The grading will be based on seven graded forum assignments, a research paper, as well as an open book midterm and final examination.
1. Assignments & Forum Participation: There will be various forums and a research assignment during the course. They are selected to provide the student with hands on experience in applying the law and theories being discussed.
Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.
Your initial post should be made by Thursday each week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.
This can be accomplished by
· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.
· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.
· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.
· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.
You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.
The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.
Please see the Forums tab and Assignments tab for more information.
2. Exams: The midterm and final exams will be taken open book. The exams will be posted in the electronic classroom under "Tests and Quizzes” during the week in which they are due. These examinations will cover selected sections of the textbook and assigned reading. They will consist of True/False, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and essays.
3. Grades: See Syllabus link in the classroom. Under “APUS Policies,” click on “Grading Policy” for detailed information.