ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION PROCEDURES
You will be uploading assignments in the ASSIGNMENT Tab located in the left too/menu bar. Click “browse” and then locate the file on your computer. Also, be sure to click the "submit for grading" box in the lower left hand corner. Following these directions will ensure that you have successfully uploaded your assignment by the title (Assignment One etc.), and this will prompt me to grade your assignment upon submission.
Do not submit in “Student Comment” section or as email attachment unless otherwise directed by me. If you are having problems with Sakai, you need to contact “Classroom Support”. There is a link in the left tool/menu bar. Sometimes Sakai does not work well with certain browsers. Consider trying another browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
All written assignments (except Forum participation) must be submitted in Microsoft Word, anything other than Word cannot be opened, and the student will asked to resubmit and will result in a deduction in the student grade. Also, please do not upload zip files.
You do not need to email the instructor that you have submitted your assignments or made Forum participation postings unless specifically directed otherwise. Just go to the assignment link and click submit.
FORUMS – Initial Responses and Participation
Overview: Review the Forum question, consult suggested and acceptable discovered resources, think critically, and answer the question. Please stay within the word count. If you make your post too long, you will lose the interest of your peers.
Format: Initial Posts 300-400 words. If the word minimum is not achieved points will be docked.
Follow Up Question from Professor should be 250-350 words in length. If the word minimum is not achieved points will be docked.
Responses to your peers – Respond to two (2) of your peers in Weeks 2-8. Your responses should be 250-350 words in length. If the word minimum is not achieved points will be docked.
Substantive replies to other students or the instructor make up the Forum participation grade. Substantive replies go beyond “I agree,” or “I see your point” or merely restating what you and other students have already said (…”you are right Bill, George Washington DID have wooden teeth…”) in other portions of the discussion. Effective responses relate course readings, theory, research, or personal experience to the discussion topic. Use citations where appropriate to support your points (see Chicago/Turabian).
Rubric is as follows for Weeks 2-8:
Initial Post: 43 Points
Answer Follow Up Instructor Question: 12 points (***) Response to Classmate I – 15 Points
Response to Classmate II – 15 Points
Formatting – 7 Points
Bibliography – 8 Points
(Spelling and grammar do count, you will be deducted these points if errors are found. Word count does count;
you will be deducted 5 points for not making each post requirement)
Submission: Enter the appropriate group under the “Forum” button on the left navigation bar. Post your response in
the discussion board area for your classmates to read and respond to the postings of other classmates.
Initial Response is due on Friday.
Instructor will ask questions either on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (in many instances sooner). Do not email the instructor asking when they will respond to you.
You should respond to your peers by Sunday.
You should answer instructor follow up question by Monday of the New Week.
If you post your initial response after 11:59PM Friday Night, you will not get an instructor response; those 12
points will be lost.
*** Those who ask for an extension, instructor follow up questions will not be given and you will be required to respond to three (3) of your classmates posts.
**INSTRUCTOR EXPECTATIONS REGARDING SUBMISSION QUALITY
Please use complete sentences and check both the spelling and grammar of your Forum participation postings. Also, you must make your discussion postings to the appropriate week. For example, do not try to go back and make postings to Week One when we are in the middle of Week Four. Do not make advance postings either. Discussion postings made outside of the current week will not be counted for points. “Weeks” will begin on Monday and end at midnight, Sunday. Assignments and forums are due on different days, so you need to be mindful of these dates.
Do not copy and paste definitions from Wikipedia or articles from other websites and post them for discussion / participation credit. You will receive zero points if you do this and be reported to the Office of the Registrar as a violator of the university Academic Honesty policy (see student handbook). All assignment and Forum submissions should be original student work, properly cited and formatted in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS).
BOOK REVIEW AND ANALYSIS
Overview: Complete scholarly thesis review and analysis of a historically significant treatise, theses or book on War and Diplomacy.
Subject: The Review and Analysis will be based on a book selected from the list provided in the LESSON section and ASSIGNMENT tab in the left menu bar. The student may select an alternate work to review with instructor approval. You may wish to select a work that will support your research for your final paper.
Grading Criteria: The comparative essay review will be graded according to the following essential elements:
- Author background and historical context
- Author’s thesis. Define and identify supporting points made by the author.
- Analysis of author’s thesis. Does it make sense? Why or why not? Are there any flaws in the author’s
logic? What are they?
- Have the points made by the author endured to date? Provide historical examples of practice and application if appropriate.
