Discussion Boards demonstrate active involvement with the material being covered. Students will have a shared responsibility for learning, and for creating and sustaining the learning community within the context of this course. Students are asked to discuss the issues/cases in an effort to increase everyone’s understanding as opposed to a regurgitation of facts.  Communication skills such as good listening should be evident in well thought out discussions. Comments show evidence of a thorough reading and analysis of the power points and material assigned. Ideally there is a willingness to test new ideas rather than offer only cautious or ‘safe’ comments. Students interact with other class members by asking questions or challenging conclusions in a respectful manner. 

Last-minute posts do not demonstrate your best work. Two posts are required in order to receive credit.   The following page shows an example of a discussion board post and response.

  • Contributions are evaluated on presentation of a meaningful ‘informed opinion,’ i.e., synthesis of your preparation on the topic, interaction with peers and faculty, and ongoing learning. Useful posts may include and are not limited to:
    • Posting your ‘take’ on the issue, this is informed by your preparation, not a ‘gut reaction.’
    • Asking critical thinking questions.
    • Offering alternate interpretations and additional insights.
    • Contributing to the learning of the group.


Module 1/Week 1 runs from Monday, at 0800 EST until Sunday, 23:59 EST. 

  • Students are to answer the following questions from the the textbook under the discussion board.
    •   Chapter 1, p. 26, Question # 4
    •   Chapter 3, p. 85 Question # 1            
    •   Answers are due by 23:59 EST, Thursday (this module only) January 14th.
  •    Reply to  Discussion Board Comments.
    • Students are to respond to a minimum of 2 posts from other students with 2 peer reviewed references for each post that is not from your textbook but supports your response. (2 responses/post required)
    • Due 23:59 EST, Sunday January 17th.

Grading Rubric

Your assignment will be scored according to the grading rubric.

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