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Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2017/2018

CJAD 317: Bloodstain Evidence

Course Description

A practice-oriented class on the techniques and methods of identifying and interpreting blood spatter evidence. Topics include fundamentals of bloodstain evidence, low velocity impact and angular bloodstains, medium and high velocity bloodstains, significance of partially dried, clotted, aged, physically altered bloodstains, and others.

Prerequisite: CJAD 201

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • James, S. H., Kish, P. E., & Sutton, T. P. (2005). Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: Theory and Practice. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
    • [ISBN-978-0-8493-2014-9]

Required Lab Kit

CJAD 413 Lab Kit (only available from MBS Direct): Columbia Coll. CJAD413: Bloodstain Evidence-PKG.

MBS# 1522979

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

This course is designed to provide students with the practical knowledge regarding the methods of identifying and interpreting bloodstain evidence. Topics will include industry terminology, categorization of bloodstain patterns (passive, spatter, altered), three dimensional reconstruction of spatter patterns, enhancement tools and techniques, and other topics such as bloodstain interpretation at crime scenes.



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. Explain the role of law enforcement and crime scene technicians in collection, preservation and interpretation of bloodstain evidence.
  2. Describe the methods and importance of proper crime scene response in an investigation involving bloodstain evidence.
  3. Describe and compare the various patterns of blood stains typically available at a crime scene involving bloodstain evidence.
  4. Identify, compare and evaluate relevant terminology, equipment and methods for collection, preservation and interpretation of bloodstain evidence.
  5. Apply relevant terminology, equipment and methods involving bloodstain evidence to real and hypothetical issues, problems and case studies investigations.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 612-680 90-100%
B 544-611 80-89%
C 476-543 70-79%
D 408-475 60-69%
F 0-407 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 160 24%
Homework Exercises 60 9%
Dropbox Assignments 140 21%
Courtroom Testimony 50 7%
Quizzes 120 18%
Exams 150 22%
Total 680 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Safety Contract -- Wednesday
Introduction --
Discussion 1: Pioneers in Bloodstain Analysis 10 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 2: Challenges to Bloodstain Analysis 10
Homework Exercise 1: Recognizing Types of Injuries 15 Sunday
Quiz 1 20
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3: Analyzing a Crime Scene Photo 10 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 4: Case Study 1 10
Homework Exercise 2: Bloodstain Terminology 15 Sunday
Quiz 2 20
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5: The Value of Bloodstain in Solving Crimes 10 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 6: Case Study 2 10
Homework Exercise 3: Bloodstain Patterns 15 Sunday
Quiz 3 20
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: Analyzing a Crime Scene Photo 10 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 8: Case Study 3 10
Homework Exercise 4: Passive, Spatter, or Altered 15 Sunday
Dropbox 1: Angle of Impact Cards 20
Midterm Exam 50
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10: Case Study 4 10 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 9: Determining Impact, Convergence, and Origin 10
Dropbox 2: Measuring Impact Stains (Set 1) 10 Sunday
Dropbox 3: Convergence 50
Quiz 4 20
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11: How Blood Reacts to Enhancement Chemicals 10 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 12: Expert Testimony 10
Dropbox 4: Bloodstain Patterns 20 Sunday
Dropbox 5: Measuring Impact Stains (Set 2) 10
Quiz 5 20
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: Choosing the Best Chemical 10 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 14: The CSI Effect 10
Dropbox 6: Evidence Collection 20 Sunday
Dropbox 7: Measuring Impact Stains (Set 3) 10
Quiz 6 20
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15: Critical Aspects of Bloodstain Interpretation 10 Thursday/Saturday
Discussion 16: Reflections on the Course 10
Courtroom Testimony 50 Saturday
Final Exam 100
Total Points 680

Assignment Overview

Safety Contract

This course requires several hands-on labs done at home with materials purchased from MBS. All of these practical exercises can be conducted safely if the proper measures have been taken. In order to be sure that everyone is aware of the safety precautions and procedures, you must complete the “Safety Contract” in the Quizzes area by Wednesday of Week 1. While this quiz does not earn you points in the course, you must complete the quiz with a score of 100% before you will be allowed to complete any other quizzes or exams.


