Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

MSCJ 595: Emergent Issues In Criminal Justice Leadership

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  Course Description

This serves as the capstone course for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, providing an opportunity for the integration of information offered in the program and its relationship and application to emergent issues.  Addresses the effect of emergent perspectives in leadership and organizational theory on public administration and criminal justice leadership.  Integrates leadership and organizational theory, principles of public administration, community expectations of criminal justice leaders and relevant technological innovations and applications.  Extensive use of case studies is used to integrate all previous course materials in the analysis and resolution of complex leadership issues.

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of required MSCJ foundation courses and an additional 18 semester hours of MSCJ graduate courses.

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Northouse, Peter G. (2018). Leadership Theory and Practice (8th ed). Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course is the culminating course for all MSCJ students. This time-intensive course will provide you with the opportunity to apply the skills and techniques you have learned in this program and professional careers. The course provides a comprehensive survey of the leadership discipline and allows pursuit topics of interest through review of film and interviews with experienced leaders. You will submit a research paper on a critical issue in criminal justice leadership today or an evaluation or study of some program, policy, or issue that is relevant to your job or professional goals

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the complexities of leadership and the multidisciplinary nature of leadership studies.
  2. Articulate the differences between leadership and management.
  3. Describe the traits and skills shared by effective leaders.
  4. Explain the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the leadership discipline.
  5. Describe the styles used by leaders and the values commonly shared by leaders.
  6. Articulate solutions to important leadership issues within Criminal Justice agencies.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 1620-1800 90-100%
B 1440-1619 80-89%
C 1260-1439 70-79%
F 0-1259 0-69%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (15) 200 11%
Journals (5) 500 28%
Leadership in Film 200 11%
CJ Professional Interview 200 11%
Research Paper 400 22%
Final Exam 300 17%
Total 1800 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Introduction -- Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 2 15

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 15 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 4 15
Leadership in Film Topic Discussion -- Sunday
Journal 1 100

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 15 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 6: Research Topic 10
Criminal Justice Interviewee Discussion -- Sunday
Journal 2 100

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 15 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 8: Research Article 10
Formal Topic Proposal -- Sunday
Journal 3 100

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 15 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 10: Research Article 10
Journal 4 100 Sunday
Leadership in Film Paper 200

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 15 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 12: Works Cited 10
Journal 5 100 Sunday
Criminal Justice Professional Interview 200

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 15 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 14: Research Main Points 10

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Research Paper 400 Wednesday
Discussion 15 15 Thursday/Saturday
Discussion 16 15
Final Exam 300 Saturday
Total Points: 1800

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

In general, there are two types of discussion questions each week. During Week 1, there is one discussion question based primarily on the readings and an ungraded introductions discussion. In Weeks 3-7 there are two questions, one based primarily on the readings, worth 15 points, and a second one related to your research paper, worth 10 points. The discussions in weeks 2 and 8 are both reading-related questions worth 15 points each.

Initial discussion posts for all discussions are due by Thursday at 11:59 pm Central Time (CT); responses to classmates must be made prior to 11:59 pm CT on Sunday, except for week 8, when the due date for responses is Saturday. 

Your discussion postings must be original and intelligible. Your initial posting for each discussion should fully answer each question posed. You must respond to at least one classmate’s posting in each discussion. I encourage you to respond to 1-4 others and to read a majority of the other posts in each discussion. In your response, you should challenge, discuss, and debate. Please do not make posts such as “good post, I agree” without further comment.  All posts must be intelligible and your original thought, written with proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Grades will be based on the quality of your posts and the level of your participation each week.

Journals

You will write five journal assignments that include three sections: case studies, assessment instruments, and a reflection on the weekly activities.

Case studies: Responses to the case studies must set forth and answer all questions following each case study. As you answer each of the questions, apply the chapter materials to your answer. Conclude each case study by explaining how it relates to the dominant principles from the chapter. 

Assessment Instruments: For each journal you will review two different assessment instruments. For each assessment, you will need to briefly discuss it, your scores, and your reaction to it. The review should comprise one to three paragraphs.

