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Here you will find the syllabi and primary textbooks for all UoPeople courses. The Disclaimer for Use of the Repository can be found here.

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Disclaimer Regarding Use of Online Repository

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Note: Links to textbooks can be found sometimes at the top of each syllabus, but more commonly they are located in the section headed "Required Textbooks and Materials".

Master of Education in Advanced Teaching (M.Ed.)

Situated in a global context, the M.Ed. program invites students to explore the historical, social and philosophical aspects of education from a comparative perspective.  It emphasizes understanding of the learner and the physical, psychological, social, and cultural forces that shape learning.  Students are introduced to the latest research on teaching and learning and explore its implications for curricular decision making and instructional planning.  They analyze strategies for classroom management and the fostering of a positive learning community.  Coursework examines the role of assessment in objective-driven teaching and learning and delves into how technology can be used to meet learner needs.

UoPeople offers programming leading to a Master of Education in Advanced Teaching. Students will choose to specialize in either the elementary and middle school level (grades K-8) or in the secondary school level (grades 6-12).  The program is intended for practicing teachers and those who might wish to teach in independent schools, but please note that it DOES NOT LEAD TO STATE LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION.

This program is designed to provide advanced training to prepare highly skilled teachers who possess the advanced skills required to facilitate the development and learning of all students in their care.  Graduates will serve as models and mentors for colleagues, and contribute to developing the next generation of beginning teachers preparing to enter the profession.

The M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching was designed in cooperation with the International Baccalaureate (IB).  The IB is a global leader in the provision of high-quality, accessible programs for K-12 students.  Offered by almost 5,000 schools in more than 150 countries, IB programs encourage both personal growth and academic achievement.  The IB requirement to attend a Category 1 Workshop is waived for qualified graduates of the M.Ed. program.

A total of 39 semester credit hours are required to complete the UoPeople M.Ed. degree.  Students must complete a minimum of 13 courses. Each course is 9 weeks in length, and students earn 3 credits per course.

EDUC 5010 Education in Context: History, Philosophy, and Sociology


EDUC 5010: Education in Context: History, Philosophy, and Sociology


Credits: 3


Course Description: 

This course will examine the role of education across time and in different places in the world, and the social and political influences that shaped the goals and structure of today’s diverse educational systems.  The contributions of classical and modern thinkers and their impact on contemporary education and on the role and function of the teacher will be explored.  Analysis of globalization and the nature of differing educational systems and values will provide a context for reflecting on one’s own personal philosophy of education.

Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

  • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Examine the changing role of educational and instructional models (active learning, critical thinking), multiculturally, and/or over time.
  2. Explore classical and modern philosophies and their impact on contemporary education.
  3. Analyze the globalization and the nature of different educational systems and values to provide reflecting on one's own personal philosophy of education.
  4. Examine the global, social, and political influences that shaped the goals and structure of today's diverse educational systems.

Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

Week 1: Unit 1 - History and Purpose of Schooling in the United States

Week 2: Unit 2 - Historical Global Foundations of Education

Week 3: Unit 3 - Philosophical Foundations of Education

Week 4: Unit 4 - Global Philosophical Foundations in Education

Week 5: Unit 5 - Sociological Foundations of Education

Week 6: Unit 6 - Social & Political Issues

Week 7: Unit 7 - Global Standings and Perspectives  

Week 8: Unit 8 - The Role of Educators in a Changing World


Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

Unit 1: History and Purpose of Schooling in the United States

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Portfolio Assignment

Unit 2:  Historical Global Foundations of Education

  • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Portfolio Assignment

Unit 3: Philosophical Foundations of Education

  • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 7)
  • Complete the Portfolio Assignment

Unit 4: Global Philosophical Foundations in Education

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
  • Complete the Portfolio Assignment

Unit 5: Sociological Foundations of Education

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

Unit 6: Social & Political Issues

  • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
  • Complete the Portfolio Assignment

 Unit 7: Global Standings and Perspectives  

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Group Presentation
  • Complete the Portfolio Assignment

Unit 8: The Role of Educators in a Changing World

  • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete the Portfolio Assignment
  • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

Course Requirements:

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

Group Activities
During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

Reflective Portfolio Activities
Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

The Research and Practice Portfolio 
Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that  is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

  • Reflective Portfolio Activities
  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning Resources

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


Course Policies:

Grading Components and Weights
Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

Discussion Assignments  20%
Written Assignments    30%
Group Activities  25%
Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
TOTAL 100%


Grading Scale
This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

Letter Grade
Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4.00
A 93-97 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 88-89 3.33
B 83-87 3.00
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 73-77 2.00
C- 70-72 0.00
D+ 68-69 0.00
D 63-67 0.00
D- 60-62 0.00
F Under 60 0.00
CR N/A N/A
NC N/A N/A
NF N/A N/A
W N/A N/A


Grade Appeal

If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within 14 days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity
When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

EDUC 5210 Learning Theory


EDUC 5210: Learning Theory and Implications for Instruction


Credits: 3

Course Description: 

This course will examine the major theories and models for understanding how students learn.  Attention will be given to the cognitive, affective and sensory/psychomotor domains and implications for learning through differing modalities.  Contributions of neuroscience to understanding adolescent research are explored, and structural barriers to learning such as stereotype threat are discussed.  Students will gain insights into the interplay of learner characteristics, prior experiences, the medium of instruction, and cultural influences and understand that learning is contextual, with no single theory universally applying to every student in every situation.


Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

  • Other readings are available in the Unit Learning Guides.

Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the parameters and critical features relevant to learning situations and students.
  2. Examine the major theories and models for understanding how students learn, including behaviorism, cognitive information processing, observational and social learning, constructivism.
  3. Evaluate the cognitive, affective and sensory/psychomotor domains and implications for learning through differing modalities.
  4. Explore the contributions of neuroscience to adolescent brain research and understanding behavior to create a safe and respectful learning environment.
  5. Articulate the structural barriers to learning such as stereotype threat, curriculum-home mismatch, and use of particularized materials and approaches.


Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

Week 1: Unit 1 - Learning and Teaching in the Classroom

Week 2: Unit 2 - Behaviorism and the Information Processing Model in Classroom Practices

Week 3: Unit 3 - Observational, Social Learning, & Constructionism in the Classroom

Week 4: Unit 4 - Domains of Learning

Week 5: Unit 5 - The Adolescent Brain and Neuroscience

Week 6: Unit 6 - Barriers to Learning

Week 7: Unit 7 - Understanding Learner Characteristics

Week 8: Unit 8 - Multiple Approaches to Curriculum Design


Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

Unit 1: Learning and Teaching in the Classroom

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 2: Behaviorism and the Information Processing Model in Classroom Practices

  • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 3: Observational, Social Learning, & Constructionism in the Classroom

  • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Meet with your assigned group and complete the pre-group work tasks outlined in the Group Work document

Unit 4: Domains of Learning

  • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Begin the Group Assignment
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 5: The Adolescent Brain and Neuroscience

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Continue to work on the Group Assignment
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 6: Barriers to Learning

  • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Group Assignment
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

 Unit 7: Understanding Learner Characteristics

  • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 8: Multiple Approaches to Curriculum Design

  • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
  • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

Course Requirements:

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

Group Activities
During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

Reflective Portfolio Activities
Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

The Research and Practice Portfolio
Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

  • Reflective Portfolio Activities
  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning Resources

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


Course Policies:

Grading Components and Weights
Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

Discussion Assignments  20%
Written Assignments    30%
Group Work  25%
Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
TOTAL 100%


Grading Scale
This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

Letter Grade

Grade Scale

Grade Points

A+

98-100

4.00

A

93-97

4.00

A-

90-92

3.67

B+

88-89

3.33

B

83-87

3.00

B-

80-82

2.67

C+

78-79

2.33

C

73-77

2.00

C-

70-72

0.00

D+

68-69

0.00

D

63-67

0.00

D-

60-62

0.00

F

Under 60

0.00

CR

N/A

N/A

NC

N/A

N/A

NF

N/A

N/A

W

N/A

N/A



Grade Appeal

If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within fourteen days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity
When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: 

APA style introduction. (n.d.). Purdue Online Writing Lab College of Liberal Arts. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

EDUC 5220 Curriculum Design

EDUC 5220: Curriculum Design and Instructional Decision Making


Credits: 3


Course Description: 

This course introduces the major curricular models and analyzes their design and development, implementation, and evaluation.  The role of technology and disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches are considered, and teaching through inquiry and for conceptual understanding are explored.  Strategies for planning, conducting and evaluating curricula are covered, and the practical problems teachers face in making curricular decisions are discussed.  The course will also examine the influence of legislative and socio-political forces and the value systems of central stakeholders on planning and curriculum choices.  

Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

  • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explore the influence of various contextual factors on student learning, instruction or curriculum.
  2. Examine a rationale for teaching in a changing society.
  3. Analyze the importance of differentiated teaching and assessment.
  4. Evaluate major social, political, and cultural trends in education.

Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

Week 1: Unit 1 - What is Curriculum?

Week 2: Unit 2 - Curriculum Theory

Week 3: Unit 3 - Curriculum and the Educator

Week 4: Unit 4 - Curriculum Development

Week 5: Unit 5 - Curriculum and Cultural Diversity

Week 6: Unit 6 - Curriculum and Technology

Week 7: Unit 7 - Curriculum and Evaluation

Week 8: Unit 8 - Curriculum and Course Review


Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for studentsThe Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

Unit 1: What is Curriculum?

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Portfolio Activity

Unit 2: Curriculum Theory

  • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

Unit 3: Curriculum and the Educator

  • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Meet with your assigned group and complete the pre-group work tasks outlined in the Group Work document 
  • Complete the Portfolio Activity

Unit 4: Curriculum Development

  • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Continue to participate in the Group Activity

Unit 5: Curriculum and Cultural Diversity

  • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

Unit 6: Curriculum and Technology

  • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Post finalized Group Activity 
  • Complete the Portfolio Activity

 Unit 7: Curriculum and Evaluation

  • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Portfolio Activity 

Unit 8: Curriculum and Course Review

  • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete the Portfolio Activity
  • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

Course Requirements:

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

Group Activities
During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

Reflective Portfolio Activities
Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

The Research and Practice Portfolio: 
Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is  part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

  • Reflective Portfolio Activities
  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning Resources

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


Course Policies:

Grading Components and Weights
Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

Discussion Assignments  20%
Written Assignments    20%
Group Activities  25%
Reflective Portfolio Activities  35%
TOTAL 100%


Grading Scale
This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

Letter Grade
Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4.00
A 93-97 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 88-89 3.33
B 83-87 3.00
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 73-77 2.00
C- 70-72 0.00
D+ 68-69 0.00
D 63-67 0.00
D- 60-62 0.00
F Under 60 0.00
CR N/A N/A
NC N/A N/A
NF N/A N/A
W N/A N/A


Grade Appeal

If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity
When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

EDUC 5240 Creating Positive Classroom Environments


EDUC 5240: Creating Positive Classroom Environments


Credits: 3

Course Description: 

This course will focus on the role of classroom organization and behavior management in developing positive teaching and learning environments.  The impact of the physical environment, transitions, procedures, norms and expectations on managing behavior will be discussed.  Developing communication and social skills and fostering a collaborative relationship between the teacher and students will be examined.  Alternative approaches to managing routine and disruptive discipline problems while also creating learning spaces where students are willing to take risks and learn from mistakes will be considered.  


Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

  • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Assess the importance of creating positive classroom environments.
  2. Examine different options in regards to behavior management. 
  3. Correlate classroom organization to student behavior. 
  4. Analyze methods and best practices for improving student/teacher rapport and communication. 
  5. Brainstorm and propose practices that can be applied in real-life classroom settings.

Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

Week 1: Unit 1 - Elements of Classroom Management & The Positive Classroom

Week 2: Unit 2 - Models of Discipline

Week 3: Unit 3 - Creating & Implementing Rules & Procedures

Week 4: Unit 4 - Using Your Physical Space

Week 5: Unit 5 - Discipline Challenges

Week 6: Unit 6 - Creating and Upholding Student Expectations

Week 7: Unit 7 - Communication, Collaboration, & Rapport

Week 8: Unit 8 - Diversity Issues in the Classroom


Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

Unit 1: Elements of Classroom Management & The Positive Classroom

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 2: Models of Discipline

  • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 3: Creating & Implementing Rules & Procedures

  • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 7)
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 4: Using Your Physical Space

  • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 5: Discipline Challenges

  • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

Unit 6: Creating and Upholding Student Expectations

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

 Unit 7: Communication, Collaboration, & Rapport

  • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Group Activity

Unit 8: Diversity Issues in the Classroom

  • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
  • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

Course Requirements:

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

Group Activities
During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

Reflective Portfolio Activities
Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

The Research and Practice Portfolio
Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

  • Reflective Portfolio Activities
  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning Resources

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.

Course Policies:

Grading Components and Weights
Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

Discussion Assignments  20%
Written Assignments    30% 
Group Activity  25%
Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
TOTAL 100%


Grading Scale
This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

Letter Grade
Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4.00
A 93-97 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 88-89 3.33
B 83-87 3.00
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 73-77 2.00
C- 70-72 0.00
D+ 68-69 0.00
D 63-67 0.00
D- 60-62 0.00
F Under 60 0.00
CR N/A N/A
NC N/A N/A
NF N/A N/A
W N/A N/A


Grade Appeal

If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity
When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

EDUC 5410 Child Development


EDUC 5410: Child Development


Credits: 3

Prerequisites: 

Recommended: NA


Course Description:

This course will consider child development, in particular the K-8 school-aged population, from the biological/physical, cognitive, emotional, and social perspectives and their interrelatedness in children from birth to early adolescence.  Major theories of development and factors that enhance growth and development will be compared and evaluated, with special emphasis on implications for educational practice.  The interconnected worlds that children inhabit in school, at home and in the broader community will be examined.


Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

  • Additional learning resources for all required reading will be provided in the Unit Learning Guide for each week.

Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Research developmental milestones and their inter-relatedness based on theories of development
  2. Integrate instructional decisions based on the theories of development, theorists, and characteristics of children a various age levels. 
  3. Analyze the advantages of using the development instructional approach stages at various age levels
  4. Compare and contrasts developmental theories for each developmental stage to meeting instructional goals


    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

    Week 1: Unit 1 - The Changing Teaching Profession

    Week 2: Unit 2 - The Learning Process: Major Theories of Development (Part 1)

    Week 3: Unit 3 - The Learning Process: Major Theories of Models of Learning (Part 2)

    Week 4: Unit 4 -  Stages of Development: Infancy and Early Childhood

    Week 5: Unit 5 - Stages of Child Development: Part 2

    Week 6: Unit 6 - Personality and Social Development (Part I)

    Week 7: Unit 7 - Personality and Social Development (Part 2)

    Week 8: Unit 8 - Reflection on Practice


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

    Unit 1: The Changing Teaching Profession

    • Introduce yourself in the Course Forum
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

    Unit 2: The Learning Process: Major Theories of Development (Part 1)

    • Peer assess the Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
    • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
    • Complete the Written Assignment
    • Begin working on the Domain Chart
    • Complete and submit the Portfolio Activity 

      Unit 3: The Learning Process: Major Theories of Models of Learning (Part 2)

      • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignments
      • Read Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Begin Group Activity
      • Complete and submit Written Assignment
      • Continue working on Domain Chart
      • Complete and submit the Reflective Portfolio Activity 

        Unit 4:  Stages of Development: Infancy and Early Childhood

        • Read through the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
        • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
        • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
        • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
        • Continue working on Group Activity
        • Continue working on the Domain Chart
        • Complete and submit the Reflective Portfolio Activity 

          Unit 5:  Stages of Child Development: Part 2

          • Peer-assess Unit 4 Assignment.
          • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
          • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
          • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
          • Complete and submit the Written Assignment        
          • Continue working on the Domain Chart 
          • Continue working on the Group/Team Assignment

            Unit 6:  Personality and Social Development (Part I)

            • Peer-assess Unit 5 Assignment.
            • Read through Learning Guide and the Reading Assignments
            • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
            • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
            • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
            • Complete and submit Group Activity
            • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Activity 

               Unit 7: Personality and Social Development (Part 2)

              • Peer-assess Unit 6 Assignment.
              • Read through the Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Reflective Portfolio Activity

              Unit 8: Reflection on Practice

              • Peer-assess Unit 7 Assignment.
              • Read through the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Portfolio Assignment

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              Research and Practice Portfolio
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights:

              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activities  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%

               

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5420 Adolescent Development


              EDUC 5420: Adolescent Development


              Credits:3


              Course Description: This course will consider adolescent development from biological, psychological, cognitive and social perspectives, and provide insights into the rapid changes that occur during the adolescent period.  Topics include adolescent thinking and brain development, social-emotional and moral development, gender and sexual identity, and ethnic, racial, and cultural identity.  These are explored from a cross-cultural perspective and provide insights into differences seen in school settings.  The multiple worlds that adolescents inhabit and the influence and importance of peers, friendships and social media are examined.  The role of non-cognitive skills in school success and the fostering of academic identity are discussed.


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic theoretical frameworks and research associated
                with adolescence.
              2. Articulate the major life tasks, transitional periods, and developmental factors that
                place adolescents at-risk for poor cognitive, psychological, physiological, and socio-emotional
                development.
              3. Identify and develop high-Impact pedagogical practices that help adolescents to stay resilient within the school context.
              4. Connect theory to practice by synthesizing and applying principles, theories, and
                research on adolescents through application and reflective assignments.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - History & Theoretical Overview

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Biological Foundations: Puberty, Physical Health, & Psychological Adjustment

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Cognition

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Achievement Motivation in School

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Identity Development

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Sexuality

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Moral Development

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Family and Peers


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1: History & Theoretical Overview

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 2: Biological Foundations: Puberty, Physical Health, & Psychological Adjustment

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3: Cognition

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 4: Achievement Motivation in School

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 5: Identity Development

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

              Unit 6: Sexuality

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Group Activity 
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

               Unit 7: Moral Development

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

              Unit 8: Family and Peers

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              Research and Practice Portfolio
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activities  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5440 Assessment and Evaluation


              EDUC 5440: Assessment and Evaluation


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites:  

              Recommended:  


              Course Description: This course will consider formal and informal classroom assessments and their use for guiding curricular decisions, differentiating instruction, fostering student achievement, and improving teacher performance.  The nature and purpose of classroom, diagnostic, placement, problem-solving, formative and summative assessments will be discussed.  Test construction and teacher-made tests that are authentic and non-discriminatory are addressed, along with the importance of fair, consistent and transparent grading practices; developing and using rubrics and checklists; and providing useful student feedback.  Implications of on-screen testing and the use of e-assessments for tapping higher order thinking will be discussed


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Analyze the difference between assessment and evaluation
              2. Analyze the purpose and use of national(NAEP)and international (PISA, TIMSS) assessments
              3. Analyze the nature and purpose of different types of classroom assessments 
              4. Analyze the role of assessment in guiding curricular decisions, fostering student achievement and differentiating instruction
              5. Analyze the purpose and use of rubrics as a tool for assessment and evaluation

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Difference between Assessment and Evaluation in Learning

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Different Types of Classroom Assessments

              Week 3: Unit 3 - The Use and Purpose of Rubrics and Authentic Assessments

              Week 4: Unit 4 - The Role of Assessment in Guiding Decisions

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Designing Assessments

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Online International Assessments and Online Formative Assessments

              Week 7: Unit 7 - The Role of Assessment in Improving Teacher Performance

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Fair, Non-Discriminatory Classroom Assessments


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1: Difference between Assessment and Evaluation in Learning

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 2: Different Types of Classroom Assessments

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3: The Use and Purpose of Rubrics and Authentic Assessments

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 7)

              Unit 4: The Role of Assessment in Guiding Decisions

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity

              Unit 5: Designing Assessments

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 6: Online International Assessments and Online Formative Assessments

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

               Unit 7: The Role of Assessment in Improving Teacher Performance

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Group Activity

              Unit 8: Fair, Non-Discriminatory Classroom Assessments

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              Research and Practice Portfolio
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.

              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activity  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here:

               Purdue writing lab - resources. (n.d.). Purdue University.  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5710 Understanding Barriers to Learning


              EDUC 5710: Understanding Barriers to Learning


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites: EDUC 5210, EDUC 5220, and EDUC 5240


              Course Description:  

              This course will consider the myriad of ways in which students in a single classroom can differ and how it can impede learning.  The characteristics and implications of physical and sensory disabilities and health impairments; cognitive, emotional and psychological differences; and racial/ethnic, gender, cultural, socio-economic and linguistic variability will be discussed.  External and internal forces driving instructional adaptation and their implications for teachers will be covered.


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Critically appraise the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion in a complex and contested environment.
              2.  Analyze the external and internal forces driving instructional adaptation for physical and sensory disabilities and health impairments and their implications for teachers.
              3. Analyze the external and internal forces driving instructional adaptation for racial/ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, linguistic and gender differences and their implications for teachers.
              4. Apply instructional adaptations tailored to students displaying behavioral, psychological, cognitive and/or academic difficulties and create opportunities for transformational change in instructional content and delivery in the classroom.
              5. Examine the concept of diversity and the differences between traditional classrooms vs diverse classrooms including the physical environment and emotional environment.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to Diversity in the Classroom

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Physical and Sensory Impairments

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Instructional Adaptations for Physical and Sensory Impairments

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Cognitive, Psychological, and Emotional Differences 

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Instructional Adaptations for Cognitive, Psychological, and Emotional Differences

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Racial, Ethnic, Gender. Socioeconomic, and Cultural/Linguistic Diversity

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Instructional Adaptations for  Racial, Ethnic, Gender. Socioeconomic, and Cultural/Linguistic Diversity

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Diversity in the Classroom


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1: Introduction to Diversity in the Classroom

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 2: Physical and Sensory Impairments

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 3: Instructional Adaptations for Physical and Sensory Impairments

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Begin the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)

              Unit 4: Cognitive, Psychological, and Emotional Differences 

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 5: Instructional Adaptations for Cognitive, Psychological, and Emotional Differences

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 6: Racial, Ethnic, Gender. Socioeconomic, and Cultural/Linguistic Diversity

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Group Activity 
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

               Unit 7: Instructional Adaptations for  Racial, Ethnic, Gender. Socioeconomic, and Cultural/Linguistic Diversity

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

              Unit 8: Diversity in the Classroom

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              The Research and Practice Portfolio
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    25%
              Group Activity  30%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5270 Instructional Techniques - Elementary


              EDUC 5270: Instructional Techniques for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom


              Credits: 3


              Course Description: 

              This course will focus on building a repertoire of pedagogical strategies that support student learning.  Emphasis on the delivery of intellectually challenging and inclusive instruction in the elementary and middle school curriculum in the areas of reading and language arts, mathematics, sciences, and the social sciences.  Special attention will be given to organizing group work and maximizing its benefits for students.  Design of teacher-led and student-initiated learning activities to support conceptual understanding and skill development will be covered.


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Create a repertoire of pedagogical strategies that support student learning
              2. Develop strategies for the delivery of intellectually challenging and inclusive instruction in the elementary and middle school curriculum in the areas of reading and language arts, mathematics, sciences, and the social sciences
              3. Develop techniques for organizing group work and maximize its benefits for students
              4. Examine teacher-led and student-initiated learning activities to support conceptual understanding and skill development

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - What is Constructivism?

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Teaching for Learning: Research-based Pedagogical Approaches 

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Inquiry as a Pedagogical Approach in Schools

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Primary Sources in the Classroom

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Engaging Learners with Literacy Instruction

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Literacy Across the Curriculum

              Week 7: Unit 7 - International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools, PYP, and MYP: Instructional Practices and Research

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Best Practices in Early Education


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for studentsThe Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc.  

              Unit 1: What is Constructivism?

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

              Unit 2: Teaching for Learning: Research-based Pedagogical Approaches 

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3: Inquiry as a Pedagogical Approach in Schools

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 4: Primary Sources in the Classroom

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 5: Engaging Learners with Literacy Instruction

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

               Unit 6: Literacy Across the Curriculum

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Submit the finalized Group Activity 
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 7: International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools, PYP, and MYP: Instructional Practices and Research

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 8: Best Practices in Early Education

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods. 

              Research and Practice Portfolio
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activity  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: 

              APA style introduction. (n.d.). Purdue Online Writing Lab College of Liberal Arts. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

              Code of Conduct

              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5271 Advanced Practices for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Literacy


              EDUC 5271: Advanced Practices for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Literacy


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites:  EDUC 5270


              Course Description: This course covers the cognitive foundations and curricular implications for the teaching of reading and language arts in elementary grades with an emphasis on understanding the theoretical and research bases for classroom practice.  The theory and practice of writing and its development are explored, and the racial, social, cultural, and linguistic implications for the development of literacy are examined.  The specific genres of children’s literature are discussed, and the increasing role of technology in mediating literacy is considered.


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Analyze the theoretical and research bases for classroom practice in teaching reading and language arts. 
              2. Explore the racial, social, cultural and linguistic implications for literacy development in education.
              3. Investigate and analyzes the different genres of children’s literature in an elementary and middle school environment.
              4. Assess the role of technology in mediating literacy to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Cognitive Foundations and Curricular Implications of Teaching Reading and Language Arts

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Theoretical Perspectives and Technology:  the New Literacies

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Teaching Reading, Part I

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Selecting Children's Literature: grades K-8th 

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Teaching Reading, Part II:  Teaching in the Digital Age

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Teaching Writing, Part I: Story Making

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Teaching Writing, Part II: Poetry

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Reading Strategies


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1: Cognitive Foundations and Curricular Implications of Teaching Reading and Language Arts

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 2: Theoretical Perspectives and Technology:  the New Literacies

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3: Teaching Reading, Part I

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)

              Unit 4: Selecting Children's Literature: grades K-8th 

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 5: Teaching Reading, Part II:  Teaching in the Digital Age

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

              Unit 6: Teaching Writing, Part I: Story Making

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Post finalized Group Presentation
              • Review the presentations and leave feedback for other groups
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

               Unit 7: Teaching Writing, Part II: Poetry

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 8: Reading Strategies

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              The Research and Practice Portfolio 
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that  is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activities  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here:  

              APA style introduction. (n.d.). Purdue Online Writing Lab College of Liberal Arts. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              Analyzes the theoretical and research bases for classroom practice in teaching reading and language arts

              EDUC 5272 Advanced Practices for Teaching the STEM Fields at the Elementary and Middle School Levels


              EDUC 5272: Advanced Practices for Teaching the STEM Fields at the Elementary and Middle School Levels


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites:   EDUC 5270


              Course Description:

              This course focuses on the mathematical and scientific concepts taught in the elementary and middle school, with an emphasis on research on the teaching and learning of mathematics and the theoretical and empirical foundations of the teaching and learning of science.  Attention will be given to how students acquire mathematical understandings and to how different groups experience mathematics instruction.  Methods for teaching the scientific method, doing laboratory work as inquiry-based learning, and exploring the relationship of science, technology and society will be discussed.  Use of technology in teaching discrete areas of science (life, physical, earth) as well as in an integrated science approach will be covered.



