The course grade is based on the following assessments:
Discussion Forums – 20 percent
Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas. Review the rubric for specifics on how your forum will be evaluated.
Research Proposal – 20 percent
Research proposal assignment: The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, theoretical framework, research design, and a preliminary source list of at least eight (8) sources, six (6) of which must be peer-reviewed. The research question and hypothesis will depend on your chosen case study. The specific research question should relate to a general topic of the course. Additional instructions for this assignment can be found within the lessons section. This assignment will be 4-5 pages in length.
Literature Review – 25 percent
Literature review assignment: This literature review will help you fulfill a component within your research paper. Your literature review will focus upon synthesizing information that is specific to your case study. Additional instructions for this assignment can be found within the lessons section. This assignment will be 6-8 pages in length.
Case Study – 35 percent
Case Study research paper: The research paper will weave together the first two assignments and incorporate your analysis and findings of your case study. Additional instructions for this assignment can be found within the lessons section. Once complete your case study will be 10-15 pages in length.