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1) Discussion Questions:
The discussion questions you respond to each week are a critical and integral portion of the course. This is where I can make the determination, or non-determination, that you are (1) reading, (2) comprehending, (3) applying, and (4) correlating the knowledge you obtain to other aspects of the course and your degree program in general.
For each discussion question asked, I am looking for a detailed and well thought-out answer that integrates the assigned reading, your knowledge, and your own thoughts and perspective on the question posed. Your answers to discussion questions must utilize correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. When referencing outside material, proper APA citations must be given. If you have any questions on what constitutes a quality answer to a discussion question, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Your answers must be posted as text within the WebCT text box. Do not post your answers as a document attachment. Each question must be answered separately within the thread started for each question. Do not answer all the questions in one posting. Answers that are posted as document attachments or answered all in one posting WILL NOT BE GRADED.
Your own answers to the discussion questions will constitute 75% of your grade for each discussion assignment.
2) Discussion Board Participation:
Every week throughout the semester, discussions will be held via WebCT. Discussions are a vital part of the class, as they occur in lieu of live class discussions that would normally take place in a traditional class setting. Thoughtful participation in each of these discussions is mandatory and will be calculated as a part of your participation grade. Discussions will take place by each student:
In addition to responding to that week’s assigned discussion questions with your own answers, each student must respond to an answer of a fellow student at least one time per week. When responding to the answer of a fellow student, you must comment upon his or her answer to the discussion question, state whether you agree or disagree with the answer and reasoning given, and give support for your response. Each response to the answers of fellow students must contain a minimum of 200 words. Responses must utilize proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. When referencing outside material, proper APA citations must be used.
Your response(s) to a fellow student will constitute 25% of your grade for each discussion assignment.
When responding to the answers and thoughts of another student, it is perfectly acceptable to agree or disagree with their answer. However, all responses must be constructive, must not be derogatory in any way, must not use inappropriate language, and must show respect for the thoughts and opinions of your fellow students. If you would not make the comment in a live classroom setting, do not make it on WebCT. Violating these rules of etiquette will result in a loss of all points associated with that response. If there are any questions about what constitutes an appropriate response, please contact the professor.
Three exams will be given during the semester. The first exam will cover the material assigned for weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The second exam will cover the material assigned for weeks 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. The final exam will be cumulative, and will also cover the reading for weeks 13 and 14. The purpose of these exams is to assess your knowledge and application of the information presented throughout the readings, class discussions, and assignments. Because of the nature of an online course, these exams are inevitably open book. As such, I am looking for exam answers that show me that you have taken the materials presented in the course, comprehended them, and applied them to real-life scenarios and to your own thought processes, rather than merely reciting facts from a textbook. The format of the exams may include any or all of multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions.
Exams are to be completed individually by each student. Collaboration with other students is not allowed on exams. Collaboration will be considered an act of academic dishonesty.
Exam 1 15%
Exam 2 20%
Final Exam 25%
WebCT Discussion & Participation 40%
*Failure to complete any of these assignments will result in an F for the course
All assignments will be graded on a 100-point scale. For each day that an assignment is late, 50 points will be subtracted from the final score.
Your grades will be determined on the following scale:
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
60-below = F
Assignments are to be submitted via WebCT.
For each day that an assignment is late, 50 points will be subtracted from the final score.