Discussion Forums – 28 percent (28% for course readings discussions)
Discussion questions related to course readings will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates’s initial posts by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas. To demonstrate knowledge of the readings, students must use citations in parenthetical reference format and a reference list in the initial post and in the two additional required responses to classmates’ initial posts. A minimum of two to three sources in initial posts and one to two in subsequent required posts should be the goal.
Discussion questions related to student research papers will be required in various weeks throughout the course to facilitate discussion with classmates. Posts should incorporate substantive comments and feedback on classmates’ work. No source citations are required. Students should respond to at least two classmates initial posts.
Research Proposal (Question, Purpose Statement, and Citation Format) Exercise – 15 percent
The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose and design statement, and a reference list. It must contain at least 8 sources, at least 6 of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a topic covered in the course. Length: 8 pp.
Literature Review—17 percent
This document contains an annotated summary of the major sources that will be used in the research paper, all of which must be peer-reviewed articles or scholarly texts. Students will identify the source, offer a short synopsis of its main argument, and offer a statement of relevance to the research project. Length: 8 pp.
Final Paper—40 percent
This is the final paper assignment of the course. It must contain citations in formal style as well as a reference list. Length: 15 pp.