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Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2017/2018

NURS 414: Human Sexuality

Course Description

This course provides the student with a clinical focus for examining human sexuality, intimacy, and health/dysfunction. Physiological changes and psychological aspects throughout the lifespan will be presented as they relate to history, age, and gender. Cultural differences and religious preferences will be emphasized. Health promotion, prevention, and education will be applied to sexual issues and/or problems in various settings, designed to meet the needs of those students providing holistic care for their clients or for those desiring supplemental information.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th). Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.
    • [ISBN-978-1-4338-0561-5]
  • Yarber, W., Sayad, B. & Strong, B.. (2013). Human sexuality: Diversity in contemporary America (9th). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
    • [ISBN-978-0-07-786194-0 (Looseleaf)]

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 NURS 414 Human Sexuality: Clinical and Comprehensive Applications! This course will bring to light the importance of understanding the human body, intimacy, sexual expression, and sexual health. This course is different from your traditional course in that each week you will be asked to take part in discussions that you may feel rather uncomfortable or nervous about sharing with your peers. These discussions will be directed professionally and respectfully by course resources, my guidance and your participation. You will review the female/male sexual anatomy and build an understanding of how the female/male physical and psychological mechanisms work together during intimacy, sexual activity, and throughout the life span pertaining to sexual health. Moreover, sexual dysfunctions and infertility will be viewed, with the addition of prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Health maintenance, promotion, and prevention will be introduced throughout and a large part of this course for different ages, genders and cultures. Comprehension of these topics will be evaluated through weekly quizzes and a presentation on a topic of your choice. Having a grasp on the topics in this course will aide in the non-judgmental interpretation of the impact that human sexuality has in one’s life and the culturally diverse lives of others, which will further the thoroughness and completeness of the caregiver’s sexual health assessment leading to significant intervention techniques. My hope is that this course will also empower you to be amenable to new ideas and explore your own values and experiences while having positive feelings of appreciation and also decreasing your feelings of doubt and distress pertaining to human sexuality.



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 understanding of the female/male reproductive system related to human sexuality and health/dysfunction throughout the life span.
  2. Recognize the relationship between physiological and psychological perspectives of sexual health and intimacy.
  3. Explain sexual arousal and response, conception, infertility, contraception, and sexual transmitted diseases.
  4. Describe sexual dysfunctions in women and men to include various treatments.
  5. Engage in discussion related to cultural differences and religious preferences pertaining to sexuality, intimacy and health/dysfunction.
  6. Evaluate educational strategies/material appropriate for diverse clients specific to human sexuality relating to health maintenance, promotion and prevention.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 716-795 90-100%
B 636-715 80-89%
C 556-635 70-79%
D 477-555 60-69%
F 0-476 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 290 36%
Open Book Quizzes 40 5%
Dropbox 60 8%
Quizzes 105 13%
Presentation 100 13%
Final Exam 200 25%
Total 795 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Pre-Quiz - Before Discussions
Discussion 1: Introductions 10 Tuesday
Discussion 2: Media, Sexuality and Communication 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 3: Sex Researchers 20
Introduction Dropbox 5 Thursday
Weekly Quiz 1 15 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4: Sexuality and Ethnicity 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 5: Gender Identity 20
Anatomy Dropboxes - Intitial and Revised 20 Thursday/Sunday
Presentation Topic 5 Sunday
Weekly Quiz 2 15
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6: Sexuality and the Elderly 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Weekly Quiz 3 15 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: Intimate Love 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8: Culture and Sexual Attraction 20
Open Book Quiz: Sexual Expression and Types of Paraphilias 20 Sunday
Weekly Quiz 4 15
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9: Responsibility for Birth Control 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10: Fertility Issues 20
Facts about Contraception Dropbox 30 Sunday
Weekly Quiz 5 15
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Final Presentation 100 Tuesday
Discussion 11: Presentation Discussion 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12: Cancer 20
Weekly Quiz 6 15 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: STIs 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Open Book Quiz: STIs 20 Sunday
Weekly Quiz 7 15
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 14: Rape 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 15: Prostitution 20
Post-Quiz - Before taking final exam
Final Exam 200 Saturday
Total Points 795

Assignment Overview

Discussions

There will be one or two discussion topics each week (with the exception of Week 1). Discussions prompt and integrate material being covered that week incorporating your knowledge and understanding. You are encouraged to introduce relevant points of view and engage in the dialogue wherever possible, while reinforcing your posts with the assigned materials or cited sources.