Reflection of Weekly Activities: In this section, you should reflect on the topics covered by the weekly readings, videos, discussions and other activities by answering the question posed. Reflections should incorporate materials from the readings and at least two required videos. You may use examples from popular culture/news and from your own life and career and write in the first person where appropriate. Three to five paragraphs on your reflection should be sufficient. 

Submit your completed journals as one document to the appropriate Dropbox folder in the course by Sunday 11:59 pm CT of the week they are assigned. They may be single-spaced. Spelling, diction, and sentence structure will be considered.

Leadership in Film

For this paper, you'll observe a specific character in the film you selected for leadership issues. The specific character for each film is provided in the course. You are not required to submit your film selection ahead of time, but if you have questions or need clarification there is an ungraded "Leadership in Film Topic" discussion in Week 2.

You'll discuss the plot of the film through analysis of the designated character. What traits were displayed by the leader in your film? What leadership skills did the leader exhibit? What leadership style did the leader display? Was the character an effective leader? Why or why not? You should support your assertions with at least two sources, referenced in APA format.

Upload your final paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday of Week 5 at 11:59 pm CT.

Criminal Justice - CJ - Professional Interview

For this assignment you must interview a criminal justice professional and talk about leadership issues. A criminal justice professional is someone (not a family member) who devotes or has devoted a majority of his/her work time in an administrative/managerial/leadership capacity to a police agency, a court related position, the Department of Corrections, juvenile justice, etc. Some military professionals may be valid interview subjects, depending on their title. Individuals connected to the private sector (corporate executives for example) and recently retired executives can be selected with prior approval.

After you have selected a person to interview, conduct an in-person or telephone interview with that person. Prepare a list of at least fourteen substantive questions to ask ahead of time. That list should include questions about our leadership course topics and their application to the subject of your interview. Please note that preliminary background questions (name, education, job history) and questions designed to “break the ice” do not count towards your total of fourteen. Follow up questions and responses are important. The quality and quantity of your questions are significant. Please develop some innovative questions dealing with the leadership aspects of the person’s job. You are not required to submit questions before your interview; however you may share your questions and choice of interviewee in an ungraded discussion in Week 3. The logistics of how the interview will be conducted is up to you and the person you are going to interview. Keep in mind that the purpose of this interview is to talk with a professional about the leadership related aspects of the profession.

Prepare a report of your interview. Full details and format are provided in the Content area of the course. Include interviewee information, a first person narrative about the interview process, including why you picked this person, how the interview was conducted, and a general description of the interview process, your impressions, and conclusions. You must include your questions and the interviewee’s responses.

Upload your final interview report to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday of Week 6 at 11:59 pm CT.

Research Paper

In Week 8, you will submit a research paper on a topic you perceive to be a critical issue in leadership today. Alternatively, you may conduct an evaluation or study of some program, policy or issue that is relevant to your job or professional goals. Examples of acceptable topics include: (1) an evaluation of a particular crime prevention program, (2) a measure of the comprehensibility of jury instructions used in State courts, (3) an evaluation of a rehabilitation program used by a local correctional facility, (4) an evaluation of different forms of probation.

Format and Length: The body of the research paper must be at least 15 pages in length. In addition, your paper should include a cover page, introduction, body, summary/conclusions, and reference page. Papers need to be typed and double-spaced, with 12-point type. Use APA style for your paper, including all in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. I strongly recommend the use of headings in your paper to help organize your thoughts.

Topic: In Week 4, you must submit a formal topic proposal to an ungraded dropbox. You will receive instructor feedback on your topic. While the topic proposal is ungraded, part of the final grade for your final paper will be based on evidence that you made use of the feedback on your proposal.

Sources: A minimum of 10 primary sources (three of which must be from peer-reviewed sources) is required, including journals, books, and other appropriate source material. Do not use college textbooks, Wikipedia, Wiki Info, Anarchopedia, or similar resources. All source material must be properly cited in the body of the paper following APA style.

Originality: Research papers must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course. 

Due date: The paper is due no later than Wednesday 11:59 pm CT of Week 8 to the appropriate Dropbox folder.