Discussions

During this course you will be required to initiate and engage in discussions with other course participants and the instructor through Desire2Learn (D2L). You are required to post a unique, original submission and engage in at least one response in each discussion thread for that assigned week. Your posts should demonstrate topic knowledge and applicability. Posts should be at a minimum two paragraphs in length. Original posts are due by 11:59 PM Central Time on Friday (Thursday during Week 8). You are required to respond with substance to at least 2 classmates’ posts for each discussion. However, everyone is encouraged to review all posts, as the instructor will also engage in the discussions, taking the opportunity to answer questions and clarify material. Responses are due by 11:59 PM Central Time on Sunday (Saturday during Week 8).


Homework Exercises

The homework exercises can be found in the Quizzes area of the course and allow you to gain some practical experience with properly identifying wound and stain types. Using a combination of matching and multiple choice activities, these exercises allow you to synthesize the terminology you have learned in the textbook with how those same items look at a crime scene. On all of these exercises, you are allowed three attempts and it is best to complete them before taking your quiz for the week as some exercise items may also appear in the quiz.


Dropbox Assignments

Due to the nature of online courses, the only way to assess some of your practical work is through photographs. For all practical assignments, your signature and the date of completion on these assignments is a requirement and assists in documenting your work. Once your work is completed, signed, and dated, you will need to take focused photos of your work at a 90 degree angle to the card with proper scale. (Videos on proper photographing techniques and scale placement are available in the Content area.)


Courtroom Testimony

As a bloodstain analyst, you may be called upon to provide expert testimony during a case. Being able to defend the science behind blood splatter analysis, your techniques, collection methods, and the use of chemical enhancements is crucial in this situation.

In this activity, you will assume the role of a bloodstain analyst. The facts of the case can be found in the Content area for Week 8. You will be given 60 minutes to respond to a series of questions from a defense attorney. You may provide as much detail as you believe is necessary to defend the conclusions you have made in the case. You must answer each question individually before moving to the next question. And remember, you are answering these questions as an expert on the stand in court, not as a student in class!


Quizzes and Exams

Each week, with the exception of the midterm and final, you will be required to take a quiz over that week’s material. Quizzes may be a combination of multiple choice and short answer and may require you to analyze and synthesize material from that week and/or measure bloodstains on the screen.

The midterm exam will be constructed just like the weekly quizzes and will cover the material from the first half of the course. While the use of the textbook during the exam is permissible, students are expected to have the knowledge without the use of the textbook as the exam will have a time limit of 2 hours, making it impossible to look up every answer.

The final exam will be constructed just like the midterm exam but will cover the full course material.  The final exam will also have a 2 hour time limit.



Course Outline

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

Week 1: History of Bloodstain Analysis and the Properties of Blood
Safety Contract

In the Quizzes area, complete the Safety Contract to acknowledge the safety rules and expectations for the lab kit and conducting labs at home. This activity is due by 11:59 PM Wednesday and although it is not for a grade in the course, it must be completed before other quizzes and exams are made available to you.

Readings and Resources
  • Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of your textbook

  • View all instructor videos located in the Content area

Introduction

Post an introduction, introducing yourself to the instructor and other students. Include any professional experience you have and what it is about this course that interests you.

Discussion 1: Pioneers in Bloodstain Analysis

Your textbook introduces you to a few of the pioneers in bloodstain analysis. Choose one of the following pioneers (try to make sure all are represented evenly):

  • Dr. Eduard Piotrowski

  • Dr. Paul Kirk

  • Herbert Leon MacDonnell

  • Dr. Victor Balthazard

Do some quick internet research, then summarize what techniques they contributed to the field and how those techniques are still important today. Respond to at least two classmates’ posts on pioneers other than the one you chose and compare that pioneer’s techniques to those that you researched. Try to convince your classmate that your pioneer’s research was more significant.

Discussion 2: Challenges to Bloodstain Analysis

Bloodstain analysis is considered an accepted, scientific field of study, yet challenges still remain to its validity and use in court cases. What are some of these challenges and what efforts can be made to put them to rest? Start by reading the article provided in the Content area, then conduct your own research to back up your conclusions. Respond to at least two classmates’ posts using details and examples to compare/contrast your conclusions.

