Your efforts in this course will be evaluated based upon the following:
** Weekly Forum postings
** NASA/ESA Paper: 8-10 page paper on a specific topic regarding either NASA or the European Space Agency
** Midterm: Covers weeks 1 - 4
** Satellite Program Paper: 10 - 12 page paper discussing one current satellite
program within your selected agency
** Space Agency Paper: 14 - 16 page research paper fully examining your
selected space agency
** Final Exam: Covers weeks 5 – 8
Grades for this course will be based upon forums, examinations and papers. You must complete all assigned tasks in order to pass the course.
Forums / Participation
Forums make up 20% of your overall grade. Each week, you will be required to respond to a ‘Forum’ with at least 250 words to comply with APUS standards. Your comprehension of assigned readings will be reflected in your ability to discuss key course concepts. In addition, you should provide a substantial response (at least 100 words) to at least two of your classmates’ postings each week to receive full credit. This ensures a more interactive classroom environment.
The NASA/ESA Paper is worth 10% of your grade. Your 8-10 page paper should focus on a particular topic relating to NASA or the ESA. For example, the Space Shuttle Program is not specific enough for this paper. But a specific shuttle mission, or a specific NASA satellite, would be. Details can be found in the Assignments Tab.
Midterm and Final Exam
The midterm and final exam are worth 35% of your overall grade. Questions will be short answer, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, or true/false and require you to have previously completed all reading assignments.
Satellite Program Paper
The Satellite Program Paper is worth 15% of your overall grade. Find at least three peer-reviewed articles on a current space program in your selected space agency and write a 10-12 page paper discussing this program. Details are located in the Assignments Tab.
Space Agency Paper
The research paper makes up 20% of your overall grade. You will submit a 14–16 page paper that discusses the past, present, and future of the particular agency you selected. It must also include your future plans for the agency, if you were in charge. Details are located in the Assignments Tab.
Citation and Reference Style
Students will follow the APA style as the sole citation and formatting style used in all written work submitted for this course.
If you have questions about the course grading, don't hesitate to contact me through the Sakai message system.