The written assignments
will be graded according to the point system presented in the rubrics near the end of the syllabus.
Your written assignments include five cultural exploration assignments (250-300 words) and one research paper (750-800 words).
a. Cultural Exploration
(CE) assignments are worth 20 points each, assigned on the basis of analytical and critical thinking skills, completeness, correct spelling, correct formatting and citations, and neatness.
The reading requirement and questions for the CE assignments are found under the weekly headings in the course schedule below.
A CE assignment is essentially a short essay.
Due to the short nature of the assignment, quotations should be kept to a minimum (no more than 15 words).
You are required to prepare CEs as formal submissions and place them in the Dropbox no later than Sunday at 11:59 pm Central Time
Answer all the questions in at least 250 words.
Use 12-point font and double spacing.
Please type your name, assignment, and course number (e.g., ITCS 101) at the top of your paper.
MLA preferred for citations and reference pages. No outside research or texts are required for CE assignments, but they are always acceptable.
b. Research Paper
(min. 1000 words), worth 100 points.
Research papers are due Sunday at 11:59pm Central Time of Week 7
You will choose from a list of topics provided by the instructor.
You should use and cite at least four specific sources in MLA format, two of which must be outside of assigned course readings.
You must submit an annotated bibliography (due week 4).
There are samples in the course content.
Please be advised that Wikipedia is not an acceptable source.
Please note the following timetable for the research paper:
11:59 pm CT of Week 2
: A general paper topic must be submitted in the appropriate discussion forum.
11:59 p.m. CT of Week 4
: Your thesis statement and annotated bibliography must be submitted in the appropriate Dropbox folder.
There are sample annotated bibliographies in the content section of the course.
Sources will be scored out of ten points. It is your responsibility to verify that I have approved your thesis statement and sources.
11:59 pm CT of Week 7
: You must submit your final research paper (1000 words) in the appropriate Dropbox folder.
Papers submitted without following these steps will automatically receive up to a 20 pt. deduction.
Please see the “Research Paper Guidelines” in Content section for topics and complete instructions on writing and formatting the research paper.
There will be a midterm and final exam. The midterm exam will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and short open answers. The final will consist of multiple choice, true/false, short open answers and longer open answers. Exams will be based on the readings, discussions, and cultural exploration assignments. All exams are computerized and students will have two hours to complete it.
Only the final exam requires a proctor. You will be asked to submit your proctor information in the relevant week 2 Dropbox. See the information below about locating a proctor.
The final can be taken between Tuesday and Saturday the last week of class. Please be aware that the course ends Saturday at 11:59 pm Central Time.