Homework Exercise 1: Recognizing Types of Injuries

Located in the Quizzes area, this activity will challenge your ability to recognize different types of injuries (as listed in chapter 2 of your textbook). You are allowed three attempts on this exercise. Note: it is best to complete them before taking your quiz for the week as some exercise items may also appear in the quiz.

Quiz 1

Consists of 20 questions based on topics and terminology from Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of your textbook.

Week 2: Bloodstain Classifications and Terminology
Readings and Resources
  • Chapter 4

  • Terminology Resource Page (located in the Content area)

  • View all instructor videos located in the Content area

Discussion 3: Analyzing a Crime Scene Photo

Select one crime scene photo from the samples provided in the Content area and describe what types of patterns (based on bloodstain terminology) you observe. Based on the pattern(s) visible, what action(s) do you believe created the patterns? Defend your position using details and examples from the book. Respond to at least two classmates’ posts, giving details regarding why you do or do not agree with their conclusion.

Discussion 4: Case Study 1

Analyze the case study provided in the Content area. What was the role of bloodstain analysis in this case? What was done well? What wasn’t done well? How did BPA change as a field of study as a result of this case? Respond to at least two classmates’ posts using details and examples to compare/contrast your conclusions.

Homework Exercise 2: Bloodstain Terminology

Located in the Quizzes area, this activity will challenge your ability to recognize different types of injuries (as listed in chapter 2 of your textbook). You are allowed three attempts on this exercise. Note: it is best to complete them before taking your quiz for the week as some exercise items may also appear in the quiz.

Quiz 2

Consists of 20 questions based on topics and terminology from Chapter 4 of your textbook and the terminology resource page in the Content area. 

Week 3: Passive and Altered Stains
Readings and Resources
  • Chapters 5 and 9

  • View all instructor videos located in the Content area
Discussion 5: The Value of Bloodstain in Solving Crimes

Choose one bloodstain term representing a bloodstain pattern and describe its significance at a crime scene. Then do some quick internet research and locate a case that involved this type of stain as evidence and describe its value in the investigation. Please make an effort to repeat terms as little as possible. Respond to at least two classmates’ posts on terms other than yours, then compare or contrast the two.

Discussion 6: Case Study 2

Analyze the case study provided in the Content area. What was the role of bloodstain analysis in this case? What was done well? What wasn’t done well? How did BPA change as a field of study as a result of this case? Respond to at least two classmates’ posts using details and examples to compare/contrast your conclusions.

Homework Exercise 3: Bloodstain Patterns

Located in the Quizzes area, this activity will challenge your ability to recognize the different types of bloodstain patterns described in chapters 5 and 9 (such as flow, pools, clotting, and altered stains). You will be allowed three attempts on this activity. Note: it is best to complete them before taking your quiz for the week as some exercise items may also appear in the quiz.

Quiz 3

Consists of 20 questions based on topics and terminology from Chapters 5 and 9 of your textbook. 

Week 4: Impact Stains
Readings and Resources
  • Chapters 6, 7 and 8

  • View all instructor videos located in the Content area
Discussion 7: Analyzing a Crime Scene Photo

Review the attached crime scene photo and describe the significance of the blood evidence at the scene.  What conclusions can you draw from the patterns present? What other information do you need for a full analysis? Respond to at least two classmates’ posts using details and examples to compare/contrast your conclusions.

Discussion 8: Case Study 3

Analyze the case study provided in the Content area. What was the role of bloodstain analysis in this case? What was done well? What wasn’t done well? How did BPA change as a field of study as a result of this case? Respond to at least two classmates’ posts using details and examples to compare/contrast your conclusions.

Homework Exercise 4: Passive, Spatter, or Altered

Located in the Quizzes area, this activity will challenge your ability to recognize whether a bloodstain pattern is classified as passive, spatter, or altered.  You will be allowed three attempts on this activity. Note: it is best to complete them before taking your quiz for the week as some exercise items may also appear in the quiz.