Final Exam

The final exam includes six essay questions, weighted equally. Questions will be available in the Content area of the course on Monday of Week 8. You should use Word or another word processor to compose your essay answers. Answers for each essay should be approximately 3-5 paragraphs and you must provide support for your answers. Essay answers must be original work for this course. Do not submit work used for another course. Your final exam should be uploaded to the Final Exam Dropbox folder by Saturday of Week 8 at 11:59 pm CT.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings
  • Chapter 1
Discussion 1: Introduction

Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic of our class Discussion. Please give us more than your name. Include your profession, hobbies, interest in leadership, and any other information that can help us get to know you.

Discussion 2

After viewing the required leadership videos this week, comment on the following questions: How do great leaders inspire action? Is leadership rare or common, why do you believe this way? What is meant by the phrase “lollipop moment”? How does it relate to Leadership?

The required videos are located in the course.

Readings
  • Chapters 2 and 3
Discussion 3

Choose one of the main traits associated with leaders identified in our readings and videos. Can this trait be developed, taught and improved or is it fixed and unchangeable? Explain. Identify two people, a widely known public person and a person you know personally, who both demonstrate this trait. How does it serve them in their leadership roles?

The required videos are located in the course.

Discussion 4

Discuss the three types of skills (technical, human, and conceptual) important for leaders identified in our readings and videos. Which type of skill is more important? Why?

Leadership in Film Topic Discussion

You are not required to submit your selection, but if you have questions or need clarification use this ungraded discussion.

Journal 1
Section One: Case Studies

Complete and comment on Case Study 2.1. "Choosing a New Director of Research" found in Chapter 2. In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Complete and comment on Case Study 3.2. "A Shift for Lieutenant Colonel Adams." In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Section Two: Assessment Instruments

Complete the Leadership Trait Questionnaire on p 38-39. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your score, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Complete the Assessment Skills Inventory on p 67-68. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your score, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Section Three: Reflection on Weekly activities

Consider the weekly readings, videos and discussion by commenting on the following question:

If you were responsible for selecting a leader of a Criminal Justice agency, what traits and skills would be important for the candidate you select? Why?

Three to five paragraphs here should be sufficient. You should incorporate materials from the readings and at least two required videos as you answer this question. You may write in the first person where appropriate.

Readings
  • Chapters 4 and 5
Discussion 5

Considering the weekly readings, videos, lectures and your own life experiences, what leadership style would be most useful to a leader in the following positions:

  • College president
  • Police chief
  • President of a small nonprofit corporation
  • CEO of a technology firm
  • High school principal

Explain your answers. Considering your career and life experiences, reflect on the leadership styles have you have observed, and which you prefer. Do demographic characteristics affect employees’ receptivity to certain leadership behaviors and preferences for a particular leadership style? Why?

Discussion 6: Research Topic

Post your research question/topic for your research paper. Your post should indicate:

  1. The topic you selected
  2. Why you selected this topic
  3. The research you have already done
  4. A plan for further research

You should offer constructive feedback on at least one of your classmates’ proposals. As you address their proposals, consider whether their proposals are too narrow or too broad, and whether it represents a good area for further research.

You should use this discussion and relevant commentary and feedback to submit your formal proposal during Week 4.

Criminal Justice Interviewee Discussion

You are not required to submit your interviewee or interview questions, but if you have questions or need clarification use this ungraded discussion.

Journal 2
Section One: Case Studies

Complete and comment on Case study 4.2. "Eating Lunch Standing Up." In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Complete and comment on Case Study 5.2. "Why Aren’t They Listening." In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Section Two: Assessment Instruments

Complete the Leadership Behavior Questionnaire on p 88-89. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your score, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Complete the Situational Leadership Questionnaire on p 109-110. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your score, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Section Three: Reflection on Weekly activities

Consider the weekly readings, videos and discussion by commenting on the following question:

How can the behavioral and the situational approaches make you a better leader? A more effective team member? Explain fully.

