I am available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on most days, but I attempt to reserve Sunday for my family. On Saturdays, I tend to be online in the morning only. If these times are not convenient for you, please let me know. I will be happy to accommodate your schedule, if possible. I provide you with these times to make it easier to communicate with me, and not to limit our contact. I want you to know that, should you need to contact me outside these time frames, you should not hesitate to do so. For emergencies, when you are not able to gain access to messages on the Online Learning System (OLS), please send a message to my personal email address. In the event a third party needs to contact me, please direct them to my contact information listed under “facilitator information.”
No third party should use your login credentials to gain access to the classroom. Late Assignments Late assignments receive a 15% deduction for each day they are late if assignments are not posted by 11:59 p.m. M.S.T. on the day they are due. Assignments more than 3 days late will not be accepted. Technological issues are not considered valid grounds for late assignment submission. In the event of a University of Phoenix server outage, students should submit assignments to the instructor and when systems are restored, submit those assignments according to syllabus instructions. Unless an Incomplete grade has been granted, learner assignments submitted after the last day of class will not be accepted. Posting Assignments in the Wrong Forum / Class
It is the student’s responsibility to submit all assignments in the correct forum / class. All assignments are to be submitted in the Assignment Section. Assignments posted in the wrong forum cannot be recorded as submitted. The day the assignment is posted in the correct section is the day that will be counted as the day you submitted your assignment. Please double check after you submit your assignment to make sure you have posted correctly and the material can be opened and viewed. Grading Scale Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-F Percentage 95+ 90-94 87-89 84-8680-8377-7974-7670-7367-6964-6660-63<60
Participation and Discussion Question Grading Discussion Question initial response does not count towards the class participation requirement. Discussion Questions – The initial response of a substantive response must contain a minimum of 150 words. Responses to other students to count toward your substantive participation points earned should be a minimum of 50 words. You may however add comments that exceed the 50 word minimum. Participation is required 4 days of 7 each week.
For full participation points the requirement is 2 substantive responses on four different days each week. Weekly summaries are not required in this course.
Using Other Authors Material in Your Paper.
You may evaluate your own papers for errors and possible plagiarism before submission by using the services in CWE and Turnitin. Turnitin provides the percentage that is word for word from other sources. This process is termed an overall similarity index. Assignments with more than a 32% overall similarity index, including correctly cited quotes and paraphrasing, will not be graded and will earn a zero. There will be no opportunity to re-write the paper. Assignments with a 16 to 31% similarity index will be graded, but the points earned will be substantially less with a minimum of a 25% penalty.” Students are not required to submit their papers to the CWE, however note the Turnitin similarity index and the CWE will be used to evaluate your papers for the rules of grammar, punctuation, spelling, in-text citations, and sentence structure and similarity. Learning Teams
I do not accept team requests. I will set up these teams by Week 1 ~ Day 4 ~ Friday. Please see the instructions in the weekly sections for more information. University of Phoenix students are expected to work effectively in diverse groups and teams to achieve tasks. They must collaborate and function well in team settings as both leaders and followers. They should respect human diversity and behave in a tolerant manner toward colleagues and peers. If you experience difficulties working with your team, you are expected to resolve them within the team if possible.
However, please feel free to contact me for guidance if you have concerns in this area. Because Learning Team projects are outcome-based, all members of your Learning Team will generally earn the same grade for Learning Team projects. However, I reserve the right to report different grades for different Learning Team members if I see a substantial imbalance in individual contribution. Learning Teams should provide a brief summary of any communication held outside the forum. Therefore, if you hold conference calls, work in a real-time chat room, or get together outside the OLS (Online Learning System) environment in another way, please post a log, transcript, or summary in the Learning Team forum. Further, do not use any of these supplementary communication tools unless everyone on your Learning Team agrees to the method and to the schedule. If you have any questions, please contact me.