Dropbox 1: Angle of Impact Cards

Start by watching the video in the Content area on how to create angle of impact cards. Then, using the supplies in your kit, you need to create a total of nine impact cards, one for each angle from 10-90 degrees. For each card, place two or three stains (not overlapping), write your name and date on the card, take a focused photo of each card at a 90 degree angle to the card with proper scale, then upload all nine photographs to the Dropbox folder. (Videos on proper photographing techniques and scale placement are available in the Content area.)

Midterm Exam

Consists of 50 questions covering all material from Weeks 1-4. 

Week 5: Impact Stain Reconstruction
Readings and Resources
  • Chapter 10

  • View all instructor videos located in the Content area
Discussion 10: Case Study 4

Analyze the case study provided in the Content area. What was the role of bloodstain analysis in this case? What was done well? What wasn’t done well? How did BPA change as a field of study as a result of this case? Respond to at least two classmates’ posts using details and examples to compare/contrast your conclusions.

Discussion 9: Determining Impact, Convergence, and Origin

In your own terms, describe the physical action and mathematical basis of determining impact, convergence, and origin. Identify an area where a defense attorney may attack the science and explain how you would defend your work. Respond to at least two classmates’ posts, using details from the textbook or your own research to compare or contrast your conclusions with theirs.

Dropbox 2: Measuring Impact Stains (Set 1)

In this practical exercise, you will demonstrate ability to measure impact stains and apply mathematical functions to determine the angle of impact on the cards labeled “Set 1” in course kit. The first 5 cards will be used for practice. Go to the Content area and open the “Measuring Impact Stains Practice Quiz.” As you measure each of the first five stains, submit your answer and you will receive immediate and detailed feedback. For the next 10 cards, you will use the digital calipers in your kit to measure stain width, length, and angle of impact. Write these measurements directly on each card along with your name and date, then take a focused photo of each card at a 90 degree angle to the card with proper scale and upload all 15 photographs to the Dropbox. The angle of impact must be within 5 degrees of actual impact angle to receive full credit for a correct answer. (Videos on proper photographing techniques and scale placement are available in the Content area.)

Dropbox 3: Convergence

For this assignment, you are going to work with two virtual lab partners in order to calculate the convergence point of a blood stain. There are a series of videos in the Content area in which students are identifying good stains, placing their strings, then measuring the impact angles. You will act as the recorder, writing down each measurement as it is called out to you. After all 25 stains are measured, enter the measurements in the Excel Spreadsheet (provided in the Content area) to perform your calculations. When finished, upload your spreadsheet to the appropriate Dropbox.

Quiz 4

Consists of 20 questions based on topics and terminology from Chapter 10 of your textbook. 

Week 6: Presumptive Tests and Chemical Enhancements Part 1
Readings and Resources
  • Chapters 14 and 15

  • View all instructor videos located in the Content area
Discussion 11: How Blood Reacts to Enhancement Chemicals

What are the properties of blood that different enhancement chemicals react to? Describe in depth the composition of the blood and how each chemical is able to react with the blood. What limitations/issues may a blood analyst encounter while utilize enhancement chemicals? Respond to at least two classmates’ posts, using details and examples to compare or contrast your posts.

Discussion 12: Expert Testimony

You have been asked to provide expert review of the use of Luminol in the Amanda Knox investigation, specifically regarding the bloody footprints found at the scene. Using the article available in the Content area and your own research, analyze the available photographs of the scene and describe the application process of Luminol, its usefulness and limitations, and your opinion as to its value in this case. Respond to at least two classmates’ posts using details and examples to compare/contrast your conclusions.

Dropbox 4: Bloodstain Patterns

Pick five bloodstain patterns from the list of terms and demonstrate the terms using your course kit. If you choose to create something like impact spatter, you may need to use a common household item like a sponge or paper towel to help create the pattern. When finished, your cards should be labeled with your name, the date, and the term being demonstrated. Take a focused photo of each card at a 90 degree angle to the card with proper scale, then upload all five photographs to the Dropbox. (Videos on proper photographing techniques and scale placement are available in the Content area.)

