Reading Assignments: There are weekly readings as described in the course outline, below. These readings are based out of the text, or will be provided to students within the resource tab in the electronic classroom.
Forum Assignments: There will be forum discussions most weeks of the course. Forum topics will be posted within the forum section of the class.
Evaluation/Grading of your Forum Assignment
Postings will be evaluated on their quality and the degree to which the postings promote discussion.
Participation in all Forums is required. Points are allocated as follows based on the original posting andreplies (Total of 100 points).
NOTE: Initial and reply posts submitted after the scheduled due dates may be assessed a penalty according
to the late policy in the syllabus.
Initial Post (40 possible points)
- The post is on topic, clearly related to the thread, and addresses all components of the assignment withsignificant depth, analysis, and clarity.
- The post is approximately 250-350 words long and written in your own words.
Reply Posts (30 possible points)
- Reply to at least two of your classmates’ original posts with responses that are on topic, clearly related to the thread, and further the discussion of the original comment. For example, ask an interesting and related question, or share relevant information on the topic.
- The post is approximately 100-200 words long and written in your own words.
- Please reply early enough in the week to allow time for your classmates and instructor to respond.
Creates Conversation and Community (15 possible points)
- Respond to follow-up questions and comments posted to your initial post by your classmates and instructor during the week.
- All posts are written in a constructive and respectful tone.
Terminology, Sources, and Attribution (15 possible points)
- All posts accurately apply scientific concepts and use scientific terminology correctly (including spelling).
- Posts include background information based on credible sources of scientific information, where applicable, to support discussion. *
- All sources used are attributed to the original author with a citation or URL so that your classmates and instructor can locate and view the source. *
- If a post is based on an opinion, the post offers a well phrased and thought out position.
*Please review Academic Honesty Policies.
Exams: There will be four exams throughout this course, during Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8. Exams will be open book, open note. The exams will mostly include application questions in multiple formats, including multiple choice as well as short answer.
Laboratories: There will be eight lab assignments due throughout the course. The laboratories will mostly consist of hands-on lab experiments that will be sent to the student within a kit. There will also be internet based exercises that will apply the concepts learned in the course.
Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.