Discussion postings will be graded according to the rubric (see the Content area of the course), which includes answering the question(s) completely and thoroughly, reading all of your peers’ posts, and responding to at least TWO of their initial posts. In addition, my questions must also be answered for full credit. “Good post” or “I agree with you” is not considered participation and will not receive full credit. You must explain why you think it is a good post or why you agree (or disagree). Postings must be original and exhibit correct grammar and the use of compositional rules, and APA format must be used when necessary for citing sources. 

Please remember that this is an academic setting, opinions are welcome. Respect and professionalism are required. This is especially important within this course that contains sensitive and awkward topics. We all want to promote openness and honesty, which is hard for some students in normal situations. We do not want to generate embarrassment, which defeats a huge part of this class. 

Initial postings are due by Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT and two responses to classmates’ are due by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.


Presentation

You will develop and create a presentation (12-15 minutes) pertaining to a sexual dysfunction. A list of possible topics will be provided in the course.  Your presentation must include a readable slide show, including audio narration, images, etc. Detailed expectations are available in the course. Preparation for the presentation will include interviewing a local expert for information to use in your presentation.

If the presentation is not turned in by the due date, you will not receive credit for the assignment. Regardless, as a requirement, it still must be completed and submitted in order to pass this course.

Presentation Topic
You must submit your first and second choices by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of Week 2 to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area. It will be “first come, first choice”, so if there are duplications in choices the instructor will make the final decision on your topic. The instructor will post a news item with your assigned topics, as well as send out an email with the list of final topics on Monday of Week 3.
Final Presentation
You must submit your final recorded presentation by 11:59 pm CT on Tuesday of Week 6 to the appropriate folder in Dropbox area. However, grading will not start until after the due date. Complete instructions are available in the Content area of the course. A reference list in APA format will also need to be included in the files you upload. You will also need to post only the final presentation as part of Discussion 11.

Dropbox Assignments

There are several dropbox assignments that require you to fill out worksheets and submit them to a dropbox folder. Assignment specifics are given in the week’s they are due.


Weekly Quizzes

Each week (with the exception of Week 8), you will complete a multiple choice quiz over the week’s readings. All quizzes will consist of 30 questions worth 0.5 point each. They will be available through the Quizzes area in the course from Monday to Sunday of Weeks 1-7. They must be completed no later than Sunday at 11:59 pm CT, as they will be closed after that time and no credit will be given. With only one timed attempt, it is necessary to complete all readings before taking the quiz. There will not be enough time to look up all the answers. You will have 10 minutes after the submission of the quiz to go back and look at the correct answers to questions that were missed.


Open Book Quizzes

There are two assigned open book quizzes in this course worth 20 points each. You have only one attempt; however, there is not a time limit on them, and you can use your text or other resources to complete them. They need to be submitted by their due date to receive credit. They are intended to help you learn key terms and important information for success in the course, and ultimately in your personal life!


Final Exam

The final exam for this course is comprehensive, covering content from all of the assigned chapter and article readings. Questions relating to assigned videos may also be included. The exam will include 125 multiple choice questions worth 1.6 point each. You will have 150 minutes to complete the exam. The exam opens Tuesday morning, however, you must complete the post-quiz before you can take the Final exam. The exam closes on Saturday at 11:59 pm CT of Week 8.


Course Assessment Pre and Post Quizzes

As part of the College assessment program, this course uses a pre-quiz and a post-quiz to measure the knowledge you have gained from this course. These will not be part of your grade. The pre-quiz must be completed before you can participate in the discussions for Week 1. The post-quiz must be completed in Week 8 before you can take the Final Exam.



