What to Expect
This is a three-credit-hour course. For the 14-week duration of this course, you should spend three hours per week on work that would typically take place inside a classroom or with an instructor (reading lectures, quizzes, small group activities, exams, discussion board conversations), and six hours per week on work that would typically be prepared outside of class (assigned textbook reading, writing assignments, studying), for a total of nine working hours per week or approximately 126 hours of work over the duration of the semester.
We will begin each week Monday morning, and the week will end Sunday night. I will release the week’s materials, including an agenda, descriptions of assignments, and class notes to help you manage the tasks and offer advice, no later than each Sunday night for the coming week. While I realize students will have different schedules and that an online class offers a level of flexibility beyond the face-to-face classroom, I strongly suggest students make a point of logging in at least once a day on most days and keeping careful track of all due dates. Most weeks will be broken down into two halves, Monday-Thursday and Friday-Sunday. Written assignments will be usually due Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; readings and quizzes for the week will usually be due every Thursday, so you may choose to – and are highly encouraged to – begin a week’s reading during the previous week. Please plan accordingly and make sure you manage your time effectively; doing so is the key to successfully passing the course.