500 words  Please discuss at least three major aspects, conclusions, etc. that you consider important from the assigned reading for this week (e.g., confirm/refute, expand upon, examine attendant auth

500 words 

Please discuss at least three major aspects, conclusions, etc. that you consider important from the assigned reading for this week (e.g., confirm/refute, expand upon, examine attendant author statements or context). Please ensure that you make appropriate use, in-text citation, and reference to available source information to support your perspective (be sure to include why you consider these issues important).

Requirements

ensure that you make appropriate use, in-text citation, and reference to available source information to support your perspective in APA style and format (500 words).

In addition to the readings in the Lessons section of class it is important to do your own academic research.

Initial response must include at least two (2) peer reviewed academic references in APA format found in the school library.  Classmate responses must include at least one (1) additional academic response, from the library also in APA format, that was not used in the initial response or other student replies. That means a minimum of four (4) academic references each week.  These references are in addition to those listed in the Lessons section which may be used in addition to the sources you provide from the library. 

Academic references may not include your text or required readings for this course.  They must be peer-reviewed professional journal articles found in the school online library.  Wikipedia, magazines (like Police Chief or Law & Order), news articles, FBI Bulletins and Google-sourced web sites are not considered academic references. 

Naturally additional references, both academic and non-academic, may be used and are encouraged.  This is a discussion forum and should be used as such.

The MINIMUM standards of three postings per week, as well as the number of words and references, are just that – the minimum.  While this will allow a student to pass a course, those who are satisfied to do the minimum usually earn a grade of C – average – for a course.  If you want a better grade you have to earn it by consistently doing more than the minimum.

All posts must be substantive and add to the discussion.  Your responses should contribute in a meaningful way to helping advance our knowledge of the topics the class explores.  Simple agreement and “good job” comments are a waste of time and space and will not count towards the length requirements so don’t use them.

Your grade for participation in weekly forum discussions will be in accordance with the rubric provided.  Your forum grade will encompass both your original posting and your classmate responses.

Work that is late, missing, or that does not follow the assignment requirements will lose assignment points, up to and including a zero grade for the assignment.

Unless specified differently, these directions will apply to each weekly forum discussion.

Be sure to click on the Forum line in your Gradebook and read my comments each week, in addition to your grade.  This provides feedback on your work, additional information on the discussion, and will help you get the best possible grade each week.

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