Three to five paragraphs here should be sufficient. You should incorporate materials from the readings and at least two required videos as you answer this question. You may write in the first person where appropriate.

Readings
  • Chapters 6, 7, and 8
Discussion 7

Transformational leadership has been suggested as the “New Leadership” paradigm. Offer an example of transformational leadership from your own experience, popular news/culture, or history. How does it demonstrate transformational leadership? Why is this style so important to leadership research? Can this style be taught? Is it practical and desirable for all leadership situations? Why or Why not?

Discussion 8: Research Article

Discuss the contents of one of the refereed/peer reviewed journal sources for your research paper here. Your post should indicate

  1. The author
  2. The journal
  3. The title and date of the article
  4. The substance of the article
  5. How it relates to the final paper
  6. Your thoughts regarding same

You should offer constructive comments on at least one of your classmates’ sources. As you address their source, confirm or refute whether the source cited is peer reviewed and assess the currency of the research.

Formal Topic Proposal

Submit your formal topic proposal for your research paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder. This is an ungraded assignment. You will receive instructor feedback on your topic. Part of the final grade for the final paper will be based on evidence that you made use of the feedback on your proposal.

Journal 3
Section One: Case Studies

Complete and comment on Case Study 8.2. "An Exploration in Leadership." In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Complete and comment on Case Study 8.3. "Her Vision of a Model Research Center." In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Section Two: Assessment Instruments

Complete the Path-Goal Leadership Questionnaire on p 133. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your score, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Complete the LMX 7 Questionnaire on p 155. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your score, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Section Three: Reflection on Weekly activities

Consider the weekly readings, videos and discussion by commenting on the following question:

How can the principles of Path Goal leadership, Leader Member Exchange theory and Transformational Leadership make you a better leader? A more effective team member? Have you seen these principles in your professional life to this point? Explain fully.

Three to five paragraphs here should be sufficient. You should incorporate materials from the readings and at least two required videos as you answer this question. You may write in the first person where appropriate.

Readings
  • Chapters 9, 10, and 11
Discussion 9

Discuss the concept of servant leadership. Offer an example of servant leadership from your own experience, popular news/culture, or history. How does your example demonstrate servant leadership? Can this type of leadership be taught? Is it practical and desirable for all leadership situations, individuals and job categories? Why or Why not?

Discussion 10: Research Article

Discuss the contents of another one of the refereed/peer reviewed journal sources for your research paper here. Your post should indicate

  1. The author
  2. The journal
  3. The title and date of the article
  4. The substance of the article
  5. How it relates to the final paper
  6. Your thoughts regarding same

You should offer constructive comment on at least one of your classmates’ sources. As you address their proposals, confirm or refute whether the source cited is peer reviewed and assess the authority of the research by discussing the credentials/stature of either the author or the Journal. Who is/are the author(s)? Who publishes this Journal? How long has it existed?

Journal 4
Section One: Case Studies

Complete and comment on Case Study 9.3. "The Reluctant First Lady." In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Complete and comment on Case Study 10.3. “Servant Leadership Takes Flight.” In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Section Two: Assessment Instruments

Complete the Authentic Leadership Self-Assessment Questionnaire on p 218-19. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your score, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Complete the Adaptive Leadership Questionnaire on p 287-288 as a self-assessment. It is not necessary to ask others to also complete this survey if it is not convenient. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your scores on the six components of the adaptive leadership process, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Section Three: Reflection on Weekly activities

Consider the weekly readings, videos and discussion by commenting on the following question:

How can the principles of Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, and Adaptive Leadership make you a better leader? A more effective team member? Have you seen these principles in your professional life to this point? Explain fully.

Three to five paragraphs here should be sufficient. You should incorporate materials from the readings and at least two required videos as you answer this question. You may write in the first person where appropriate.

Leadership in Film Paper

Watch your selected film on leadership issues. In your paper, discuss the plot of the film through analysis of the designated character. What traits were displayed by the leader? What leadership skills did the leader exhibit? What leadership style(s) did the leader display? Was the character an effective leader? Why or why not?

You should support your assertions with at least two sources.

