It is critical that weekly reading assignments be completed prior to submitting paper assignments or participating in online discussion. Mastering the weekly reading assignment is absolutely essential for your success in the course.
There will be twenty Discussions within the course. The discussions are spread across the eight weeks of the semester. With the exception of the Introduction, (requiring only one post) each discussion requires an initial post and at least one peer response posting. Both the initial posting and the peer response posting are due on the Deadline date. The majority of our Discussions this semester are due on Wednesday and Sunday of each week, but as you can see from the schedule (above) there are three Discussions due on a Thursday. In addition, the final Discussion is due on a Friday. Please note that the first week of the course has a little different schedule because your graded Introduction Discussion is due on Wednesday along with your “regular” Discussion #2. Please refer to the Schedule of Due Dates table (see above). All work for each Discussion must be completed no later than 11:59 PM CT on the designated day, per the Schedule of Due Dates table. The standard-of-work for the Discussions is articulated below. Grading criteria in the form of a rubric can be found in the Content Area of the course in D2L.
Initial Post: Each of the discussion topics requires an essay-like response to the questions posed. Your answers should be based on your reading of the course materials, as well as my instructions provided. The questions in these discussions are designed to help you understand the selected key concepts in the assigned chapter. In order to get full credit for your discussion posts, you must answer the discussion topics thoroughly and your answers must show your knowledge of the assigned readings. In almost all cases, I am not asking for an opinion, but instead an informed answer. In particular, note that your initial post should be formatted with an essay-like response covering all the issues. The expectation is that you will write a minimum of 200 words on your primary answer (initial) post. This is approximately 15 lines – three or four paragraphs.
Peer Response Posts: Our discussions are the vehicle for class interaction. Since this is not a correspondence course, we should all take on responsibility for creating an active learning community. We often learn from the posts submitted by others. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to read posts from your fellow classmates and all of the posts from the instructor. You are required to post at least one peer response post in each discussion, but you are certainly encouraged to post more often. The expectation is that you will write a minimum of 100 words on your required peer post. You are encouraged to write additional peer posts.
Your initial posts will be graded based upon timeliness and quality. Your participation in the discussion must have the following components in order to be eligible for the maximum credit of five (5) points:
1. Relevance to the topic
2. Fully addresses the topic
3. Submitted by the designated deadline date
4. In essay format, minimum of 200 words in length
5. Contains few or no grammatical errors
6. Adheres to the conventions of online etiquette
7. Reads a majority of the posts in each discussion topic
8. Posts at least one peer response, minimum of 100 words in length, for each discussion
You will write 3 papers in this course. You can find more details about each paper in the Course Outline section below and in the Content section of the course.
APA format is required for this assignment, including:
1. Title Page
3. Reference to the required text properly cited within the body and in a separate reference page. Be careful not to plagiarize (refer to Plagiarism Policy for specific details).
One of the primary criteria for the evaluation of your papers will be your ability to demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills by expressing the ideas in your own words. As a result, avoid excessive use of direct quotes from the required text.
You need not use any outside resources for these paper assignments. Only use the required text and be sure to reference the text when you draw upon it. All work for this course should be original. Papers submitted in other classes (former or current) are not acceptable and will not receive credit.
Papers should be written in proper English, free of errors in spelling and grammar. Only written assignments that are complete, succinct, detailed, clear, and relevant to the subject matter assigned, i.e., a “model paper,” are eligible for the maximum points. Poor or incomplete writing in content and format, along with tardiness may result in a full forfeiture of points. Please proofread your work before submitting and, if possible, having someone else proofread as well.
Each paper should be double-spaced, using a 12-point font, Times New Roman or Arial, preferred, with one-inch (1”) page.
A Midterm Exam and a Final Exam are both required in this course. Both examinations are administered in the D2L course environment with an approved proctor.
The Midterm Exam contains five essay questions, worth 20 points each, totaling 100 points. The Final exam contains four essay questions worth 20 points each, and 20 multiple choice questions worth one point each. You will have 2 hours (120 minutes) for each exam. No notes, textbooks, reference materials, or mobile telephones are allowed during the examination.
The Midterm Exam will be available from Tuesday to Sunday of Week Four. The Final Exam will be available from Tuesday to Saturday of Week Eight. The timeframes designated for each examination period are designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of the proctors. Students should directly arrange the specific appointments with their proctors.