Course Outline

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

Week 1: “Let’s Talk About Sex” – Salt-N-Pepa (1991)
Pre-Quiz

Before you begin the readings for this week, go to the Quizzes area of our course and take the pre-quiz. You will have 12 minutes to answer 10 multiple-choice questions. Please answer to the best of your ability and do not reference any outside resources. The scores from the quiz are not included in your grade. The pre-quiz is part of the College’s assessment process and will help the RN to BSN program measure your learning in this course. 

NOTE: You must take the pre-quiz before you will be able to participate in the discussions for this week. 

Readings

Chapters 1 & 2

Discussion 1: Introductions

You and your peers will learn a lot about each other in the next 8 weeks, so let’s start the learning off now!

Introduce yourself. Include your name, and such things as your professional specialty, type of setting where you work, hobbies, geographical location, and any other information you wish to share that will enable us to get to know one another. Please update your user profile (available under your user name in the top menu) and post a picture of yourself (an appropriate oneJ), so we can put a face to your discussions and presentation required in this course. The deadline for initial and response posts for this discussion only is Tuesday at 11:59 pm CT. Both your initial and response posts are due at this time. This is an exception to the weekly deadlines as discussed above.

Discussion 2: Media, Sexuality and Communication

We all know the media is a huge part of our world and is extremely influential in our lives. Are you guilty of spending a lot of time with media, whether it be digital, TV, radio, or print? How many hours per day? What is an example of a type of media that you recently viewed, listened to, or read that you felt sent a message about sexuality? Describe it and how did it make you feel? Do you feel that would be ok for a younger person to have seen, heard, or read it also? Why or why not?  

In the overview for this week, I shared Salt-N-Pepa’s 1991 hit song, “Let’s Talk About Sex.” What is this song trying to convey and how do you think this song changed the way people communicated about sex in the 90s? Do you think mobile devices and online social networks have changed personal relationships or the way people communicate with each other? Do you feel for the better or worse? How and why? 

Discussion 3: Sex Researchers

Pick one of the sex researchers discussed in Chapter 2. Using another source along with Chapter 2, describe his/her beliefs and research. Do you believe it valuable? Why or why not? In general, do you find that there is an area of sexuality that is important to study or should not be studied? Why or why not?

Introduction Dropbox

Consider the following questions:  What is the reason, or what are the reasons, you are taking this course, and what are you hoping to learn in the next 8 weeks? Please submit your responses to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Thursday at 11:59 pm CT. Names will not be shared, but the answers will be posted as a news item, so we can identify what you most want to learn and reasons for taking the class. 

Weekly Quiz 1

The quiz will include 30 multiple choice questions over the readings for this week. Each question is worth .5 points. You will have 36 minutes to complete the quiz. You will be given one timed attempt, so readings need to be done prior to taking the quiz to familiarize yourself with the material. There will not be enough time to look up all the answers. You will have 10 minutes after the submission of the quiz to go back and look at the correct answers to questions that were missed. The quiz will close on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Week 2: How It All Fits Together
Readings

Chapters 3 & 5

Video
  • Gender identity videos located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 4: Sexuality and Ethnicity

Over half the population living in the United States is female and according to the textbook many experience poorer health, use fewer reproductive health services, and suffer from disabilities, disease and premature death. There are many barriers; economic, cultural and social, to improving their health.

Review the National Women’s Health Information Center website and select one minority group of women.  Find and use at least one other source for information on the group you selected and report on the following:

  • One reproductive health concern
  • Obstacles women may encounter that prevent them from obtaining services
  • Potential solutions to this problem
Discussion 5: Gender Identity

After reading Chapter 5, and reviewing the Gender Identity videos provided in the Content area of the course consider the following questions in your discussion post. 

How has the environment and culture shaped the way we identify what is considered a female gender role and what is a male gender role? How have the roles changed over the years? Research culture and sexuality and give a description of a culture of your choice and how that culture defines sexuality and gender roles.

As a nurse or other healthcare provider, why do you think it is important to know about cultures and the identification and definitions of gender roles?

Anatomy Dropboxes - Intitial and Revised

Complete the worksheets provided in the Content area of the course. Please note there are actually two due dates for this assignment, Thursday and Sunday.