Readings
  • Chapters 12, 13, and 14
Discussion 11

Do you agree that ethics is an indispensable quality for leadership? Why or Why not? Offer an example of a leader engaging in ethical or unethical behavior from your own experience, popular news/culture, or history. How did this behavior impact the leader’s influence? How much of ethics is innate as opposed to learned? How can and should organizations screen prospective employees on ethical issues? How can/should ethics be taught in an organizational environment?

Discussion 12: Works Cited

Post your reference page for your research paper in this discussion. Discuss your research by applying the CRAAP test.

You should also offer constructive comment on the works cited page of at least one other classmate. How does their research measure up under the CRAAP test?

Journal 5
Section One: Case Studies

Complete and comment on Case Study 12.3. "Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal." In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Complete and comment on Case Study 13.1. “Choosing a Research Assistant.” In your case study analysis, you will need to set forth and answer all questions following the case study.

Section Two: Assessment Instruments

Complete the Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire on pp. 359-364. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, a brief description of the person you chose to assess; your score, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Complete the Team Excellence and Collaborative Team Leader Questionnaire on p 395-398 as a self-assessment. Consider it from the perspective of a team that you currently or recently have been a member of. It is not necessary to ask others to also complete this survey if it is not convenient. For this assessment instrument, you will need to briefly discuss the instrument, your scores, and your reaction to it, which should comprise 1-3 paragraphs.

Section Three: Reflection on Weekly activities

Consider the weekly readings, videos and discussion by commenting on the following question:

How can the principles of the Psychodynamic approach, Ethical Leadership, and Team Leadership make you a better leader? A more effective team member? Have you seen these principles in your professional life to this point? Explain fully.

Three to five paragraphs here should be sufficient. You should incorporate materials from the readings and at least two required videos as you answer this question. You may write in the first person where appropriate.

Criminal Justice Professional Interview

For this assignment you must interview a criminal justice professional and talk about leadership issues. A criminal justice professional is someone (not a family member) who devotes or has devoted a majority of his/her work time in an administrative/ managerial/ leadership capacity to a police agency, a court related position, the Department of Corrections, juvenile justice, etc. Some military professionals may be valid interview subjects, depending on their title. Individuals connected to the private sector (corporate executives for example) and recently retired executives can be selected with prior approval.

Prepare a report of your interview. You must include interviewee information, a first person narrative about the interview process, including why you picked this person, how the interview was conducted, and a general description of the interview process, your impressions, and conclusions. You must include your questions and the interviewee’s responses. The full description and outline of expectations for this assignment is provided in the course.

Readings
  • Chapter 15
Discussion 13

Discuss the similarities/differences between genders on leadership traits, skills and style. Are there too few women leaders? Should society establish laws, programs and policies to encourage, solicit or mandate women leaders? Why or Why not?

Discussion 14: Research Main Points

Prepare a list of at least ten bullet points (or PowerPoint slides) which contains the main points of your final course paper. What type of individuals might be interested in reading your paper? Is this an area to prioritize for further research? Why or Why not?

In your responses, offer constructive comments on the main points of a classmate’s paper. What type of individuals might be interested in reading their paper? Is it a topic to prioritize for further research?

Readings
  • Chapters 16
Research Paper

Submit your research paper on a topic concerning a critical issue in Criminal Justice leadership today or an evaluation or study of some program or policy that is relevant to your job or professional goals. Full details for this paper are provided in the course.

Discussion 15

How can an understanding of cultural differences benefit a leader? Should training on cultural issues be a mandatory part of leadership training? Why or Why not?

Discussion 16

Locate a quote about leadership and post it. As you consider the quote, explain what is appealing about this quote? Reflect on your educational journey, discuss the importance of education for leaders and those employed in the Criminal Justice system.

Final Exam

The final examination will be posted in the course content area. The exam will have 6 essay questions, which will each be weighted equally. You should provide support for your answers. A good benchmark for the length of each answer is 3-5 paragraphs.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

No late assignments allowed absent a showing of good cause, demonstrated to Instructor’s satisfaction.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.