MG352 Principles of Management

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MG 352 Principles of Management


F2T 2010 DLD


Bennett, John E.


Senior Professor


Ed.D. Educational Leadership
M.S. Management
B.A. Human Resources Management

Office Location


Office Hours

As Needed by Students

Daytime Phone

(571) 309-4232


Semester Dates

October 10, 2010 -  December 12, 2010

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Management: Skills and Application, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2009, 13th Edition, Boston, Authors: Leslie Rue and Lloyd Byars. 
ISBN: 978-0-07-338150-3

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

I HIGHLY recommend you utilize the Park University Online Library System to aid you in your research for your responses to the assignments in this course. The textbook alone will not cut it, you need to use scholarly journal articles to support your work; I do NOT consider Wikipedia and other similar sources as scholarly. An online source which Park has made available is discussed below.
The Park University faculty, staff, and students can use JSTOR, one of the premier databases for full-text scholarly journals in business, education, humanities, social sciences and the sciences. The link to JSTOR is on the library's webpage at Additional sources can be found from the ProQuest and ABSCO sites.

A detailed list of subject areas can be found below. It provides access to journals from the 19th through the 21st centuries.
Subject areas covered by JSTOR

Business, economics, finance, health care, management, marketing, and statistics.


Architecture and architectural history, art and art history, classical studies, film studies, folklore, language and literature, Latin American studies, linguistics, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religion.  Social Sciences:  African-American studies, African studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Asian Studies, Feminist and Women's Studies, Health Policies, History, History of Science and Technology, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Law, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Religion, Slavic Studies and Sociology.  Sciences:  biology, botany, computer science, ecology, geography, geology, mathematics, nursing, and zoology.

APA writing style:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

Course Description:
MG352 Principles of Management (MLL): Examines the functions, activities and principles of leadership in business and other institutions. Philosophy, history, current practice and issues in leasing, planning organizing, and controlling organizations such as communication, motivation and interpersonal realations. Lecture, discussion and cases are used. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is quite simple.
Education is a never ending process that is derived from and built onto the knowledge of others. For this course, we will engage in many lively discussions through the "Discussion Statement" threads. The basis for these discussions will come from the text, the case studies and research projects we will work, outside sources, and each other. It is important that we respect each other and each person's right to express his or her viewpoints. Learn from the diversity of the class; learn to appreciate different cultures and beliefs. Learn from each other.
I believe that the only way to truly learn is by expanding your opportunities to learn. This is done through discussions with others and through research. Scholarly research is done by discovery. Park's online library is an exceptional resource for this discovery; please use it and other resources with which you might have access. The Internet is a great path to many reference sites, but one note of caution, there are plenty of sources on the Internet which ARE NOT considered scholarly; WIKIPEDIA is one of these. I prefer you NOT use it as a scholarly reference site. In fact, do not use these types of sources as primary sources as I will not count them.  Instead, find scholarly journals and use them for reference. This will greatly enhance your opportunities to learn. For those of you who have taken online courses previously, the instructor may have "spoon-fed" you to all the links you need to find the information to do the assignments.  I DO NOT.  I instead desire to challenge you to seek out the information on your own for this is how true learning experiences occur.  Use the Park Online Library... JSTOR and PROQUEST are exceptional sources to find material.  LEXIS-NEXIS is great for finding legal information.  Seek and ye shall find.

Lastly, one of my primary philosophies and goals for this class is that we challenge ourselves to go from the comfortable to the uncomfortable for only by stepping outside our comfort zones can we truly experience life and what it has to offer and teach each of us.

Dr. John E. Bennett

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define “management” and explain the managerial significance of “effectiveness” and “efficiency”.
  2. List the basic functions of management.
  3. Describe the difference between leadership and management.
  4. Distinguish between mechanistic and organic organizations
  5. Describe four social responsibility strategies.
  6. Define the concept of synergy and how it relates to management of organizations.
  7. Evaluate and describe four characteristics common to all organizations.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand and appreciate the roles of diversity and cultural differences to business success.
  2. List and explain the six stages of decision making.
  3. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of global commerce.
  4. Design and explain the different types of Organizational Charts.
Core Assessment:
The assessment device is a comprehensive case that is written in class during week 13 of sixteen week classes and during week 7 of eight week classes. The case poses problems faced by a fictional organization in which the solutions are presented by knowledge of the above objectives.
A CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES comprehensive examination that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home examination. Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered. 