  • Anatomy Dropbox - Initial: For the Thursday Due date, without looking in your text, completely fill out the worksheets pertaining to the female and male anatomy to the best of your knowledge. All blanks must be filled, it's ok to guess if you are unsure. Upload your file to the initial dropbox. You will receive half credit (10 points) for turning it in by the first due date. Due Thursday by 11:59 pm CT.
  • Anatomy Dropbox Revised: I will provide feedback on all worksheets submitted by Thursday. You will then need to go back into the assignment, revise your incorrect answers, and resubmit the assignment for the other half of the credit (10 points) by Sunday. Due Sunday by 11:59 pm CT.

Please note: You will not receive full credit if the assignment is not filled out completely the first time and if answers aren’t corrected by the second due date.

Presentation Topic

Select your first and second choices from the list of topics for your presentation. Upload a Word document with your choices to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT. Please keep in mind that it will be “first come, first choice,” so if there are duplications in choices, the instructor will make final decisions on your topic. Your confirmed topics will be posted on Monday of Week 3.

Weekly Quiz 2

Same as prior quiz:

  • 30 multiple choice worth .5 points each over this week’s chapters
  • 36 minutes to complete timed quiz
  • 10 minutes to review wrong answers
  • Closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT
Week 3: It Never Gets Old
Readings

Chapters 6 & 7

Video
  • Adulthood perspectives on sexuality videos in the Content area
Discussion 6: Sexuality and the Elderly

After viewing the provided videos on sexuality in the elderly, take part in the following discussion.

We predominantly talk about and hear about the youth and young adults having all the fun sexually and about issues surrounding sexuality within those age groups, but what about late adulthood? Even with the aging process and society’s views, what are your opinions about the elderly and sexuality? Are there benefits to the elderly having sex, or are there times when it may not be such a good idea? Explain.

Weekly Quiz 3

Same as prior quiz:

  • 30 multiple choice worth .5 points each over this week’s chapters
  • 36 minutes to complete timed quiz
  • 10 minutes to review wrong answers
  • Closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT
Week 4: “Express Yourself” – Madonna (1989)
Readings

Chapters 8-10

Discussion 7: Intimate Love

Intimate love is perceived differently than passionate love. It is based on three things. What are the three components and how would you describe them? Out of all the couples you know, describe one couple who demonstrates intimacy? How and why do you feel they are a good example?

Discussion 8: Culture and Sexual Attraction

Culture plays a powerful part in sexuality. Give examples of three cultures and how they communicate their sexuality both verbally and nonverbally. How do these cultures perceive sexual attraction? What do women in those cultures prefer? What is important to them? What do men prefer, and what is important to them?

Open Book Quiz: Sexual Expression and Types of Paraphilias

Complete this open book quiz over sexual expression and types of paraphilias. You have only one attempt; however, there is not a time limit on them, and you can use your text or other resources to complete them. The quiz must be submitted by the due date to receive credit. 

Weekly Quiz 4

Same as prior quiz:

  • 30 multiple choice worth .5 points each over this week’s chapters
  • 36 minutes to complete timed quiz
  • 10 minutes to review wrong answers
  • Closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT
Week 5: Time to Have “THE Talk”
Readings

Chapters 11 & 12

Video
  • Reproductive system, labor, and delivery videos located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 9: Responsibility for Birth Control

Discuss whose responsibility it is in a new relationship to initiate discussion about birth control. Who should ultimately take responsibility for this issue? What about in a single encounter, an ongoing relationship, and in a committed relationship?  If you feel differently in certain situations, why?  What makes that type of relationship different from the others?

Discussion 10: Fertility Issues

After trying but not being able to conceive for over a year, you now realize that you or your partner may have a fertility problem. What measures would you consider in order to have a child? How much would you be willing to pay?

Facts about Contraception Dropbox

Complete the Facts about Contraception worksheet and upload it in the appropriate dropbox folder by the appropriate due date. Use your textbook and Bedsider, if necessary.

Bedsider is a website dedicated to educating everyone about birth control options. It includes informational and testimonial videos about contraceptives.  

