Each week you will participate in two online discussions to deepen your understanding of the course topics. Your initial posts should answer all discussion questions thoroughly and are due by 11:59 pm C.T. Wednesday of each week. In addition, at least two response posts to your classmates are required per discussion and are due by 11:59 pm C.T. Saturday of each week.
Your initial posts should be written in your own words and supported by evidence from the textbook and/or secondary resources. 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. Writing is expected to be at a college-level with correct grammar and punctuation, containing at least two paragraphs and a minimum word count of 200 words or more, excluding quoted material.
Your responses to others’ posts should also be well developed, fully explaining your response to the classmates’ posts. Write responses that add to the conversation and take it further; simply posting “I agree” or “good job” does not help develop ideas. For maximum learning and point benefits, respond to at least two students’ posts.
"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.
Plagiarized and Recycled Posts
You will receive a zero for recycled posts from this session and previous sessions. Students who attempt to use their classmates’ work in their posts also will receive a zero. This applies both to primary posts and secondary comments.
We will have many discussions on varying sociocultural and political perspectives as well as other issues in the next eight weeks. Please remember that this is an academic setting, and that all responses must be premised on the facts and theories as presented in the textbook from a human services perspective. Our discussions will help us to deconstruct many of these sociocultural issues; therefore, all perspectives are welcome. This is how we will educate ourselves and share with others. Respectful communication is expected at all times. If posts are identified that are aggressive or disrespectful toward other students or the instructor, the student will be awarded a zero for that discussion topic.
Discussions are worth 5 points each. Grading criteria will be available in the course Content area.
There will be 8 weekly quizzes, worth 10 points each, due by 11:59 pm C.T. Saturday of the week assigned. The quizzes consist of 10 multiple-choice questions. The quizzes are not proctored, but are timed at 30 minutes and you will have only one attempt at each question, so you should study for the quizzes in advance.
You will submit an APA-formatted research paper totaling a minimum of 7 pages. You will explore a self-selected topic (from a list of Research Paper topics) in depth. The 7 pages must include: title page, abstract, body of the paper (4 pages minimum), and reference list. Papers cannot be more than 10 total pages in length.
Papers must include supportive evidence from at least three peer-reviewed journal articles. Peer-reviewed journal articles are posted in each week of the Content area to correspond with each chapter of the textbook. In your paper, you may use the article from the Content area that corresponds with the topic of your choice. You must identify two additional peer-reviewed journal articles from the Columbia College Stafford Library and apply them in your paper. Your textbook may be used as a supplemental source.
Every paragraph of your paper must contain at least one citation from your sources to support your assertions. The paper must reflect good application of all the referenced sources. In other words, you may not rely heavily on the textbook or one article. All sources must be properly formatted using APA in-text citations and a reference list.
Minimum requirements include one block quote (only one allowed), one direct quote, and one paraphrase. You can use more than one direct quote and more than one paraphrase, but only ONE block quote. Your paper cannot be more than 15% quotes.
This Research Paper, worth 100 points, is due by 11:59 pm C.T. on Saturday of Week 6. See the course Content area for topic-selection, additional instructions and detailed grading criteria.
The Dropbox for your Research Paper will not open until you have taken the Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz located in the "Start Here" section of the course.