Class Assessment:


1. Discussion Statements: - 14% total broken down as follows: 210 possible points.

A. Discussion – 20 points per week. The Discussion assignment requires a well thought-out and written response to the week’s discussion topic during weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7. A well researched and referenced response must include references to web sites, newspapers or other sources used in the formulation of the response. Note that all discussions questions will be posted in eCollege, by the instructor, three days before the week begins (the Friday prior to the week’s start). Prior posting will allow students adequate preparation time, a full eight days, to formulate a strategy in providing a well researched and referenced discussion by the following Friday. Ensure all questions posed are answered.

B. Discussion Participation - 10 points per week, 5 points per participation response. Participation is completed by reviewing and commenting on other classmates' responses. A minimum of two peer reviews are require by Sunday of the week with the exception of week 8. On week 8, one should provide the participation posts by Friday of the week. Peer responses should be something substantially more than "nice post." Inclusion of new material with reference cited is required for maximum points.

2. Case Study Work - 20 points per week; 140 total possible points. Each week the student will select ONE case from any of the assigned chapters for the week and prepare a detailed case write-up using the instructions and template in found in the Doc Sharing Tab.  Response to the assigned questions MUST include an explanation as to why you are responding the way you are; text or other references should be cited which support your thoughts.

3. Quiz – The weekly quizzes are NOT required for this class; however, they will be available for student use in understanding the week’s lessons. The quizzes will not be graded; however, the instructor will review and provide comments if the student requests a review.

4. Mid-Term Examination – 100 points. The Mid-Term is required and must be completed prior to the end of Week 4. The examination is timed and you will have only one attempt. You may use your text, but keep in mind that time may run out if you take too long researching the answer to a question. HINT: Most questions on the Mid-Term come from the weekly quizzes. If the exam requires a reset or restart for any reason, points will be deducted from the final score, so ensure you have a stable internet connection before starting the exam.

5. Research Paper – 200 points. The Research Paper will be written over a topic provided by the instructor. Submit the paper during week seven – using the template provided in the Doc Sharing Tab. The Research Paper will be comprehensive and include material found throughout the course. SCHOLARLY references will be used in addition to the textbook.   

There will be weekly formative (non-graded) assignments which will allow you to build your research paper step-by-step.  Specific weekly assignments will be found in the Weekly Assignment threads.  The weekly work is optional and is done to receive my feedback without concern of losing points.  The Research Paper is mandatory and is graded according to the standards (template) presented in the syllabus and in the Doc Sharing Tab.

6. Lessons Learned – 50 points. Students will be required to prepare a short essay identifying the top 3 lessons learned during the course with discussion as to why each of those is selected. 

7. Final Examination  = 30% (Week eight, proctored) The proctored final exam must be COMPLETED in order to pass this course. The comprehensive final is not a take-home test; although a review may be provided.  The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.

(Refer to the course rubric, under Course Home, for specific grading criteria)




Discussion                   140  point        (14%) Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

Participation Posts         70 points       (7%)    Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
Case Study                  140 points       (16%) Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
Quizzes (Formative)      00  points      (0%)    Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Mid-Term Exam          100  points      (10%) Week 4
Research Paper           200  points      (20%) Week 7
Lessons Learned           50 points       (05%) Week 8

Final Exam                  300  points      (30%) Week 8

Total Points                 1000 points     (100%)            Week 8

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of Discussions, Participation, Case Studies, Research Paper, and Mid-Term and Final examinations.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. The Final Exam will be completed during Week 8 under the supervision of an approved proctor.  Computers may be used for word processing only. No aids may be used such as the text, notes, computer memory devices, etc.

Bonus Opportunity

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE BONUS OPPORTUNITY:  If you fail to make any weekly original post (Discussion Statement, Case Study, etc.) you MAY NOT do the Bonus Opportunity.  This opportunity is only to gain back lost points from the original assignments or participation posts. 

In week 8, I will have a section for a bonus point opportunity. If you lose points on an assignment or participation reply points this bonus project is a great way of making them up. The opportunity is worth up to 25 points. I expect the bonus assignment to be completed using the format for completing a Case Study. The bonus opportunity must be completed by SATURDAY of Week 8.

In addition, each week I may award bonus points for those posts that WOW me. I reserve the option to not award these points if I do not feel any post is above and beyond the grading standard and posts of classmates.