- Formatting (Formal academic document using CMS).
- Page length requirement
Spelling and grammar do count and points will be deducted from your final grade for lax application of the elements of style.
Format: The Book Review and Analysis will be Three (3) to Six (6) text pages using Times New Roman 12 point font and be double-spaced throughout. Include a Chicago Manual Style formatted cover/title page and bibliography (do not apply to page count) as appropriate.
Style: The Book Review and Analysis Essay must be written as a “scholarly narrative;” that is, it should be written like an essay you have read for the course with grammatically correct sentence and paragraph structure. Transitions from one idea to another should be smooth. Do NOT divide your review with sub-headings, numbers, and sub-titles or double-space between paragraphs.
Scholarly Research Paper
Grading Criteria: The Scholarly Research Paper will be graded according to the following essential elements: 1) Focus based on an Academic “how” or “why” question that helps define the area of inquiry 2) A definitive Thesis Statement that directly answers the Academic Research Question; 3) Presentation of research based proof from credible, valid, and reliable sources that support the Thesis Statement accompanied by reflective analysis, 4) timely submission and adherence to the Scholarly Research Paper Instructions, appropriate conventions of style and grammar, presented using Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian formatting to include Title Page (no Abstract), appropriate footnote citations for facts, information, and quotes, and a bibliography.
Format: The Scholarly Research Paper will be a minimum of EIGHT (8) text pages using, but not including Title Page or Bibliography (front or back matter), Times New Roman 12 point font and be double-spaced throughout in the Chicago/Turabian format. There is no requirement for an abstract. Do not divide the paper into titled sections with sub-headings.
Style: The Scholarly Research Paper must be written as a “historical narrative;” that is, it should be written like a
book or essay you have read for the course with grammatically correct sentence and paragraph structure.
Transitions from one idea to another should be smooth. Do not divide your paper with sub-headings, numbers, and sub-titles or double-space between paragraphs.
Overview: Complete scholarly research on your topic. There are countless “reports” that recount the facts surrounding events and to add another to the number is pointless. Historical research writing should add to the body of the literature by considering a topic from a new angle rather than retelling an oft-told tale. The question is the tool used to accomplish this. Develop a question and your research is to answer this question.
Subject: The Scholarly Research Paper will answer a question posed by YOU the researcher on some aspect of War and Diplomacy, process, or historical events THAT YOU SELECT. Suggestions for ideas may be found in your readings, their table of contents, bibliographic essay, or from your academic readings in or outside the classroom. You will present a Proposal (2-3 pages) that identifies your Academic Question and Thesis, an introduction paragraph that integrates your question and thesis, a tentative alpha-numeric Outline, and a working list of a minimum of 5 valid reliable Primary or Secondary sources formatted in accordance with a Turabian/Chicago Manual Style bibliography.
Grading Criteria: The Scholarly Research Paper will be graded according to the following essential elements: 1) Focus based on an Academic “how” or “why” question that helps define the area of inquiry 2) A definitive Thesis Statement that directly answers the Academic Research Question; 3) Presentation of research based proof from credible, valid, and reliable sources that support the Thesis accompanied by reflective analysis, 4) timely submission and adherence to the Scholarly Research Paper Instructions, appropriate conventions of style and grammar, presented using Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian formatting to include Title Page (no Abstract), appropriate footnote citations for facts, information, and quotes, and a bibliography.
Submission: Submit assignment to the Assignment Area located in the left toolbar/menu.
FINAL EXAM Overview: The Final Exam will consist of a series of four, essay format questions each worth 25%
of the exam’s total grade. It will not be proctored.
Subject: The Final Exam will be comprehensive and will require you to demonstrate your knowledge of the course material.
Grading Criteria: Follow the Final Exam instructions and respond to the essay questions. The essays should introduce the topic with a thesis statement, have a body that presents one or more supporting points from your sources formatted in accordance with Chicago/Turabian, and a conclusion statement. Essays should be between 300 and 600 words in length and include all the essential elements referenced above. The student is expected to use the appropriate elements of style and grammar.
Submission: Access “Exams” on the course menu in the left menu bar and take the Final Exam. It will be open the entire week.
|Week 1 Forum
|Week 2 Forum
|Week 3 Forum
|Week 4 Forum
|Week 5 Forum
|Week 6 Forum
|Week 7 Forum
|Week 8 Forum
|Week 8 Project Forum
|Research Paper Info
|Research Paper Outline (Proposal)