              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Analyze ways in which the developmental needs of students and the classroom environment impact mathematics and science learning.
              2. Apply research-based curriculum, assessment, and differentiated instruction to a diverse elementary and middle school mathematics and science classroom environment.
              3. Analyzes the advantages of using a developmentally appropriate, active learning approach for teaching STEM at various age levels.
              4. Apply a problem-solving, critical thinking, active learning, and the scientific method to teaching STEM.
              5. Integrate technology into mathematics, science, and engineering teaching and learning.
              6. Engage in ongoing development as a teacher of STEM.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Setting the Stage for Mathematics and Science Learning

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Creating a Critical Thinking Frame for Learning

              Week 3: Unit 3 - STEM Curriculum in Elementary and Middle Schools

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Authentic Assessment of STEM Learning

              Week 5: Unit 5 - STEM Instruction in Early Elementary School

              Week 6: Unit 6 - STEM Instruction in Upper Elementary School

              Week 7: Unit 7 - STEM Instruction in the Middle School

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Developing as a STEM Professional


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for studentsThe Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1: Setting the Stage for Mathematics and Science Learning

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 2: Creating a Critical Thinking Frame for Learning

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3: STEM Curriculum in Elementary and Middle Schools

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 7)

              Unit 4: Authentic Assessment of STEM Learning

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 5: STEM Instruction in Early Elementary School

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

              Unit 6: STEM Instruction in Upper Elementary School

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

               Unit 7: STEM Instruction in the Middle School

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Post finalized Group Activity 

              Unit 8: Developing as a STEM Professional

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              The Research and Practice Portfolio 
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that  is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activities  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5711 Teaching for Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms


              EDUC 5711: Teaching for Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites:  EDUC 5210, EDUC 5220, and EDUC 5240


              Course Description: This course will focus on creating an equitable learning environment that sensitively approaches differences.  Emphasis will be on considering decisions about curriculum, instructional materials, learning activities, and student groupings in the multicultural, multilingual classroom.  The use of adaptive technology, learning analytics and personalized learning, compensatory and remedial methods, and inquiry-based procedures to teach content to students with academic and/or behavioral difficulties will be discussed.


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Utilize and apply cultural theory concepts to educational institutions to ensure equitable access to learning environments and inclusive practices.
              2. Design and adapt curriculum components and instructional settings in the multicultural, multilingual learning environment to promote and enhance cultural awareness and sensitivity.
              3. Develop and implement technology-enhanced learning opportunities, in consideration of the individual needs of each student, to include adaptive and assistive technologies.
              4. Assess and analyze learner needs in diverse and inclusive settings through inquiry-based procedures to teach content and optimize learning.
              5. Apply research of differentiated instructional theories to facilitate inclusive education and support of cultural differences and academic and/or behavioral needs.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Components of Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Organizing Instruction of Diverse Students

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Curriculum for Diverse and Inclusive Settings

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Instructional Approaches for Diverse and Inclusive Settings

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Creating Lesson Plans for Diverse and Inclusive Settings

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Adaptations and Groupings for Diverse Learners

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Adaptive/Assistive Technology & Compensatory/Remediated Instruction 

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Learner Analytics for Personalized Learning 


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1: Components of Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 2: Organizing Instruction of Diverse Students

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 3: Curriculum for Diverse and Inclusive Settings

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 4: Instructional Approaches for Diverse and Inclusive Settings

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity

              Unit 5: Creating Lesson Plans for Diverse and Inclusive Settings

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 6: Adaptations and Groupings for Diverse Learners

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Post finalized Group Activity 
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

               Unit 7: Adaptive/Assistive Technology & Compensatory/Remediated Instruction 

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 8: Learner Analytics for Personalized Learning 

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              The Research and Practice Portfolio
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    20%
              Group Activities  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  35%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5810 Living and Learning Globally


              EDUC 5810: Living and Learning Globally


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites:  EDUC 5710


              Course Description: This course will focus on exploring the global competence that students need to thrive in today's increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. It will focus on creating learning environments and opportunities that value the world as the broadest context for learning, ensuring that students are exposed to real world questions and concerns both within and beyond their local contexts. There will be consideration of ways that teachers can foster students' awareness of and engagement with global issues, develop open-mindedness to the perspectives of others and encourage reflection on their role as active and engaged global citizens. There will also be discussion of how language acquisition and multilingualism can provide particularly rich opportunities for the development of intercultural understanding and of an appreciation of different languages, cultures, and worldviews.


              Required Textbook and Materials: 

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: Please consult the Student Handbook regarding University of the People for additional standards of computing and networking resources.No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Articulate a clear conceptual understanding of global competence in order to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate one’s own instruction and instructional programs that intentionally integrates issues of global significance in classroom learning.
              2. Demonstrate the disposition and capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance as well as the attributes of global competence (core concepts, values and attitudes, skills, and behaviors) to find ways to foster them in students to become globally competent by nourishing critical thinking, and expanding their understanding of the world around them.
              3. Examines how language acquisition and multilingualism can provide rich opportunities for the development of intercultural understanding and utilize students’ different worldviews as assets in classroom learning.
              4. Examine the purposes and quality indicators of assessment (a range of informal and formal assessments) as they relate to living and learning globally, and how to use results to plan instruction.
              5. Demonstrate the ability to plan and provide instruction that systematically integrates language and content/culture based on the evaluation of student’s language proficiency and social or academic needs by designing an instructional unit that reflects the needs of students in the selected setting. 


              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Overview of the Concepts and Practices of Global Competence, Including Sociocultural Issues and Diversity  

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Global Competence Framework and Implications for Curriculum and Instruction

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Inquiry into the Global World: Global Issues, Critical Questions, and Social Justice

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Issues of Global Competence Assessment, Advocacy and Life-Long Learning

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Cultural and Linguistice Diversity, Accomodation and Support

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Issues of Identity and Belonging in a Global Community and Implications for Educating CLD Learners in Our Schools

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Innovations in Schools: What are the Elements of a Globally - Oriented School or Classroom?

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Teachers as Reflective Learners, Educational Leaders, Decision Makers and Change Agents


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1 - Overview of the Concepts and Practices of Global Competence, Including Sociocultural Issues and Diversity  

              • Introduce yourself in the Course Forum
              • Read through the Course Syllabus
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Sustainability Module (located in the LRC)
              • Take the Sustainability Student Experience Survey
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post in, comment on, and rate the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 2 - Global Competence Framework and Implications for Curriculum and Instruction

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3 - Inquiry into the Global World: Global Issues, Critical Questions, and Social Justice

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 4 - Issues of Global Competence Assessment, Advocacy and Life-Long Learning

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 5 - Cultural and Linguistice Diversity, Accomodation and Support

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 6 - Issues of Identity and Belonging in a Global Community and Implications for Educating CLD Learners in Our Schools

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Post or submit finalized Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 7 - Innovations in Schools: What are the Elements of a Globally - Oriented School or Classroom?

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Take the Sustainability Student Experience Post Survey

              Unit 8 - Teachers as Reflective Learners, Educational Leaders, Decision Makers and Change Agents

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Take the Sustainability Student Experience Post Survey
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              There are 8 discussions in this course, worth 10 points each. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and rate their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              In this course, there are 6 Written Assignments worth 100 points each. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines. In the week following the submission of your written assignment, you will peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%).

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              You will complete 8 reflective portfolios in this course worth 10 points each. Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses. Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional m

              The Research and Practice Portfolio 
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment. The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience. The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Course RequirementsNumber of ItemsPoints for EachPercentage
              Discussion Assignments81020%
              Written Assignments610030%
              Portfolio Activities
              8
              1025%
              Group Project
              1100 25%
              Total100%

              Grading Scale

              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade ScaleGrade Points
              A+98-1004.00
              A93-974.00
              A-90-923.67
              B+88-893.33
              B83-873.00
              B-80-822.67
              C+78-792.33
              C73-772.00
              C-70-720.00
              D+68-690.00
              D63-670.00
              D-60-620.00
              FUnder 600.00
              CRN/AN/A
              NCN/AN/A
              NFN/AN/A
              WN/AN/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here:  

              APA style introduction. (n.d.). Purdue Online Writing Lab College of Liberal Arts. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              Analyzes the theoretical and research bases for classroom practice in teaching reading and language arts


              EDUC 5280: Instructional Techniques for the Secondary Classroom


              EDUC 5280: Instructional Techniques for the Secondary Classroom


              Credits: 3


              Course Description: This course will examine the intersection of curricular relevance, teaching style, and instructional techniques on academic attitudes and learning in the secondary school classroom.  When and how to employ teacher-led/whole-group activities, small/cooperative learning groups, and independent learning will be covered, along with the role of technology, particularly as it relates to concept of active learning.  It will focus on collaborative, inquiry-based, student-centered teaching and project-based learning, with students actively involved in their own knowledge acquisition.  


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Examine the relevance and appropriateness of different types of activities (cooperative learning, whole group learning, etc) to encourage active learning.
              2. Design lessons that focus on active, inquiry, and project-based learning where students are actively involved in their own knowledge acquisition.
              3. Evaluate and create appropriate curricular materials given the developmental and personal contexts of individual learner needs.
              4. Develop holistic instructional design strategies which include the consideration of curriculum and pedagogy and support learning goals in the secondary school classroom.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Defining Instructional Design in Education

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Basic Processes in Learning and Instruction

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Setting Learner Goals, Meeting Instructional Needs

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Creating Objectives and Choosing Instructional Activities

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Evaluating Instructional Techniques

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Instructional Approaches and Technologies

              Week 7: Unit 7 - The Role of Technology in Instructional Practices

              Week 8: Unit 8 - How Critical Thinking Can Drive Instructional Design


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1: Defining Instructional Design in Education

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 2: Basic Processes in Learning and Instruction

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3: Setting Learner Goals, Meeting Instructional Needs

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 4: Creating Objectives and Choosing Instructional Activities

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 5: Evaluating Instructional Techniques

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 6: Instructional Approaches and Technologies

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and Submit the Group Activity 
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

               Unit 7: The Role of Technology in Instructional Practices

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 8: How Critical Thinking Can Drive Instructional Design

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              Research and Practice Portfolio Activities
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice. Students begin building their portfolio right from start. It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons. Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment. The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is part of the Capstone experience. The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio 
              • Activities Research 
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activities  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5281 Advanced Practices for Teaching Literature and Writing at the Secondary Level


              EDUC 5281: Advanced Practices for Teaching Literature and Writing at the Secondary Level


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites:  EDUC 5280


              Course Description:  

              This course will explore adolescent literature and the variety of formats in which it exists.  Attention will be given to understanding how students comprehend content material and to the socio-cultural influences on reading, reading/writing relationships, and assessment of content reading.  Ways to teach students to critically read and create media will be discussed.  Research on writing will be reviewed and methods of teaching writing for and models for responding to and evaluating student writing will be explored.



              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: 

              None


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Identify with their experiences in the reading and writing process and how that experience affects their own teaching style.
              2. Explore issues related to teaching reading, writing, and literacy practices in secondary classrooms.
              3. Familiarize themselves with culturally diverse texts to incorporate global thinking into secondary classrooms.
              4. Plan units that incorporate reading and writing strategies in a secondary classroom.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Our Literacy Story

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Choosing Appropriate Reading Sources 

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Teaching Strategies: Literature 

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Nonfiction: Reading Strategies 

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Teaching Strategies: Creative Writing 

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Teaching Strategies: Essays

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Putting It into Practice: Creating Reading & Writing Activities

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Putting it into Practice: Creating Reading & Writing Assessments


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc. 

              Unit 1: Our Literacy Story

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 2: Choosing Appropriate Reading Sources 

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3: Teaching Strategies: Literature 

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 7)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 4: Nonfiction: Reading Strategies 

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 5: Teaching Strategies: Creative Writing 

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 6: Teaching Strategies: Essays 

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

               Unit 7: Putting It into Practice: Creating Reading & Writing Activities

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Submit the final Group Activity 
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 8: Putting it into Practice: Creating Reading & Writing Assessments

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              The Research and Practice Portfolio 
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that  is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activities  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5282 Advanced Practices for Teaching STEM at the Secondary Level


              EDUC 5282: Advanced Practices for Teaching STEM at the Secondary Level


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites: EDUC 5280


              Course Description:  

              This course will review current research in STEM education.  Emphasis will be on the methods for teaching computer programming and the use of technology in the teaching of science, mathematics and pre-collegiate engineering.  



              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Apply concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math into classroom lessons based on research.
              2. Identify methods for teaching STEM in the secondary classroom. 
              3. Research and apply the use of computer technology in teaching STEM concepts in the secondary classroom.
              4. Research methods for teaching computer programming to students.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Emerging Issues in STEM Education

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Methods for Teaching STEM

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Planning and Teaching STEM Lessons

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Approaches to Teaching Computer Programming

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Using Computer Technology in Teaching STEM

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Planning and Using Computer Technology in Teaching STEM

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Collaboration in Teaching and Learning STEM

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Professional Development for STEM Teachers


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc.

