Upon completion of this course of study the student will be able to:
A variety of strategies will be utilized to validate student learning. Students must participate in all strategies to receive a passing grade for the course. A brief description of the strategy will follow the assessment summary. Repeat enrollment strategies will not be duplicates of those presented for the initial enrollment. Students who are repeat enroller will follow the assessment table seen to the right provided the student has previously completed all five unit examination. Student who have not completed all five examinations, MUST do so. Previously completed examinations will be pass/fail while the remaining examinations will be for grade. In this case, remaining graded examinations will be worth 5% of the final grade.
Unit Examinations (30%)
Each unit of study has a complimentary examination. Students should complete each examination on-line, submit the exam, then the student will receive immediate feedback. Please remember that you can always check your scores on-line, just review the icons. Recommended due dates will be published in the course calendar. All Unit Exams MUST be submitted by the last class day (see the course calendar). Late submissions will be penalized 10%.
Discussion Board Participation (10%)
A discussion board is established for the course. Students should visit the board at least once a week, which is a minimum of fifteen (15) visits during the semester. Participation in this type of classroom discussion accounts for 10% of the course grade and students should designate a time each week to participate in this class activity.
The course instructor will post a welcome on the board for the class at the beginning of the semester. Each student must post one discussion-type question* on the forum for class discussion during the semester. Each student must respond to at least ten (10) posted question. The student posting the question will serve as the resource for the discussion by their classmates. Questions and responses must by completed by the date published in the course calendar. No late postings will be used in calculating your grade.
The discussion board is designed to encourage interaction between course students. Have fun with this activity but take it seriously because it does contribute to your course grade. Please make sure questions are course related when posting them. Remember that posting a question will account for a significant portion of the course participation grade. This portion of the course grade will be based upon two things: posting a question & replying to any questions/comments from classmates; and responding to questions posted by classmates.
*What is a "discussion-type question"? A discussion-type question is one that does not necessarily have a right or wrong answer, unlike a "factual question". If I ask what is the sum of 2 + 2, we know that (hopefully) that the answer is 4 -- That is a "fact" & there is no room for discussion. There is a right answer & an unlimited number of wrong answers.
Comprehensive Final (40%)
The final will be comprehensive over all course content. ALL students are required to correctly fill out a proctor application form found in this course and submit it to the instructor by the published due date. Make sure all information is legible. Please remember to complete the Proctor Approval form early and that the exam will be administered on-line. This means that the Proctor must have Internet access that will permit them to access the course. Students are encouraged to try to access this course from the computer that they will use for the final to assure that you can access the course. Technical issues, such as firewalls - especially at military installations, may prevent you from accessing the course and/or exam. The unit objectives, study guides, and examinations can be utilized to review for the final. The due date will be published in the course calendar. Late submissions will be penalized 10%.
Paper submissions will adhere to the APA Publication Manual & must be in a Word-compatible format.
Late submissions will be penalized 10%.
As an online course, there are no manditory meeting times (real or virtual). Students are encouraged to log in to the course at least once a week.
Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor. If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence:
The module will consistently refer to a particular chapter and page of the textbook related to the content being presented in the module. For ease of referencing the textbook location will be identified in the module by placing the chapter first and the page number second. These will be in a parenthesis at the appropriate location in the module. For example chapter one, page one will be identified in this manner (ch.1, p.1). Please be aware of all deadlines. Check the course calendar for dates and times when all assignments and requirements for this course are due & the penalties for late submissions.