GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs
S1T 2012 DLA
Barwood, Henry L.
PhD Virginia Tech University
1/16/2012 - 3/11/2012
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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 email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org 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.
Educational Philosophy: To provide the best instruction possible and to be attentive to student needs.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment (20% of course grade):
Write a term paper in MLA or APA format. The paper should be at least 10 pages in length excluding figures and literature cited. A well-defined introduction, body, and conclusions should be apparent. Information covered in the paper should include the following issues with dinosaurs:
1. Classify Dinosaurs and explain the complications of classifying them (CLO #1).
2. Paleoecology and life habits of a specific dinosaur group (CLO #2).3. Evaluate the functional morphology problems associated with at least two dinosaur groups (CLO #4).
4. Describe how dinosaur fossils are found in other countries and how this complicates classification and paleoecology studies. (CLO#1, 2)
5. Personal opinion of items 1-3 above (CLO#1, 2, 3)
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
In order to complete graded assignments, you will need read the assigned text on a weekly basis:
Week 1: chapters 1 & 2; Week 2: ch. 3, 4 & 5; Week 3: ch. 6, 7 & 8; Week 4: ch. 9, 10 & 11; Week 5: ch. 12, 13 & 14; Week 6: ch 15, 16 & 17; Week 7: ch. 18, 19, 20; Week 8: ch. 21
Grades will be calculated based on a percentage of 1000 points earned through weekly assignments. These assignments fall into 5 categories, and each is worth a specified number of points as discussed below:
Students will participate in eight discussions, worth 24 points each. One discussion will be conducted each week and will cover the assigned reading and current events or other articles that relate to geology. An additional "introduce yourself" discussion will be posted in the course home and is worth 8 points. These discussions are open and free form. Students will receive a 100% grade for any participation that is relevant to the subject matter covered in those chapters, and a 0% grade if they fail participate. Relevant participation includes asking or answering questions (there is no such thing as a stupid question), debating issues, or giving examples.
Students will take six online quizzes on chapter readings, containing 25 multiple choice or true-false questions worth 1 point each. One quiz will be administered every week except weeks 4 and 8. The quizzes are open-book.
Rubric for Activities Reports
Copying a source verbatim is bad writing, bad scholarship; copying verbatim without using quotation marks and acknowledging (citing) the source is plagiarism and will result in a "0" grade for the assignment, and possibly a failing grade for the class. Please see plagiarism policy below.
Any original (not plagiarized), genuine effort will be rewarded with at least 4 points
An open book midterm will be administered during week 4. This is worth 200 points. Questions are similar to those found in the quizzes with the addition of essay questions.
Proctored final examination - A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Proctored Final Exam
Other Information on proctored exams: It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.
Point value - Because it is proctored, the final exam may not be delivered in the same format as the weekly quizzes or the midterm exam. However, as with weekly quizzes and the Midterm Exam, the point value of each question will be posted on the exam, and the final percentage correct will be standardized to 300 points.
The total points earned will be added. The resulting score can also be expressed as a weighted sum of the average percent earned in each of the five categories; each category constitutes a percentage of the final score as listed below
The final percentage score will be calculated by dividing the total points earned by the maximum possible score of 1000.
The final score earns a letter grade according to this scale:
900 - 1000
90.0 - 100.0%
800 - 899
80.0 - 89.9%
700 - 799
70.0 - 79.9%
600 - 699
60.0 - 69.9%
0 - 599
0 - 59.9%
This is your minimum letter grade; in the event that overall scores are lower than expected, the instructor reserves the right to award higher letter grades.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Given the possibility of late adds and problems with ordering books, there is an automatic one-week grace period for the first two weeks of work. Because grades are due immediately after the end of term, work may not be accepted after the last day of the term, Sunday night, week 8. Normally work is due at the end of the week that it is assigned unless otherwise indicated. Work submitted after the deadline is subject to up to a 5% per day penalty. Work that is more than a week late may not be accepted. Late penalties may be waved for medical and work emergencies, at the discretion of the instructor. If you anticipate problems finishing any work on time, contact your instructor to make arrangements.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: This is an online class and requires adherence to some basic rules of online etiquette. Mainly, avoid making disparaging remarks about others, particularly other participants, in the classroom discussions. Do not use offensive or lewd language, and avoid steering too far off topic in topical discussions. Remember that private conversations, including conversations with the instructor, are best carried out through email, where you may be able to express yourself more directly.
Students will complete six activities on assigned topics, each worth 25 points. In any given week the student may have a choice of up to three options for completing this activity. The first choice is an interactive activity which involves analysis and answering questions. The second is a field trip and written report. The third is a simple research report. The option 2 and 3 reports should be at least 1 page long and in written in the student's own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in a zero grade. Students who have difficulty understanding or implementing methods to avoid plagiarism should avoid options 2 or 3 and practice writing writing in the discussions. Students are expected to research these topics on the internet (or in print), and, for option 2, to conduct their own simple field observations and "lab" work. Students are required to write their own reports, not copy previous work, and to cite at least four references (more is better). Reports should be saved in MS Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) and posted in the activities drop box. This is a generalized grading rubric for activities reports:
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Plagiarism: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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
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Last Updated:12/28/2011 11:03:07 PM