              Unit 1: Emerging Issues in STEM Education

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 2: Methods for Teaching STEM

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 3: Planning and Teaching STEM Lessons

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Begin and participate in the Group Activity (Due Unit 6)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 4: Approaches to Teaching Computer Programming

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 5: Using Computer Technology in Teaching STEM

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Continue to participate in the Group Activity
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 6: Planning and Using Computer Technology in Teaching STEM

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Submit finalized Group Activity 
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

               Unit 7: Collaboration in Teaching and Learning STEM

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment

              Unit 8: Professional Development for STEM Teachers

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete the Reflective Portfolio Assignment
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              The Research and Practice Portfolio 
              Throughout the M.Ed. Program, you will be building a portfolio of instructional strategies and materials, and acquiring knowledge and skills for advanced professional practice.  Students begin building their portfolio right from start.  It serves as a repository for research findings and sample units and lessons.  Students use it to archive ideas and resources related to instructional methods, classroom management, and assessment.  The portfolio supports your own self-reflection on changes that demonstrate growth in professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that  is part of the Capstone experience.    The component parts of the Research and Practice Portfolio include:

              • Reflective Portfolio Activities
              • Research
              • Teaching and Learning Resources

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  20%
              Written Assignments    30%
              Group Activity  25%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  25%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: 

              Purdue writing lab - resources. (n.d.). Purdue University.  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              Apply concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math into classroom lessons based on research

              EDUC 5470 Research in Education


              EDUC 5470: Research in Education


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites: Successful completion of nine (9) courses in the M.Ed. program.



              Course Description:  

              This course will introduce important challenges in teaching and learning and discuss current research on these topics.  Models of practitioner research and modes of inquiry appropriate to applied research will be analyzed to provide insights into the uses and limitations of these approaches and tools.  Human subject rules and regulations and the ethics of school-based research will be discussed.  Students will identify a topic for investigation and develop an applied research proposal.  The proposal will frame the question, discuss the rationale for the question, include a review of the literature on the topic, and describe the planned data collection and analysis activities.



              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                • Full PDF is available on the course home page under Textbooks

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Analyze the ethics of school-based research in relation to human subject rules and regulations.
              2. Develop an applied research proposal based on an identified topic for investigation.
              3. Examine and critique educational research to better understand its issues and complexities.
              4. Apply the scientific method to develop a proposal based on one or more research questions.
              5. Consider the importance of applied research to the classroom setting.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to Applied Research

              Week 2: Unit 2 - The Annotated Bibliography

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Methodology Part 1 (Intervention Plan)

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Methodology Part 2 (Data Collection)

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Methodology Part 3 (Ethics)

              Week 6: Unit 6 - The Group Activity Project

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Applied Research Proposal

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Bringing It All Together


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.  The Learning Guides for all units open on the first day of class.  Please review all Learning Guides to access the readings, review assignments, etc.  

              Unit 1: Introduction to Applied Research

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 2: The Annotated Bibliography and Literature Review

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 3: Methodology Part 1 (Intervention Plan)

              • Peer-assess Unit 2 Assignment 
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment 

              Unit 4: Methodology Part 2 (Data Collection)

              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Begin Group Activity

              Unit 5: Methodology Part 3 (Ethics)

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Continue working on the Group Activity

              Unit 6: The Group Activity Project

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity
              • Complete and submit the Group Activity

               Unit 7: Applied Research Proposal

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment

              Unit 8: Bringing It All Together

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete the Portfolio Activity
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posted by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment, which may come in many forms (case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Group Activities
              During this course, you will be required to complete work as part of a small group. Group work is an important component of your coursework, as it allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, and gain a more thorough understanding of the topics presented in this course. Further, group work mimics the business environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You will be randomly assigned to your groups and are expected to work with your teammates throughout the term for all group activities.

              Reflective Portfolio Activities
              Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. Activities you develop for this course will be kept in your Research and Practice Portfolio and will be important as you progress towards the final courses in your program, particularly the Advanced Practice and Capstone courses.  Ideally, you will draw from your coursework and experiences, as well as what you’ve learned in other courses, and your own current teaching practice to showcase your overall growth and examine ways in which you can continue to develop and sharpen your research interests and expand your cadre of instructional methods.

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments  15%
              Written Assignments  (Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)  25%
              Applied Research Paper (Unit 7)  20%
              Group Activity  20%
              Reflective Portfolio Activities  20%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A


              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here:  

              APA style introduction. (n.d.). Purdue Online Writing Lab College of Liberal Arts. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              EDUC 5910 Applied Professional Inquiry


              EDUC 5910: Applied Professional Inquiry


              Credits: 3

              Prerequisites: As this is the final course in the MEd all required courses must be completed before taking this and no other courses can be taken concurrentlyFinal Term of Study  


              Course Description:

              Students will conduct the planned data collection and analysis activities contained in their applied research proposal and prepare a written report that describes the results of their research and interprets these results in terms of what they have learned during their time in the program.  Implications for new instructional practices and further professional development should also be discussed.


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Analyze data collected from a previous research project 
              2. Design a report based on data analysis describing the results of the research
              3. Apply knowledge gained throughout the M.Ed. program of study to the interpretation of results in research
              4. Analyze implications for professional development opportunities and new instructional strategies in the classroom


              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Capstone Deadlines and Project Tracking

              Week 2: Unit 2 -The Portfolio Presentation - Part 1

              Week 3: Unit 3 - The Portfolio Presentation, Part 2

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Research and Practice Portfolio

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Applied Research Report

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Applied Research Report, Draft Submission

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Reflection on Capstone Experience

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Applied Research Report, Final Submission 


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

              Unit 1: Capstone Deadlines and Project Tracking

              • Read through the Course Syllabus, Reading Assignment, and Learning Guide
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum 
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum 
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment (submitting one tracking tool for each of the three tasks)
              • Create and submit the Student ID Validation video

              Unit 2: The Portfolio Presentation 

              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum 
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum 
              • Screen Capture Practice: Begin creating your Portfolio Presentation - Due by the end of Unit 3 

              Unit 3: The Portfolio Presentation, Part 2

              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum 
              • Respond to any of your peers' posts 
              • Submit your final Portfolio Presentation

              Unit 4: Research and Practice Portfolio

              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum 
              • Respond to any of your peers' posts 
              • Submit the Written Assignment - Research and Practice Portfolio 
              • Continue collecting data and working on the Applied Research project  - Due at the end of Unit 8

              Unit 5: Applied Research Report

              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to any of your peers' posts 
              • Continue working on your Applied Research paper 

              Unit 6: Applied Research Report, Draft Submission

              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum 
              • Respond to any of your peers' posts 
              • Prepare the Written Assignment - Applied Research Report - Submit Draft

               Unit 7: Reflection on Capstone Experience

              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum 
              • Respond to any of your peers' posts 
              • Continue working on the Written Assignment - Applied Research Report
              • Complete and submit the Portfolio Activity

              Unit 8: Applied Research Report, Final Submission

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Applied Research Project
              • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

              Course Requirements:

              Discussion Forums

              In this course, Discussion Forums are provided as spaces to reflect and connect.  Some of the Discussion Forums are not graded but students are encouraged to use them often to exchange ideas, collaborate, get and give feedback, etc. from each other. 

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Most units in this course require that you complete Written Assignments, which may come in many forms (presentation, case study, research paper, etc.). You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Reflective Portfolio Activity

              Reflective Portfolio Activities are tools for self-reflection and evaluation within the context of the course. These activities are designed as a means to document and critically reflect upon your learning process. 

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:


              Discussion Forums   5%
              Unit 1 Project Plan 15%
              Unit 3 Portfolio Presentation 20%
              Unit 4 Research and Practice Portfolio                               20%
              Unit 6 Applied Research Report - Draft 15%
              Unit 7 Portfolio Activity
              5%
              Unit 8 Applied Research Report 

              20%

               Total   100%
                


              Grading Scale

              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade                         
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 0.00
              C 73-77 0.00
              C- 70-72 0.00
              D+ 68-69 0.00
              D 63-67 0.00
              D- 60-62 0.00
              F Under 60 0.00
              CR N/A N/A
              NC N/A N/A
              NF N/A N/A
              W N/A N/A

              Grade Appeal
              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several styles and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: 

              APA style introduction. (n.d.). Purdue Online Writing Lab College of Liberal Arts. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              Business Administration

              The Business Administration degree educates students for success in a dynamic global economy within the context of sustainable business environments. The discipline’s foundation covers accounting, economics, finance, entrepreneurship, management, and marketing analytics, cultivating responsible leaders to serve as architects and agents in organizational decision-making, using advanced quantitative approaches for foundations for success in the international business community.

              BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management

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              BUS 1101: Principles of Business Management


              Credits: 3
              Prerequisites: None


              Course Description

              All forms of business require the involvement of managers to enable the successful operation of the organization. This course will present a survey of the basic methods by which managers have operated businesses, large and small. Foremost are the basic concepts of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling. Embedded within these key concepts are numerous skills that, when mastered, will allow you to embark on a career in business management.


              Required Textbook and Materials

              UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              Textbook

              Carpenter, M., Bauer, T., & Erdogan, B. (2010). Management principles, v. 1.1.


              Software Requirements/Installation

              • No special requirements

              Learning Objectives and Outcomes

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Discuss the history of management theory and practice
              2. Identify one's strengths and weaknesses in leadership and interpersonal skills
              3. Create and characterize good goals and objectives
              4. Examine the scope and changing role of strategic human resource management
              5. Compare and contrast need-based and process-based theories of motivation

              Course Schedule and Topics

              This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

              Course Schedule and Topics
              Week Unit Topic
              1 1 Introduction to the Principles of Management
              2 2 Psychology and Work Behaviors
              3 3 Globalization and Leadership
              4 4 Mission, Vision, and Values
              5 5 Strategic Management
              6 6 Goals and Objectives
              7 7 Organizational Structure and Change
              8 8 Organizational Culture
              9 9 Course Review and Final Exam

              Learning Guide

              This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

              Unit 1: Introduction to the Principles of Management
              • Thoroughly review the course syllabus
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Introductory Discussion post (in the Course Forum)
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post and comment in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              Unit 2: Resources and Communities
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post and comment in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              Unit 3: Globalization and Leadership
              • Peer-assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post and comment in the Discussion Forum)
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Take the Graded Quiz
              Unit 4: Mission, Vision, and Values
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post and comment in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              Unit 5: Strategic Management
              • Peer-assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              Unit 6: Goals and Objectives
              • Peer-assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Take the Graded Quiz
              Unit 7: Organizational Structure and Change
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              Unit 8: Organizational Culture
              • Peer-assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Take the Practice Exam
              Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam
              • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
              • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
              • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

              Course Requirements

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings

              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posted by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating (out of a 10 point scale) are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Written Assignments and Assessment Forms

              Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Learning Journals

              Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

              Quizzes

              This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade.

              Final Exam

              The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the exam will be provided during Week/Unit 8.

              Course Forum

              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies

              Grading Components and Weights

              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Grade Components
              Course Requirements  Number of Items Percentage
              Discussion Assignments 8 15%
              Learning Journals
              8 30%
              Written Assignments
              3 15%
              Graded Quizzes 2 20%
              Final Exam 1 20%
              Total   100%

              Grading Scale

              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated below:

              Grading Scale
              Letter Grade Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98 - 100
              4.00
              93 - 97
              4.00
              A- 90 - 92
              3.67
              B+ 88 - 89
              3.33
              83 - 87
              3.00
              B- 80 - 82
              2.67
              C+ 78 - 79
              2.33

              73 - 77
              2.00
              C-
              70 - 72
              1.67
              D+
              68 - 69
              1.33

              63 - 67
              1.00
              D-
              60 - 62
              0.67

              Under 60
              0.00
              Grade Appeal

              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation

              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.
              Academic Honesty and Integrity

              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Refer to the UoPeople's APA Tutorials in the LRC for help with APA citations.

              Code of Conduct

              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              BUS 1102 Basic Accounting

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              BUS 1102: BASIC ACCOUNTING


              Syllabus


              Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management.


              Course Description: The Basic Accounting course introduces students to financial reporting and financial management concepts and practices. The primary focus of this course is the preparation, use, and analysis of general purpose financial statements in support of the capital market decision-making process. In addition, certain financial accounts concepts related to current assets will be covered.


              Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additionally required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.


              Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Explain how accounting information is used.
              2. Complete journal entries using the accrual basis of accounting.
              3. Explain the steps of the accounting cycle.
              4. Prepare income statements, statements of owner's equity, and balance sheets using generally accepted accounting principles.
              5. Illustrate accounting for cash, receivables, and inventories and merchandise transactions.

              Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to the Course and Principles of Financial Accounting

              Week 2: Unit 2 - The Accounting Cycle: Analyzing and Recording Transactions

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Completing the Accounting Cycle and Merchandise Inventory Systems

              Week 4: Unit 4 - Accounting Information Systems and Internal Controls

              Week 5: Unit 5 - Accounting for Receivables and Inventory

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Long-Term Assets and Current Liabilities

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Long-Term Liabilities and Statement of Cash Flows

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Corporation Accounting and Partnership Accounting

              Week 9: Unit 9 - Course Review and Final Exam


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

              Unit 1: Introduction to the Course and Principles of Financial Accounting

              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take and submit the Self-quiz

              Unit 2: The Accounting Cycle: Analyzing and Recording Transactions

              • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and the Learning Journal
              • Take and submit the Self-quiz

              Unit 3: Completing the Accounting Cycle and Merchandise Inventory Systems

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take and submit the Self-quiz
              • Take the Graded Quiz

              Unit 4: Accounting Information Systems and Internal Controls

              • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take and submit the Self-quiz

              Unit 5:  Accounting for Receivables and Inventory

              • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning journal
              • Take and submit the Self-quiz

              Unit 6: Long-Term Assets and Current Liabilities

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take and submit the Self-quiz
              • Take the Graded Quiz

              Unit 7: Long-Term Liabilities and Statement of Cash Flows.

              • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take and submit the Self-quiz

              Unit 8: Corporation Accounting and Partnership Accounting

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take and submit the Self-quiz
              • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
              • Take the Review Quiz

              Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

              • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
              • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
              • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

              Course Requirements:

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Learning Journal
              Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

              Quizzes
              This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

              Final Exam
              The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments 10%
              Written Assignments 10%
              Learning Journals 20%
              Two Graded Quizzes 20% (10% each)
              Final Exam 40%
              TOTAL 100%

              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 1.67
              D+ 68-69 1.33
              D 63-67 1.00
              D- 60-62 0.67
              F Under 60 0.00

              Grade Appeal
              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). APA style introduction. Purdue University.  https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              BUS 1103 Microeconomics

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              BUS 1103  MICROECONOMICS


              Syllabus


              Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


              Course Description:


              This is an introductory course in Microeconomics. In this course, we will learn about basic elements of consumer and firm behavior, different market structures and their effects on welfare, and the direct and indirect role of the government in determining economic outcomes.


              Required Textbook and Materials:


              Greenlaw, S. A. &  Shapiro, D. (2018). Principles of microeconomics, 2e. Open Stax Rice University. https://d3bxy9euw4e147.cloudfront.net/oscms-prodcms/media/documents/Microeconomics2e-OP.pdf

              Software Requirements/Installation

              1. A reliable internet connection
              2. Microsoft Office Suite (including Word and Excel) or Open Office Suite (including Writer and Calc) and a pdf reader.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


              Upon completion of the course, a student will be able to

              1. Apply the critical thinking skill learned in this course to deal with economic problems
              2. Identify the direction of price movements when the market environment changes
              3. Realize the unintended consequences of well-meaning government intervention in markets
              4. Identify market structures and their effect on market efficiency
              5. Realize the distinction between equity and efficiency
              6. Active role of the government in situations of market failures


              Course Schedule and Topics


               This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


              Unit 1: Introduction to Economic Principles

              Unit 2: Economic Models: Supply and Demand
              Unit 3: Elasticity

              Unit 4: Consumer Choices

              Unit 5: The Theory of the Firm

              Unit 6: Labor Markets and Economic Inequality

              Unit 7: Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly

              Unit 8: Poverty and Economic Inequality

              Unit 9: Final Exam


              Study Guide


              Unit 1 : Introduction to Economic Principles

              • Read the Learning Guide and required reading for Unit 1.
              • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question.
              • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.
              • Complete the Self-Quiz.
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 1.
              • Complete Learning Journal Tasks.

              Unit 2: Economic Models: Supply and Demand

              • Peer Assess Unit 1 Written Assignment 
              • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 2.
              • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 2.
              • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.  
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 2
              • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 2.
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 2.

              Unit 3: Elasticity

              • Peer-assess Unit 2 Written Assignment  
              • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Take and submit the Self-Quiz
              • Take and submit the Graded Quiz

              Unit 4: Consumer Choices

              • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 4.
              • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 4.
              • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students. 
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 4
              • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 4.
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 4.

              Unit 5: The Theory of the Firm

              • Peer Assess Unit 4 Written Assignment.
              • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 5.
              • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 5.
              • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 5.
              • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 5
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 5

              Unit 6: Market Structures: Perfect Competition and Monopoly

              • Peer Assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 6.
              • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 6.
              • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.
              • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 6
              • Complete the Graded Quiz for Unit 6
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 6

              Unit 7: Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly

              • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 7
              • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 7
              • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your
              • fellow students. 
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 7
              • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 7
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 7

              Unit 8: Poverty and Economic Inequality

              • Peer Assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 8
              • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 8
              • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.
              • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 8
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 8
              • Complete the Review Quiz

              Unit 9: Final Examination

              • Prepare for and submit the final examination.
              • The final exam will take place in Week 9. (Exact date and other details will be announced.)

               


              Course Requirements


              Assignments
              There is an Assignment to be completed for each of the study units in this course except for Unit 8. You will be required to upload your assignments by the indicated deadline and in addition, to assess three of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions provided. Failure to submit assignments may result in failure of the course.

              Discussion Forum
              There are Discussion Forum questions to be completed for each study unit in this course. In each unit, you will be required to post your response to the question in the forum. In addition, you must provide constructive commentary on at least three of your peers’ postings and rate their work between one and five according to the guidelines provided.

              Discussion Forums are only active for the relevant learning week and it is not possible to contribute to a discussion forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Forums may result in failure of the course.

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is monitored by the instructors. It is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

              Classroom Forum
              The Classroom Forum is a small forum available only to students in the same classroom or group. Participation in this forum is an excellent way to get to know your peers and is also a platform for raising issues and questions relating to the course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

              Learning Journal
              The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered and to draft answers for Discussion Forums and Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated regularly (on a weekly basis), as the learning journals will be assessed by your instructor as part of your Final Grade.

              Quizzes
              For each unit of work, there is a self-quiz consisting of multiple choice and True/False questions.. You will have multiple attempts to take the quiz and improve your results. The results of the self-quiz do not count towards your Final Grade. There are also two graded quizzes in the course, one in Unit 3 and the other in Unit 6. It is recommended that you complete the self-quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials.

              Final Examination
              The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. 
              Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.


              Policies


              The University has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are expected to comply with this scale:

              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.0
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 1.67
              D+ 68-69 1.33
              D 63-67 1.00
              D- 60-62 0.67
              F Under 60 0.00


              Grades will be based on a standard 100-point scale with the following values and ranges:

              Grading Components and Weights

              Learning Journal 20%
              Written Assignments 5%

              Discussion Forums

              5%

              Graded Quizzes (2)

              30% (15% each)

              Final Exam 40%
              TOTAL 100%


              Grade Appeal
              Final Grades may be appealed when you believe that the grade you have been assigned for a course is unjust or unfair. For more information on the Grade Appeal procedure, please refer to the Student Handbook.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by a lack of assignment submission and/or inadequate contribution in discussion forum postings.

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the deadline. A course time-line is provided in the course schedule. The instructor will specify the deadline for each assignment.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments. Students should review the Late Assignment Policy appearing in the Student Handbook.

              Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.

              All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity

              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: 

              Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). APA style introduction. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html


              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.

              Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. Please see the Student Handbook for more information.

              BUS 1104 Macroeconomics

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              BUS 1104: MACROECONOMICS


              Prerequisites

              Prerequisites: BUS 1101: Principles of Business Management

              Course Description 

              This course provides a solid overview of the field of macroeconomics with the intent to develop a general understanding and appreciation of the factors and methods used to manage macroeconomic policy and the impact of these policies on the global economy. Macroeconomics is oriented largely toward national economic policy. The topics in this course appear regularly in the news. This course will help you to understand how a nation's economy works and how macroeconomic policy impacts a nation's economy. It will help you to judge what policies you, as an informed member of society and participant in the economy, will or will not support.

              Required T extbook and Materials

              UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              Software Requirements/Installation 

              No special requirements.


              Learning Objectives and Outcomes 

              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Compare and contrast how a nation’s economy works.
              2. Examine macroeconomic policy issues and the potential and limitations of economic policy.
              3. Evaluate conflicting economic policy proposals.

              Course Schedule and Topics

              This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

              Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to Economics and the Macroeconomic Perspective

              Week 2: Unit 2 - Economic Growth and Unemployment 

              Week 3: Unit 3 - Inflation and International Trade 

              Week 4: Unit 4 - The Macroeconomic Model

              Week 5: Unit 5 - The Neoclassical Perspective, Money, and Banks 

              Week 6: Unit 6 - Monetary Policy, Bank Regulation, and Exchange Rates 

              Week 7: Unit 7 - Government Budgets, Fiscal Policies, and the Impact of Government Borrowing

              Week 8: Unit 8 - Macroeconomic Policy and International Trade 

              Week 9: Unit 9 - Course Review and Final Exam


              Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

              Unit 1: Introduction to Economics and the Macroeconomic Perspective

              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and Submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

              Unit 2: Economic Growth and Unemployment  

              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and Submit Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Complete and Submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

              Unit 3: Inflation and International Trade  

              • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit Unit 3 Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Take the Graded Quiz

              Unit 4: The Macroeconomic Model  

              • Peer-Assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

              Unit 5: The Neoclassical Perspective, Money, and Banks

              • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignments
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

              Unit 6: Monetary Policy, Bank Regulation, and Exchange Rates  

              • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Take the Graded Quiz

              Unit 7Government Budgets, Fiscal Policies, and the Impact of Government Borrowing  

              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
              • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Complete and submit  the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

              Unit 8: Macroeconomic Policy and International Trade

              • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
              • Take the Review Quiz

              Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

              • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
              • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
              • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

              Course Requirements:

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course. All written assignments will be assessed on content, as well as the organization and style of the paper.  

              Organization Grading Guidelines: Presentation is very effective and presented in a logical format with a clear beginning, middle, and end. There is a clear statement of ideas and smooth transitions. The writer has stated the main idea clearly and has provided relevant details. The main idea is clearly conveyed in a presentation that is highly relevant and interesting. The student provides evidence of thoughtful input. Details are rich and appropriate. Spelling, punctuation,     and capitalization are virtually always correct.

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posted by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Learning Journal
              Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

              Quizzes
              This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.  Each graded quiz has 20-questions and you have 30-minutes to complete it.

              Final Exam
              The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.  The final exam has 40-questions and you will have 50-minutes to complete it. 

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies:

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments 10%
              Written Assignments 15%
              Learning Journals 20%
              Two Graded Quizzes 25% (12.5% each)
              Final Exam 30%
              TOTAL 100%

              Grading Scale
              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade
              Grade Scale Grade Points
              A+ 98-100 4.00
              A 93-97 4.00
              A- 90-92 3.67
              B+ 88-89 3.33
              B 83-87 3.00
              B- 80-82 2.67
              C+ 78-79 2.33
              C 73-77 2.00
              C- 70-72 1.67
              D+ 68-69 1.33
              D 63-67 1.00
              D- 60-62 0.67
              F Under 60 0.00

              Grade Appeal
              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

              Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              BUS 1105 Business Communications

               


              BUS 1105: Business Communications

              Syllabus

              Prerequisites: None

              Course Description:

              The purpose of this course is to build an understanding of effective uses of English in a business environment and to develop strong core business communication skills. This course will introduce and enhance the varying modes of English communication in the business environment and will also focus on when to use these varying modes, depending on the situation. This course will also give students the tools to function in a cross-cultural, global business environment and will develop an understanding of the best techniques for successful communication in varying business contexts.

              Required Textbook(s) and Material(s):

              UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              • The Saylor Foundation (2010). Business communication for success. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee. Download the pdf.

              Software Requirements/Installation:

              No special requirements

              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


              By the end of this course students will be able to: 

              1. Organize and use the most common forms of business communication using today’s standards of proper English. 

              2. Develop a coherent set of verbal and non-verbal communication skills as they relate to effective business communication.

              3. Understand and utilize common methods of intercultural and international business communication skills.

              4. Identify methods of business communication from a group/leadership perspective.


              Course Schedule and Topics:

              This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

              Week 1: Unit 1- Introduction to Business Communication

              Week 2: Unit 2- Delivering your message verbally

              Week 3: Unit 3- Effective Business Writing

              Week 4: Unit 4- Business Writing in Practice

              Week 5: Unit 5- Business Presentations I

              Week 6: Unit 6- Business Presentations II

              Week 7: Unit 7- Intercultural and International Business Communication

              Week 8: Unit 8- Group Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership

              Week 9: Unit 9- Course Review and Final Exam


              Learning Guide:

              The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

              Unit 1: Introduction to Business Communication

               Tasks:

              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

               Unit 2: Delivering your message verbally

               Tasks:

              • Peer-assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

               Unit 3: Effective Business Writing

               Tasks:

              • Peer-assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

               Unit 4: Business Writing in Practice

               Tasks:

              • Peer-assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Take the Graded Quiz

               Unit 5: Business Presentations I

              Tasks:

              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Take the Self-Quiz

               Unit 6: Business Presentations II

               Tasks:

              • Peer-assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

               Unit 7: Intercultural and International Business Communication

              Tasks:

              • Peer-assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Take the Graded Quiz

               Unit 8: Group Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership

               Tasks:

              • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal
              • Take the Self-Quiz

               Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

               Tasks:

              • Review the course and take the Review Quiz; it will not be included in the final grade
              • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
              • The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

              Course Requirements: 

              Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

              Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
              Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

              Learning Journal
              Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

              Quizzes

              This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade.