Dropbox 5: Measuring Impact Stains (Set 2)

In this practical exercise, you will demonstrate ability to measure impact stains and apply mathematical functions to determine the angle of impact on the cards labeled “Set 2” in course kit.  There are 10 cards in this set and for each one, you will use the digital calipers in your kit to measure stain width, length, and angle of impact. Write these measurements directly on each card along with your name and date, then take a focused photo of each card at a 90 degree angle to the card with proper scale and upload all 10 photographs to the Dropbox. The angle of impact must be within 5 degrees of actual impact angle to receive full credit for a correct answer. (Videos on proper photographing techniques and scale placement are available in the Content area.)

Quiz 5

Consists of 20 questions based on topics and terminology from Chapters 14 and 15 of your textbook. 

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: Chemical Enhancements Part 2
Readings and Resources
  • Chapter 16

  • View all instructor videos located in the Content area
Discussion 13: Choosing the Best Chemical

Bloodstain analysts can’t carry an entire lab with them and it’s not unusual that they are only able to carry one enhancement chemical. What would your one chemical be and why? Respond to at least two classmates’ whose choices differ from your own and compare/contrast your selection with theirs.

Discussion 14: The CSI Effect

There is much talk about the “CSI Effect” in the courtroom. This effect is a result of television shows such as CSI and the impact it has on jury expectations. Based on your knowledge, review the video in the Content area and describe the accurate and inaccurate statements and processes you see. What could be done to make it more realistic? Why is it important to present a more realistic view of Crime Scene Investigation? Respond to at least two classmates’ posts and use details and examples to compare/contrast your response with theirs.

Dropbox 6: Evidence Collection

In this practical exercise, you will need to properly collect and package blood evidence. Start by watching the video in the Content area on how to properly collect a blood sample.  Take a photograph as you go through each stage of the process (stain prior to swab, swab after swabbing stain, the swab properly packaged before being placed in evidence bag, and evidence properly bagged in completed evidence bag), then upload each photo to the Dropbox.

Dropbox 7: Measuring Impact Stains (Set 3)

In this practical exercise, you will demonstrate ability to measure impact stains and apply mathematical functions to determine the angle of impact on the cards labeled “Set 3” in course kit.  There are 10 cards in this set and for each one, you will use the digital calipers in your kit to measure stain width, length, and angle of impact. Write these measurements directly on each card along with your name and date, then take a focused photo of each card at a 90 degree angle to the card with proper scale and upload all 10 photographs to the Dropbox. The angle of impact must be within 5 degrees of actual impact angle to receive full credit for a correct answer. (Videos on proper photographing techniques and scale placement are available in the Content area.)

Quiz 6

Consists of 20 questions based on topics and terminology from Chapter 16 of your textbook. 

Week 8: Scene Management and Documentation
Readings and Resources
  • Chapters 12 and 17

  • View all instructor videos located in the Content area

  • Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement Section A, B, and C (suggested reading located in the Content area)
Discussion 15: Critical Aspects of Bloodstain Interpretation

Describe the most critical aspect, in your opinion, of bloodstain interpretation describing its role, relevance, and importance. Based on your understanding from the course, what are the most common tools you will utilize in bloodstain analysis? Which tools are least likely to be utilized? Respond to at least two classmates’ posts using details and examples to compare/contrast your conclusions.

Discussion 16: Reflections on the Course

Now that we’ve reached the end of the course, reflect back on what you have learned. What are some of the misconceptions you came into the course with and how is bloodstain analysis different from what you expected? What are some of the most important tools and techniques you have learned? Share your thoughts with the class, then respond to 2 classmates’ posts comparing/contrasting their posts to yours.

Courtroom Testimony

You have been called to testify in a murder trial. First, review the case in the Content area and be prepared to defend the conclusions drawn by the defense attorney. When you are ready, go to the Quizzes area to begin your testimony. You will only have 60 minutes to complete this testimony and must answer each question individually before moving on to the next question.

Remember that for this activity, you are answering as a bloodstain expert, not a student in the class. You are on the stand and have sworn an oath to tell the truth.

Final Exam

Contains 50 questions covering all material from Weeks 1-8 of the course.



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.

Quizzes and dropbox assignments may not be submitted late. This restriction may be waived in extenuating circumstances (e.g. military deployment, hospitalization, death in the family). Please contact your instructor in advance. Additional documentation may be required.

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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