For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins on the first day of the term and ends on midnight the following Sunday. The last week of the term ends on a Sunday.
Each assignment will be evaluated by the instructor using a rubric scoring guide and comments inserted into the Word document. Forum grades will be determined using a rubric scoring guide. Additionally, comments may be given informally within the forum or in more detail within the forum grader tool.
The following assessments determine the course grade:
Discussion Forums – 20 percent
Each week there will be a discussion question for students to answer. Your posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. You will provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. I will grade posts on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.
Research Topic – 5 percent
Students will submit a brief description of their research topic for approval. The topic must be related to one of the general topics of the course.
Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Citation Format Exercise – 10 percent
Students will submit a research question, a purpose statement, and six sources, at least two of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question will be posted in the assignment section.
Research Paper – 35 percent
Students will submit a research paper based on the research question assignment in Week Three, the research paper should be 10 pages, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.
Final Assignment – 30 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment to test students’ knowledge and assimilation of the course learning objectives. The assignment should be about eight pages.