Indiana University Northwest
School of Public and Environmental
J470 Seminar in Homeland Security
See the Course Guide/Schedule for
Course Goals and Objectives
After completing this course, students should be able to:
**I have posted an electronic copy of this book, but you can buy the hard copy if you prefer in any bookstore for about $15. The electronic copy of the book may be very helpful when you are doing your reading quizzes as you can use the search feature in the pdf to find the information quickly.
US Postal Service Anthrax Case Study ($5 fee for download—download early in the semester). http://www.ksgcase.harvard.edu/search_result.asp?value=3
All other required readings will be listed in the weekly modules and the links will be provided for the student if they are on the internet. Any other readings will be in pdf format and made available in the Resources tab. There are no fees for these required readings.
Grades will be determined as shown in the following assignment chart. Detailed descriptions of assignments are available below and from the assignment links in the chart. Due dates are detailed in the Course Schedule.
The first 6 weeks of the class, a student can earn 125 points each week, for a total of 750 points. The last week is just the final examination, worth 250 points. You can clearly see the impact on your grade if you miss a week a class, any assignment, or the final examination.
Class Policies Regarding Graded Work
**The following policies are in effect for all individual deliverables throughout the semester, unless noted otherwise. **
**All due dates are noted in the Course Guide/Schedule**
ASSIGNMENT EXPLANATIONS & GRADING EVALUATION
Reading Quizzes: You will have a reading quiz each week, due by Sunday at 11PM Central time. These quizzes will cover the assigned reading for each week and will be timed, so you can use an open book or notes, but will not be successful if you have not read. They are multiple choice, true/false and matching. They are designed to encourage you to read and see who is reading. If you are reading and taking notes, looking over the assigned material as required and get an early start each week, you will be fine. Some of these will be set for the student to take the quiz twice and keep the highest grade to encourage you to do well.
Weekly Discussions: The weekly discussions are important for several reasons. First, they keep you engaged and connected to the class and let you get to know other students through their thoughts and responses. Furthermore, they serve as your attendance, effort and participation grade and give you an opportunity to have a voice in an online class. You are required at ALL times to be respectful and thoughtful in the discussion forums—these are not online chat boards where anything goes. This class has a lot of areas of information that require thought, deliberation and sensitivity and sometimes these do not come across in text. You are to use professional language at all times (i.e. these are not texts you send to your friends so spelling, grammar and punctuation count). Your post will be half your weekly grade, and it should be complete and well thought out. Those that post close to the deadline are usually not. The other half of the grade is two responses (25% each) and these are required to be well thought and complete. For example, writing “I agree with you” will earn you 0/25 for that response.
Weekly Writing Assignments: This is a writing intensive class so these assignments are extremely important. Each assignment has a different purpose and required length. Be sure to follow the directions and formatting for each. You will be graded 60% on content (the substance and quality of what you actually write); 20% on format and structure (using the proper font, proper length, justified margins, etc.) and 20% on grammar, punctuation and spelling. The following scale will be used for each assignment, which are worth 50 points each:
CONTENT: 30 points excellent, 27 points good, 24 points adequate, 21 points less than adequate, 18 points unacceptable
FORMAT: 10 points excellent, 9 points good, 8 points adequate, 7 points less than adequate, 6 points unacceptable
GRAMMAR: 10 points excellent, 9 points good, 8 points adequate, 7 points less than adequate, 6 points unacceptable
Final Examination: This will consist of 50% short answer and 50% multiple choice covering the entire class. This will not be used to weed anyone out at the end of the class but rather to ensure you did the reading, activities and course requirements. It will be open note of course and you will be given a “study guide” to help you focus. It is worth 25% of the grade so you should begin compiling your own study guide from the first day of class.
IU Academic Policies
This course is governed by IU academic policies in the following areas:
Please see above sections in syllabus for this specific information.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM
Plagiarism is also a major issue for which many university and classroom rules apply. Plagiarism is one of the worst forms of Academic Misconduct and is not tolerated at Indiana University Northwest (See the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, p. 13, Section G, Item 3:
Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else’s work, including the work of other students, as one’s own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged, unless the information is common knowledge. What is considered “common knowledge” may differ from course to course.
All students in this course are also bound by the College of Health and Human
Services Code of Professional Conduct.
Indiana University is committed to creating a learning environment and academic community that promotes educational opportunities for all individuals, including those with disabilities. Course directors are asked to make reasonable accommodations, upon request by the student or the university, for such disabilities. It is the responsibility of students with documented physical or learning disabilities seeking accommodation to notify their course directors and the relevant campus office that deals with such cases in a timely manner concerning the need for such accommodation. Indiana University will make reasonable accommodations for access to programs, services, and facilities as outlined by applicable state and federal laws.
Campus support office:
All students in this course will have the opportunity to evaluate the course, how it was taught, prepared, structured and delivered. This will be done anonymously and electronically and the instructor will not receive the information until the semester is over and grades are submitted.
SUCCESSFUL STUDY USING ONCOURSE
The home page of Oncourse has links, video tutorials and several tips and updates to help you navigate the website. IU has prepared a reference page containing links to information about a variety of resources to help you function successfully in your online Oncourse class.