Additional PARTICIPATION in the weekly threads can gain additional points. Although the assigned maximum points for Participation are 80; I reserve the option to grant bonus points for outstanding replies and discussion in the threads. The maximum bonus points for this area will be 20 for a total of 100 points available for PARTICIPATION in the threads. Remember, participation is your comments to classmates and developing discussion on the topics. Normally, you have to check posts every day or two to create discussion. 

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

As I fully understand the challenges faced by taking college courses while working full-time and raising a family I tend to be more flexible on assignment due dates. To this point, I have a six-day grace period for all assignments with the exception of week 8. Although, I will accept late assignments I do wish to warn against getting behind as I have found that it becomes difficult to catch-up on missed assignments; grades often suffer when you get behind.  

I normally do not require supporting documentation when a student is absent due to circumstances beyond his/her control; however, I do reserve the right to require documentation prior to allowing additional time to complete assignments.  Examples may be a doctor's note, military orders, letter signed by supervisor on letterhead with supervisor's contact information.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Online Course Policies:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester.  Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date. 

Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts. When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in Microsoft Word or PDF file formats.

Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.  Online threaded discussions are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.

Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email and the virtual office frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 48 hours.

Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. 

Please check the announcements area and emails before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.
Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems ~ contact the help desk immediately. 
Phone: 1-866-301-PARK (1-866-301-7275)

If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Policy #4: Respect each student's right to say what they will is discussing each assignment area.  I have a tendency to put discussion statements out there that are outside the "Politically Correct" statements that you might see in other cases.  If you review my educational philosophy above you will see that I like to challenge students to go from the comfortable to the uncomfortable.  I will challenge you to go outside your comfort zone.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

**Represents graded assignments


Read Text Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Read and Interact with the Lecture
**Complete the Discussion Statements and Participation Posts  
**Complete the Case Study

Complete the Research Paper (Formative exercise; ungraded)

Conduct the Self-Check (Formative exercise; ungraded)
Complete the Quiz (Formative exercise; ungraded)


Read Chapters 4 and 5
Read and Interact with the Lecture
**Complete the Discussion Statements and Participation Posts  
**Complete the Case Study

Complete the Research Paper (Formative exercise; ungraded)

Conduct the Self-Check (Formative exercise; ungraded)
Complete the Quiz (Formative exercise; ungraded)


Read Chapters 6 and 7
Read and Interact with the Lecture
**Complete the Discussion Statements and Participation Posts  
**Complete the Case Study

Complete the Research Paper (Formative exercise; ungraded)

Conduct the Self-Check (Formative exercise; ungraded)
Complete the Quiz (Formative exercise; ungraded)

Apply for proctor for the final examination


Read Chapters 8, 9, and 10
Read and Interact with the Lecture
**Complete the Discussion Statements and Participation Posts  
**Complete the Case Study

**Complete the mid-term examination

Complete the Research Paper (Formative exercise; ungraded)

Conduct the Self-Check (Formative exercise; ungraded)
Complete the Quiz (Formative exercise; ungraded)


Read Chapters 11, 12, and 13
Read and Interact with the Lecture
**Complete the Discussion Statements and Participation Posts  
**Complete the Case Study

Complete the Research Paper (Formative exercise; ungraded)

Conduct the Self-Check (Formative exercise; ungraded)
Complete the Quiz (Formative exercise; ungraded)


Read Chapters 14, 15, and 16
Read and Interact with the Lecture
**Complete the Discussion Statements and Participation Posts  
**Complete the Case Study

Complete the Research Paper (Formative exercise; ungraded)

Conduct the Self-Check (Formative exercise; ungraded)
Complete the Quiz (Formative exercise; ungraded)


Read Chapters 17, 18, 19, 20
Read and Interact with the Lecture
**Complete the Discussion Statements and Participation Posts  
**Complete the Case Study

**Complete the Research Paper

Conduct the Self-Check (Formative exercise; ungraded)
Complete the Quiz (Formative exercise; ungraded)


**Complete the Lessons Learned Assignment

**Take Proctored final examination  (Closed book; no notes)

Review all chapters, lectures, and self-checks
Read and Interact with the Lecture
Review all previous weeks’ work to ensure you made all posts (missed assignments except Participation Posts may be posted for partial credit; you must send the instructor an email to advise of making the post)  
Complete Bonus Area if desired (all assignments must have been made to be eligible)
Conduct the Self-Check
Complete the Quiz (Formative exercise; ungraded)

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:


The Basic Grading Criteria

All Assignments

Scoring Values Itemized: 5 4 3 2 1 - 5 being highest. For example, if your weekly discussion statement, case study, or research paper fits the "5" in each category, you should expect to see maximum points for the post.

