There will be a non-graded Introduction Discussion and thirteen (13) discussion posts in the course, worth 7 points each. You must complete your initial post for each discussion by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. CT of each assigned week. You must post your responses to at least three classmates for each discussion by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT of the assigned week. You must complete Week 8's responses by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT. You can review the grading criteria for discussion posts and responses in the Content area. You must rely on at least one citation in each of the weekly discussions and provide proper source referencing.
Note: You must post your original response before you can view other classmates’ posts.
There are 13 Dropbox Assignments in the course, worth 14 points each. Assignments are designed to deepen your understanding of specific information/concept(s) within this course. The links to the assignments will not be visible until you read the Assignment Template Instructions in the Content area. The number and type of assignments due each week would vary for week 8.
Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder. Each Assignment is due to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT, except Week 8 where the Assignment is due on 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday. Be sure to read thoroughly your assignment to ensure you understand all the details required to successfully submit each assignment. Bulleted or numbered lists will not be accepted.
Your answers are expected to be in meaningful paragraphs composed of well-formatted sentences with appropriate flow. Be sure to restate the question in your answers to make sure you cover all of the material requested. You can review the grading criteria in the Content area. There is no required writing style. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.
There are four (4) Article Reviews in the course, worth 12 points each. Your journal article review is written for a reader (e.g., your supervisor, lecturer, tutor or fellow student) who is knowledgeable in the discipline and is interested not just in the coverage and content of the article being reviewed, but also in your critical assessment of the ideas and argument that are being presented by the author.
You can find the rubric and additional information regarding the article reviews on the Article Review Expectations page in the Getting Started module. Your Article Review must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Weeks 2, 4, and 6. Week 8 review must be submitted by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT.
Use the following questions to engage with the journal article and form your critical analysis:
- Objectives: what does the article set out to do?
- Theory: is there an explicit theoretical framework? If not, are there important theoretical assumptions?
- Concepts: what are the central concepts? Are they clearly defined?
- Argument: what is the central argument? Are there specific hypotheses?
- Method: what methods are employed to test these?
- Evidence: is evidence provided? How adequate is it?
- Values: are value positions clear or are they implicit?
- Literature: how does the work fit into the wider literature?
- Contribution: how well does the work advance our knowledge of the subject?
- Style: how clear is the author's language/style/expression?
- Conclusion: a brief overall assessment.
The structure of your review should include:
- An initial identification of the article (author, title of the article, title of the journal, year of publication, and other details that seem important, e.g., it is originally a French edition, etc.), and an indication of the major aspects of the article you will be discussing.
- A brief summary of the range, contents and argument of the article. Occasionally you may summarize section by section, but in a short review (1,000-1,500 words) you usually pick up the main themes only. This section should not normally take up more than a third of the total review.
- A critical discussion of 2-3 key issues is raised in the article. This section is the core of your review, 50-60%. You need to make clear the author's own argument before you criticize and evaluate it. Also you must support your criticisms with evidence from the text or from other writings. You may also want to indicate gaps in the author's treatment of a topic, but it is seldom useful to criticize a writer for not doing something they never intended to do.
- A final evaluation of the overall contribution that the article has made to your understanding of the topic (and maybe its importance to the development of knowledge in this particular area or discipline, setting it in the context of other writings in the field).You can review the grading criteria for Article Reviews in the Content area.
The Research Paper fulfills a key requirement for this course and must be an original work for this course. You may not submit a paper used in another course. When selecting a topic for this paper, you are limited to the content covered in this course. You must submit your topic to the appropriate Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 2. Submitting your topic ensures you have the proper scope of a paper of this size.
The Final Research Paper is worth 100 points and is due on Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8. The final Research Paper Dropbox will not open until you have submitted your Research Paper Topic. Plagiarism detection is turned on for your Research Paper Assignment. You will have access to the Originality Report.
In the opening segment of your Content Section, there is a Plagiarism Test for you to become familiar with the topic and how to approach your paper. The instructor strongly suggests that you take the test and become familiar with the process Columbia College uses in this area. Research papers are to be your own work, which can be influenced by references.
Cut and paste activity will show up on the Originality report. A high percentage on the Originality report will affect your grade. Do not submit a paper from another class. That is a form of plagiarism and will be exposed by turnitin. You will not receive credit for this type of work.
Format, Length, and Penalty:
Your paper must be at least 10 pages, double spaced. The title page and bibliography are not included in this 10-page requirement. There are penalties for papers that are short of the required length of 10 pages. You may include an abstract, but you may not include it in the page count. Maintain reasonable space between paragraphs and pay particular attention to the spacing around figures that you include. The use of pictorial items should be limited. Font size is limited to 12 and the margins are to be set to 1-inch all around. You must use a style process such as MLA. You will be penalized 20% per page for papers that do not fulfill the length requirement of 10 pages.
Note: If you include images in your paper, you must make sure the paper is of adequate length before inserting the images. You can review the grading criteria in the Content Section, in the Getting Started Module.
There will be four (4) exams in the class each covering 3 or 4 chapters in the text.
Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be exam weeks.
- Exam 1 (Week 2): Based on the readings of the first 2 weeks.
- Exam 2 (Week 4): Based on the readings of weeks 3 and 4.
- Exam 3 (Week 6): Based on the readings of weeks 5 and 6.
- Exam 4 (Week 4): Based on the readings of weeks 7 and 8.
Each exam is worth 100 points and will contain 40 multiple choice and/or true/false questions with a value of 2 points each. The essay question will have a value of 20 points. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exams with just one attempt. These exams are not proctored. Exam opens on the Wednesday and is due at 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday with the exception of Exam 4 which is due at 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday.