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BUSI 522: Organizational Theory & Practice

Course Description

Examination of modern concepts of effective management. Discussions focus on foundations, theories, models and literature for redesigning effective organizational relationships. 

Examination of modern concepts of effective management. Discussions focus on foundations, theories, models and literature for designing effective organizational relationships.

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Daft, R. L. (2016). Organizational theory and design (12th). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
    • [ISBN-978-1-285-86634-5]

Recommended

  • American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the american psychological association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    • [ISBN-978-1-433-80561-5]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to BUSI 522, Organizational Theory and Practice.  Over the next 8 weeks, we will be exploring organizations.  To help you succeed in mastering the learning objectives, this course is divided into 5 parts:  Introduction to Organizations, Organizational Purpose & Structural Design, Open System Design Elements, Internal Design Elements, and Managing of Dynamic Processes. 

  1. Introduction to Organizations provides you exposure to characteristics familiar to all organizations, large and small, manufacturing and service based, for-profit and not-for-profit.  This part provides definitions and examples defining organizational theory and the value in becoming stronger managers. 
  2. Organizational Purpose & Structural Design provides you opportunities for discussion surrounding strategic management, goals & objectives, and organizational design and its effectiveness.  Organizational structure concepts are introduced providing advantages/disadvantages of each. 
  3. Open System Design Elements provides opportunities for discussion and exploration of relationships between organizations and their internal and external environments.  Environmental domains are examined.  You will explore Interorganizational relationships and learn how to deal effectively with relationship building.  Organizational design and the role it plays in assisting organizations preparing to operate in an international environment will be examined in detail.  You will explore global strategic approaches and specific advantages and disadvantages of each. 
  4. Internal Design Elements focus is organizational design and its relationship to organizational technology, departmental technologies, and computer-based information technologies.  The evolutions of such technologies are explored and how these technologies provide a distinct competitive advantage is synthesized.  Organizational life cycle will be presented providing you with strategies to deal with the various issues that organizations face during each stage.  
  5. In the final part, Managing of Dynamic Processes, you will explore the ethical values of an organization and how value-based leadership plays a significant role in developing a culture of ethical behavior.  Innovation and change are introduced and examples of the four types of change will provide you a better understanding of how to implement and manage change.  Effective decision making is a key ingredient in organizational success.  Several approaches are discussed and analyzed.  Closing out this course is an analysis of organizational conflict, the use of organizational power and political maneuverings within organizations.   
In summary, this course is structured to allow you to take a holistic approach in learning organizational design concepts and linking them to classical ideas and theories.  You will learn that managers at all levels are deeply involved in organizational theoretical practices daily but seldom realize it.  By the end of this course, you will understand and will be able to explain events that impact organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and learning; thus allowing you to become a better and more effective manager.  In many cases, you will take on the role of outside consultant.  Therefore you will need to analyze, research and provide realistic and actionable recommendations. This will be accomplished through, significant reading, research, writing, and discussions.  There is also a midterm and final exam in this course.  Finally, you will be challenged with creating a 4-part Term Project that analyzes your organization and provides you an opportunity to apply that knowledge via recommendations to your employer. Organizational Theory and Practices is designed for middle and upper-level managers who need to increase their awareness and skills in regards to understanding and dealing with the “sociological” aspects of an organization.


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. Demonstrate knowledge of principles of the structure and design of organizations for control and communication.
  2. Evaluate the impact of environment, technology, culture, external and internal relationships, change and innovation, decision making, and strategy on the design and structure of the organization.
  3. Analyze classic and modern organizational designs and structural impact on competitive advantages.
  4. Synthesize multiple issues facing modern organizations in order to adjust design and structure to react to changing environment.
  5. Explain organizational theory to explain, influence and predict business environments.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
F 0-699 0-69%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 160 16%
Case Analyses (3) 150 15%
Exams (2) 180 18%
Integrative Cases (2) 200 20%
Term Project (4) 310 31%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introduction -- Wednesday / Sunday
Discussion 1 20
Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz -- Sunday
Term Project: Part A - Organizational Analysis 50
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 20 Wednesday / Sunday
Case Analysis 1 50 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Wednesday / Sunday
Case Analysis 2 50 Sunday
Term Project: Part B - Annotated Bibliography 60
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 20 Wednesday / Sunday
Midterm Exam 80 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Wednesday / Sunday
Integrative Case 1 100 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 20 Wednesday / Sunday
Term Project: Part C - Literature Synthesis 100 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Wednesday / Sunday
Case Analysis 3 50 Sunday
Term Project: Part D - Analysis Application 100
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 20 Wednesday / Saturday
Integrative Case 2 100 Saturday
Final Exam 100
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Each week you will participate in one online discussion to deepen your understanding of course topics. Discussions are worth 20 points each.

Initial Posts

Your initial posts should answer all discussion questions thoroughly, be written in your own words and supported by evidence from the textbook as well as two sources beyond the textbook. All sources must be properly formatted using APA in-text citations and a reference list. Information obtained from websites should also be properly cited and referenced. Initial posts are due by Wednesday at 11:59 pm C.T.

Must Post First Requirement

Discussion settings will not allow you to read others' posts before you have submitted your initial post. Any attempt to violate the “Must Post First” requirement will result in a zero for the post. This includes editing posts after submission, deleting posts and reposting, or otherwise attempting to alter a previously submitted post. Questions regarding this requirement must be directed by e-mail to the instructor.

Response Posts

In addition to your in-depth initial post, at least two significant response posts to classmates are required per discussion. To be considered ‘significant” a post / response must do more than iterate what the question or student stated. The post / response must engage that student in discussion of the topic, ask questions about their research, or add to the information provided. Short responses of “good job” or “nice research” do not earn points. Response posts are due by Sunday at 11:59 pm C.T. except week 8, which is due by Saturday.


Dropbox Assignments

Case Analysis

You will complete three Case Analysis assignments worth 50 points each. The cases you will be asked to read and analyze are located within the textbook for this course. After reading the assigned case, answer the assigned problems. Research from at least two references beyond the textbook is required on all assignments for this class. Provide solid, in-depth and well researched responses and cite all sources using APA formatting. Case Analysis assignments are due on Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Integrative Cases

You will complete two Integrative Cases worth 100 points each. Like the Case Analysis, the Integrative Cases can be found in your textbook. The Integrative Cases will be more in-depth than the Case Analyses and require deeper probing. Research from at least two references beyond the textbook is required on all assignments for this class. Provide solid, in-depth and well researched responses and cite all sources using APA formatting. One of the integrative cases will require a PowerPoint presentation along with in-depth speaker notes.  The presentation should reflect what you would say to the organization (if hired as an outside consultant) in your analysis of their company. Integrative Case assignments are due on Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T. 

Term Project

You will complete one significant Term Project worth 310 points. A reference page is required with all sources listed in APA format. The paper must be 25 – 30 pages, double-spaced, using a 12 pt. font. Title pages, graphs / illustrations, and reference pages will not be counted towards page limitations. The term project has been divided into 4 parts and each part is due in a different week.  However, the term project is one paper which builds on the previous sections.  As you create your project paper, continue from your previous work and post all previous sections with each new Dropbox work.  When the final section of the project is completed in week 7,  all sections should be completed.  Each part will be due by Sunday at 11:59 pm C.T. of the respective week. Each part will be due by Sunday at 11:59 pm C.T.

Part A: Organizational Analysis

Connect to the Baldrige Criteria website (this is the P1/P2). Use the Organizational Profile (P1/P2) criteria to analyze an organization of your choice (many students choose their current employer). You may use the criteria appropriate to your selected organization (i.e. manufacturing, healthcare, education, etc.). The analysis is to be submitted in an Executive Summary format and should not exceed 5 pages in length. Twenty-five points will be deducted if more than five pages for this component are submitted. A grading rubric will be available in the content area of the course.

Part B: Organizational Theory Literature Review

Create an Annotated Bibliography.  You are expected to review current OT literature and provide an annotated summary of each.  Each summary must be through, concise and the main point(s) must be clear.  A minimum of 10 sources must be discussed and referenced.  APA style is required.  Be sure you are using the 6th edition of the APA manual. Review your outcomes from the Organizational Analysis Part A, and choose OT topics that align with areas that were difficult to answer from the criteria. Analyzing this research will help you later when you need to provide recommendations for your organization.  The Organizational Theory Literature Review should approximate 7 - 10 pages.   

Part C: Discussion of Applicable Theories and Concepts

Further explore published information on your OT focus areas. In Part B, the Annotated Bibliography, you provided a summary or overview of each of your sources. In Part C - Literature Synthesis, you should analyze the published data and compare and contrast data between published authors. Next, synthesize or combine information to provide a coherent paper that addresses Organizational Theory and specifically addresses the data you will utilize in Part D for recommendations. You will discuss applicable concepts, dynamics, and models from not only your literature review, but from course materials and the textbook.  You must identify and discuss current issues and/or challenges organizations face today. Show how OT concepts relate to and/or support these issues and challenges.  The Discussion of Applicable Theories and Concepts should approximate 8 - 10 pages.   

Part D: Analysis Application for Interventions

Provide recommendations for intervention based on your organizational analysis and literature review.  After discussing your recommendations explain what management could expect as outcomes if your recommendations were to be implemented.  The Analysis should approximate 5 - 7 pages.


Exams

In this course, there will be a Midterm Exam worth 80 points and a Final Exam worth 100 points. Neither exam is proctored. You will have one two-hour attempt to complete each exam, so please study in advance and budget your time wisely. Each exam consists of three parts and each part should take you no longer than 40 minutes to complete.  

Midterm Exam (80 points)

  • Part 1 consists of 20 multiple-choice questions worth 1.5 points each. (30 points)
  • Part 2 consists of 5 short answer questions worth 4 points each (20 points)
  • Part 3 consists of 1 essay question worth 30 points (30 points)

Final Exam (100 points)

  • Part 1 consists of 20 multiple-choice questions worth 1.5 points each. (30 points)
  • Part 2 consists of 5 short answer questions worth 6 points each (30 points)
  • Part 3 consists of 1 essay question worth 40 points (40 points)


Course Outline

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

Week 1: Introduction to Organizations
Readings

Daft: Chapter 1

Introduction

Introduce yourself to the class. What interests you in organizational theory and practice?

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Sunday, 11:59 pm C.T. 
Discussion 1

A handful of companies on the Fortune 500 list are more than 100 years old, which is rare. Research and discuss one of those organizations. 1). What organizational characteristics do you think explain 100 years of longevity? 2). What are the primary differences between an organic and a mechanistic organization design? Which design is your researched company and how did you determine that? 3). Early management theorists believed that organizations should strive to be logical and rational, with a place for everything and everything in its place.  Discuss the pros and cons of this approach and any application to your researched organization.

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Sunday, 11:59 pm C.T.
Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz

The Week 1 Dropbox folder will unlock once you view the Plagiarism Tutorial & take the Plagiarism Quiz. You must complete both to view the Week 1 Dropbox. 

Term Project: Part A - Organizational Analysis

Connect to the Baldrige Criteria website (this is the P1/P2). Use the Organizational Profile (P1/P2) criteria to analyze an organization of your choice (many students choose their current employer). You may use the criteria appropriate to your selected organization (i.e. manufacturing, healthcare, education, etc.) The analysis is to be submitted in an Executive Summary format and should not exceed 5 pages in length. Twenty-five points will be deducted if more than five pages for this component are submitted. A grading rubric will be available in the content area of the course.

Tips:

  • It is highly recommended that you have access to and familiarity with the organization you choose.
  • If the organization selected is a large and dynamic organization (i.e. Lockheed Martin, U.S. Military), the analysis may be limited to a specific department or group.
  • Before attempting to write the analysis, an understanding of the criteria model may be helpful.

Part A - Organizational Analysis is due to the Dropbox area of the course Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Week 2: Organizational Purpose & Structural Design
Readings

Daft: Chapters 2 - 3

Discussion 2

Research and identify a Fortune 500 Company.  Begin by explaining its design as either organic or mechanistic – defend why.  Next, examine Porter’s Competitive Strategy and discuss the company that you have researched. Does it use a differentiation or low-cost leadership strategy? Explain why. Review the information on the "Four Effectiveness Approaches" and again discuss your company.  Compare/contrast what you have researched with the information provided in the textbook.  What recommendations would you make to this organization? 

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Sunday, 11:59 pm C.T.
Case Analysis 1

Read the case for analysis “Aquarius Advertising Agency” on pages 133 through 135 in your textbook. After reading the case study answer the following questions: (1) Analyze Aquarius with respect to the five contextual variables.  How would you describe the environment, goals, culture, size, and technology for Aquarius? (2) Design a new organization structure that takes into consideration the contextual variables in the case and the information flows. (3) Would a matrix structure be feasible for Aquarius?  Why or why not?

Case Analysis 1 is due to the Dropbox area of the course Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Week 3: External Environment & Inter-organizational Relationships
Readings

Daft: Chapters 4 - 5

Discussion 3

Read the case for analysis “Why is Cooperation So Hard?” beginning on page 205 of the textbook.  Then discuss the following questions: (1) Describe whether events in this case support or refute the resource dependence, collaborative network, population ecology, and institutional perspectives.  Why or why not?  (2) Do you think the changed relationship between Technologia, and AUD could have occurred without VIMI?  Explain.  (3) How have these companies changed their attitudes toward dependence?  

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Sunday, 11:59 pm C.T.
Case Analysis 2

Read the case for analysis “CPI Corporation: What Happened?” beginning on page 170 of the textbook.  Then discuss the following questions: 1) What were the concerns about the direction of CPI? 2) Why did CPI fail to read and respond to the changing environment in which it conducted business? 3) As technological trends and consumer behaviors and attitudes changed, why did CPI hold on to its own success model? 4) As business competitors within the industry weigh their future, how will they pay attention and adjust their business strategies in order to remain viable and avoid the CPI fate?

Due Sunday by 11:59pm C.T.  

Term Project: Part B - Annotated Bibliography

This week the next section of your Term Project is due--the Annotated Bibliography. You are expected to review current OT literature and provide an annotated summary of each.  Each summary must be through, concise and the main point(s) must be clear.  A minimum of 10 sources must be discussed and referenced.  APA style is required.  Be sure you are using the 6th edition of the APA manual.

Review your outcomes from the Organizational Analysis Part A, and choose OT topics that align with areas that were difficult to answer from the criteria. Analyzing this research will help you later when you need to provide recommendations for your organization.  The Annotated Bibliography should approximate 7 - 10 pages.

Part B - Annotated Bibliography is due to the Dropbox area of the course Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Week 4: International Environment and Manufacturing and Service Technologies
Readings

Daft: Chapters 6 - 7

Discussion 4

Do you think it makes sense for a transnational organization to have more than one headquarters? What might be some advantages associated with two headquarters, each responsible for different things?  Can you think of drawbacks?  Provide an in-depth response to each question supported by research beyond the textbook. Engage others in discussion.  Next, to what extent does the development of new technologies simplify and routinize the job of employees?  Conduct research and provide an example. Can the new technology also lead to greater variety and complexity?  Explain.

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Sunday, 11:59 pm C.T.
Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam covers chapters 1 – 7 of the textbook. There are three parts to the exam, including 20 multiple-choice / true-false questions, 5 short answers, and 1 essay. Each part should take you no longer than 40 minutes to complete. You will have only one 2-hour attempt to complete the exam, so please study in advance.

Opens Wednesday at 12:01 am C.T. Due Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Week 5: Technology for Control and Organizational Life Cycles
Readings

Daft: Chapters 8 - 9

Discussion 5

After reading chapters 8 and 9, discuss your (employer) organization.  (1) Begin by analyzing the basic IT structure of the organization; expand to social business, and finally, any usage of big data analytics.  (2) Next, describe how the IT system has impacted control or changes in control for your department head. (3) Describe your organization in terms of organizational life cycle. What stage in the lifecycle is your organization currently? (4) Last, explain the form of control used. Defend your response and use research beyond the textbook to support the work. 

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Sunday, 11:59 pm C.T.
Integrative Case 1

Read the integrative case “Sometimes a Simple Change Isn’t So Simple” (Integrative Case 7.0) starting on page 600. Conduct research beyond the textbook and provide in-depth analysis of the case.

You will take on the role of Kate from this case study and you will be creating a PowerPoint Presentation for the hospital’s administrative team. After reading the case study, create a PowerPoint Presentation (15 – 20 slides) with in-depth speaker notes that address the following questions: (1) What structural change is indicated at Integrated Health? (2) What caused MAR to fail? (3) Why are the nurses resisting the MAR project? (4) What techniques should be used to overcome the barriers to change?

Integrative Case 1 is due to the Dropbox area of the course Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Week 6: Organizational Culture and Ethics
Readings

Daft: Chapter 10

Discussion 6

Chapter 10 discusses the components that create an organizational culture along with the various types of culture. Additionally, it describes ethical values and social responsibility.  Research a company that you have not previously discussed in this class. (1) Provide background/summary information on the company, then explain its culture. Review Exhibit 10.4 from the textbook to define your researched company’s culture.  (2) Expand by explaining what it does in terms of social responsibility and ethical values.  (3) Talk about this organization’s leadership and how they impact the employees in terms of: corporate culture, ethics and social responsibility. 

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Sunday, 11:59 pm C.T.
Term Project: Part C - Literature Synthesis

Further explore published information on your OT focus areas. In Part B, the Annotated Bibliography, you provided a summary or overview of each of your sources. In Part C - Literature Synthesis, you should analyze the published data and compare and contrast data between published authors. Next, synthesize or combine information to provide a coherent paper that addresses Organizational Theory and specifically addresses the data you will utilize in Part D for recommendations. You will discuss applicable concepts, dynamics, and models from not only your literature review, but from course materials and the textbook.  You must identify and discuss current issues and/or challenges organizations face today. Show how OT concepts relate to and/or support these issues and challenges.  The Literature Synthesis should approximate 8 - 10 pages.

Part C - Literature Synthesis is due to the Dropbox area of the course Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Innovation, Change and Decision-making
Readings

Daft: Chapters 11 - 12

Discussion 7

Read both Chapters 11 and 12.  Then read the case for analysis “Medici Mediterranean Restaurant” beginning on page 505 of your textbook. After reading both chapters and conducting additional research, answer the following questions. (1) The initial problem was how Alissa would manage locations almost an hour apart while maintaining the level of quality and service customers expected.  Does this problem require a routine or non-routine decision?  Explain your answer. (2) What kind of decision led Alissa to hire Guido? (3) By the end of the second year, problems loomed.  Patrons loved Guido, but there were delivery problems, delinquency in paying bills, and Guido’s lax attitude.  Alissa has a non-confrontational management style and realizes that Guido could open up a competing restaurant.  If you were a consultant, what would you advise Alissa to do? Engage at least two other students in discussion regarding this case study.  Examine where you agreed and disagreed.  If your recommendations were different – analyze why.

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Sunday, 11:59 pm C.T.
Case Analysis 3

Read the case analysis “Shoe Corporation of Illinois” beginning on page 456 of the textbook. Also, be sure to review the Exhibit 11.9 which is a partial Organizational Charter of Shoe Corporation of Illinois.  Conduct research beyond the textbook (at least two references are required) and then address the following: (1) Analyze the organizational structure. (2) Provide recommendations for improvement in information flow. (3) How would you characterize the current interdependence between departments?  How should it be improved?  (4) Given that the president’s intent is to change shoe styles frequently, how could innovation be fostered?

Case Analysis 3 is due to the Dropbox area of the course Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Term Project: Part D - Analysis Application

It is expected that from the organizational analysis (description of the current state of the organization) that you will have identified issues and challenges that are impacting organizational performance and outcomes.  Based on these findings, provide recommended strategies.  Recommended strategies should be based on the synthesized literature and other relevant course materials.  In addition to recommended strategies, indicate organizational expected outcomes if your recommendations were implemented.  The Analysis Application should approximate 5 - 7 pages.

Note:  Points will be deducted if the final Term Project (all components) is less than 25 or more than 30 pages.  Title pages, graphs and illustrations, and reference pages will not be counted towards page limitations.

Part D - Analysis Application is due to the Dropbox area of the course Sunday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Week 8: Conflict, Power, and Politics
Readings

Daft: Chapters 13

Discussion 8

Consider our topics this week: Conflict, Power and Politics. Then research an industry that has had to change (examples airlines, auto industry, cable companies, telephone companies, etc.) Choose a specific company within that industry and explain what that organization did: (1) The forces of change. (2) Decision making processes and models. (3) Intergroup conflict with the change. (4) The impact of power within the organization. (5) The role of organizational politics and collaboration on the change. 

Initial post due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm C.T. Responses to at least 2 other posts due by Saturday, 11:59 pm C.T.
Integrative Case 2

Read the integrative case “The Donor Services Department” beginning on page 608 of the textbook. Answer the following questions (1) What is the main issue in this case? Defend why. (2) How can the Donor Service Department become more effective? (3) Describe intergroup conflict in the Donor Service Department. (4) How could empowerment change the situation at the Donor Service Department?

Integrative Case 2 is due to the Dropbox area of the course Saturday by 11:59 pm C.T.

Final Exam

The Final Exam covers chapters 8 – 13 of the textbook. There are three parts to the exam, including 20 multiple-choice / true-false questions, 5 short answers, and 1 essay. Each part should take you no longer than 40 minutes to complete. You will have only one 2-hour attempt to complete the exam, so please study in advance.

Opens Wednesday at 12:01 am C.T. Due Saturday by 11:59 pm C.T.



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

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

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

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

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.

Late assignments will not be accepted without prior instructor approval. 

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 Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. 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.


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