5 (A) = 18 - 20

4 (B) = 14 – 17

3 (C) = 10 – 13

2 (D) = 5 – 9


1 (F) = 0 - 4


A. Organization:

Weekly grading posts for the following 5-point system are:

5: Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings.

4: Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs.

3: Information is organized, but paragraphs are not well constructed.

2: The information appears to be minimally organized.

1: There is no apparent organization to the information, it rambles on.

B. Paragraph Construction:

5: All paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

4: Most paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

3: Paragraphs included related information but were typically not constructed well.

2: Paragraphing structure was not clear and sentences were not typically related within the paragraphs.

1: No paragraphing on the submitted paper. (This is often the case when something is place in the drop box as text and not as an attachment.)

C. Sources (within the text and reference page):

5: All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the desired format.

4: All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format.

3: All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format.

2: Some sources are not accurately documented.

1: No citing of reference in the text or on the reference page.

D. Quality of Information:

5: Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples. Normally, cited from the text or other outside sources.

4: Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 2 supporting detail and/or examples from the text or other outside sources.

3: Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1 supporting detail and/or example from the text or other outside sources.

2: Information has little to do with the main topic.

1: No details and/or examples are given.

E. Amount of Information [Length]:

5: All instructions are addressed; the full length requirement is met.

4: All instructions are addressed; 75% of the length requirement is met.

3: Instructions are addressed; 50% of the length requirement is met.

2: Instructions are addressed; 25% of the length requirement is met.

1: Instructions are either not followed or are minimally followed.

F. Learning Outcomes Rubric:

5: Writing assignment clearly provides sufficient and relevant information that demonstrates a synthesis and integration of the designated learning outcomes for the specific assignment. All requested information is provided.

4: Writing assignment provides sufficient, relevant information that demonstrates a synthesis and integration of the designated learning outcomes for the most aspects of the specific assignment.

3: Assignment information relevant but lacks sufficient examples and supporting detail with little synthesis of learning outcomes present.

4: Information provided is incomplete and lacks any integration or synthesis of learning outcomes.

5: Information has little or nothing to do with required assignment and the synthesis of designated outcomes.

Note: The above grading rubric applies to all postings for the term.


Two hundred (200) points possible; refer to the syllabus for the basic outline for the research paper. You can also research the Internet for APA, MLA, Writing Styles, etc. for further guidance.

1. FORMATING: 20 points total.  APA Format followed (APA is preferred; however, any other approved format, i.e., MLA, Chicago, etc. is acceptable, with approval of the instructor).

• Title Page YES/NO 4 points

• Abstract Page YES/NO 4 points

• Body of paper YES/NO 4 points

• Summary of Paper and Personal Conclusions YES/NO 4 points

• References Page YES/NO 4 points

2. Body of Paper: (100 points total).

• Title Page, 10 points

• Abstract Page 10 points. Does the abstract briefly summarize the entire paper in no more than one paragraph of 250 or less words?

• Main Points, 70 points (minimum of three main points). For example, points which illustrate those in favor (pro), points which illustrate those opposed (con), and your conclusions and opinions.  Main Points equally discussed; smooth transitions between points; convincing arguments made; points supported with references.

• References cited within text; properly cited. 10 points

3. Reference Page: (20 points)

Properly completed (although I am not counting off for strict APA (or other) formatting, I will be looking to see that references used within the text are cited on the reference page and consistency in how you have cited the references. Remember if the reference is used in the paper there should be a listing in the Reference Page and vice versa. Additional resources read, but not used should be listed as a Bibliography.

4. Length of overall paper. 50 points total (not counting the Title Page, Abstract Page, or Reference Page(s)):

Five points for each page. For example, a 5 page paper (minus the Title Page, Abstract Page, and Reference Pages) will receive 25 points for length. 10 pages = 50 points.   Extra points MAY be given for papers that exceed 10 pages IF it is quality work. It is also possible for a paper to have less than 10 pages in the body and still receive maximum points, but this is rare.

