Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.
- Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
- Initial responses should be no less than 250 words.
- Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
- Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
- Replies to classmates should be no less than 100 words.
- Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
- All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
- Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course
- Additional guidelines for week one forum introduction are included in the forum tab within the course
- More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.
- Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.
Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.
We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.
Research Paper: Students will be required to complete a 7-page (minimum pages) final paper for this course. The final paper will require the student to select an infectious or chronic disease and provide a brief overview of the epidemiology of the disease. Since topics may vary, formatting will as well. Please see the Assignment tab for detailed instructions. All papers will require an abstract (no more than 150 words), and referencing/citations (you must reference at least 5 scholarly sources in your paper) in proper APA format (these items will not be included in required page total). Any graphs or charts provided must be included in an appendix (these items will not be included in required page total). Your selected topic must be approved by the instructor (via messaging) by the end of Week 4. Your paper will be due by the end of Week 7. An optional draft may be submitted in the assignment section during week 5 to receive feedback (it is not graded).
- More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
- Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.
*PLAGIARISM: Your papers will go through TurnItIn plagiarism software. If you receive a high score in TurnItIn, it is likely that you have committed plagiarism whether intentional or not. Review this website to insure you do not commit plagiarism: http://www.plagiarism.org/. You may rewrite and resubmit but it must be resubmitted before the due date.
There will be six (6) quizzes for this course. Each quiz consists of ten (10) multiple choice questions on material covered in your text and supplemental readings. The quizzes are untimed but are due by Sunday of the week they are assigned. You will find the quizzes in the Tests & Quizzes section of the classroom. You are allowed only one (1) submission so please only submit when you have completed the quiz.