crunch the numbers”, please insert those spreadsheet(s) into your MS Word document. Assessments will be completed using double-spaced 12-point font and 1” margins all around. Each weekly assessment should be no less than 500 words. Charts and exhibits do not count towards the word count. Prior to submission all assignments should be checked for grammatical errors and misspelled words.
Additional requirements, documents, and information needed to complete each weekly assessment can be found in the Content area. Completed assessments must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of each week. No late submissions will be accepted.
The Midterm Exam will cover weeks 1 – 4 of the course. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice, true/false, or problem solving questions and is worth 200 points. The exam will have a two-hour time limit. You will have one attempt on the exam, so be sure to save your work often. Questions will be randomly drawn from a test bank and will cover subjects that have been covered. In other words, there will be no surprises. You have to complete the exams in one sitting, no exception. After completing the exam you will be able to see your score and the questions you missed. Calculators will be allowed for use.
The Midterm exam will be open from 12:00 am CT Wednesday until 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4.
The Final Exam will be cover weeks 5 - 8 of the course. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice, true/false, or problem solving questions and is worth 200 points. The exam will have a two-hour time limit. You will have one attempt on the exam, so be sure to save your work often. Questions will be randomly drawn from a test bank and will cover subjects that have been covered. In other words, there will be no surprises. You have to complete the exams in one sitting, no exception. After completing the exam you will be able to see your score and the questions you missed. Calculators will be allowed for use.
The Final exam will be open from 12:00 am CT Wednesday until 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.