Assessment Descriptions

Online Discussions

There will be five graded group discussions, each focusing on assigned course unit content and reading. The collaborative nature of online discussions enables you to learn from each other and to consolidate your own course specific knowledge. Discussion participation will be evaluated according to the timeliness and quantity of posts as well as the quality of the posts. Quality contributions involve depth and breadth of comments and responses, indicating that students are able to examine and explore discussion topics incorporating material learned in the unit.

Short Papers

You are able to choose a topic from a selection of topics provided by the instructor. The purpose of the papers is to provide you with an opportunity to develop your critical thinking by critically analyzing diverse areas of our social reality. For each paper you are required to submit two written pages, double spaced. The papers will be anonymously reviewed and graded by peers in the course using the PEAR tool.

Online Quizzes

There are five multiple-choice quizzes which will assess students’ knowledge of the unit content. Each quiz is 10 minutes in duration. Unit material covered for each quiz is provided in the assessments document.

Midterm Exam

There is an online midterm exam comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions. The midterm will include material from units 01 to 07.

Final Exam

This course requires you to write a traditional sit-down final exam. Final exams are written on campus at the University of Guelph or at alternate locations for students at a distance. The final exam will be comprised of 100 multiple choice questions and is a cumulative assessment that promotes your understanding, reflection on, and recollection of the main concepts learned in units 01 through 12.

It is assumed that all DE students will be writing their final examination on campus at the University of Guelph. University of Guelph degree and associate diploma students must check WebAdvisor for their examination schedule. Open Learning program students must check the Open Learning Program Final Examination Schedule for their examination schedule.

If you are studying at a distance, you can request to write your final exam at an alternate location. It is recommended that you make arrangements as early as possible in the semester since changes cannot be guaranteed after the deadline. Exam schedules for off-campus exams will be emailed by Week 9 of the course. For more information, please visit Final Exams.

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