These Guidelines give you broad descriptions.Â Details regarding your assignments can be found in supplemental samples and documents in Doc Sharing.
Your final grade includes points accumulated for your
- a two-part annotated bibliography;
- a draft; and
- a final paper.
The following are guidelines to assist you in completing the course successfully.
Guidelines for Discussions (350 points): Please do not merely cut, paste, and attribute in the discussions. For every idea you paraphrase or lines you quote, you must have at least two lines of your own original analysis, evaluation, or personal connection. Learning the humanities is not about finding information; it is about engaging originally and authentically with what you are reading. Posts that achieve quality measures, have gravitas, density, add value to the discussion, make connections, show effort, and enrich peers. It is important, also, to read your professor’s and peers’ posts so that your own posts are on task and not merely locked on the top-level questions.
Guidelines for the ProposalÂ (100 points): A proposal offers a detailed and full description of your project (as best you know it at the time of writing) in no more than 2 pages.Â To succeed, students will need to find at least one source of information related to their topics.Â Students may work with their professors to identify areas of inquiry or may accept a topic and focus from the list. Understand that you are making a best effort to describe your project early on, but allow yourself to be open to growth and change as you conduct research and focus your intentions.
Guidelines for the Two-Part Annotated Bibliography (75 and 125 points): Good annotations make for excellent papers. You are required to annotate two academic scholarly resources in week two and three additional resources in week three for a total of five. A scholarly resource is written by an academic scholar, holding a Ph.D. or other terminal degree, is published in a multi-volume, peer-reviewed journal, and has ample references of its own.Â Successful annotations begin with your introduction (to the best extent you know it at that point in time), capture publication details, briefly summarize a text, locate key terms, find controversies to analyze and evaluate, and assist in the creation of new knowledge.
Guidelines for the Draft (150 points): Your draft should be a largely finished product, impeccably formatted, and nearly complete.Â It should have all the APA citation and referencing fully in place.Â In length, it should be five-to-seven pages.
Guidelines for the Final Paper (200 points): The essay must be nine to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including the title or reference pages). The margins should be no more than one inch (right and left). The essay should be composed in 12-point Times New Roman font. Â Include a minimum of five scholarly sources. Other sources may also be used, but at least five sources must be academic and scholarly. Â Dictionaries, encyclopedias, websites ending with the .gov, .org, or .edu, newspapers or other media sources do not constitute scholarship. All of the sources must be documented and cited using APA format.