Weekly Quiz 5

Same as prior quiz:

  • 30 multiple choice worth .5 points each over this week’s chapters
  • 36 minutes to complete timed quiz
  • 10 minutes to review wrong answers
  • Closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT
Week 6: What is Sexual Health?
Readings

Chapters 13 & 14

Final Presentation

You must submit your final presentation by 11:59 pm CT on Tuesday to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area. In a Word document, include a link to your presentation and include a reference list in APA format. Full details on this assignment are available in the Content area of the course. This assignment is a requirement of the course and must be completed in order to pass the course.

Discussion 11: Presentation Discussion

Post your final presentation and view at least 3 of your classmates’ presentations. What did you find interesting or surprising? What did you learn about that particular sexual dysfunction that you didn’t know before? Is there anything that you can add to that presentation or agree/disagree with that would help your classmates understand the sexual dysfunction and treatment(s) more fully (ex. you are familiar with that sexual dysfunction personally, through work, family, friends, etc.)?

Note: Please do not post your reference list in this discussion.

Discussion 12: Cancer

How do you think breast cancer, especially with the possibility of a mastectomy, impacts ones self-image and relationships? What about the male and male reproductive cancers?  Describe a solution, service, or healthcare advocate that can help to improve self-image or sexuality.

Weekly Quiz 6

Same as prior quiz:

  • 30 multiple choice worth .5 points each over this week’s chapters
  • 36 minutes to complete timed quiz
  • 10 minutes to review wrong answers
  • Closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT
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: Night of Fun – What Have I Done?
Readings

Chapters 15 & 16

Videos
  • Sexual health videos located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 13: STIs

After viewing the YouTube videos and completing the “STI Attitude Scale” in your text, think about your likelihood of getting an STI. Why do you think adolescents think they won’t get an STI? What can be done to reduce the risks? What special health concerns might gays, lesbians, and bisexuals have regarding STIs? How important do you think it is to establish a trusting, nonjudgmental relationship with your healthcare provider, whether you are an adolescent, a young adult, or an older adult? 

Open Book Quiz: STIs

Complete this open book quiz over STIs. You have only one attempt; however, there is not a time limit on them, and you can use your text or other resources to complete them. The quiz must be submitted by the due date to receive credit.

Weekly Quiz 7

Same as prior quiz:

  • 30 multiple choice worth .5 points each over this week’s chapters
  • 36 minutes to complete timed quiz
  • 10 minutes to review wrong answers
  • Closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT
Week 8: “Speak Your Mind, Even if Your Voice Shakes” – Maggie Smith Kuhn
Readings

Chapters 17 & 18

Review and study for final exam

Discussion 14: Rape

There are 13 rape myths listed and described in your text. Which one do you find the most absurd and why?  Is there one that surprised you or you didn’t know was actually a myth?  Why did it surprise you, and how does it change your way of thinking now?  Distinguish between stranger rape versus date or acquaintance rape.  Why do you think the reason is that stranger rape is more “believable” than date rape?

Discussion 15: Prostitution

Should prostitution be decriminalized or regulated as a public-health measure to encourage STI/HIV testing? Debate the pros and cons.

Post-Quiz

Before you can take the final this week, you must go to the Quizzes area and take the post-quiz. You will have 12 minutes to answer 10 multiple choice questions. The score is not included in your grade, nor will you see the answers to these questions. The post-quiz is part of the College’s assessment process only and will help the RN to BSN program measure your learning in this course.

NOTE: You must take the post-quiz before you will be able to take the final. 

Final Exam

The final is comprehensive, covering all the assigned readings and possibly questions related to the assigned videos. The exam will include 125 multiple choice questions. You will have 150 minutes to complete the exam. You must complete the post-quiz before you can take the exam anytime between Tuesday and Saturday of this week, but it must be completed by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT when it closes.



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. Even if you miss the Wednesday deadline for initial postings you can, and should, respond to your classmates’ posts by the Sunday deadline to receive partial credit.

Late assignments will not be accepted!  All quizzes and other assignments will not be accepted after their due dates. You must submit the presentation by the due date to receive credit. The presentation is a course requirement and must be submitted to pass the course, even if you miss the deadline. 

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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