              Final Exam
              The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

              Course Forum
              The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


              Course Policies: 

              Grading Components and Weights
              Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

              Discussion Assignments

              10%

              Written Assignments

              10%

              Learning Journals 

              10%

              Graded Quizzes

              40%(20% each)

              Final Exam

              30%

              TOTAL

              100%


               Grading Scale

              This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

              Letter Grade

              Grade Scale

              Grade Points

              A+

              98-100

              4.00

              A

              93-97

              4.00

              A-

              90-92

              3.67

              B+

              88-89

              3.33

              B

              83-87

              3.00

              B-

              80-82

              2.67

              C+

              78-79

              2.33

              C

              73-77

              2.00

              C-

              70-72

              1.67

              D+

              68-69

              1.33

              D

              63-67

              1.00

              D-

              60-62

              0.67

              F

              Under 60

              0.00


               Grade Appeal
              If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

              Participation
              Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

              • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
              • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
              • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
              • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

               Academic Honesty and Integrity
              When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

              Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). APA style introduction. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

              Code of Conduct
              University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

              BUS 2201 Principles of Marketing

              UoPeople


              BUS 2201 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING


              Syllabus


              Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


              Course Description:


              This course provides an introduction to the field of marketing with the intent to develop a general understanding and appreciation of the factors and methods involved in marketing a variety of goods and services. Topics include consumer needs, segmentation, target marketing, positioning, pricing, distributing and promoting goods and services. Emphasis is placed on the integration of marketing principles into an organized approach for decision-making.


              Required Textbook and Materials:


              UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

              ·       Tanner, J. & Raymond, M.A. (2016). Principles of marketing.   Open Textbooks for Hong Kong. Licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa.  Read online at:  https://www.opentextbooks.org.hk/ditabook/16010

              Additionally, students may find the CEO Express website of value for completing their written assignments and for accessing information:

              ·       CEOExpress. (n.d.). The Executive's Internet. Retrieved on May 11, 2021, from http://www.ceoexpress.com



              Software Requirements/Installation


              Microsoft Office is commercial software which is not available for free. If you do not already have or are unable to obtain a copy of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) please use one of the following free options:

              Download and install LibreOffice, a free and open source office suite that is mostly MS Office compatible (http://www.libreoffice.org/download/). When saving, please be sure to save your documents in MS Office format or PDF format, not the default Libre Office format. This is the preferred free option.

               

              Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


              By the end of this course students will be able to:

              1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and intelligently discuss the role of marketing in the global economy, society and the individualized organization.
              2. Explain consumer and business buying behaviors and the challenges of marketing in a consumer-oriented society.
              3. Understand the components of the marketing mix, the marketing concept, segmenting, targeting and positioning, integrated marketing communication strategies.
              4. Demonstrate how to manage marketing and communication efforts in order to promote the continued growth of the individualized organization.



              Course Schedule and Topics


              This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9


              Unit 1 Week 1- Introduction to the Course
              Unit 2 Week 2-
              Strategy and Planning
              Unit 3 Week 3-
              Consumer and Business Buying Behaviour
              Unit 4 Week 4-
              Creating Developing and Managing Offerings
              Unit 5 Week 5-
              Segmenting, Targeting, Positioning, Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications
              Unit 6 Week 6-
              Marketing Channels and the Supply Chain as a Means of Creating Value for Customers
              Unit 7 Week 7-
              Public Relations, Sales Promotion and Professional Selling
              Unit 8 Week 8-
              Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, Empowerment and Price
              Unit 9 Week 9-
              Course Summary, Review and Final Examination



              Learning  Guide


              The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

              Unit 1: Introduction to the Course

              • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
              • Complete and submit Unit 1 Assignment
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal


              Unit 2: Strategy and Planning

              • Peer-Assess the Unit 1 Assignment
              • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
              • Take the Self-Quiz
              • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal


              Unit 3: Consumer and Business Buying Behaviour

              • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
              • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
              • Make entries to the Learning Journal
              • Take the Graded Quiz


              Unit 4: Creating Developing and Managing Offerings

                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz


                Unit 5: Segmenting, Targeting, Positioning, Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications

                • Peer-Assess the Unit 4 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 5 assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 6: Marketing Channels and the Supply Chain as a Means of Creating Value for Customers

                • Peer-Assess the Unit 5 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Graded quiz


                Unit 7: Public Relations, Sales Promotion and Professional Selling

                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 7 Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz


                Unit 8: Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, Empowerment and Price

                • Peer-Assess the Unit 7 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


                Course Requirements


                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam
                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                 


                Course Policies


                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Discussion Assignments 10%
                Written Assignments 20%
                Learning Journals 10%
                Two Graded Quizzes 30%
                Final Exam 30%
                TOTAL 100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00

                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: 

                Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). APA style introduction. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 2202 E-Commerce

                UoPeople-logo


                BUS 2202: E-COMMERCE


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 1101: Principles of Business Management
                Recommended: BUS 2201: Principles of Marketing


                Course DescriptionThis course serves as an introduction to internet based business models (i.e., e-commerce) in organizations. The study of this field will assist students in recognizing opportunities and overcoming challenges in online business transactions. Topics include e-commerce management, use of information systems and integration with human resources, knowledge management strategies, e-marketing and relationships between the internet, government, and society.


                Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                Kutz, M. (2016). Introduction to electronic commerce: Combining business and information technology

                Stokes, R. (2020, April 20). eMarketing - the essential guide to marketing in a digital world. LibreTexts. https://biz.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Marketing/Book%3A_eMarketing__The_Essential_Guide_to_Marketing_in_a_Digital_World_(Stokes) licensed by CC By-NC-SA 3.0

                Sachs, M. and McHaney, R. (2016). Web 2.0 and social media: Business in a connected world. 

                Watson, R.T., Berthon, P., Pitt, L. F. & Zinkham, G. M.  (2020).  Electronic commerce: The strategic perspective.  Global Text Project. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.


                Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

                By the end of this course, students will be able to:

                1. Explain the transformative impact of the Internet on business.
                2. Outline what makes virtual business processes user-friendly.
                3. Compare how markets change as more consumers migrate online.
                4. Apply principles for protecting digital intellectual property.


                Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

                Unit 1: Week 1 - Introduction to E-Commerce

                Unit 2: Week 2 - Business Models used in E-Commerce

                Unit 3: Week 3 - Digital Design

                Unit 4: Week 4 - Web Analytics and Metrics

                Unit 5: Week 5 - Digital Markets, Servicing, Dynamic Pricing and Electronic Payments

                Unit 6: Week 6 - Social Media and Business

                Unit 7: Week 7 - Internet Trust, Security, and Privacy

                Unit 8: Week 8 - Internet Law

                Unit 9: Week 9 - Course Review and Final Exam


                Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

                Unit 1: Introduction to E-Commerce

                • Post a self-introduction in the Course Forum and meet your classmates
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 2: Business Models used in E-Commerce

                • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 3: Digital Design

                • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 4: Web Analytics and Metrics

                • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 5:  Digital Markets, Auctions, Servicing, and Dynamic Pricing

                • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 6: Social Media and Business

                • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 7: Internet Trust, Security, and Privacy

                • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 8: Internet Law

                • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz
                • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time)

                Course Requirements:

                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam

                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Discussion Assignments 20%
                Written Assignments 20%
                Learning Journals 10%
                Two Graded Quizzes 20% (10% each)
                Final Exam 30%
                TOTAL 100%


                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00


                Grade Appeal

                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 2203 Principles of Finance 1

                BUS 2203 Principles of Finance 1


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 1102 Basic Accounting.


                Course Description:


                Principles of Finance 1 provides a broad understanding of basic principles in the area of finance. The course introduces techniques for effective financial decision-making and helping managers to maximize shareholders’ wealth. The course covers topics related to the operation of financial markets and banking systems and the problems of financing and investment decisions and provides a theoretical background for critical and productive thinking.


                Required Textbook and Materials:


                UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                Wright, R.E. & Quadrini, V. (2009). Money and Banking. Saylor Foundation.  Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.  Available from: https://www.saylor.org/site/textbooks/Money%20and%20Banking.pdf


                The textbook is available in pdf format on the course homepage.


                Financial Calculator
                For your convenience a financial calculator is strongly recommended. Any financial calculator is acceptable. A good, freely accessible, online financial calculator can be found at http://www.calculator.net/finance-calculator.html.


                Software Requirements/Installation


                No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


                By the end of this course students will be able to:

                1. Understand the general framework of financial concepts
                2. Examine how decision-making increases firm value
                3. Valuate an investment
                4. Explain the Risk-Return tradeoff
                5. Analyze how financial decisions affect the bottom line

                Course Schedule and Topics


                This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


                Unit 1 Week 1- Financial World and Money
                Unit 2 Week 2- Interest Rates
                Unit 3 Week 3- Financial Structure
                Unit 4 Week 4- Banking
                Unit 5 Week 5- Financial Crisis and Regulation
                Unit 6 Week 6- Monetary Policy Tools
                Unit 7 Week 7- IS-LM Model
                Unit 8 Week 8- Advanced Financial Topics
                Unit 9 Week 9- Final Examination


                Learning Guide


                Unit 1: Financial World and Money

                • Read Chapters 1, 2, 3 from the Textbook
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 1 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 2: Interest Rates

                • Peer-Assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
                • Read Chapters 4, 5, 6 from the Textbook
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 3: Financial Structure

                • Peer-Assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Read Chapters 7, 8 from the Textbook
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 4: Banking

                • Peer-Assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Read Chapter 9,10 from the Textbook
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 4 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 5: Financial Crisis and Regulation

                • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
                • Read Chapters 11,12,13 from the Textbook
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 5 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 6: Monetary Policy Tools

                • Peer-Assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
                • Read Chapters 14,15,16,17,18 from the Textbook
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 6 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 7: IS-LM Model

                • Peer-Assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
                • Read Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Textbook
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 8: Advanced Financial Topics

                • Peer-Assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Read Chapters 23, 24, 25, 26 from the Textbook
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

                Course Requirements:

                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam 

                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Discussion Assignments 25%
                Written Assignments 25%
                Learning Journals 10%
                Two Graded Quizzes 20% (10% each)
                Final Exam 20%
                TOTAL 100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00

                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 2204 Personal Finance

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                BUS 2204 PERSONAL FINANCE


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


                Course Description:
                This course provides a practical overview of personal finance management with the intent to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage their personal finances effectively, in order to ultimately attain financial security. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal financial management skills. Areas of study will include financial planning, budgets, basic finance and financial statements, credit management, savings, personal risk management, insurance, retirement planning, and investments.


                Required Textbook and Materials:


                UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides

                Siegal, R. & Yacht, C. (2009). Personal Finance. Saylor Foundation. Licensed under Creative Commons  CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

                Individual Chapter downloads from the course homepage in the Textbook folder.

                Financial Calculator
                For your convenience, a financial calculator is strongly recommended. Any financial calculator is acceptable. A good, freely accessible, online financial calculator can be found at http://www.calculator.net/finance-calculator.html.


                Software Requirements/Installation


                None


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


                By the end of this course students will be able to:

                1. Apply the basic skills, knowledge, and context required for personal financial planning and for making personal financial decisions.
                2. Explain the concept of time value of money and calculate present value, future value and periodic payments.
                3. Demonstrate decision-making skills useful in making major consumer purchases such as a home or automobile.
                4. Evaluate elements of risk in the management of personal finances and determine the appropriate methods to reduce personal risks through insurance and retirement.
                5. Demonstrate an understanding of the need to build wealth through the right investment programs (such as Bonds, Stock, Mutual Funds, Commodities, Real Estate, and Collectibles).


                Course Schedule and Topics


                This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


                Week 1: Unit 1- Personal Financial Planning
                Week 2: Unit 2-
                Basic Finance and Financial Statements
                Week 3: Unit 3-
                Evaluating Choices: Time, Risk, & Value
                Week 4: Unit 4-
                Financial Plans: Budgets
                Week 5: Unit 5-
                Consumers Strategies
                Week 6: Unit 6-
                Personal Risk Management: Insurance and Retirement Planning
                Week 7: Unit 7-
                Investing Basics
                Week 8: Unit 8-
                Investing in Mutual Funds, Commodities, Real Estate, & Collectibles
                Week 9: Unit 9-
                Final Examination


                Learning Guide


                The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.


                Unit 1: Personal Financial Planning

                Tasks:

                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit Unit 1 Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz


                Unit 2: Basic Finance and Financial Statements

                Tasks:

                • Peer-assess Unit 1 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit Unit 2 Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz


                Unit 3: Evaluating Choices: Time, Risk, & Value

                Tasks:

                • Peer-assess Unit 2 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Graded Quiz


                Unit 4: Financial Plans: Budgets

                Tasks:

                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz


                Unit 5: Consumer Strategies

                Tasks:

                • Peer-assess Unit 4 Assignments
                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit Unit 5 assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz


                Unit 6: Personal Risk Management: Insurance and Retirement Planning

                Tasks:

                • Peer-assess Unit 5 Assignments
                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Graded Quiz


                Unit 7: Investing Basics

                Tasks:

                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit Unit 7 Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz


                Unit 8: Investing in Mutual Funds, Commodities, Real Estate, & Collectibles

                Tasks:

                • Peer-assess Unit 7 Assignments
                • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                 

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

                Course Requirements


                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam

                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                Course Forum

                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Discussion Assignments 10%
                Written Assignments 10%
                Learning Journals 10%
                Two Graded Quizzes 40%(20% each)
                Final Exam 30%
                TOTAL 100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00


                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                 

                BUS 2207 Multinational Management

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                BUS 2207 - MULTINATIONAL MANAGEMENT


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 2201 Principles of Marketing


                Course Description:


                This Course provides an examination and analysis of multinational management functions and processes including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling across cultures and borders in globally diverse environments and organizations. Topics include cross-cultural strategic planning, leadership, and human resource management.


