The discussion board will be comprised of an original post and reply posts. This discussion board is research-based and will require significant outside journal article reading.
Your original thread will be based on the prompt below. Your original thread shall be 800 to 1,200 words with a minimum of 5 properly formatted citations (this does not include title page, abstract, attachments, or reference section). The thread must be submitted in the Discussion Board Forum’s textbox and as well as an attached properly formatted, current APA Word document.
You will post a 250-word reply to 2 classmate’s threads. The reply requires a minimum of 1 properly formatted citation.
Responding to a classmate’s post requires both the addition of new ideas and analysis. A particular point made by the classmate must be addressed and built upon by your analysis in order to move the conversation forward. Thus, the response post is a rigorous assignment that requires you to build upon initial posts to develop deeper and more thorough discussion of the ideas introduced in the initial posts. As such, reply posts that merely affirm, restate, or unprofessionally quarrel with the previous post(s) and fail to make a valuable, substantive contribution to the discussion will receive appropriate point deductions.
You must use a minimum of 5 recent relevant sources. You may use .gov sources as your recent and relevant sources as long as the writing is academic in nature (authored works) or well researched (CIA or State Department. Although the rigor of the quality references is not as demanding as your previous papers – you will still be graded on your reference quality. If you have questions about the applicability of references contact your professor prior to turning in your discussion board/paper.
This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussion Board Forums. This means you will only be able to read and interact with your classmates’ threads after you have submitted your thread in response to the provided prompt. For additional information on Post-First, click here for a tutorial.