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IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO TAKE ALL EXAMS , INCLUDING THE FINAL EXAM. Note : I DO NOT GIVE MAKE UP EXAMS without official documented records (i.e., a hospital discharge record, police report, or military orders). IT IS ALWAYS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST TO TAKE THE SCHEDULED EXAMS. A “0” can absolutely destroy an otherwise good course average. Page 2 of 9
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3. Discussion Board Requirement . Given that this is a web-based course, your only method of interacting with your fellow classmates and your instructor will be via the Internet. In order to enrich your learning in the class, beyond the course readings, you will be required to participate in 4 discussion board topics. Each of you will be assigned to groups for your Discussion assignments. You will remain in the same group for the entire semester. I will build the groups before the first Discussion Board opens. Although you will answer each question, individually, you will be able to see the answers given by the other members of your group and you are able to respond to each other's answers (elaborate, agree/disagree, etc.). However, you will not be able to see your group-member’s posts until you make your own initial posts. Discussion board contributions are worth 25 points each x 4 for a total of 100 possible points; see explanation below: a. Initial Discussion Post (4… each worth 15 possible points) : At scheduled times, you will be required to post to the relevant discussion board question. Your initial post MUST BE MADE WITHIN THE 1 ST 24 HOURS of the board’s opening or a 7.5-point deduction will result. i. Note that your discussion board posts will be evaluated on the following criteria: critical analysis of the issue AND reflection of your opinion based on your experiences and the readings. 1. Basic requirements include a minimum length of at least 300 words in length PER discussion. Contributions below this length will receive 0 points automatically--- NO EXCEPTIONS . 2. Any opinion, backed by solid research, lends itself to a stronger position. Each initial post MUST include (at least) one reference (from the textbook or from a peer reviewed article. a. For citation and reference help visit this webpage: Page 3 of 9
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b. Pay attention to the page links referring to “In-Text Citations” and “Reference List” (for your specific type of source). ii. Discussion questions are to be posted by the scheduled dates and times. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY to make up for a missed discussion assignment. b. Responses : (4…each worth 10 possible points) : In addition to posting your initial (or original posts) to the discussion questions, you are also required to respond to at least one other student's (group-member’s) posting, either agreeing with the comments or expressing an alternate opinion in 1-2 paragraphs. i. NO EXCEPTIONS. Your response to another student’s posting is to be made by the scheduled dates and times. ii. Try to respond to postings which haven’t already been responded to, or which have fewer responses. Please do not respond to a classmate by only saying, “I agree with your post, great job!” You need to elaborate as to “why” you agree or disagree and try to support your response/feedback with references as well. The discussions are
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