5. Spelling and Grammar. 10 points


    More than 2 errors noted = deduction of points based upon severity of errors.



Rubric for the Weekly Postings

Discussion Statement and Case Study Threads

The following are points for your original posting in each of the topic areas. This point breakdown does not apply to Replies to Peers or Lessons Learned. This is just a guide. As I look for quality in posts it is possible to receive higher points than what would be given based solely on length of the posting. But, on the other hand, lesser points may be awarded if a portion of the work is substandard.

• 0 = Do nothing, no posting made during the course for the assignment. If you find you have missed making an original post in any of the three primary areas, go ahead and make it, then email me to let me know. Some points are better than none.

• 1 - 3 = Minimal comments, i.e. "I think this is an important topic that we should all be concerned with." Just a generic sentence that doesn't provide "meat and potatoes."

• 4 – 6 = One or two sentences with minimal comments about your opinion or the relevance of the subject.

• 7 - 9 = Two or three sentences with your viewpoints identified and briefly supported.

• 10 - 12 = One or two paragraphs with two or more sentences in each paragraph. Grammar and spell check conducted; only one or two minor errors noted. No reference information from the text or other sources posted; no supported personal viewpoints.

• 13 - 15 = One or two well written, well thought out paragraphs with two or more sentences in each paragraph. Introduction of your own viewpoints and new information from the text or other sources included. Grammar and spell check conducted; only one or two minor errors noted. Reference information from the text or other sources identified in the body of the text and/or reference listing shown, but the other has not been included. For example, you might cite the text at the bottom of your post but fail to reference the page numbers in the body of your work.

• 16 - 18 = Three or more well written, well thought out paragraphs with two or more sentences in each paragraph. Introduction of your own viewpoints and new information beyond referenced comments or quotes directly from the text and other sources such as Internet sites is included. Your thoughts supported by published research from a scholarly site – NOT Wikipedia. There are two or more minimal grammatical errors or one major error. Reference information from the text and outside material posted is included. This is practically the same entry as the 19 and 20 pointers, but reference citations may not be complete (not cited in the text or as a reference citation at the end of the posting), too many typographical errors, etc.

• 19 - 20 = Three or more well written, well thought out paragraphs with two or more sentences in each paragraph. Introduction of your own viewpoints and new information beyond other persons' comments or quotes directly from the text and other sources such as Internet sites is included. Explain WHY you think the way you do. Your thoughts must be supported by published research. Reference information from the text and outside material posted. For this grade you must have at least three well written paragraphs and cite material from the text and/or outside references. References MUST be annotated. No more than two very minor spelling or grammar problem may exist, such as "you" instead of "your" which is a common error not picked up by spell check.

• 21+ points. Rare, but possible. This is a post that even a 20 pointer envies. This is a WOW, AWESOME post.


    22 Points. I will review all 20 point posts and may select one as the outstanding post of the week. Not all weeks will necessarily receive a top post.


B. The REPLIES for DISCUSSION STATEMENTS will provide for the participation in the class.  Extra posts to my original statements are nice, but do NOT count as PARTICIPATION POINTS.  Only responses to classmates made during the week of assignment or the six-day grace period will count for these points.  There are 70 reply points. Again: the Replies to classmates are worth up to 5 points each (two per week) for replies that have substance and don't just say things like, "I agree with your comments." Note: You may have just a few replies in one week and substantially more in another. There is not a minimum or maximum per week. HOWEVER, each reply MUST be meaningful. Something more than, “I agree with you statement.” The reply should state WHY you agree or disagree with the statement. Replies with references may earn bonus points.

Each weeks' work is due by Sunday of that week; I give an automatic six-day grace period for the original Discussion Statement and Case Study threads. An additional grace period for unusual circumstances may be granted.

Rubric for Peer Replies

  • 0 = No peer replies made during the week or the 6-day grace period.
  • 1 = Very minimal reply such as “good job” or “I agree with you.”
  • 2 = A short paragraph agreeing or disagreeing with the original poster, but no real substance as to why you agree or disagree.
  • 3 = A solid post which includes some personal opinions in a solid paragraph.
  • 4 = A solid post which includes personal opinions and supporting material in two or more paragraphs.
  • 5 = Two or more solid paragraphs which include opinions and supporting material; references cited and websites annotated to assist others in finding the same supporting information.


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