                Required Textbook and Materials:


                See each Unit for required Readings (links to download material provided in each Unit)


                Software Requirements/Installation


                No special requirements


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


                By the end of this course, students will be able to:

                1. Accurately identify and use the foundations, concepts, and principles of multinational management.
                2. Apply concepts of cultural awareness to personal context and local work situations.
                3. Demonstrate business communication skills.
                4. Identify and explain the mutual impacts of business interactions between developed and developing countries.
                5. Identify and assess the risks associated with an international business venture.

                Course Schedule and Topics


                This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


                Week 1: Unit 1 Multinational Management in a Multinational Company in a Multinational/Global Economy
                Week 2: Unit 2 National Culture (part 1)
                Week 3: Unit 3 National Culture (part 2)
                Week 4: Unit 4 Communication
                Week 5: Unit 5 Managing People in a Multinational Setting (part 1)
                Week 6: Unit 6 Managing People in a Multinational Setting (part 2)
                Week 7: Unit 7 Expansion Strategy and Risk Management
                Week 8: Unit 8 Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in a Multinational Setting
                Week 9: Unit 9 Review and Final Exam


                Learning Guide


                The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.


                Unit 1: Multinational Management in a Multinational Company in a Multinational/Global Economy

                Tasks:

                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's six readings
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You may use the additional resources for material
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 2: National Culture (part 1)

                Tasks:

                • Peer-assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's four readings
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 3: National Culture (part 2)

                Tasks:

                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's three readings
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take Graded Quiz 1

                Unit 4: Communication

                Tasks:

                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's six readings
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 5: Managing People in a Multinational Setting (part 1)

                Tasks:

                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's three readings
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 6: Managing People in a Multinational Setting (part 2)

                Tasks:

                • Peer-assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's four readings
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take Graded Quiz 2

                Unit 7: Expansion Strategy and Risk Management

                Tasks:

                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's three readings
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate). You can use the additional resources for material.
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 8: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in a Multinational Setting

                Tasks:

                • Peer-assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's three readings
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Review Units 1 through 8

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                Tasks:

                • Review the course and take the Review Quiz; it will not be included in the final grade.
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided by your instructor


                Course Requirements


                Written Assignments
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines, and to Peer-assess three of your classmates' assignments according to provided instructions. During this Peer-assessment, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the assignment's Specimen Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit assignments or Peer-assessments may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor.

                In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum.

                Discussion Forums are only active for each current Unit, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the Unit has ended. Failure to complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum as required, may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journals
                The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks and assignments, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered, and to draft answers for Discussion and Written Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated on a weekly basis, because it will be assessed by your instructor as part of your final grade.

                Quizzes
                The course will contain three types of quizzes, the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer questions.

                The results of the Self-Quiz and the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz each week to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz each week as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz should be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material in preparation for your Final Exam.

                Final Exam

                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.


                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructor and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.

                Classroom Forum
                The Classroom Forum is available only to students in the same classroom or group. The Classroom Forum is only activated when there are many groups of students taking the Course at the same time. Participation in this Forum is an excellent way to get to know your classmates and is also a platform for raising issues and questions relating to the Course. While it is not required to participate in this Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Policies


                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00


                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Learning Journal 15%
                2 Graded Quizzes 30%(15% each)
                Discussion Assignments 15%
                Written Assignments 15%
                Final Exam 25%



                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the grade you have received for a Course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by the lack of an assignment submission, inadequate contributions to Discussion Forums, or the lack of peer feedback to Discussion or Written Assignments. Additionally, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to fail the course automatically.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity

                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html


                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.

                Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 3301 Financial Accounting

                Uopeople


                BUS 3301: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 2203: Principles of Finance 1.


                Course Description: This course continues the study of accounting begun by the students during their Basic Accounting course. This course emphasizes accounting for liabilities, accounting for equity, and corporate forms of ownership. Topics include responsibility accounting, budgets, cost control, and standard costing procedures and analysis of variances. Obtaining familiarity of these topics and tools is intended to highlight the importance of management reporting and decision making.


                Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                • Walther, L.M. (2012). Principles of Accounting. Logan, UT: Utah State University. Available at https://www.principlesofaccounting.com/ I highly recommend that you take your time in reviewing this website and all of its excellent learning resources. Each chapter contains study guides, problems, key terms, and objectives that can significantly add to your understanding of the reading material, and adequately prepare you for this course's Final Exam. Please note that it is an online textbook.


                Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

                By the end of this course students will be able to:

                1. Explain the differences between accounting for financial statements and management accounting.
                2. Complete journal entries (using the accrual basis of accounting) to establish and retire long-term debt.
                3. Explain various forms of business ownership, especially corporate business ownership.
                4. Prepare various types of management budgets.
                5. Illustrate the tools commonly used evaluate enterprise performance.


                Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

                Week 1: Unit 1 - Accounting for Long-Term Obligations

                Week 2: Unit 2 - Corporate Forms of Business Management

                Week 3: Unit 3
                - Management Decisions Based on Accounting Information

                Week 4: Unit 4
                - Cost-Volume-Profit Relationships

                Week 5: Unit 5
                Costing Methods

                Week 6: Unit 6 -
                Budgeting and Planning

                Week 7: Unit 7 -
                Enterprise Performance Evaluation

                Week 8: Unit 8 -
                Management Decision-Making Processes

                Week 9: Unit 9 -
                Course Review and Final Exam


                Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

                Unit 1: Accounting for Long-Term Obligations

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 2: Corporate Forms of Business Management

                • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 3: Management Decisions Based on Accounting Information

                • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 4: Cost-Volume-Profit Relationships

                • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 5: Costing Methods

                • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 6: Budgeting and Planning

                • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                 Unit 7: Enterprise Performance Evaluation

                • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 8: Management Decision-Making Processes

                • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


                Course Requirements:

                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam
                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.


                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Discussion Assignments 12.5%
                Written Assignments 12.5%
                Learning Journals 10%
                Two Graded Quizzes 40%
                Final Exam 25%
                TOTAL 100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00

                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 3302 Consumer Behavior


                BUS 3302: Consumer Behavior


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 2201: Principles of Marketing


                Course Description: This course provides the student with a comprehensive theoretical and practical foundation of knowledge regarding the forces (such as economic, social, psychological, and cultural factors) that shape the attitudes and behaviors of consumers of products and services.


                Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

                Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

                By the end of this course students will be able to:

                1. Demonstrate an understanding of consumer decision‐making process and implications thereof.
                2. Distinguish between quantitative, qualitative, and secondary research related to marketing.
                3. Obtain and evaluate relevant marketing data coming from the library, the internet, and original empirical studies.
                4. Discuss the influences of neurophysiology, learning, memory, cognition, motivation, attitudes, and culture on consumers.
                5. Develop strategies for targeting market segments and developing a "marketing buzz".

                Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

                Week 1: Unit 1 - What is Consumer Behavior?

                Week 2: Unit 2 - Secondary Research

                Week 3: Unit 3
                - Qualitative Research

                Week 4: Unit 4
                - Quantitative Research

                Week 5: Unit 5
                - Physiology, Learning and Memory

                Week 6: Unit 6 -
                Motives and Attitudes

                Week 7: Unit 7 -
                Decision Making

                Week 8: Unit 8 -
                Segmentation

                Week 9: Unit 9 -
                Course Review and Final Exam


                Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

                Unit 1: What is Consumer Behavior?

                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 2: Secondary Research

                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 3: Qualitative Research

                • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 4: Quantitative Research

                • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 5: Physiology, Learning and Memory

                • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 6: Motives and Attitudes

                • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 7: Decision Making

                • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 8: Segmentation

                • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

                Course Requirements:

                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain two types of quizzes – the Graded Quiz and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor. The results of the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Review Quiz to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam.

                Final Exam
                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Learning Journals 10%
                Discussion Assignments 15%
                Written Assignments 15%
                Two Graded Quizzes 30%
                Final Exam 30%
                TOTAL 100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00

                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 3303 Entrepreneurship 1

                Uopeople


                BUS 3303: Entrepreneurship 1


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 2201 Principles of Marketing


                Course Description: This course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and the dynamics of starting/owning a business. This course is designed to assist students with the knowledge and skills entrepreneurs need to start and/or manage a small business. It will help you understand the steps involved in the process of the creation/development of business ideas and turning those ideas into a successful business model. The course will focus on the feasibility, planning, and implementation of a new business venture.


                Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

                Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

                By the end of this course students will be able to:

                1. Explain the important role that entrepreneurship has in the present and future global economy.
                2. Describe different types of entrepreneurial ventures that are possible in today's market, what it takes to become an entrepreneur, and how to evaluate the potential for success.
                3. Develop a mission statement and business plan outline.
                4. Explain how to develop marketing strategies and  financing options for entrepreneurial ventures.

                Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

                Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

                Week 2: Unit 2 - Entrepreneurial Opportunity

                Week 3: Unit 3
                - Are you an Entrepreneur?

                Week 4: Unit 4
                - Doing Business in the Global Village

                Week 5: Unit 5
                - Market Research for Entrepreneurs

                Week 6: Unit 6 -
                Teams in Entrepreneurship

                Week 7: Unit 7 -
                Developing Business Plans

                Week 8: Unit 8 -
                Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures

                Week 9: Unit 9 -
                Final Reflections and Final Exam


                Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

                Unit 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 2: Entrepreneurial Opportunity

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete the Written Assignment

                Unit 3: Are you an Entrepreneur?

                • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 4: Doing Business in the Global Village

                • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete the Written Assignment
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 5: Market Research for Entrepreneurs

                • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal

                Unit 6: Teams in Entrepreneurship

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Complete the Written Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment(post, comment, and rate in the Disscussion Forum)
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 7: Developing Business Plans

                • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 8: Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures

                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

                Course Requirements:

                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam

                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Learning Journals 10%
                Discussion Assignments 10%
                Written Assignments 20%
                Two Graded Quizzes 30%(15% each)
                Final Exam 30%
                TOTAL 100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00

                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 3304 Managerial Accounting


                BUS 3304: Managerial Accounting


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 3301: Financial Accounting


                Course Description: This course is a continuation of Financial Accounting with the focus shifted to the internal needs of managers. The course offers students an understanding of managerial accounting techniques used in today's modern business world.


                Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                The textbook file is very large, so it has been split into two PDF files:


                Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

                By the end of this course students will be able to:

                1. Recognize, understand, and make business decisions based on data compiled from job order, process, and activity-based costing methods.
                2. Use cost-volume-profit modeling to determine break-even points and to project earnings.
                3. Perform differential analysis.
                4. Use capital and operating (including flexible models) budgets in the decision making process.
                5. Use the statement of cash flows, trend analysis, and ratio analysis in making management decisions.

                Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

                Week 1: Unit 1Introduction to Managerial Accounting and using job order costing to track production costs

                Week 2: Unit 2 - Using activity-based accounting (ABC) to allocate overhead costs

                Week 3: Unit 3
                - Using process costing to track production costs

                Week 4: Unit 4
                - Identifying cost behavior patterns and using cost-volume-profit analysis for decision making

                Week 5: Unit 5
                - Making decisions based on relevant revenues and costs

                Week 6: Unit 6 -
                Using capital and operating budgets to make sound business decisions

                Week 7: Unit 7 -
                The roles cost variance analysis and de-centralized organization play in performance evaluation

                Week 8: Unit 8 -
                Using financial and non-financial performance measures. Using the statement of cash flows as a management tool

                Week 9: Unit 9 -
                Course Review and Final Exam


                Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

                Unit 1: Introduction to Managerial Accounting and using job order costing to track production costs

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 2: Using activity-based accounting (ABC) to allocate overhead costs

                • Peer assess Unit 1 Accounting Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 3: Using process costing to track production costs

                • Peer assess Unit 2 Accounting Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 4: Identifying cost behavior patterns and using cost-volume-profit analysis for decision making

                • Peer assess Unit 3 Accounting Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 5: Making decisions based on relevant revenues and costs

                • Peer assess Unit 4 Accounting Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 6: Using capital and operating budgets to make sound business decisions

                • Peer assess Unit 5 Accounting Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                 Unit 7: The roles cost variance analysis and de-centralized organization play in performance evaluation

                • Peer assess Unit 6 Accounting Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 8: Using financial and non-financial performance measures. Using the statement of cash flows as a management tool

                • Peer assess Unit 7 Accounting Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

                Course Requirements:

                Accounting Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete an Accounting Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Accounting Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam
                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Discussion Assignments 10%
                Accounting Assignments 10%
                Learning Journals 10%
                Two Graded Quizzes 40%
                Final Exam 30%
                TOTAL 100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00

                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Accounting Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 3305 Business Law and Ethics

                Uopeople


                BUS 3305: BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 1101: Principles of Business Management


                Course Description: This course introduces the student to law and ethics as they apply in a business environment. The intent of this course is to develop in the student a general understanding of basic legal principles and how they affect the conduct of business on a practical level. While common law legal systems and that of the United States in particular are used to demonstrate the interaction of law and business, the principles introduced here assist in developing a general approach to business law and ethics. Topics include an introduction to law in general, litigation and alternatives to litigation, criminal law, torts and contracts, property law, employment law and business ethics. The interaction of law and business disciplines, such as management, finance, human resources, accounting, and sale and marketing is emphasized.


                Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                • Lau, T. & Johnson, L. (2011). The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Vol. 1). Flat World Knowledge. This textbook is a large download as a single file, so instead, individual chapters are available for download at http://my.uopeople.edu/mod/page/view.php?id=66563. You may also access this page by clicking "Textbook" from the General Information and Forums area.

                Software Requirements/Installation: If you have your own computer, it is recommended that you download and install the OpenOffice Suite. It may be accessed via http://www.openoffice.org. If you are accessing the Internet from a shared computer (for instance, a computer at a library or Internet cafe), please use Google Docs instead. You may sign up for a free Google account at http://docs.google.com. All written assignments may be completed using one of these two free resources.

                Students are also encouraged to sign up for an account with Twitter (http://www.twitter.com) and to post micro-blogs that are interesting and relevant to the course using the hashtag #bu1201. To use hashtags, you will need to follow hashtags by going to this URL: http://www.twitter.com/hashtags. To follow postings by your classmates or instructors, search on #bu1201.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

                By the end of this course students will be able to: 

                1. Apply the basic concepts and principles of the law as they apply to a business environment.
                2. Describe how basic legal relationships with their associated duties and rights are formed and the potential consequences of those relationships.
                3. Evaluate the legal significance of various situations that arise in business relationships and transactions.
                4. Evaluate common ethical problems that arise in a business environment.

                Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


                Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to the Law

                Week 2: Unit 2 -
                Litigation, ADR, and Criminal Law

                Week 3: Unit 3 -
                Tort Law

                Week 4: Unit 4 -
                Contracts

                Week 5: Unit 5 -
                Property Law

                Week 6: Unit 6 -
                Employment Law

                Week 7: Unit 7 -
                Business Organizations

                Week 8: Unit 8 -
                Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

                Week 9: Unit 9 –
                Course Review and Final Exam


                Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students

                Unit 1: Introduction to the Law

                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 2: Litigation, ADR, and Criminal Law

                • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 3: Tort Law

                • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 4: Contracts

                • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 5: Property Law

                • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 6: Employment Law

                • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 7: Business Organizations

                • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 8: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

                • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Review Quiz
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

                Course Requirements:

                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam

                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here: 

                Written Assignments 20%
                Discussion Assignments 20%
                Learning Journals  10%
                Graded Quizzes 30% (2@15% each)
                Final Exam 20%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00

                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity

                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 3306 Business & Society

                UoPeople

                  

                BUS 3306 - Business & Society Syllabus


                Course Description

                In this course, we will be exploring the inter-relationships between business and society, including the tensions between various stakeholders and the growing pressures to approach business with corporate responsibility and sustainability as primary underlying influences. With rapidly changing technology and globalization, we must strategize our business decisions with far greater insight and conscientiousness than ever before. This course takes a look at business and society relationships from various global perspectives, including developing countries and societies, and different cultural norms and beliefs. It provides students with insights into the issues surrounding business from both macro and micro level perspectives.

                Prerequisites

                BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management

                Required Textbook and Materials

                All readings are found through weblinks provided within each unit.

                Software Requirements/Installation

                No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes

                By the end of this course students will be able to:

                1. Explain why ethical behaviors benefit a company.
                2. Identify the major stakeholder groups which interact with business organizations and the kinds of expectations they may hold with respect to their role in the business enterprise and society.
                3. Define the areas of corporate social responsibilities of business: economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic and be able to explain their tensions with one another.
                4. Compare the types of decisions that managers must face and dilemmas which they may experience in their professional leadership roles, and will apply their knowledge to making ethical business decisions.
                5. Explain the important considerations for business leaders in terms of organizing and managing a diverse workforce.


                Course Schedule and Topics

                This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, one unit per week.

                This course does not have an assigned textbook. The reading assignments are found through links in the classroom. Each week includes a reading assignment, and then one or more of the following: learning journal writing; discussion board dialogue; and unit assignments. Some units also include an ungraded “self-quiz.” Others include graded quizzes. Week 9 includes a final exam.
                When posting on the discussion board, you should write posts that are at least 300 words in length. You should also respond to at least 3 of your classmates in each of the discussion boards. These responses should be thoughtful and demonstrative of your understanding of the topics being discussed. You can share examples, stories, or additional information to advance the discussion further.

                Unit 1: Introduction to Business and Society
                • Read through the Course Syllabus
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Complete the Sustainability Module (located in the LRC)
                • Take the Sustainability Student Experience Survey
                • Post, respond, and rate the Discussion Forum
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                Unit 2: Corporate Social Responsibility
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and Submit Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                Unit 3: The Social Contract: Time to Redefine?
                • Assess Unit 2 assignments
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade
                • Complete and submit Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                Unit 4: Social Business Enterprise
                • Assess Unit 3 assignments
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Quiz
                Unit 5: Sustainability
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the self-quiz
                Unit 6: Going “Green”
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion
                • Complete and submit Unit 6 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                Unit 7: Managing Diversity in the Workplace
                • Assess Unit 6 assignments
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Graded Quiz
                Unit 8: Managing Ethics
                • Assess Unit 7 assignments
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Complete the Self Quiz
                • Take the Sustainability Student Experience Post Survey
                • Complete the Course Evaluation
                Unit 9: Final Reflections and Examination
                • Read the Learning Guide
                • Take the Review-quiz
                • Take the Final Exam


                Course Requirements


                Assignments
                There is an Assignment to be completed for some units in this course. You will be required to upload your assignments by the indicated deadline and in addition, to assess three of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions provided. Failure to submit assignments may result in failure of the course. You are also expected to provide details in the feedback section of the assignment assessment forms as to why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer.

                Discussion Forum
                Some units include a discussion question that will be posted in the Discussion Forum. In each unit, you are required to post a substantive response to the question. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor.

                In addition, you must extend the conversation by responding to at least three of your peers’ postings.

                Discussion Forums are only active for the relevant learning week and it is not possible to contribute to a discussion forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Forums may result in failure of the course

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is monitored by the instructors. It is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

                Learning Journal
                The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered and to draft answers for Discussion Forums and Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated regularly (on a weekly basis), as the learning journals will be assessed by your instructor as part of your Final Grade.

                Quizzes
                The course has are two types of quizzes, Self-Quiz and graded Quiz. The results of the Quiz form a part of the final grade while the results of the Self-Quiz do not count towards your grade.
                You will have multiple attempts to take the Self-Quiz and improve your results, it is recommended you take the Self-Quiz to ensure adequate understanding of the learning materials.


                Final Exam

                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.


                Classroom Forum
                The Classroom Forum is available only to students in the same classroom or group. The Classroom Forum is only activated when there are many groups of students taking the course at the same time. Participation in this forum is an excellent way to get to know your classmates and is also a platform for raising issues and questions relating to the course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.


                Policies


                Grading
                The University has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are expected to comply with this scale:

                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.0
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00


                Grades will be based on a standard 100-point scale with the following values and ranges:

                Grading Components and Weights

                Written Assignments 15%
                Discussion Forums 15%
                Learning Journal 10%
                Quizzes 40% (20% each)
                Final Exam 20%


                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the grade you have received for a course is erroneous, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the grade posting, for more information on the Grade appeal procedure please refers to the UoPeople Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of assignment submission and/or inadequate contribution in discussion forum postings.

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule. The instructor will specify the deadline for each assignment.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments.

                Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity

                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Refer to the UoPeople APA Tutorials in the LRC for help with APA citations.


                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.
                Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal.

                BUS 4401 Entrepreneurship 2

                Uopeople


                BUS 4401: Entrepreneurship 2


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 3303: Entrepreneurship 1.


                Course Description: This course continues where Entrepreneurship 1 ended and addresses entrepreneurship in international markets. The key success factors in creating a new internationally-oriented business venture will be examined from the perspective of the entrepreneur.


                Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

                Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

                By the end of this course students will be able to:
                Engage in a marketing research process.

                1. Assess entrepreneurial conditions of running a business locally and internationally.
                2. Attract entrepreneurs through virtual sales development.
                3. Apply effectuation and causation measures in business valuation.
                4. Apply leadership skills of engagement, feedback, assessments and resilience in entrepreneurship.

                Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

                Week 1: Unit 1Introduction to Entrepreneurship

                Week 2: Unit 2 - Marketing Research Process

                Week 3: Unit 3
                - Going Global

                Week 4: Unit 4
                - Franchising Your Business

                Week 5: Unit 5 & Week 6: Unit 6
                - Entrepreneurial Website: Branding, Evaluation and Virtual Sales

                Week 7: Unit 7 -
                Building Entrepreneurship Community (including Joint Venture)

                Week 8: Unit 8 -
                Human Resources Exercise in Entrepreneurship

                Week 9: Unit 9 -
                Course Review and Final Exam


                Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

                Unit 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 2: Marketing Research Process

                • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 3: Going Global

                • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 4: Franchising Your Business

                • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                Unit 5 & Unit 6: Entrepreneurial Website: Branding, Evaluation and Virtual Sales

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Take the Graded Quiz

                 Unit 7: Building Entrepreneurship Community (including Joint Venture)

                • Peer assess Unit 5-6 Written Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 8: Human Resources Exercise in Entrepreneurship

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

                Course Requirements:

                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam
                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Discussion Assignments 15%
                Written Assignments 30%
                Learning Journals 10%
                Two Graded Quizzes 30%
                Final Exam 15%
                TOTAL 100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade
                Grade Scale Grade Points
                A+ 98-100 4.00
                A 93-97 4.00
                A- 90-92 3.67
                B+ 88-89 3.33
                B 83-87 3.00
                B- 80-82 2.67
                C+ 78-79 2.33
                C 73-77 2.00
                C- 70-72 1.67
                D+ 68-69 1.33
                D 63-67 1.00
                D- 60-62 0.67
                F Under 60 0.00

                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

                Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

                Code of Conduct
                University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

                BUS 4402 Organizational Behavior

                BUS 4402 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR


                Syllabus


                Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


                Course Description:


                This course focuses on the examination of research and theory of factors that influence the way members of an organization behave. Topics include the behavior of employees, work groups and supervisors, effective organizational communication, handling of change in the organization, and the goals and structure of an organization.


                Required Textbook and Materials:


                UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

                Organizational Behavior V1.1
                Talya Bauer and Berrin Erdogan
                Creative Commons License
                Flat World Knowledge

                Available for download from the course homepage

                 Links to additional required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

                 


                Software Requirements/Installation:


                 No special requirements.


                Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


                By the end of this course students will be able to:

                • Apply the various concepts and theories of Organizational Behavior through a comprehensive analysis of culture, climate, organizational structure, leadership, and communication.
                • Appraise and evaluate motivation and group theories as they relate to organizations.
                • Analyze the theory and practices of the human behavior in organizations.
                • Define key organizational behavior theories and topics.
                • Develop analytical skills as they relate to solving behavioral problems in organizations.


                Course Schedule and Topics:


                This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


                Week 1: Unit 1– OB Introduction, Diversity, and Culture

                Week 2: Unit 2- 
                Perception and Attitudes

                Week 3: Unit 3–
                 Motivation

                Week 4: Unit 4–
                 Stress and Communication

                Week 5: Unit 5–
                 Teams, Conflict, and Negotiation

                Week 6: Unit 6- 
                Decision Making and Ethics

                Week 7: Unit 7-
                 Leadership

                Week 8: Unit 8- 
                Power, Politics, Organizational Structure, and Change

                Week 9: Unit 9- 
                Final Exam


                Learning Guide:


                The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.


                Unit 1: OB Introduction, Diversity, and Culture

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment, Rate)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal 
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                Unit 2: Perception and Attitudes

                • Peer-Assess Unit 1 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                 Unit 3: Motivation

                • Peer-Assess Unit 2 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Complete Graded Quiz

                 Unit 4: Stress and Communication

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                 Unit 5: Teams, Conflict, and Negotiation

                • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz 

                Unit 6: Decision Making and Ethics

                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Complete Graded Quiz

                 Unit 7: Leadership

                • Peer-Assess Unit 6 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Complete and submit Unit 7 Written Assignment
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz

                 Unit 8: Power, Politics, Organizational Structure, and Change

                • Peer-Assess Unit 7 Assignment
                • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
                • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
                • Make entries to the Learning Journal
                • Take the Self-Quiz
                • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
                • Take the Review Quiz

                 Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

                • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
                • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
                • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

                 


                Course Requirements:

                Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

                Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
                Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

                Learning Journal
                Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

                Quizzes
                This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. 

                Final Exam

                The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

                The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.


                Course Forum
                The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


                Course Policies:

                Grading Components and Weights
                Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

                Discussion Assignments

                10%

                Written Assignments

                10%

                Learning Journals

                10%

                Two Graded Quizzes

                40% (20% each)

                Final Exam

                30%

                TOTAL

                100%

                Grading Scale
                This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

                Letter Grade

                Grade Scale

                Grade Points

                A+

                98-100

                4.00

                A

                93-97

                4.00

                A-

                90-92

                3.67

                B+

                88-89

                3.33

                B

                83-87

                3.00

                B-

                80-82

                2.67

                C+

                78-79

                2.33

                C

                73-77

                2.00

                C-

                70-72

                1.67

                D+

                68-69

                1.33

                D

                63-67

                1.00

                D-

                60-62

                0.67

                F

                Under 60

                0.00


                Grade Appeal
                If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

                Participation
                Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

                • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
                • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
                • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
                • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

                Academic Honesty and Integrity
                When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review