Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
Assignments / Activities:
In each of the units a quiz will be given using WebCT. These quizzes are open book, open note, but you will only have one hour to complete them and must be prepared as there will not be enough time to research every answer. Quizzes must be completed prior to the expiration date below. Quiz grades and answers will be released after the deadline of each quiz. Specific questions regarding the quizzes may be addressed to the instructor. Quizzes may NOT be made up if missed and a zero will be recorded. No extra credit activities are available.
Assignments are a significant portion of the grade and represent application of the material studied. All assignments are to be submitted as instructed in each unit. Points will be deducted for improper format. Proper APA format must be used where appropriate. Plagiarism will be graded harshly. Assignments must be received prior to the deadline. Late assignments are automatically dropped one letter grade per week past the due date and will NOT be accepted 3 weeks beyond the deadline. A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline.
The final exam will be given using WebCT and will be comprehensive. IT IS TO BE TAKEN WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF BOOKS, NOTES, OR REFERENCES OF ANY KIND. You are responsible for making arrangements for a proctor by contacting an official from one of the categories listed below. THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE PROCTORS ARE:
No Proctor outside of the above areas will be approved. APPROVAL IS AT THE DISCRESSION OF THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR Please see the form on the course homepage for instructions.
Completion of this course is based on satisfactory performance on the following:
Discussion board = 5%
Quizzes = 20%
Workgroup project assignment
(individual contribution) = 35%
(group contribution) = 15%
Comprehensive Final Exam = 25%
A letter grade will then be assigned according to the following scale:
90% and above = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
59% and below = F
Late assignments are automatically dropped one letter grade per week past the due date and will NOT be accepted 3 weeks beyond the deadline. A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline.
This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT. Regular checks will ensure that messages from the instructor and fellow students are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to (see table below). Dr. Johnston will be available to meet face-to-face with anyone who is interested. This meeting is NOT mandatory and please call in advance if you wish to meet.
Discussion Board Participation:
The discussion board is a mandatory component. Assignments are made specifically for this board. Students are expected to write formally (no shorthand or text messaging abbreviations) and use APA format and referencing where appropriate. Thoughtful responses, constructive critique of fellow students, and meaningful participation are expected. Keep in mind the discussion board is a formal assignment and part of your grade.
Conduct / Honesty / Honor System:
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.
4123 adheres to the MSU code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student's participation in this course comes with the expectation that his/her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.
Creed: “As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so."
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission. Quizzes and exams are not to be copied in any form or shared in any form. Students caught engaging in such activity will receive and F for the course and be referred to University administration for dismissal.
Specific components of 4123 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared. These components include portions of the written assignments submitted for a grade. The group portion is intended to be a collaborative effort. Submitting someone else’s work as your own or improperly sited work constitutes plagiarism. Please see the Midwestern State University Catalog for further discussion of plagiarism. Plagiarism will constitute in an “F” for the course and the student will be referred to administration for further action. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct recognition, the published or unpublished works of another person. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.