All posts and papers must be your own work. Any words taken from another source must be cited. Uncited work is considered plagiarism and will receive a grade of “0.” Along with the plagiarism tutorial available in our classroom, here are two sites that may be of interest for understanding and avoiding plagiarism: http://www.indiana.edu/~istd and http://www.plagiarism.com. Do not use old papers. All work for this class must be unique to this class and not recycled research projects or papers from other classes or previous sections of this class. Plagiarized and recycled papers will receive a score of zero with NO option for redoing.
Discussion postings should be complete by their respective deadlines, and will be graded according to the criteria presented in the grading rubric found in this syllabus. Please note that proper spelling and grammar is required for all assignments – including the discussions. Discussions are to be ongoing throughout the week.
These instructions apply for weeks 1 – 7. Separate directions for week 8 are provided below. You will take your turn choosing 3-5 pages of the text and providing a detailed outline of that material and your own personal summary or impression of what you read (referred to as “the round robin method”). Some overlap is inevitable and that is not a huge issue. When you are ready to make your post, determine where the discussion is, where we are in the book, and then cover the next 3–5 pages. The minimum number of pages to outline is 3 full pages; if you only outline part of the first page and/or part of the third page you won’t receive full points for the outline – this includes when there is an Example box on your chosen pages. Include information from Example boxes in your outline. If an Example box does not lend itself to being incorporated into an outline and you don’t discuss it, then you need to make up that space; so, if you cover pages 1-3, and page 2 is an Example box that you don’t cover, then you need to cover page 4 in it’s place in order to have 3 full pages covered. You must identify the chapter and pages in your subject line for the post. There is no instructor question – each person takes the next available material from the text that has not been covered yet, and makes their post following these directions. This discussion method requires that you have the textbook.
While one piece of the weekly discussion is your outline, the other piece is your participation. You need to respond to other people’s posts. You do not need to respond to every post, but only those posts that you find interesting or where you have something significant to add to the discourse. Meaningful posts go beyond: “I agree with Bill.”; “I like the way you (fill in the blank).”; or “Good post.” You need at least 3 significant participation posts each week. Participation also implies that you are reading everyone else’s postings. It is important that you read my posts and reply when appropriate or prompted. Even if my posting is a reply to another individual’s post, keep in mind that it may contain clarifying information or a follow up question written with the entire class in mind. The outlines are due mid-week. Additionally, participation posts should be throughout the week, not only at the end. While the cutoff date for participation is Sunday, you must be posting throughout the week to earn full participation. For example, if you only post your participation messages on Saturday and/or Sunday, you will not earn all participation points for that week. Discussions cannot be made up if missed.
The Discussion for Week 8 is worth more points and you can begin working on it after Week 2; you may even decide to complete it early, but it will not be evaluated until the final week of class. However, the instructor will be fully involved with this ongoing discussion starting on the first day of class in the event you have any questions or concerns. For this discussion you will:
1. Find an article about research in the news.
2. Find the original research article. (NOT a news release from the sponsoring institution about the research and NOT a report that only focuses on demographic information/statistics, such as a Census Report). You cannot use an article that somebody else has used already.
3. Post links to and/or attach the original articles to the discussion post.
4. Compare and contrast the news article with the actual research. In addition, answer the question: Did the news accurately portray what the actual research said?
5. Look at and comment on at least three other posts.
There will be 2 quizzes for 30 points each. The quizzes will cover the material for the previous three weeks. The quizzes are not proctored. To maintain test security students are not allowed to see the answers to individual questions after the test has been completed.
The Final Exam (50 points) will be comprehensive with more emphasis being placed on chapter 12. The Final Exam is not proctored. To maintain test security students are not allowed to see the answers to individual questions after the test has been completed.
The Literature Review project is broken into three, distinct projects that overlap in grading.
The three projects are: the Topic Paper, Annotated Bibliography, and Final Literature Review.
• Topic Paper: You choose the topic of your literature review, but your topic must be approved by me. To have a topic approved, write a one paragraph description indicating why you chose this topic, and submit it through the “Topic” folder in the Dropbox. It needs to be something within the very broad area of human services. It should also be narrowed down to a specific topic, so you can find research articles on it. I suggest choosing a topic that you are interested in, and it would be even better if it is something which would be of use to you in your professional work. For this paper, submit a few sentences that state your topic and why you chose it.
You also have the opportunity to discuss your topic and review a list of possible topics in the Discussions area. This is a non-graded, informal discussion. This discussion is NOT a substitute for submitting your topic through the Dropbox.
NOTE: You must complete the plagiarism quiz with a passing grade of 80 percent or more in order to turn in the Topic Paper. No points are awarded but multiple attempts are allowed.
• Annotated Bibliography: When done correctly this assignment helps you to prepare for writing the final paper and it is designed for you to critically think about the sources you will use for that paper. All of the sources you use in this assignment MUST be used in the final paper.
After you choose the topic for your literature review, and after it has been approved, you will need to use the online databases available from the Columbia College library to find a minimum of 5 research articles pertinent to that topic. The full-text articles must be available online; do not request hard copies of articles to be mailed to you to complete the class papers. You are to use only peer-reviewed journal articles available from the online databases (which are extensive), and not editorials, news items, commentary, or opinion pieces. You must use research based articles which will generally include one or more of the following elements: an abstract, a literature review, methods, sample, findings, and a short discussion. You can also use other literature reviews which are relevant to your topic. Both kinds of articles will be found in the professional literature. Periodicals such as Time, newspapers of any kind, and web sites will NOT count toward the required number of sources although you can use them as supporting references. It is important to remember these guidelines.
For this assignment, a grid for you to complete will be provided for you in our online classroom, in the Content area. You will complete the grid filling out all the required information for each of your articles in your own words. Don’t just cut and paste information from the article or other sources. It is important for you to understand the article. It is acceptable if some of the statistics are arcane or beyond your statistical expertise. However, you must know what the authors were trying to accomplish, the method they used, the results, and to make an informed judgment as to the viability of their project. You will also need to submit your 5 articles through the Dropbox when you submit your Annotated Bibliography.
• Final Literature Review: You will write a literature review on your approved topic using, at minimum, the five sources you submitted in your annotated bibliography. Your final review, in addition to the grading criteria found in the Grading Criteria section of this syllabus, must adhere to the following guidelines:
o Must use version 6 of the APA style manual guidelines. Must be written in APA style.
o No more than 10% of your paper will be quoted material from your sources.
o Only one block quote.
o Must contain both direct quotes and paraphrases.
o Should not deal with one article, then another, and then another, in succession.
Instead, the article must be written thematically. Develop themes on the topic, derived from your analysis of your sources, use those themes as divisions (dividing your paper into subheadings), and provide a final discussion where you sum things up.
o NO recycled work or using work from other classes, or a previous section of this course. This will result in a zero.
o Do not copy, or otherwise use, information from another source without saying where you got it. That is a fundamental principle of academic writing. In other words, use parenthetical citations to tell the reader where the information comes from. Violation of this requirement is plagiarism and will result in a zero for the assignment.
o This assignment will be 7-11 pages inclusive to include:
1 Page = Title Page
1 Page = Abstract
4-8 Pages = Body of the paper. Points will be deducted for going over or under.
1 Page = Reference page
NOTE: You must complete the APA quiz with a passing grade of 80 percent or more in order to turn in the Final Literature Review. No points are awarded but multiple attempts are allowed.